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Mary Sefchek, CD(DONA), LCCE

Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator

Neptune, NJ Service range 38 miles

2012458023

https://www.philomenabirthdoula.com

Birth Fee

$900 to $1200

Birth Fee

$900 to $1200


Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Birth Doula Experience

2 years and 18 births attended


Doula Training

  • DONA International, April 2017

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Childbirth education services

Fee Details

In addition to birth doula support I provide private Childbirth Education classes and breastfeeding support. Please inquire for details. All of my doula packages include 2 prenatal visits, continuous labor support, and two postpartum visits. I am a DONA certified birth doula and Lamaze certified childbirth educator. I love what I do. Visit my website for more information.

Neptune, NJ Service range 38 miles

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Allison

8/31/2020

When I was a few months pregnant I started thinking about my birth. I did some googling, reading and listening to people's birth experiences. As a first timer, I knew I wanted to be in control of my birth and have as much support as I could. I want to make it clear that I love my OB/GYN practice, but I wanted someone that was going to be able to dedicate time to me and my husband before, during and after birth. I interviewed 3 doulas and Mary's reassuring and calm demeanor immediately made me feel at ease and comfortable. Mary came to my house a few times to do a birthing class/education for me and my husband. I loved the 1:1 experience because we weren't afraid to ask the stupid questions (over and over again usually ha). Each time Mary stayed longer than she had to and brought us resources that my regular OB/GYN did not. After every doctor's visit, Mary would call me to check in and help me understand what was happening with me and with my baby. The night my water broke, I called Mary and she advised me on what to do and she met me at the hospital within an hour. I ended up being in labor for over 20 hours! Mary was by my side the entire time. I labored for 5 hours without medication and I don't think I could've went that long without Mary's support. Mary even worked with my nurses to help get me ready for labor and delivery. I felt confident with all of the decisions we made throughout my labor and I am confident that if it weren't for Mary I would've had an emergency c-section. After the delivery of my big and healthy baby boy, my husband and I were so relieved we hired Mary. He was so grateful to have her there with him as a second set of hands and eyes for me and to keep us both at ease. My post-partum visits had to be virtual due to COVID, and it was so nice to 'see' Mary again. She is so sweet and knowledgeable - I highly recommend Mary for the best possible birth experience you can have. 

Katy Champion-Uras

6/22/2020

Mary was amazing! Truly amazing! She is compassionate, encouraging, uplifting, professional and devoted to making your birthing experience the best experience that it can possibly be. She helped to make the birth of my daughter and the recovery more smooth and painless than I ever imagined possible with her suggestions and support. She is a great listener and willingly provides reading material, reminders and information based on concerns and wishes for your birth. She is so personable and genuine that I felt like I had known her forever even after just meeting her. 


During the birth, she came prepared to make the experience as relaxed and as positive as possible. My daughter was born during the pandemic and because of underlying health issues my husband was unable to attend her birth. Mary willingly wore a mask the entire time, and actively communicated with me to insure that I was comfortable with physical contact from her as she will use massage and other strategies to alleviate pain. Mary comforted me, eased my mind and provided me with the support I needed physically and mentally on so many levels. She also sent my husband photos from her phone and used my phone to video chat and make my husband present virtually during the birth and while we were bonding. He still raves about how present he felt even though he wasn’t physically there. After the birth, Mary followed up virtually and provided some breastfeeding tips and other information to help with the recovery and the transition of bringing the baby home.


Overall, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made to hire Mary. There are so many ways her services can help to make the birthing experience and recovery more positive and memorable. I am truly grateful to have had her by my side for the birth of my daughter. She is absolutely worth every penny!

Charleen Cucci

2/13/2020

Having Mary as my Doula was the best move I could have made toward the natural birth I wanted. She was in my corner from the first moment I met her. Her strong, warm, and calm energy fills any space that she is in.

During pregnancy, she was there to answer any questions that I had and help me feel in control of my experience. She answered the phone at 2am when I thought I was in labor, eased my mind, and helped me identify if it was truly labor. The day that I did go into labor, she was on call at all moments of the day, helping me decide when was a good time to go home from work and begin getting into my birthing mindset.

During labor she came to my home to guide my labor until it was time to go to the hospital. At the hospital, she went to my car when I realized that I left items there that felt important to me so that my husband could stay in the room. She made the birthing space dim, quiet, and calm. She placed a cool wet cloth on my head in between contractions, guided my breath, and helped me prepare for what was coming next, always by my side. With her assistance, I was able to have the unmedicated birth that I wanted. She also offered my husband support on how to make me more comfortable and ensured us all that we were doing great. 

The moment my son was born she was there to assist us in breastfeeding for the first time and was an extra set of eyes on him when he needed to be examined by the NICU team.

Mary visited us in the hospital to check-in, and had an in home visit after we were home to support me emotionally and with breast feeding. 

Mary also snapped photos during and after labor that bring me back to that amazing moment over and over again. When I think about my birth story, it truly feels like a fairy tale. I owe that to the classes that I took leading up to it, the hard work I put in mentally to prepare, and to Mary and my husband. I am forever grateful for her support. 

Priyam Jancosko

6/20/2019

Before we hired Mary, I had met with two other doulas. They were wonderful but I just did not feel a connection with them. Within the first five minutes of meeting Mary, I knew I wanted her there for the birth of our second baby. Mary was more than just a birth doula. I had prodromal labor for two weeks before I had my son. My pubic bone kept moving out of alignment and it was extremely painful. Through those tough last weeks, Mary was always there checking in on me. She always listened with genuine compassion and offered practical advice. 

When the day finally came to give birth, she was by my side within forty-five minutes. I felt safe and comforted by her presence. She had me squat, moan, and walk through every contraction. This was just what I needed. She kept me focused on embracing each contraction and reminding me that it was getting me closer to meet my baby. I would not change anything about my birth and I don't think it would have been possible without Mary by my side. She offered unwavering support and comfort throughout my pregnancy and birth.

Molly Siliato

5/24/2019

I cannot say enough good things about Mary and everything she did for us as our doula. I did not think I needed/wanted anyone other than my husband and midwife in the delivery room but I am so glad we listened to the advice of close mom friends. Looking back I cannot imagine this experience without her. This was our first baby and we had so many questions. Mary brought a calming energy and eased our anxieties. She is very knowledgable and was supportive of all of my decisions. My husband and I checked into the hospital to be induced as I was 12 days late and not dialating. In my head I thought "induction=C-section," and that was not what I wanted. But, as soon as Mary entered our hospital room the energy shifted. I no longer felt like I was in a cold hospital room with my dreams of vaginal birth crushed. Even my husband has told everyone who asks about our birth experience, "Everything changed when Mary arrived." It really did. She was the support I never knew I needed. While many others in the room became frustrated with the lack of progress and ecouraged a c-section, Mary stayed in tune with me and my wants/needs. She stuck by my side through about 20 hours of labor (5 of them pushing). Together we delivered our beautiful baby boy and I can never thank her enough. I had the vaginal birth that I wanted and I truly owe it to Mary. Her support did not stop there. I had difficulty breastfeeding and informed Mary when she checked in on me post- pardum. Once again, Mary brought her calming energy and invaluable knowledge to ease my stress and concerns. I recommend her services to any and every mom-to-be. Thank you, Mary! 

Grace Manser

5/7/2019

Choosing Mary to be a part of our son's birth was one of the best decisions we could have made and I feel she played a major part in our success with a natural VBAC birth. After experiencing the slippery slope of interventions with our first son's birth, starting with induction, intense labor, an epidural and ultimately resulting in a cesarean, it was so important to me to try with everything I had for a natural birth. I wanted an entirely opposite birth experience so badly. While most of the medical world was making me feel really terrified of the risks associated with a VBAC, Mary was so confident that it would work out that it helped me to regain the trust in my body that I had lost after my first birth experience. She greeted every bit of progress with contagious enthusiasm and positivity and when labor finally started she was right there with us, fully focused and prepared to contribute in any way she could to the best possible outcome for us. She was calm, reassuring and optimistic through every little complication we encountered. She was a vocal and enthusiastic coach during the pushing phase when I really needed it. Her intuition as a doula and as a mother are invaluable and the love and care that she shows her clients are so important in a time where so much can feel scary and uncertain. I couldn't imagine having gone through any of it without her in my corner. I'd recommend her to anybody in a heartbeat. 

Laura Ehrhardt

3/5/2019

I strongly recommend Mary's doula services! I can honestly say that Mary is a HUGE reason that my natural twin birth went exactly as I had hoped and prayed and never expected it rocked actually go. With the odds against me, I told my midwives I planned to deliver my fraternal twin boys without any pain meds and with as little intervention as possible. Mary was in my corner from day one. She calmly and confidently walked my husband and I through what to expect, how to handle it, and the ways she and my husband could support me in all of the hardest moments. She never for a second doubted that I could get my labor moving when the midwives scheduled my impending induction. With her positivity and resounding support my water broke at the eleventh hour and she cried in joy, “I KNEW IT!” and leapt to meet us at the hospital. We endured a long labor where I needed to be encouraged over and over that the little bits of progress I was seeing were incredible, were going to amount to something big, and were manageable. She introduced new techniques any time I got tired or stagnant. She helped to counter the pain I experienced. Mary never felt judgmental, tired, annoyed, or any of the things I feared in asking another person to be present in the slow and fast moments of birth. When I felt foolish in the noises I was needing to make she made exactly the same noises and I felt camaraderie and relief. When I felt fear she gave me confidence and encouragement. When I felt frustrated she gave me space to feel that and understanding. We delivered two beautiful healthy baby boys that afternoon together and my husband and I still say that we would have never made it out of the room without a surgery if it weren’t for Mary. Her post partum encouragement and advice was also invaluable. Her pricing is inclusive and she’s worth so much more. I’m so thrilled to have been her first birth as a doula. 

Jenny Vickers

1/8/2019

I highly recommend Mary as a doula! She's caring, supportive, knowledgeable, and experienced. She's so kind, and feels like a friend you have known forever, yet also very professional at the same time. At first, I couldn't imagine anyone in the room with me except my husband, doctor and nurse - but we decided to have a doula to provide additional support, and now I can't imagine NOT having her there. She had the most calming effect on me, helped with many useful techniques (breathing, massage, relaxation) to guide my husband and I through labor, as well as provided lots of good advice before, during and after pregnancy. I don't know if my husband and I could have done it without her. She's a one-of-a-kind person and now a friend. I have a new appreciation for doulas, especially Mary. There's a special bond that's created between the parents and doula - and I couldn't think of a better person to be in our room as we gave birth to our child, Magdalena. From our first few meetings, through labor, and beyond, Mary is simply the best!

Birth Availability for Mary Sefchek, CD(DONA), LCCE

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