Birth Fee: $600 to $800
Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 27 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Having Mary be part of the birth of our third daughter was one of the best decisions my husband and I made. I didn’t even consider using a doula for my first two children, but I felt that extra support and someone to advocate for me would be much needed and appreciated this third time around, and that’s exactly what Mary provided. She was there for me, exactly when I needed her, giving me support, suggestions, and both physical and mental strength. She made requests for things to be brought to our hospital room, such as a peanut ball, step stool, etc. She brought her doula bag with some equipment that truly helped me with contractions, especially during the hardest moments of laboring. Her words of encouragement, her humor, her help with positions and exercises during labor, her feet and back massages during the hardest moments, and above all, her profound respect for me and the decisions I made along the way, made her and her presence at such a crucial time in our lives very valuable. The pictures that she took are priceless! And our postpartum appointment in which we were able to reflect and talk about the whole experience was very special. I love having had a third person there to witness and remember what happened on that special day. It can be hard for mom to remember every single detail when under so many feelings and emotions! With no doubt, I would highly recommend hiring Mary as your doula! You will be so grateful that you did.
Mary was absolutely amazing! My husband and I were on the fence about getting a doula. We just weren't sure if we would really want a stranger with us the entire time at the hospital, whether we would really need her, and if it would be worth the cost. However, we both agreed afterwards that, out of all the decisions/preparations/purchases we made in preparing for having our baby, hiring Mary was definitely the best! We waited until less than a month before my due date to hire her, and she was very flexible about fitting us into her schedule and finding time for 2 prenatal visits. Those were really wonderful opportunities for us to get to know her, talk about our hopes and plans, and for her to introduce us to some strategies/tools/positions that we could try out during labor. My labor ended up being very fast and going well, but it was absolutely invaluable to have Mary there the whole time. I felt a little better as soon as she arrived. She listened, made suggestions, asked questions, gave me physical supports, talked me through contractions and pushing, and just had a calm and reassuring authority that helped me so much. The labor and birth was so overwhelming and fast that we didn't use a lot of the strategies we had prepared, but I was still so grateful just to have her there. It was also great to follow up with her afterwards for our postpartum visit and get to reflect on the whole experience with her. And she took some really wonderful pictures after the delivery that I didn't think I would really care about and now I am so glad to have to help me remember those moments! I would absolutely recommend her to anyone considering having a doula!
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