Birth Fee: $800 to $1000
Fee Details: Fees cover: 2 prenatal visits, 12 hours of face-to-face labor support at home and at your place of birth (additional hours for an added fee), postpartum support immediately following birth, and 1 postpartum visit. (More prenatal/postpartum visits can be scheduled for an additional fee) -A non-refundable deposit of $400.00 is due at the signing of the contract. -The remaining $400.00 is due at the 38th week of pregnancy. Childbirth Education Classes available. See our Website for details.
Birth Doula Experience: 10 years and 42 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Carrollton, TX
Where do I even begin?! Marissa was there from the very beginning. If I had questions, concerns, or someone to share my embarrassing experiences with, she was there. She didn't care what time of day or night it was, I knew she was a phone call or text away. She explained and addressed my uncertainties and made me feel comfortable about all my decisions. She taught me ways to relieve discomforts of my hips spreading and my back aching, encouraged me to do my squats, helped me breath through my contractions,rubbed my hair, fed me ice chips, and held my hand. Never once did I feel alone. Never once did I go without having a question unanswered. Never once did I not get pampered. She is by far the best at making you feel welcomed, loved, and like family. She was there for my husband and assured him. She catered to my and my husband's needs. She was funny when I needed to laugh. She was loving when I needed extra love. She was serious when I needed a rock. She was strong when I was starting to crumble. I honestly don't think I could have made it through pregnancy and or delivery without her. I'm beyond grateful I had her with my husband and me. There's no doubt she'll be my first pick again for my next pregnancy.??
I didn't hire a doula for my first birth. I thought I would breeze through labor and birth with the support of my husband. Thank goodness Marissa happened to be there and was so willing to support me.
After nearly 24 hours of labor at the local birth center, the midwife on duty called in some backup. The second midwife arrived, along with a couple of birth assistants, including Marissa. We tried lots of things to get my baby into my arms, but it just wasn’t happening. I was exhausted and so was my husband. The midwife said she was going to drive me to the hospital and that Marissa would go with me, if I wanted her to. ”Please,” I said. I had no plan for a hospital birth and I couldn’t imagine going without her.
Once at the hospital, Marissa continued talking me through contractions while I was waiting for the anesthesiologist. She helped me navigate all the ins and outs of laboring at the hospital. She advocated for me and advised me when it was clear that my original plans for birthing my baby were gone.
Marissa stayed with me the entire time I was in labor. She cried with me when the doctor said I should have a Cesarean. She accompanied me into the operating room for surgery. When my husband carried our newborn out to meet the grandparents, Marissa went with me to the recovery room. She helped me and my baby nurse for the first time and continued to provide early breastfeeding support once I was in the postpartum room.
The entire time I was in Marissa’s care, she was professional, encouraging of my goals, and supportive of my needs as a pregnant and laboring mama. I couldn't be happier that she was with me for the birth of my child. What a fortunate accident that night (and day) that I met her and gained not only a doula, but a friend.
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