$850 to $1400
$25 to $45
2 years and 55 births attended
3 years and 25 families served
Type of practice: On-call doula service
Clients per month: 0 to 5 births and 0 to 2 postpartum families
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Welcome! I believe every birthing person deserves a judgement-free, supported, and positive experience and look forward to being apart of yours. For 10+ years I've worked with infants, children, and families, valuing respect and kindness above all. My doula philosophy is a equal parts science + soul, with a personalized, evidence-based approach to each of my unique clients. I am DONA trained, have a B.S. in psychology focusing in womens health, and attended MGH for anatomy and biology education. I've also completed the midwives assistant training at the midwifery center started by Ina May Gaskin in Summertown, TN. I offer free in-person consultations to better get to know each other. My fees vary based on different services and packages, and I am firm believer that everyone should have access to doula support; I encourage you to reach out if you are concerned about affordability, as I am happy to discuss payment options and reduced fees in special cases.
Stoneham, MA Service range 100 miles
We had a wonderful experience with Maria as our doula. When I first met Maria she was warm and friendly, and most importantly non-judgemental. I had interviewed one other doula but was pretty set on Maria from the beginning. We had a few meetings which were really important not just for me, but to get my husband more involved and more aware of what his role was. We felt that talking things out with our doula helped us both feel more prepared and more united. When my labor began Maria came over and helped to keep me comfortable while my husband got things prepared and organized. It was really helpful to have her there to keep the environment calm and to keep me in a healthy state of mind. When my labor suddenly kicked into high gear, things started to move very quickly. I was very lucky that I was able to have the natural birth that I had hoped for but I know Maria would have advocated for me if things turned out differently. I think just knowing she was there helped to keep me confident that things would turn out okay. I wish everyone had the opportunity to work with a doula!Their philosphy and support really makes a difference in the birth experience. Maria was so kind and I would highly recommed her to a friend.
Maria was the perfect doula for me and my husband. She has such great, warm, comforting energy. Maria is light hearted and makes you feel like you are capable of anything. Her being there to rub my feet, ease my back labor, be my advocate and make sure we were eating was invaluable. I really feel like she not only allowed me to enjoy my birth, but my husband was able to be really be present because he had a partner by his side. Thank you Maria!!!
Choosing to have Maria as my Doula was the best decision I've ever made with my pregnancy. She is the perfect balance of science and soul. She was a resource who provided helpful information and also an emotional support system when I needed it most. The best part about Maria is that she has a way of completely empowering the woman she is helping by following the mother's intuition and doing so as a guide so you never feel alone or afraid in the process. My daughter came fast and furiously in a natural birth and I know I wouldn't have had such a successful delivery if it wasn't for Maria. Even after birth, she as a warm presence who checked in on me and my family not just because she had a postpartum visit as part of her services, but because she cares deeply and genuinely. I had a different doula for my first pregnancy and she didn't even come close to the knowledge, support, and connection that I received from Maria. Maria makes me want to have a baby every year! Any woman would be lucky to know her, call her a friend, and have her part of her birth story.
Maria is such an amazing doula! I could not imagine what my first pregnancy would be like if she was not a part of it. Maria’s knowledge and support gave me and my husband a peace of mind since we were entering unknown territory for the first time. The prenatal meetings were very informative. Maria made sure to touch upon all major topics (i.e. natural birth, epidurals, C-sections) and answered every question we had. Learning more about my pregnancy and what could happen during labor & delivery made me feel empowered and comfortable with what I was going through. My husband also appreciated Maria for including him in the birthing process, making sure she understood his needs and offering guidance on how he can support me during my pregnancy and L&D. When that special day came, my labor was extremely fast. Maria responded immediately by phone and text when I was laboring at home in the early morning and rushed as soon as she could when we found out by the midwife that I was fully dilated and ready to push upon arrival to the hospital. This was a great surprise to us all! Maria arrived just after the delivery (which took less than 45 minutes!) and immediately jumped into action. While everyone attended to the baby, Maria stayed by my side making sure I was doing well. She encouraged me to try and breastfeed my baby during skin-to-skin, which was a success! She also greeted my in-laws when we were waiting in the delivery room and helped us get settled during recovery. In the post-partum meeting, my baby loved being held by Maria! She was really sweet in making sure I was well physically, emotionally, and mentally. I highly recommend Maria in being part of this beautiful journey.
We LOVED working with Maria and are so happy we found her. Not only did we feel an instant connection with her bright, trusting personality, but she was honest with us about her birth experiences as a doula and helped us come to some important realizations immediately upon meeting. We enjoyed all our meetings with her prior to our birth and were so thankful to have her input during the labor process. As fate had it, another of Maria's clients went into labor around the same time causing her to call in backup for us. Fortunately, we cant say enough good things about Maria's backup doula! Once Maria was free to join us, she came to guide us through the birth of our daughter, including some important decisions that we had to make and we were so thankful she was there.
We just can't say enough wonderful things about Maria. If you have the opportunity to work with her, please do!!
I think that finding Maria was the best thing that could have happened to us. Since this was our first child we very nervous and scared but Maria helped ease us into everything from the start. Her ability to calmly and thoroughly explain different subject matters truly gave us the confidence to be open and honest with her. As a new father, I knew that I needed some help cheering on my wife during labor and handling some of the doctor's questions/concerns/comments. Maria did a great job of stepping into whatever role she needed to without thinking twice. This was a HUGE relief as I was able to spend more time with my wife during labor (which I know she greatly appreciated).
We view Maria as one of our good friends and not only a doula (she's a FANTASTIC doula by the way). All three of us clicked from the moment we met and I hope that she will be available for the birth of our next child. Thank you so much Maria!
Few people in this world you know are meant for a path and with Maria you could just feel she was meant to support bringing babies into this world. Her demeanor calmed even the most tenured of nurses and brought a wave of peace and empowerment as a soon to be mother. I felt I was aware of the options, understood the process (thanks to all her prenatal sessions!) and most importantly had a voice amongst the many nurses and doctors. She was open to all our thoughts, honest and friendly. She is the kind of person you would want on any of life's journeys but most importantly bringing a child into the world.
Her postpartum visit was one we looked forward to and as a new mother a moment of clarity and calm in those busy first days. The warmth and love she showed our baby was something we still can't quite find today (we wish she was also a full time caregiver!!).
Words can not express the love we have for our baby or the gratitude to Maria for supporting us through the journey of bringing him into this world.
Maria was a wonderful addition to our birth team and having her present created the perfect balance for me and my husband. From the first consultation meeting, she helped to melt away some of my anxiety related to our approaching birth. The more that we spoke during our visits, I felt more comfortable talking about my worries that were birth related. She was the perfect fit for our family, possessing all the qualities that we had hoped to find in our doula- down-to-earth, real, open-minded, knowledgeable, respectful, and compassionate. Maria empowered us to look at our birth and create a vision for what we wanted, something I had not considered. In creating these birth preferences, it helped us to realize that we had a say in our birth and that “birth” wasn’t simply something that happened or was done to us. Essentially, she helped us to find our voice. The visits with Maria prior to our birth, in addition to the hypnobirthing training, helped us as first-time parents to approach the birth of our son as ready as we would have ever been. Throughout the birth experience, she helped me to remain true to myself and my wish of having the birthing room kept calm despite the hospital environment. She supported us in creating a birth space where I was able to laugh, cry, and channel strength that I didn’t know I’d had- yes! “laughs,” we shared many of them. Initially the idea of birth was met with much resistance and fear as often birth is in our society, but because of the emotional and educational support Maria provided, I was able to cultivate a shift in my thinking and idea of birth, one that was filled with more empowerment, strength, resilience, and happiness. Due to the work we did beforehand, we were able to enter our birth journey with less worry and more excitement. We have nothing but gratitude for the experience we had with her and would welcome her into our future birth spaces.
I hired Maria this past spring when I was pregnant with my first, and I consider it one of the best decisions I've ever made. After meeting with Maria for an introduction, I was instantly comfortable around her, and she listened to us without judgment. We left that meeting confident that she would put us in a great position to have a positive birth experience.
Before working with Maria, I thought most of her help and support would be centered on me, the mother, during labor and delivery. But I wasn't expecting all the support she would provide in the months and weeks leading up to the birth, and how much my husband would also benefit from her support. Working with Maria forced us to think and talk about the birth even more than we might have otherwise, which brought up a lot of feelings and emotions for me - including fear. But recognizing these fears and emotions ahead of time allowed me to work through them well in advance of actual labor and delivery, which let me go into the birth of my son with more confidence. Maria was also completely understanding of these feelings, and encouraged me to share anything and everything with her. I also appreciated that she checked in with me in between visits. It was nice to have another person I could talk to about anything pregnancy, labor, or baby-related.
Maria was also able to help my husband feel empowered during one of the most stressful and emotional times of his life. She was a resource for him to lean on, and gave him the tools to feel like a confident, capable partner during labor and delivery.
My ultimate goal was to have an unmedicated vaginal birth, which I was able to accomplish, thanks in large part to Maria's support, guidance, and reassurance. Her knowledge of effective laboring positions helped my labor progress naturally. Maria is incredibly smart and inspires total confidence, but she's also kind and extremely generous.
After my first meeting with Maria, I called my husband and cried happy tears of joy, because I loved her so much and felt a connection to her. I knew she was the doula for me and I knew I would be able to accomplish my goals with her. She is down to earth, honest and real. This was my fourth delivery, but first time hiring a doula. It was by far the best experience of my life. I had an unmedicated water birth and I absolutely could not have done it without Maria. She is passionate about what she does and it shows. My children, husband and friends that were present at my birth all love Maria also! I told my sister in law about her and she hired her as well. Every birthing person deserves and needs a doula!
Maria was unbelievably helpful from beginning to end. She met with us twice before our daughter was born to go over the labor and delivery process (and told us stuff we never would have otherwise known), made sure we had a plan in place and helped us figure out strategies for both the birth and the days after.
When Maria joined us at the hospital, she immediately went to work and knew exactly what to ask for and how to make both of us as comfortable and relaxed as possible. She provided utterly irreplaceable physical, vocal and emotional support during and after labor. While some of our nurses were helpful, none of them could even come close to giving the level of care and attention that Maria brought with her. I can say with certainty that the entire process would have been more stressful, painful and panic-inducing without Maria's calming presence.
Even after our daughter was born, Maria has continued to provide insight, tips and support. I recommend Maria to anyone who wants a delightful, intuitive, experienced and empathetic coach as their personal tour guide on the wild journey that is childbirth.
I can’t say enough how wonderful Maria is. She is an empowering birth partner who is knowledgeable, down to earth, and truly dedicated to her work. Her passion for her craft is demonstrated in the time she spends getting to know her clients and doing her utmost to support them in every way possible physically and emotionally during the birth process. She helped me welcome my son into the world with humor and reinforced my birth plan flawlessly. Her encouragement was tireless. She made me feel supported and comforted me when I needed it most. Prior to the birth, she was always available to answer my questions or listen to my concerns. She put us at ease during every meeting and every phone call. She made my childbirth experience truly a positive and powerful one. I highly recommend her!
Maria was an awesome support for the end of our pregnancy, delivery and immediate post-partum. She is knowledgeable and helped me make informed decisions about all parts of the process without being pushy or biased. She provided clear, compassionate information. She was such a cheerleader for me as I went past my due date, and had a challenging labor. She went above and beyond to empower me while I waited on our baby, advocate with me in the hospital and help debrief after delivery. I had a brief illness after our daughter's birth, and Maria mobilized her doula community to help find sources of donor milk over the weekend. No matter what we faced, Maria was there with us to see us through. It made a world of difference in our experience with pregnancy and birth. Maria was also very intentional in empowering and involving my husband in our labor and delivery. He was able to partner with me with her guidance and coaching. I am so grateful that we elected to hire a doula, and I am beyond grateful that we found Maria. I recommend her without reservation to anyone interested in making informed decisions about their birth experience, and hoping to embrace their labor and delivery with courage and assurance that "they can do this!"
I went into our experience with Maria never hearing of the idea of a doula or knowing what doula meant. I would’ve guessed a doula was a body part in Latin.
My wife had met Maria and proposed the idea to me. Half of me liked the idea of having someone else involved that knows what they’re doing the other half was admittedly sceptical to involve someone and feared she may step on my toes in the process.
Maria’s process was amazing from the first time I met her. She came over to our home and gave me the opportunity to ask any questions I had at all and express concerns I had about working with a doula. She made the entire experience about what I and more importantly what my wife wanted for our sons birth.
Leading up to and during the birth Maria was an amazing part of our team, using her knowledge and background to make it a phenomenal experience. I never once felt intruded upon. She interfaced with the delivery team at the hospital seamlessly and helped us communicate what we needed and took so many little things off our plate throughout.
I’d work with Maria again in a heartbeat and recommend her to anyone. She helped make our birth a very special experience.
As soon as we met Maria, I knew she was a good match for us. I felt like I'd known her for years and she wasn't earthy-crunchy like I was afraid all doulas were. She is the perfect balance of knowledgeable, kind, professional, and positive. Even though we waited until 2 weeks before my due date to book a doula, she made us feel comfortable and more confident right away about the labor and delivery process as first time parents. I already felt supported by my husband and family, but having someone dedicated to my labor and delivery helped me relax. Maria was great at responding quickly to any questions we had and helped me ask my OB more detailed questions during my last appointments. I enjoyed our prenatal session and I was glad she went into a lot of detail so we could discuss my comfort levels and be on the same page. Once I was in labor, she came as soon as I asked. She helped us stay calm and relaxed, and knew the right questions to ask the nurses and doctors through the whole event. Maria visited us the day after we came home from the hospital and was a wonderful resource during the postpartum period. I plan on recommending her to friends and family in the future and would book her again in a heartbeat if I ever decide to have another baby.
My wife and I have used the services of a Doula for both births. Maria was our Doula for baby number two. Having a Doula for our first seemed like a strange concept and I was uncertain of the role they would take. I didn’t want to be replaced either. I had an open mind and boy was I glad we used the services of a Doula. Maria was kind, gentle, tough when needed, punctual, on time and always available. My wife was much more relaxed knowing we had a team at birth as was I. When you’re in the delivery room there’s lots of action happening and it’s fantastic to have another person for support. Thank you Maria!
How do I begin to write a review for Maria? When we met her, we had decided late in the game that we wanted (well, I wanted and my husband supported) a doula for my second childbirth. After a traumatic first birth experience that resulted in a NICU stay, I wanted to feel some relief from my anxiety going into the birth of my second baby. From the moment I met Maria, I knew there had been some form of divine intervention that brought her to us. She was warm, welcoming, encouraging, and all over human in her approach to my anxiety and in making it her mission that I have an empowering second birth. Throughout the remainder of my pregnancy, she met my questions with empathy and practical advice, even acknowledging when the advice I needed was beyond her scope of practice. Going into my birthing experience, I felt a sense of peace when Maria arrived at the hospital, just in time for baby Rosie to make her precipitous entrance! She was a calming presence in the room and made me feel like a superhero in the birth of my child. In our postpartum chats and subsequent visit, she made me feel incredibly proud of my accomplishments in bringing my second baby into this world, while facing the anxiety head on. Doulas are magic and Maria is a perfect example of how they encourage moms and dads to tap in to our natural strength and confidence. Thank you Maria, from the bottom of our hearts.
There aren’t enough praises in all the hymn books to sing about Maria! Not only was she always a reassuring, optimistic, excitable voice throughout my pregnancy- she managed to power through a very long, arduous labor with a plethora of complicating factors thrown in. Besides being my labor coach (using all sorts of pain management and calming techniques) she was a team player in working alongside the midwife and nurses at the hospital to determine next steps and assisting in all the delights childbirthing demands of mom and her support crew. Perhaps most importantly, she also wore the team manager hat- by coaching and directing my husband as well as thoughtfully communicating with close family. She also advocated for me with the medical staff about some decisions she knew weren’t in my best interests based on how my labor was going and in understanding my wishes. I could write a million reasons why Maria is THE PERFECT doula for enlisting in bringing your babe into the world... but this box only holds so many words !!! It is not only her professionalism, her obvious love of all things mother + child, and her incredible stamina but that she truly is called by the powers of the universe to do this work.
I don’t know how I would have gotten through my labor without Maria. I imagine that’s what many women say about their birth coaches or partners... but my sentiment couldn’t be further from mere lip service. Her strength, support, and positive energy meant the world to me. Do yourself a favor and let this woman into your world!
Not that you asked; but, for me, becoming a father was a lot like being Bastian in “The NeverEnding Story”. Bastian’s the boy who is stressed out, huddled under a blanket in an attic, grasping tight to a responsibility he can’t quite believe anyone would think he’s ready for; while his partner, Atreyu, draws upon tremendous physical endurance and mental fortitude to navigate through an epic challenge that threatens to shake their very existence to its core. Sometimes it’s exciting and fun, even incredibly so; but often there is that looming darkness growling from the corners of the page of “What if I screw this up?” and “What if it all goes wrong?”. And then, when things are at their lowest; a Luck Dragon swoops down and carries you and your partner, your fists pumping joyfully in the air, through the darkness, past the naming of your Childlike Princess, and off into a happily-ever-after where you feel like a total boss who can chase bullies into garbage cans and conquer all that life throws at you. Maria is a gosh-darn Luck Dragon. For real. Her kindness, wisdom, optimism, and buyout spirit lifted us and helped us find our footing as the parents we wanted to be and that our kids needed us to be. It is always nice when I have people (teachers, friends, family) come up to me and tell me how awesome my kids are. I take the credit when I can; I give my wife the credit when people know better. But part of their awesomeness is that they’ve been blessed with a Luck Dragon. My wife and I know that to be true. Maria is our Falkor; she should be yours too.
I am very enthusiastically recommending Maria Maloney as a doula. Maria has looked after our children for almost eight years and over this time has become a part of our family. She has watched our daughter since she was three and our son since he was born. Maria has also worked with me in my office where I work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Maria has been highly motivated to help our children develop and grow. She has taken both children on countless adventures including overnights and week-long vacations. Additionally, she has helped out in all aspects of our home, from organizing the shelves in the kids’ rooms to grocery shopping and cooking. From helping prepare for the kids’ birthday parties to bringing the children to dance lessons and medical appointments. In a clinical setting, Maria has demonstrated skill in building rapport with my clients and in utilization with my electronic medical record software.
In summary, Maria possesses all of the qualities that make an employee doula. Maria is creative, capable, patient, reliable and understanding. She has been very flexible with the hours we have asked her to work and the extra tasks that we have asked her to complete. She has always been able to take constructive feedback well. Maria has a better sense of humor than anyone else I know and an empathy and compassion for others that is evident in all that she does.
Once again, I highly recommend Maria Maloney as a doula. If you have any questions that I might be able to answer, please feel free to contact me at any time.
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