Phone: (347) 670-3515
Birth Fee: Not specified
Postpartum Rate: Not specified
Fee Details: My fee includes a complimentary meeting, two prenatal visits where we focus on childbirth education, birth preferences, breast-feeding support, laboring positions, and more. Unlimited text/e-mail/phone support once we begin working together. On call period starts from 38 weeks onward, and continuous support throughout labor and birth. I stay with you 1-2 hours after your baby is born to make sure everyone is doing well and baby is breastfeeding properly if you are planning on that. I then come to your home within a week of your birth for a postpartum visit.
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 84 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 6 years and 26 families served
Clients per Month: 2 to 4 births and 1 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
Mental Health First Aid Certificate
Languages spoken: English and Spanish
Maria was an amazing partner to us in the birth of our son in oct 2018. The time she took with us beforehand to make sure we were comfortable with everything that would happen was invaluable. She answered every question we had and gave us invaluable advice, labor positions, food ideas for my last trimester and day of labor, encouragement, all of it. She wanted to be kept in the loop on all our doctor's appointments and always helped us interpret any doctor-ese we were unsure of. The day of she was an awesome partner - our babe came a bit early, and very early in the morning. She came straight to us from an overnight with someone else and was ready to go! Having her in the car to the hospital was invaluable - and having her there with me while my husband checked in was incredible. She knew how to handle the hospital staff, how to help us direct them. When it came time to push, she was helping my husband with how he could best support me, holding my hand and cheering me on the entire time and she helped our little guy get latched right away! Somehow during all of this she also took photos of the birth so that we have these precious moments forever. I cannot recommend her enough - she was such a strong, caring guide for us during our first birth. I know I said invaluable like a million times in this review but that's truly the best way to describe how we feel about our time with her :)
My husband and I cannot say enough about how grateful we were to have Maria by our side for the birth of our first child. I mean it when I say I could not have done it withouth her! To start- our prenatal visits were so helpful and gave me the confidence to establish the kind of birth I wanted. She educated us on different ways of laboring, how to advocate for ourselves and gave us plenty of resources to prepare for the big day. My water broke early and she continually checked in on us throughout the day/night until we were ready to have her come to our home. She was such a calming presence, educated but not judgemental, and she made laboring comfortable and powerful for us. My situation was not ideal, as our on-call OB pressured us into going to the hospital earlier than we wanted to (typical of the practice) and Maria made sure that we were comofrtable with the decisions we had to make. We were very unhappy with the OB and the induction methods he was trying to push on us- and Maria was the advocate we needed to ensure we only made the choices we were comfortable with. In no way would she ever overstep an OB's request- but in our case, he was rude, pushy, and condescending and Maria was just the advocate we needed. She continued to remind me throughout the entire laboring and delivery process how capable I was and how great I was doing, which was everything we needed during those tough moments. She was also a huge support to my husband, who was quite stressed and worried about me and the baby. Despite the horrible experience with the OB, I can still look back on my birth story with such a positive and empowering feeling- all because of Maria. I truly feel I would not have that same sentiment if it werent for her. We would HIGHLY reccomend her to anyone looking for a doula who is educated, gentle in her apporach, will advocate for you (by empowering you to advocate for yourself) and will support your personal birth plan.
We hired Maria as our birth doula for our first child. We had interviewed several others but knew she was the one as soon as we spoke to her. She has a very warm and calm presence about her. During our prenatal visit she not only shared lots of knowledge but really took the time to listen and get to know us and our wishes. She often stayed past her scheduled time in order to answer all of our questions and never made us feel rushed. The day I went into labor, there was a big snowstorm in NY. Despite that, she arrived at the hospital with no problem. During labor, she not only calmed my nerves but also my husbands. She helped me enormously with pain management by massaging me and guiding me thought different positions and movement. My husband also wanted to be very involved and Maria provided him with the knowledge and guidance that he needed to do that. Thanks to Maria, we were able to have the natural and calm birth experience we imagined. We both said that when we have our second, Maria will have to be there!
Maria helped us bring our son into this world, and we honestly can’t imagine having done it without her. As first time parents, there is no book or video that can prepare you for birth. Her prenatal visits were very helpful, and she has a very holistic approach which completely aligned with my views, although she was supportive when I decided to get induced at 10 days late. Maria’s knowledge about the induction process, pain management on pitocin (it’s different!), and what was normal and what was not was priceless. Her hands on techniques helped me figure out how to manage the pain, because I forgot everything I had learned before I walked into the labor room! She not only kept me calm when my labor stalled and my OB warned me that a c-section may be inevitable if I didn’t progress quickly, she helped me advocate for myself and had me equipped with all the information I needed to make sure that I was not bullied into a c-section. Our baby boy came into the world perfectly healthy, and we couldn’t be happier. I truly credit Maria for the reason we ended up with a vaginal birth.
My partner and I cannot recommend Maria enough. She’s sweet, loving, encouraging, and great company for 20+ hours straight :)
Maria was great! She assisted us at the birth of our daughter in October 2018. She had a calming presence and came prepared with essential oils and massage techniques to get us through labor. We met with Maria twice during the third trimester and she gave us lots of information to prepare for labor. I ended up being induced and she met us at the hospital once contractions were getting strong. She helped me think through the decision of an epidural. Ultimately I ended up with a c-section and she was able to coach us in what to expect. She advocated for skin-to-skin contact as soon as our daughter was born. Maria was right there in recovery to help with the first breastfeeding. Finally, she stopped by for a postpartum visit to help with continued breastfeeding and answer questions we had. It was wonderful having someone as knowledgable as Maria with us, taking much of the stress out of the experience.
My husband and I were thrilled to have Maria as our doula. From the moment we met her, we loved her energy, knowledge and understanding of our needs and wants. We felt much more comfortable facing this new adventure knowing she'd be there.
I wanted to labor at home for as long as possible and was a little distrustful of hospital procedures here (I'm from Europe), so it was very comforting to know Maria would be there to be my voice and advocate for me if I were feeling overwhelmed.
On the day of my delivery, she helped a lot with pain management at home, in the car and even during the delivery. It also really helped my husband to know I was being taken care of so he could focus on driving.
We would highly recommend Maria as a doula and thank her for all her wonderful help.
I had never heard of a Doula before we got pregnant and we didn’t originally consider engaging the services of one, though as birthday loomed we felt that we didnt feel comfortable with our pain management techniques and researched doulas on doulamatch as advised by the team at Cleo, an excellent post partum service.
After meeting a few doulas over FaceTime we chose Maria as she fit closest to our values, was a qualified Lactation consultant and has a background in nutrition.
Maria was exactly what we were looking for. Her pre-birth preparation visits made us feel very at ease and relaxed as we approached birthday. She was very knowledgeable and was attentive and understanding of our concerns so we were confident on birthday that Maria had our back.
In full disclosure nothing went as planned. The birth progressed slowly, leading to induction and ultimately a C-section.
We we’re in delivery for 34 hours - all of it in the hospital. Maria was there pretty much the whole time and we were so glad to have someone around to advise what was going on and why, make recommendations and be a welcome distraction as the hours rolled by. She interfaced with our doctor really well and eventually helped us come to terms with our decision as we reluctantly moved forward with the c-section.
After a very long day/night Maria stayed in the hospital whilst we were in the operating theatre and was the first person to meet new baby when she came to the recovery room to help guide mom and baby through their first breast feeding after which Maria finally went home to get some well earned rest.
In the end the reason we got a doula in the first place was essentially voided but the value that Maria brought to a long and awkward birth was well over and above what we expected.
We would definitely engage Maria for baby #2 if we find ourselves lucky enough
Maria was an incredible resource and a calming presence to have at the birth of our our first child. We were hoping for an unmedicated hospital birth but ended up being induced and I truly believe having Maria there was one of the reason my labor progressed so quickly. Not only did she answer any questions I had, but her attentiveness before, during, and after labor made me feel secure in my decisions. Energy was super important when we were choosing a doula and Maria's grounded demeanor and warm personality made me feel confident in having her in the delivery room as another support person. It is also important to note that my husband has been raving about her and he did not even know what a doula was before we started our research. He really felt involved, connected to the process and more confident in being able to support me because of her.
I hired Maria to be my birth doula as I was afraid that there would be no one to advocate for my preferences during actual birth. My birth prefrence was to have vaginal unmedicated birth. Before hiring Maria, I was skeptical if doula can help much with pain management, and hence, I was mainly looking for someone who can advise us if the doctor's recommendations makes sense and also as a helping hand for my husband. What surprised me most during actual labor was how much Maria helped with pain management. She constantly massaged me, put me in different positions and suggest options for pain management. Even before my labor started she would check on me after my weekly doctor's appointments asking how things are. I didn't feel comfortable burdening her but she was also checking in. Besides pain management she knew when I was having contractions, when I was transitioning and when I was pushing. As a first time mom all of these experiences were new to me. Many times I thought I was having contractions but wasn't sure if its just severe back pain or contractions, and also when they start and end. Maria was also a huge help for my husband. He could leave me with her and fetch the car or go use the restroom without being anxious of leaving me alone. My birth experience was so much better than I expected, thanks to Maria. If I were to do it again, I would definitely hire her as my doula.
I found Maria's presence very supportive and loving. She came in at the last stage of delivery because my baby decided to honor us with her presence four days earlier than due date, the same day Maria was traveling to the west coast to help us through the process. Maria helped me to stay focused on the affirmation that i could deliver my baby. She was strong for me at my most vulnerable moment and gave me the support and encouragement to accomplish what seemed such an impossible feat. At last moments of delivery, the midwife in charged was asking me to push and get the baby out or they would have to use a vacuum delivery; she was also pushing to give me an episiotomy. Maria was there to help me understand what the midwife was asking, I was too high in pain and tired for what was almost 12 hours of labor. Maria helped me focus and regain my strength to deliver my baby without intervention. She reminded me that I was a strong woman and that I was ready to meet my daughter, that I had all it takes to deliver my baby into this world. Her words were like a shot of adrenaline, six pushes later my baby was born. I am forever grateful that Maria was there for me, with me. It was a very special moment.
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