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MaryBeth Nance, AdvCD (DONA), CLD (CAPPA), SBD

Changing Birth

Bel Air, MD Service range 40 miles

http://changingbirth.com

Birth Fee

$725 to $1000

Birth Fee

$725 to $1000


Birth Doula Experience

20 years and 300 births attended


Birth Doula Certifications

  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) - Certified Labor Doula
  • DONA International - Advanced Certified Birth Doula
  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula
  • Stillbirthday - Certified Birth and Bereavement Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International-Approved Workshop, September 2004
  • CAPPA - Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, February 2005
  • Stillbirthday, April 2013

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 2

Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals

Attends birth center births? Some Birth Centers

Attends home births? No Home Births


Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula support
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly casting
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Childbirth education services
  • End of life doula services
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Military families support
  • Miscarriage support
  • Photography - Birth
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Reiki
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Former CAPPA State Rep and Director of Operation Special Delivery (international non-profit volunteer doula program for military spouses/partners), Former DONA SPAR for Maryland, DONA International Certification Committee, Patient Safety and Perinatal Loss Advisor and Speaker, Patient and Family Advisor at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health

Languages Spoken

  • English

Fee Details

My fee is all-inclusive and negotiable when there is financial need. Please contact me for more information.

Service Area

Bel Air, MD Service range 40 miles

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Client Testimonials for MaryBeth Nance, AdvCD (DONA), CLD (CAPPA), SBD

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Cindy Hooper Hushon

4/18/2024

MaryBeth was the doula for my daughter-in-law and son and I highly recommend her. As a mother and a grandmother knowing that MaryBeth was with them through their pregnancy journey and in the delivery room gave me such a piece of mind. I knew no matter what was happening or what the medical staff was telling them that MaryBeth had their best interest and the best interest of my new grandchild. She was their anchor in the storm and for that I am grateful. 

Sarah Winslow

3/18/2024

What can I say? I wouldn't want to give birth without Marybeth by my side! This was my second time having her with me.
She was present for my previous birth - fully unmedicated - and it was only because of her nurturing & reassuring presence that I was able to accomplish what I did! With this birth, I was not planning for it to be unmedicated this time, but I knew that I still wanted marybeth. She is not only the support you need for an unmedicated birth... she is the one you need no matter how your birth goes! She is very knowledgeable and understanding of birth, she helped me make some big decisions during this last birth (which actually ended up being an unplanned c-section), she is fully present & makes you feel like her only focus is YOU the whole time, no matter how many hours that ends up being, she knows the staff so well & is the perfect person to have as an "in between" between you & staff  

During my c-section, she held & stroked my hand, she helped distract me during the unpleasant/uncomfortable parts, she reassured me & made me feel like an incredibly strong mama each step of the way, she even took pictures of my baby right after birth to show me straight away what he looked like. 

No matter how many times you've given birth, or what birth you'd like to have, you absolutely cannot go wrong by choosing to have MaryBeth by your side!! Even the couple of weeks leading up to birth, she was my biggest support & help with different questions and concerns I faced. She is absolutely the person you want on your team!!! 
My husband, who is incredibly supportive of me & so present, agrees 100% and wouldn't want me to give birth without her on our team! 

Jonathan Lee

3/3/2024

My wife and I reached out to MaryBeth for support during the birth of our second child. We thought we had all our ducks in a row and were fully prepared for the birth of our first (took hypno birthing classes, bought podcasts and battery powered tea lights. The whole 9 yards.) but nothing could have prepared us for what was in store.

Even though this wasn’t our first rodeo we still had plenty of questions during the pregnancy and MaryBeth always answered promptly at nearly all hours of the day. She never once seemed bothered or annoyed.

When it finally came time to head to the hospital we were thrilled. She was going into spontaneous labor exactly as she had hoped and had unfortunately missed out on the first time. We arrived at the hospital eager to meet our baby boy, however the excitement quickly turned to dread upon our first interaction with our provider. In his first sentence to us we were told she had two hours to progress or she was required to begin Pitocin if we wanted to be admitted. My wife was devastated as she fully expected to waddle the halls until her baby naturally arrived but being put on a clock was incredibly stressful. MaryBeth immediately stepped up and made sure that the charge nurse administered as much of our care as possible unless medically necessary. Thanks to her familiarity with the hospital staff, we were able to escape with only a few sentences exchanged between the OB and a quick catch and stitch. My wife got exactly the natural unmedicated birth she wanted and felt so empowered postpartum it was night and day compared to our first.

As a husband who doesn’t exactly thrive in hospital settings, having an extra support system for my wife during this incredibly challenging time was a huge relief. We don’t plan to add to our family but if we did, we would absolutely hire MaryBeth again. She was a lifesaver.

Allison Boin

2/28/2024

We are so grateful that Mary Beth was apart of our birth story! The original plan/desire was that I would go into labor naturally and follow through labor and birth with very little medical interventions. However, our little baby boy had another plan. We ended up going in for an induction at 41wks and 2days. About an hour after receiving the first dose of cytotec, nurses and doctors rushed into our room in a frenzy. Baby boy's heart rate had dipped to 70bpm for almost 2minutes. We were able to get it back to normal by having me shift to my side. The doctor looked at me and said "If that happens again, we're not playing any games, that's a c-section" and then left. We both were pretty shaken and so we called in Mary Beth. She came promptly and was able to synthesize the information that the doctor didn't take any time to explain to us. So we were faced with a choice, either try to continue with an induction and risk an emergency c-section where I would need to be put fully under, or opt for a medically necessary c-section where we both would be able to experience the birth. I knew the right decision to make for the safe arrival of my baby but it took about 30min for me to come to terms with it. Mary Beth was very encouraging and kind in handling the emotions I was feeling in the moment. She also didn't sugarcoat anything and expressed her concerns as well. After making the final call to not proceed with the induction and go with a c-section, it was time for the operation. Mary Beth was able to be there and hold my hand during my spinal tap which I was so grateful for because I was shaking what felt like uncontrollably. Levi Harrison Boin was born on February 15, 2024 at 2:22a, 8lbs 3oz, 22in long. Overall, the birth story of Levi is not what I had envisioned or desired in any way shape or form but having Mary Beth with us helped us feel the most confident in all the decisions we made and she brought so much peace to a very scary situation! Thank you Mary Beth!

Lauren Majchrzak

2/9/2024

We still find difficultly expressing how essential, valuable, and wonderful Marybeth’s presence was during the delivery of our son. My husband and I both agreed that she was the single most crucial asset during our birth process. Marybeth was also a great resource during my entire pregnancy. She was quick to respond to any questions I had with thorough answers that addressed my concerns and reassured me. 

The morning that I went into labor, Marybeth kept in constant contact with my husband. She gave him encouragement, gave advice, and met us at the hospital soon after we arrived. Marybeth was quick to settle in and help support me through contractions. Up until this point, I had only spoken to her on the phone and not met in person; however, her supportive bedside manner and warm personality made for a quick, comfortable connection that immediately benefitted me. I’ll never forget how she held me in a hug as I got my epidural.

We wanted to avoid a C-section, but that unfortunately was the route God had for our birth plan. Marybeth was the calming presence I needed amidst the fear and anxiety of the impending procedure. Because of her great relationship with the staff at the hospital, she was able to come into the OR for my surgery and stayed by my side the whole time. She talked me through the entire process and reassured me that the doctor was taking good care of me. Marybeth went above and beyond by taking the most special photos of us meeting our son that we will cherish forever. Marybeth did not leave my side until well after we were fully settled in for the night after the procedure. 


Recommending Marybeth to an expecting mother doesn’t quite envelope the gravity and necessity her presence brings to the birth process. She is a game-changing resource that we were so blessed to have and we will utilize again!

Amanda Blake

1/28/2024

From our first call, I loved how MaryBeth really knew the staff over at Upper Chesapeake and could provide guidance there. As a FTM with a holisitc approach to life, I was very worried about what to expect, especially since hospitals really freak me out and I've had bad experiences with previous OBGYNs. I decided to try hypnobirthing and she had insight into that, which was great. She assured me that my requests for birth were not crazy and unreasonable. She let me know what things the staff may give me a hard time about and what wouldn't ruffle any feathers. From the start of labor to the birth of our son, she was very encouraging. She helped me through the process and let me know what was normal. After awhile, I mentioned that I would just like a c section (the LAST THING i would ever say in a normal situation, which she knew) and she made sure it didn't result in that after all the hard work I put in already. She took amazing photos of the birth which we'll cherish forever and my husband and I are grateful for her help during this insane procress. She has also been an incredible resource for referrals.

Kimberly

1/9/2024

When I had my first son, I didn't think I needed to invest in a doula. I had done tons of research and took hypnobirthing courses with my husband, and really felt like I could handle birth without one. While I didn't have a negative experience per se, it was not what I had prepared for at all, and I spent the next few years wondering how things would have been different if I had the support of a doula.

When I found out I was pregnant again, I reached out to MaryBeth right away. My husband and I knew I needed her support, and I had only met her once just a month before. Without knowing much about her, I knew I trusted her. She has a calm but sure presence, and I felt comfortable with her right away.

While I had a healthy pregnancy, I did have a handful of anxiety provoking moments, and MaryBeth was always available to talk me through my concerns. She validated every concern, no matter how minor.

When I got to the hospital in labor, I had an exceptionally hard time seeing eye to eye with my provider. MaryBeth very quickly stepped in and was ready to advocate for me and my wishes, and talk things through with me so I didn't make any rushed, pressured decisions. She worked with my nurses to ensure I got the experience I was looking for, in spite of my difficult doctor. She helped in ways that my husband never would have been able to on his own. In the end, I had a perfectly healthy labor and birth, with no health issues at all, and I gained an incredible sense of calm about the whole experience. Had I not had my doula, I would have had some serious birth trauma from the way my doctor handled things. I am forever grateful for MaryBeth.

I don't plan on having anymore children, but if I did I would hire MaryBeth every time.

Elaina

10/15/2023

We were recommended to MaryBeth from one of our providers and we are so happy we reached out. MaryBeth helped us feel empowered and informed going into our birth experience. Although our birth didn't play out the way we had planned for in the birth plan, MaryBeth was a source of wisdom and guidance throughout the whole process. We would recommend her to anyone looking and will definitely use her again in the future. 

Victoria

9/21/2023

When I found out I was pregnant, I knew exactly how I wanted things to go, minimal doctor intervention and only midwives. I didn’t know that my midwife would not be present through the entire birth process and I’m so glad they recommended MaryBeth. When I met MaryBeth, I knew right away she would be a good match for me. Not only was she an amazing resource, she provided me with so many great additional resources to help prepare for birth from the postpartum doula, lactation specialists, to birthing classes. She helped to create my birth plan, and we went over all of the different pain management techniques that we could utilize the day of. During labor, when nothing went according to plan, my husband and I couldn’t have asked to have a better support system. MaryBeth provided an extra layer of comfort to the whole experience and was compassionate and supportive of every decision I made about my labor. On top of everything else, she also turned out to be an excellent photographer too! Really, if you’re considering having a doula for your birth go with MaryBeth. If I ever decide to have another baby, I would easily have MaryBeth there by my side.

Samantha Matthews

8/27/2023

MaryBeth is one of the most compassionate, empathetic and knowledgeable people I have ever met. My husband and I hired her for both of our births, one in 2020, and one this year in May and we couldn't have made it through without her! I love that she meets in person prior to birth, to go over what you want your b irth plan to be. She made it very clear her goal was to support us with whatever our decisions/wishes were, and even asked us questions and gave insight to things we didn't even know we had control over.  On delivery day this past May, I was able to use her TENS machine, and it allowed me to have the labor/delivery of my dreams without the epidural. I kept the TENS machine on through labor, delivery and a few hours after I delivered, as I really loved the naural pain relief it gave me. I had an Epidural with my first, and MaryBeth reassured me that I was doing what my body needed in the moment. Even this time, with my second, when I was in doubt, she reassured me, that we could start the epidural process if that's what I wanted, and so we started it. My son ended up arriving before the epidural, but I'm so glad she was there to reassure and advocate for me. While I was about to deliver my son this time around, she asked the midwife if I could pull him out, and It was one of the most magical experiences I've ever had. Had she not been there to ask, I wouldn't have thought about it, and without her, we wouldn't have the amazing picures she was able to capture with her phone. MaryBeth made sure we were so well taken care of. She is the exact support that I needed both times. Both of my births were so special and so amazing in their own ways and I truly don't think I would feel so positive about my birth experiences if it hadn't been for the amazing help and support she provided my husband and I. We are forever thankful and in awe of her ability to do what she does so brilliantly. 

Elizabeth Nemeth

8/2/2023

Having MaryBeth Nance as a doula made my birth experience so much better than it would have been otherwise.  We met ahead of time to discuss my wishes and she was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in allowing me to make my own decisions, while providing resources to educate me when needed. 

When it came to delivery, I was at ease with her from the moment she came in the room. She has a calming presence and I immediately felt I could talk to her and ask her anything. She helped to advocate for me every step of the way. Whether it was to get ice, medicine, or ask a question, MaryBeth made it happen. If she had not been there, we would have been left on our own often. As first time parents, we would have been completely in the dark about what was normal, what we could ask for, and how to proceed.

My delivery had some issues and because MaryBeth was there, I could immediately ask what was normal, what to expect, etc. and she helped keep me informed so I felt secure. She stayed to answer all my questions and took pictures for us, so we could just enjoy the moment. 

Once home, I had a lot of emotions due to hormones. MaryBeth helped put me at ease, and again, answered all my questions, so I felt informed and comfortable.

I would never have another delivery without MaryBeth. She was my advocate throughout the whole process, she took care of me to help make me comfortable and feel empowered in my experience, and she helped make my delivery a positive one. I honestly cannot imagine what would have happened without her expertise and care. I cannot recommend her highly enough! 

Emma Dougherty

6/14/2023

There are not enough words to describe how amazing MaryBeth is. I went Through my first pregnancy without a doula and it was so confusing, stressful, and I felt somewhat in the dark after leaving each appointment. That pregnancy ended up being high risk as I had a Placental Abruption. My husband's family had worked with MaryBeth and swore by her! So, When I got Pregnant with my second child I knew there was no way I would do it without MaryBeth. She was truly such a blessing to me and my mental health during the whole pregnancy, the delivery of my son, and even postpartum. She becomes a friend and someone who you can 100% trust instantly. I cannot recommend her enough. She is available 24/7 for questions or even just to vent about how you are feeling. Having MaryBeth as your doula will positively affect how you feel about being pregnant and having a baby. She's truly the best!! 

Melanie Serena

6/7/2023

Part II:


When it came time for the birth, MaryBeth was packed and ready to go at a moments notice. As soon as I let her know that things were seeming to turn into active labor she was on her way and by my side quickly. I appreciated that she waited for my labor to progress to come in. This allowed for my husband and I to have our moments alone together before things amped up. When I needed advice when things did take the turning point, MaryBeth was always there with an unbiased answer. She gave me the facts, but didn't make me feel uncomfortable or that I was being judged for my decisions. I have seen so many women be judged for their choices during labor, so I was extremely relieved that MaryBeth was professional about any decisions I made. When the contractions got intense, MaryBeth coached me the entire time to get through them. When it came time for pushing she was right by my side holding my leg up for me. She was so caring during the entire process, and I felt at ease knowing I had such a seasoned doula by my side. The amount of support during my labor made me feel so empowered. She also stayed quite awhile after the birth as well. This made fresh postpartum, since my baby had to go to the nursery, much easier. My husband was able to be with our baby, and MaryBeth stayed to talk with me for hours until I was pushed back to the nursery to see my baby. Without MaryBeth I don't know what I would've done- not just during labor but during pregnancy as well. When people ask me about my birth experience I tell them I owe it all the MaryBeth. She made the experience so wonderful and positive in so many ways. I couldn't imagine what it would've been like without her support. MaryBeth will always hold a special place in our house for all she did for me and my family

Melanie Serena

6/7/2023

Part I:

My experience with MaryBeth Nance was beyond anything I could've imagined. MaryBeth was not only a huge support system for me and my husband, but she also ensured that any problem I was facing didn't go unheard. This was so important to me that she had this quality. When I had concerns about my pregnancy, and I felt like they were not being heard, MaryBeth would reassure me.  This wasn't the only thing she did to make sure my mind was at ease. She would go above and beyond to contact the appropriate person about any issues I faced with medical professionals during my pregnancy. At times, she was the only person whom I felt was fighting for me to feel a sense of ease. Having someone like that in my corner made a world of difference for my pregnancy experience.

Katharine Neubaum

4/10/2023

MaryBeth was exactly what we were looking for to aid us in the birth process of our first child.  She was available throughout the pregnancy to help me advocate for myself to ensure I was comfortable with every decision along the way.  When it came time for birth, I had a very long induction process and she was up at all hours of the night checking in on me to make sure I was mentally and physically okay.  In the end, I had to have a c-section. Not what we were hoping for but I am so grateful MaryBeth was there with us.  She explained all of the procedures, which was extremely helpful in easing my mind.  She is one of the most calm and comforting people you will meet and that makes all the difference when you are giving birth.  She is a wealth of knowledge in the field and she is someone you will want on your team.  She focuses on your needs/wants and advocates for you when necessary.  She even took pictures of the birth and we will be able to treasure those photos of those first few moments with our son.  She helped us with navigating postpartum life and has plenty of resources to get you whatever information/help you may need.  If you are even considering having a doula, MaryBeth is the one you want!!  We can’t recommend her enough!!

Melissa Wieters

2/4/2023

Where do I begin? MaryBeth was a true Godsend to our family. After suffering from infertility for years , entering the world of pregnancy was scary for both my husband and I. As soon as we found MaryBeth and had our first consultation so many of our fears and worries were calmed. MaryBeth is a wealth of knowledge and is very educated about every step of the process during pregnancy and leading to birth. She always had a very calming presence and was very attentive to our needs. When it came time for us to deliver, I honestly wouldn't have wanted anyone else there to help facilitate the birth of our daughter. When I was in pain and unable to articulate what I needed or wanted she was there to help me through that. She works seamlessly in conjunction with the hospital staff and ensures that they are taking your wishes into thought. She's so much more than just a doula , she offers comfort and companionship . MaryBeth goes above and beyond in every arena and if the Lord blesses us with a second child, she will certainly be the person we call first because I wouldn't want to go through this process again without her support. 

Ally

10/25/2022

There are no words to ever fully express all the care, love and support Mary Beth provided me and my husband prenatal, day of csection surgery and postnatal. I always felt I had support and guidance from Mary Beth, but more importantly she brought me such peace in my moments of anxiety. I had the perfect delivery thanks to Mary Beth after having quite a traumatic delivery with my first born. I finally got the peaceful, calm birthing experience I always wanted all thanks to Mary Beth. I would recommend her 1000000x especially to csection mamas looking for a peaceful birthing experience you may have thought was not possible due to surgery. It IS possible and Mary Beth is the reason why for mine. I will never be able to thank you enough, Mary Beth. You are heaven sent!

Krystal Prete

10/13/2022

My husband and I are so happy we hired MaryBeth as our Doula. MaryBeth helped us so much along the way - from the early pregnancy questions to the labor and the postpartum period. While birth is unpredictable, we were able to put together a birth plan with MaryBeth that covered all bases - some I was unaware of until MaryBeth thoroughly explained the birthing process. As my due date approached, I became a bit anxious, but knowing that we had an advocate made me more at ease. Once my contractions started, I reached out to MaryBeth and she guided me through. After laboring at home for a few hours, I went to the hospital where MaryBeth later met us. We were in communication the whole time- even at 2am. I had a made up scenario as how my birthing experience would go, and while I almost opted for an epidural (I did not want one), MaryBeth was able to talk me through the pain. If MaryBeth wasn't there, I am 99% sure I would have gotten the epidural and would have been upset about it later. I would recommend MaryBeth 10 times over and will be sure to reach out again for our next child.

Tiffany

8/9/2022

When I became pregnant, I knew I wanted a doula during labor since this was my first baby. I had a lot of anxiety surrounding labor and what that would look like.  I knew I wanted to an epidural and I wasn’t sure if Doulas helped with a medicated birth. My husband and I found MaryBeth and gave her a call to ask our questions. She was very open to helping us through labor with a medicated birth.  I felt like she was empowering me to choose what was best for me in whatever our birth plan looked like. I loved that she also added support for my husband as he was so nervous about what labor would look like, she could help him know how to support me through the process. When the time came, MaryBeth join us at the hospital. I stopped dilating at 8 cm and ended up needing a C-section because the baby’s umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and his heart rate kept dropping. We were SO grateful for MaryBeth every step of the way through our labor journey. With her knowledge of having experienced so many births, she was able to put us at ease when we had questions or needed a second opinion. I really felt cared for and she was able to advocate for me from the preferences that we had discussed. Even though our birth plan didn’t happen how we planned, I truly had the best experience I could have had because MaryBeth was there. During the C-section, she was able to comfort me in that everything would be ok and did not leave my side. When my son entered the world, she said “You’re birthing your baby” which was huge for me to feel connected to my son and acknowledge what was happening. I am so grateful for MaryBeth, to say thank you to her really isn’t enough, she will forever be a part of our story. If you are thinking about using a Doula, I would not hesitate to recommend MaryBeth to you, you deserve the special care, support, and ways she can advocate for you during one of the most important days of your life.

Taylor white

7/3/2022

Trying to find the words to describe how wonderful Marybeth is is next to impossible. If you're looking for a doula to help you have a positive birth experience then look no further. Marybeth is the definition of compassionate and has the ability to bring a peace and calming to the birthing space unlike anyone I've ever met. I had two of my three babies with her, both of which were VBACs after my first was a traumatic cesarean, and I felt so safe in her presence. Each experience had its unique challenges that Marybeth helped me navigate by keeping me informed. She’s advocated for me in a way my that husband could not. I wholeheartedly believe she would’ve helped me avoid a cesarean with my first birth. I couldn’t recommend her enough, for any type of birth.

Ashley Hushon

5/25/2022

We have now used Marybeth for both of our pregnancies labor and delivery experiences! We truly do not know what we would do without her! She is both a wealth of knowledge and a necessary calm in the crazy storm that is birthing a child! She not only is able to answer questions before and during labor, but she is also a great way to get the partner involved and feel as much a part of the delivery as the wife! My husband is typically more reserved to refrain from getting in the way and Marybeth gave him the tools to be an active participant in a way that made him feel he was supporting me every minute! We have had both a long and grueling labor as well as an intense shorter labor and we felt that Mary Beth wasn't necessary part of the team for both experiences! We will forever use and recommend Marybeth! She has become like a part of our family!

Jonathan Cecil

3/24/2022

As a man, it is hard in the beginning to comprehend what benefits a doula may offer a DAD during a pregnancy.

I am certainly grateful MaryBeth was on our team. She was above and beyond our expectations from day one!

Not only was she able to help me (and mom) understand all aspects of the birthing process, MaryBeth was able to keep us informed as baby developed, provided very helpful information and referrals for post-partum care, all the while maintaining a positive, caring demeanor that anyone would want in a doula. She made herself available literally anytime we had called on her with even the smallest questions or concerns.

With MaryBeth along side us, the experience at the hospital (probably the part we feared the most) went as favorable as one could hope for! 

If I could talk my wife into having another child.. haha, MaryBeth would probably be the first to know! ??

Sarah

3/15/2022

MaryBeth was exactly the person I needed at my birth. She was so helpful in communicating with me by text all day while I labored at home, and was priceless to have as my support (along with my husband) for my final hours of labor and delivery at the hospital. She was attentive to my needs and was the perfect "in between" person between me and the hospital staff. I felt that she was 100% available for me in any way I needed during my entire labor and delivery (and for a few hours after delivery). I would not have been able to have my unmedicated birth without her!! If I was to ever have another unmedicated birth, I would absolutely hire her again  

 

Katie Hough

3/6/2022

We just had our 3rd baby with Mary Beth and I think I speak for both my husband and myself that we can't imagine having our babies without her. Our last baby was an induction which we weren't looking forward to but MB made sure we tried to stick to our birth plan as much as possible. It's so nice being able to relax during labor bc you know there's a 3rd person there advocating for you. I can't recommend MB enough!!

Luke Hough

2/20/2022

My experience as a father and having a doula with us for birth was strange to me at first, but after the third baby it wouldn't even feel right if Mary Beth wasn't a part of it. The knowledge and wisdom she has is comforting to say the least and her connection with my wife Katie is something I knew she needed after our first child was born. Our first was my son Odin, who was a planned c-section due to him being breach. Mary Beth made every aspect of birth of my son amazing, from the music we were allowed to play during birth and right down to the clear curtain to see the baby right after birth. Unfortunately my wife had serious complications post partum, but Mary Beth walked with me every frightening step out of the way and thankfully both baby and mom came home with me. After that scary and humbling experience we see Mary Beth as a close family friend and we couldn't recommend her enough for anyone as a doula. She has been with us for all three of our childrens births and I could not even imagine any other way!!

Sally Steinbach, CNM

12/19/2021

I am a midwife who has had the pleasure of attending hospital births with MaryBeth for several years and I wish all my patients could have her. MaryBeth is fluent in hospital birthing culture and medical terminology (translation: how we work) and is a skilled liaison between her client and the medical team. She masterfully empowers and supports her clients throughout their pregnancies and births, regardless of the client’s choice of pain management or if medical necessity adjusts the originally desired birth plan. And as a fellow birth nerd I love her placenta art!

Jamie Kim

8/21/2021

This was my third birth attended by MaryBeth. This birth and the week leading up to it went very differently than I expected and I felt like things were spiraling out of control. The day I was admitted to the hospital I felt lost, heartbroken, and completely out of control of my birth. MaryBeth arrived at the hospital and sat down with me. She talked me through what was happening. She provided me guidance, support, and perspective. She stayed by my side the entire day and didn’t leave me until we were comfortably settled post delivery. MaryBeth helped me see how I was still in control and empowered me. She helped me shift my perspective on my birth plan and birth which I am so grateful for because I am able to reflect on this experience so fondly. She is absolutely amazing at connecting with mothers and encouraging them throughout pregnancy and labor and delivery. She is such a blessing to our community and I am forever in awe of her strength and talent as a doula.

Tricia and Drew

8/14/2021

MaryBeth was amazing! It's difficult to put into words how incredible she was throughout the entire birthing process. From the moment I began labor in the middle of the night, she made herself available and helped me through my contractions. She promptly responded to the hospital when I arrived and began comforting /coaching me. She brought a calmness with her into the hospital room that put my husband and I at ease. She answered all of our questions and explained things as they were happening which erased any confusion. My pregnancy didn't go exactly to plan, but MaryBeth helped walk me through my options and wasn't afraid to tell me her opinions on what to do. She did a great job capturing the experience with the pictures she took. I feel like I could go on and on about how incredible she was, but simply put, she made my childbirth easier. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants a professional, caring, wonderful woman by their side to make their childbirth that much more special.

Thank you so much!

Tricia, Drew, and Scarlett 

Julianna

8/13/2021

Hire MaryBeth as your doula and you'll totally understand why literally every person in the birthing community responds with "omg! MaryBeth is your doula? She's the best! I love her!" when you merely mention her name. Seriously, though, where do I even begin with this review? MaryBeth has supported me and my husband through two pregnancies and deliveries now and I truly can't imagine ever going through another without her. This past pregnancy came with a little extra stress and hiccups, but MaryBeth was there to offer support and encouragement every step of the way. I reached out to MaryBeth crazy early in my pregnancy because I knew there was no way I wanted to risk not having her by my side especially since I knew I wanted to try for a VBAC. From that point forward, she was always a mere text away. MaryBeth invests so much time, energy, love, and support into her clients and has a way of making them feel like they're the only person in the world who she is there for (which, by looking at her reviews alone will tell you is clearly not the case. ha!) She was such a huge support for me and my husband as I attempted a VBAC and she offered an immense amount of comfort as I delivered my son via a repeat cesarean. MaryBeth's support didn't end when my son was born, though. She stayed with us for hours after he was born and was there to make sure he was breastfeeding well and to make sure I had everything I needed for a smooth recovery. She was also there via text in the days, weeks, and months following his birth to make sure recovery was going well, point me to any resources I needed, and to be a listening ear as I processed my son's birth. When you hire MaryBeth as your doula, you're getting so much more than just the world's best doula. MaryBeth truly becomes a friend and is such an irreplaceable pillar of support in the parenting journey. Before you know it, you'll be the one saying "Yeah, I know MaryBeth! She's the best! I love her!"

Wendi Conkin

7/28/2021

I have known MaryBeth for almost 20 years, both as a fellow doula and a personal friend. When my son Tim and his wife Bernadette found out that they were expecting their first child last year (in the middle of a global pandemic), the first call we made was to MaryBeth. I live out of state and knew I wasn't going to be able to be of much help to them. I knew they needed and deserved a dedicated doula and there is no one I would trust more to fill that need than MaryBeth. 

From the first phone call, Tim and Bernadette knew they were in good hands. MaryBeth has a very calming presence, vast knowledge of pregnancy, labor and birth as well as a long standing relationship with most of the local birth providers. She is able to help new (and experienced) parents navigate all the ins and outs of birth with specific providers from working first hand with most of them for many years, including Upper Chesapeake. 

As their pregnancy progressed, we learned that the natural birth they had wanted was not going to be possible due to some complications. MaryBeth immediately got to work forming a birth plan that accommodated as many of their wishes as possible while staying within the guidelines of hospital policy. She was able to answer their questions and explain all the medical terms and jargon in a way that made sense to them. She was also able to be present with them for their surgical birth which gave this momma a tremendous sense of relief! She even made sure to send me photos from the OR as soon as our little one arrived safely. In addition, all of her suggestions, support and knowledge attributed to my daughter in-law having a relatively easy recovery from her cesarean, including a successful breastfeeding journey, which is still going strong 4 months later!

Having been a doula myself, I strongly believe they are essential for birthing families today. And having MaryBeth as your doula is one of the best decisions you will ever make.

Stefanie

6/18/2021

Where do I begin? From the start MaryBeth was readily available to answer any and all questions. She responded within minutes no matter how big or small. She was very familiar with the hospital (Upper Chesapeake Medical Center). She knew the staff, policies, and nuances in and out. MaryBeth helped develop our birth plan, offering suggestions or insight when needed while respecting our choices. When our birth didn't go as planned MaryBeth was there to advocate for us and answer any questions that came up. She communicated with nurses and relayed information to myself and my husband in a calm and clear way. Post delivery MaryBeth checked in with me regularly and continued to provide medical support and insight. She truly was an asset as a first time mom, even more so when things when differently than we had hoped. I wish every expecting parent could receive the care and unwavering support that MaryBeth provides. If we choose to have more children we will be using her services again, and will be highly recommending her to anyone we know. 

Kalyn Morse

6/17/2021

This was my second time using MaryBeth as our Doula and I cannot express how thankful I am to have had her presence at both births. This most recent birth was perfect in every way and I really believe the calm presence and support MaryBeth provided me during my labor helped me achieve the natural birth I hoped for. She is extremely knowledgable and is there to answer any questions prior to labor, during labor, and afterwards. Do not hesitate in contacting MaryBeth to be there for you during your birth. She is hands down the best of the best. 

Dominique Reynolds

4/29/2021

MaryBeth has been with me through 4 pregnancies. She was there for 2 deliveries. Together we had a successful, healing VBAC! Her support through our loss was amazing. Through COVID, we had our rainbow baby and another successful, natural VBAC. I cannot recommend her enough. She believes in you when even you cannot believe in yourself. My husband loved her presence and felt so supported. Her demeanor is so calming. We love her and are forever grateful!

Bernadette Lennon

4/14/2021

Marybeth was actively involved throughout my entire pregnancy and the postpartum period. Anytime of the day or night, she answered my questions and calmed my fears. She helped me breastfeed for the first time, and continued to check in on me even after the hospital discharged me. I would recommend her to anyone, and I look forward to utilizing her services In the future. 

Stephanie Clements

3/18/2021

I don't have words to accurately describe how much I appreciate MaryBeth Nance as a birth doula, but I will try. The knowledge and wisdom she brings into your birth experience is priceless. She not only is there for you, explaining, advocating, comforting, encouraging during your labor and delivery but all through your pregnancy she is available to answer any question or walk you through any concern. Her services and care are a gift from God. Our family is so thankful for her and we would recommend her to any expecting couple. 

 

Candace M

3/11/2021

My husband and I were initially on the fence about hiring a doula for the birth of our first child. I really wanted an unmedicated birth and we decided the best chance would be if we had a doula to help us. I can honestly say that hiring Mary Beth Nance as our doula was absolutely the best decision my husband and I made! We both immediately felt connected and comfortable with her. She was so easy to talk with, relatable, and full of knowledge on everything pregnancy, labor and postpartum related.

I had a long and challenging labor, and I don’t know what I would have done without MaryBeth by my side. She was right there to offer support and advice when I needed it which were more comforting than I can express. I went into labor with a birth “plan” and although unforeseen circumstances caused quite a deviation, I can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing. I had the most amazing birth experience and I truly attribute that to MaryBeth! With her at our side we felt so confident at each step of the process.  She is incredibly knowledgeable and her relationships with the staff at Upper Chesapeake were invaluable, as the birthing team truly looks at her as another well-respected team member.

MaryBeth also made the birth process much easier and enjoyable for my husband. With MaryBeth present, my husband was able to focus solely on being there to support me during labor.  This made all the difference in the world to both of us!

I initially thought that doulas were only for birth support, but MaryBeth has been there for us more than I could have ever imagined. Her expertise, advice, referrals, and support around all things pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum have been so helpful and such a comfort.  Being on the other side of the labor experience, I cannot imagine going through labor without her, she truly has a gift. We love and absolutely recommend MaryBeth!

Ashley Hushon

3/10/2021

MaryBeth is one of a kind. My experience is from our frist born child. My goal was to deliver as naturally as possible and Marybeth helped me achieve that and MORE! She came to our home for informational sessions before the big day! She answered all questions and helped my husband and I create a birthplan while reminding us and assuring us that things will change and as a team we would also navigate any changes as they come! MaryBeth was texting me throuhgout pregnancy sending me motivational pictures and quotes. When contractions began, she was able to help descibe what my body was doing to prepare! She came to my home to help me labor here as long as possible! After a few hours she followed my husband and I to the birthing center. I labored for over 39 hours total. She helped us attack every obstacle, question, and option head on with all the information we needed to know. She came up with every trick in her book to keep me motivated, comfortable, and inspired. She was even able to capture raw footage of our experience. These are priceless. To my husband, she helped mold his entire perspective of what childbirth is like. Other husbands know sitting back, watching (their wives push or a netflix film), but Timmy and I did not want that for our story. I wanted to rely on Timmy, I wanted to use him to help bring our baby earthside and beause of MaryBeth I was able to do that! She stayed in the birthing center with us for a few hours after our daughter was born to make sure we were all settled in! 

Because of the experience MaryBeth provided me, I am now interested in becoming a Doula myself. I want to provide other women with the support, knowledge and inspiration that MaryBeth provided us! There is no bigger compliment to MaryBeth's abilities than that. She will forever be our Doula! 

Cindy Hooper Hushon

3/9/2021

MaryBeth was the doula with my son and daughter-in-law. Without a doubt, MaryBeth helped guide them on the best path, for them. She was instrumental in making their birthing experience the best that it could be and perfectly suited for them, as first time parents. Our first grandchild was born during the Covid pandemic, hence the hospital was shut down to visitors. Not being able to be in the waiting room was hard, but MaryBeth was amazing at keeping us updated on their progress and how the new dad and mom-to-be were really doing. Her expertise and compassion added so much to the birthing process. I highly recommend MaryBeth!

Gia Natoli

1/24/2021

Where do I even begin? MaryBeth made our entire birthing experience absolutely spectacular!  Being first time parents, you just never know what to expect during the last few weeks of pregnancy and especially during delivery.  Having MaryBeth there put myself and my husband at ease!  It was a blessing to be able to ask MaryBeth any questions leading up to our delivery, having her to create our perfect birth plan, but most importantly, having her there during our delivery not only as our advocate but there to guide me through the entire journey.  By having her guide and coach me through, it allowed my husband to fully enjoy the entire birthing experience and didn't have to have the responsibility of ensuring I was comfortable and advocating our wishes, all while trying to enjoy the experience himself.  When I say having MaryBeth there for us was a true blessing, I mean it with my whole heart.  She was there for everything we needed! I will absolutely be having MaryBeth with us for our next pregnancy and delivery.  I couldn't imagine not having such a beautiful light there with us again.  Thank you, MaryBeth, from the bottom our hearts!  

Gina

1/23/2021

MaryBeth is truly amazing at what she does. This is the second time we've hired MaryBeth. When I first mentioned hiring a doula to my husband he wasn't 100 percent on board but after working with MaryBeth he agrees it was one of the best decisions we've made. She created a custom birth plan and provided resources for me to make educated decisions. It was so nice to have someone I could reach out to with questions about signs of labor or hospital policies. With my first pregnancy labor was long and she supported my husband and I the entire time. She was also able to capture pictures right after our baby was born. The nurses and midwives have told me countless times how much they enjoy working with her. I would definitely recommend he services no matter what type of birth you have in mind. 

Anne

11/13/2020

Mary Beth is wonderful and I would recommend her to anyone, regardless of the type of birth they are planning! I had planned a low intervention birth but ended up getting induced, having an epidural after many hours of labor that did not progress, and finally getting a c section when the baby was showing signs of distress. Mary Beth was incredibly supportive and helpful every step of the way, explaining the process better than the medical staff, reassuring me that I was making good decisions, and doing small and large things to make my experience better. To top it off, the pictures she took after the birth were so beautiful, we didn't even need to hire a newborn photographer! She's definitely worth every penny even if you don't want a "natural" birth.

Lindsay Stubbs

9/16/2020

It was amazing working someone so passionate about the birth experience. She was open minded and always had such a great attitude. I always trusted her with my patients (as a CNM) and felt she had such a good impact on the woman's birthing experience. She was not the type to push natural birth or epidural on a patient but supported whatever they desired. She also continued to grow and learn in the 2 years I worked with her by attending trainings.  It was an absolute pleasure working with her!

Leah Gittings

9/15/2020

I will never again go through a pregnancy or give birth without Mary Beth as my doula. Her knowledge and support during my pregnancy was so comforting. It's so nice to have someone to ask any random questions that come to mind. It was extremely comforting having her in my corner with all of the Covid craziness going on during my pregnancy. The connection she has with the midwives and hospital staff was so helpful. She works with the nurses and birthing staff seamlessly and it allowed me to focus on my labor. She thought of every possible way to put me at ease, and she seemed to know what I needed without me even having to ask. My labor was a bit stressful, with my baby going into distress, and I cant imagine getting through that without her support. 

Ashley Blum

9/15/2020

MaryBeth was an amazing help throughout my pregnancy, labor, and delivery! She helped me write my birth preferences and was able to answer all of my questions about the birth center and what to expect so I would be better prepared. From my water breaking to my prolonged (unmedicated) labor to my eventual C-section and my postpartum period, she was there to provide information, support, and encouragement along the way. Although my birth did not go as expected, she helped me to have the best possible birth experience. I truly could not have done it without her!

Erin Losie

5/4/2020

MaryBeth is an amazing doula & I highly recommend her!  We hired her twice.  What's great about MaryBeth is she really listens to your needs and desires, without judgement.  Whether you want an unmediated birth, an epidural, or a c-section, she's there to help you.  She's loved by the staff at Susquehanna OBGYN and Upper Chesapeake.  All the doctors and mid-wives there welcome her for your birth.  Because of the relationships she's built with both groups you won't have to worry about her butting heads with the medical staff.   For my son I wanted a hospital unmedicated birth.  She helped me achieve that, despite my son being 9.5 pounds!  She was the voice of reason and my biggest cheerleader when I wanted to give-up.  She's able to quickly assess when it's really time to give-up or it's just the tough part of labor when you think you want to give-up.  MaryBeth is the reason I was able to stay sane during the last month of my pregnancy with my identical twins.  She helped me deal with the pain and ensured I was properly communicating my quality of life issues with the doctors.  With my approval, she advocated for me to the doctors and mid-wives about various aspects of my care.  MaryBeth is VERY knowledgeable about twin births and gives you all the facts about multiples you'll be hard pressed by find elsewhere.  In the end we decided it was best for me to get an epidural for this birth; however, it wore off as I was going into transitional labor.  Without MaryBeth's guidance and calming effective, I probably would have had a c-section.  Instead I was able to have an unmedicated birth, with baby b coming out feet first breeched!  I credit her for saving me from an unnecessary c-section.  My husband also loves MaryBeth!!  She was incredibly helpful to him during both births as well.  Hire MaryBeth!  You'll be glad you did!! 

Samantha Matthews

4/8/2020

My husband and I can’t thank MaryBeth enough, the whole process was everything and more I could’ve imagined. From our initial meeting to her helping us bring our baby boy into the world, even with all of the craziness and uncertainty in the world, she helped make our birth so amazing and calm and I’m tearing up typing this, I just truly felt loved and supported. MaryBeth made sure My husband and I were the most informed from the start, from what pediatricians she recommends to what to expect during birth and what our options are as parents. Her knowledge and expertise is unmatched, and she truly wanted what was best for me during my delivery. Hiring MaryBeth was just one of the best things I’ve ever done and I’m over the moon it was all able to work out! We hope to be able to use her services again in the future <3 

Katie Hough

4/7/2020

This was the second time in two years that we used Mary Beth. We had a very traumatic csection with our first birth so we very much wanted to try for a VBAC the second time around. We had great nurses and a midwife and if it wasn't for Mary Beth keeping me on task not letting me forget what the end goal was who knows how the birth would've went. When we hit what felt like the 18th hour she reminded me of how tired I was and that getting an epidural would let me rest and let my body progress the way it needed to. Getting an epidural was not something I wanted to do but something I ultimately needed to do so I could still have the birth I wanted. We got to watch her being born with a big mirror and it was the most empowering fulfilling thing that I have ever accomplished. 

Luke Hough

4/3/2020

Mary Beth was nothing short of amazing. Our family has built such a great relationship with Mary Beth from the birth of my son two years ago that it felt like I had family with me on the other side of my wife coaching her to push. I recommend her every chance I get and I always will. 

Natalie Edwards

3/13/2020

Working with MaryBeth was a wonderful experience! It was so helpful to meet with her during pregnancy and make a birth plan - it gave me the extra confidence I needed for birthing my first child. Once it was time to go to the hospital, it was comforting to know she was on her way. Her arrival felt like a safety net! 
MaryBeth was so helpful - both in prenatal advice and support during labor. I would highly recommend her services to any mom-to-be!

Allison

1/23/2020

I can not say enough good things about MaryBeth.

She did so much more than prepare me in the months leading up to giving birth - she became someone I could really turn to. All questions and anxieties I had were met with reason, patience, and understanding.

When the time came to give birth, she was right there through the whole ordeal. She calmed me down and helped me through one of the most frightening experiences of my life. Even though my birthing experience wasn't what I could have ever imagined, I feel so happy with how everything did go...just because MaryBeth ensured I made the most informed decisions. 

Even postpartum, I know I can turn to her for help! She has given great, unbiased, advice on how to raise our son in a healthy way for both our mental and physical health. 

Thank you so much MaryBeth! I couldn't imagine birthing without you.

Jen Glorioso

1/22/2020

MaryBeth is not only an amazing doula, but an amazing woman and inspiration! I met MaryBeth while she was supporting a client through her birth and I was her clients labor and delivery nurse. She has an overwhelming peaceful and calming presence. I was in awe as I watched her help this woman gather the strength she needed from within to welcome her new baby to the world! I had the pleasure of attending many of MaryBeths client's births over the past 8 yrs. She has not only guided me through my journey of becoming a midwife, but has changed how I support the women in my care through labor, birth, and postpartum. She is a wealth of knowledge, has many tips and tricks up her sleeve, and most of all is a powerful advocate for birth and her clients. I highly recommend her as a doula, and hope that one day in the near future she will support me through my next pregnancy and birth!! 

Amanda

1/21/2020

MaryBeth is an AMAZING doula.  My husband and I were incredibly grateful for her knowledge and support before, during and after the birth of our daughter.  MaryBeth is extremely knowledgeable and provide education and resource making our birth experience easier.  She was always available by phone and text.  She pulled out all the stops to help me through some challenges while pushing and continued to encourage me throughout the process.  She was also very supportive to my husband and helped explain things to us during the labor and delivery process.  I am so grateful we had to support of MaryBeth and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a caring, compassionate, kind, knowledgeable and resourceful doula.

Marie

1/17/2020

This is my second time using MaryBeth. First baby I did no doula. Huge mistake hubby needed guidance and I had no support on knowledge on my wishes. Second baby reached out to her to try to get back from tramatic birth experience with 1st. It was longer labor 38hours but she was a champ thru it all encouraging, using different techniques for pain management, ensuring staff respected birth plan even though there were changes to birth plan i felt empowered and enjoyed the labor. 3rd baby I got the birth I wanted a natural water birth. She was so flexible with my changes suggestive even went above n beyond getting me a bed pan. She truly cares for her clients she encourages them, certified in many different birthing techniques, she loves what she does. I had called around to different doulas they seemed in it for the money, over booked number of clients, had time limits and additional charges of all sorts.

MaryBeth I would recommend over and over again. Except if your delivering the same time as me because I wouldnt labor without her anymore ;)

Thanks again for ensuring a successful birth plan that I am pleased to say I went thru no regrets.

Julianna Wilt

10/14/2019

When my husband and I found out that we were pregnant, we learned very quickly that in order to have the birth experience we always dreamed of, it would be incredibly beneficial for us to hire a doula who could support us. After talking with several trusted friends who insisted that MaryBeth was the best of the best, we felt confident in our decision to ask MaryBeth to be our doula. Now, looking back over the pregnancy and the delivery of our son, it is so easy to see why everyone we talked to absolutely raved about MaryBeth. When, at 37 weeks, we learned that our baby was breech and would require a cesarean delivery, MaryBeth was there to ease our fears, thoroughly explain our options, revise our original birth plan, and help us feel confident in our decision to move forward with the cesarean delivery and trust that it was the safest option for both me and baby. She helped me and my husband feel at total peace leading up to and during our baby’s delivery and she truly helped us achieve the birth experience that we always dreamed of despite the fact that our son’s “exit strategy” was the total opposite of what we had originally hoped for. She absolutely went above and beyond what we could have ever expected or hoped for (and our expectations were pretty high after talking with our friends who recommenced her!)  We could not be more grateful for MaryBeth’s wisdom, support, and thoughtfulness. She truly is the best.

Cara

9/14/2019

     After experiencing birth trauma with my first and second deliveries I knew I needed a doula who was understanding of my experiences. I knew I would need emotional support during labor almost more than I would need physical support. I originally contacted MaryBeth because I was planning on having a vba2c and I needed someone in my corner who understood my needs and how best to support them with the practice I was seeing. MaryBeth was always quick to answer my questions, listen to my fears and give my support throughout my pregnancy and in labor. I was able to achieve an unmedicated vba2c without trauma and I truly believe that MaryBeth was part of the reason why. 

Taylor

9/4/2019

Getting MaryBeth as our doula was one of the game changers for us. We were worried about our first hospital birth (since we had s home birth with our first), but she helped us navigate all the options and choices and gave us a voice by writing our wishes in a birth plan. Even though the birth went way differently than we had hoped (water breaking first, not getting a lot of our wishes met because we were early term at 35 weeks, needing to go on pitocin, choosing a c-section), MaryBeth helped us navigate the emotional landscape of all these decisions while also ensuring that we were well informed and well taken care of. She partnered with the nurses, midwives and doctors to help us understand our options and make the best decisions for our labor and the health of our baby. Two things she said impacted me deeply, one was when I wasn’t progressing even on pitocin and she said that we were simply waiting for the medicine to do it’s job and it wasn’t effected my any of my efforts to “trigger” more intense contractions. This gave me the permission to give myself rest while waiting. Then as we were preparing for the c-section, she reminded me that it was still me birthing my baby. It wasn’t the surgeon birthing my baby, but me. That was so wise and circumvented any thoughts of failure or disappointment. I am so incredibly grateful for MaryBeth and her support. My husband even said “we should be paying her more. I want to pay her more.” She is worth every penny and more! 

Melanie Furrer

7/23/2019

I had the pleasure of working with Marybeth over the course of 4 years working as a CNM in Harford county. She was such an amazing resource for our patients, and I would always recommend her to women interested in doulas. Marybeth is such a genuine, caring soul and that shows through into every interaction with her. She takes excellent care of her clients, and she always extended that love and care to me as a provider as well. She is knowledgeable, trustworthy, an amazing doula, and an incredible woman all the way around. I would happily recommend Marybeth to any pregnant woman who is looking for compassionate, intelligent & intuitive support during her pregnancy and birth journey! 

Sara

7/11/2019

MaryBeth is a uniquely wonderful human being and a highly competent and capable doula. She has supported and empowered me through three pregnancies and three very different VBAC birth experiences (a pitocin-augmented labor with an epidural, a totally natural delivery, and an unmedicated induction ending in a traumatic delivery). She is extremely knowledgeable and one of the most caring and compassionate people I have ever met, providing unending informational and emotional support during and after my pregnancies. MaryBeth has exceeded my expectations in every possible way, and I proudly recommend her.

Jennifer Malinowski

5/29/2019

This was my first time working with a doula, and the experience was wonderful! It was encouraging to hear from all directions, nothing but compliments and praises about MaryBeth from the team of midwives in my practice, through the entire staff at the hospital. It started things out with such a positive note to move into delivery. Both my husband and I loved having her with us through the birthing process. She was my voice when I couldn’t speak, ensuring the nursing staff was performing entirely in my best interest. She kept me in the best mental space I could be in through each contraction. I was so encouraged by her, as was my husband. It felt so great after delivery to hear him share how wonderful she was as well! I would highly recommend her to anyone considering working with a doula. She was an absolute blessing! 

amanda kaye

5/23/2019

I can not say enough beautiful things about MaryBeth. I am so gratful to have found her. From the very first phone call, I could tell that having a doula was what I needed. However, I did not know how much I truely would appreciate making that decsion for myself. I had my first baby 20 days ago. I did not know what little 'true support' i would recieve throughout this process. You have to think, your OBGYN/midwife office is busy and have a ton of pregnant patients at once, they can't really be available to you every step of the way nor could my family support me in this process the way I wanted to be supported. MaryBeth supported me in how I planned to give birth and gave me so much advice throughout the process to support MY goals. As a first time mom, I didn't realize how many choices I had when i came to giving birth, MaryBeth gave me those choices and created a customized birthplan for me. Not only that, she educated me on what is done today and why things are recommended and why not. It is easy to be influced by friends and family that had babies 20-30 years ago... things now are much different, and having a doula allows you to learn what your choices are to make a difference in your exerience. MaryBeth coached me through the labor process, answered my text messages at 2:30am and reassured me that my intution is right. My birth didn't go as planned, however, MaryBeth made it truely special. She helped me get through the hurdle of a changed birth plan and supported myself and my husband through some uncharted territory. The experience, expertise, knowlege, and kind heart MaryBeth showed me throughout my experience made my experience one to talk about. I felt prepared, empowered, and supported as a first time mom. It was incredible. If you want a positive birth experience filled with love, strength, independence, and confidence.. hire MaryBeth to be your doula.  MaryBeth, Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. 

Eva Gray Callahan

3/21/2019

My husband and I are so glad we found MaryBeth! From the initial consultation to the postpartum follow up, her knowledge, help, and support was invaluable. We did what any diligent parents would do. We researched, discussed, and planned as much as we could throughout the pregnancy to give our son the best possible start to his life. But life being as it is, absolutely nothing went according to plan. It was devastating and I felt really helpless to what was happening, but having MaryBeth there, working along side my husband was a huge help. She has a very reassuring and calming presence and I know, without her help, it would've been much more difficult to get through. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula. I am looking forward to working with her again when the time comes!

Kalyn Morse

2/12/2019

We recently used MaryBeth Nance as our doula during my second child birth. After my inital phone consultation with MaryBeth, I hung up the phone and knew right away that I would be hiring her to attend my birth. She had a warm personality, didn't rush me off the phone, and took genuine interest and time listening to me and answering all of my questions. She came to my home to meet with me and my husband one time in the third trimester which allowed all of us to get to know eachother a bit better and go over additional information before delivery day. In the final two weeks leading up to the birth, she was prompt in answering my text messages and giving me sound advice. As far as the labor and delivery process are concerned, she was hands down a huge support role in helping me achieve the natural birth I wanted. I would HIGHLY recommend her to any woman looking for a doula to be an advocate for them and not leave their side during the pains of labor. We were surprised at the amazing pictures she was able to capture of my daughter being placed on my chest, the cutting of the cord, the weight and measurments, etc... it was such a treasure to have these moments documented! 

April Davidson

2/9/2019

MaryBeth was my Doula for my 3rd birth. She was amazing! She is extremely knowledgeable about all things related to pregnancy and labor. She put me at ease and saw me through my longest labor. I loved that the hospital staff knew her and were comfortable with her. They never questioned any suggestion she made for my comfort. The nurses and midwife would come and go, but MaryBeth stayed by my side and made sure I had everything I needed. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a doula. 

Jackie Smith

2/8/2019

MaryBeth is amazing.  She provides all-inclusive services which means she is available prior to delivery to answer questions and be a sounding board, is incredibly present during labor and delivery while still being able to take photos, and follow-up during the postpartum recovery period.  MaryBeth has a special way of educating you on your options but also reminds you that you alone are in control of your birth journey. She advocates for her clients beyond expectations.  And on top of her skills and knowledge, she is a kind, involved, patient, generous person that has a gentle and calming demeanor.  She will remind you that she works for YOU and is there to support your choices.  As a former doula myself, after using MaryBeth for my own birth, I cannot day enough good things about her.  She will be a huge asset to your birth experience.

A *

12/18/2018

Wow wow wow!!! All I can say. Hiring MaryBeth was the best decision I made with my third pregnancy. I would definitely hire her again. Her support throughout my pregnancy especially in the last couple weeks was amazing. She was always a text away. I loved that she helped me with my birth plan. She knew the staff at Upper Chesapeake which made everything go very smoothly. I felt supported and in the loop throughout my pregnancy and labor. She was there to coach me through contractions and tell me I could do it just when I thought I couldnt. She was very knowledgeable about the whole process and explaining how everything worked. (In the hospital) She was an amazing advocate for my wishes. She truly cared about me and my birth experience. I wish everyone could have someone like her to guide them through the whole pregnancy, labor and birth experience. Doulas really are worth their weight in gold!!!  

Jamie Kim

9/18/2018

This was the second birth of mine that MaryBeth attended. She was wonderful again. I was messaging her every day for nearly a week before my son was born for support through early labor. She provided assuarance that my body was working and that everything was alright. She helped me remain confident and calm. In the delivery room she helped keep me comfortable physically and emotionally. MaryBeth knew what I needed to hear when I became overwhelmed with fear. Her support is invaluable. 

MaryBeth also provided me support through my miscarriage. She was so kind, patient and understanding. She reassured me when I wasn't sure how I was going to get through it. She listened when I was so sad and worried. She filled a giant void when the doctor's coldness and distance left me unprepared for what my body was going to go through.

 

 

Katie Testerman

5/27/2018

There are not enough characters in this box to express my feelings of my birthing experience with Mary Beth. I was a first time mother who wanted the magical, unmedicated birth - the fairytale birth. As my pregnancy progressed, I developed gestational diabetes and hypertension and had a breech baby that was determined not to flip. We set up a version with the doctors and they were unsuccessful with turning him so our last option was a scheduled c section - the exact opposite of what I had been dreaming of. Mary Beth kept reminding me that it was out of my hands and my baby was coming - just a different entrance into the world, that was all. We went in for the scheduled c section, which was magical - we were allowed to play music and take pictures and keep the placenta. All things I wanted to do with a vaginal birth were still possible with my c section. I had some medical issues in the hospital after my c section where I had to go back in for another surgery because I had developed some internal bleeding and I ended up in the ICU and away from my baby and husband for an entire day. Mary Beth came back to the hospital and stayed with my husband and baby until I was better. She visited me several times once we were home, brought us food and had babysit for us. I expected to hire a coach when I was looking for a doula and instead I gained an amazing friend. 

Luke Hough

5/4/2018

Mary Beth hands down was the best person not just doula I could have ever asked for in the birth of my son. My wife had to have a c-section due to my son sitting breech. Mary Beth made it possible for us to get pictures in the delivery room, play music and coached us the whole way through. She even prepared a cloth soaked in essential oils for the smells. After the surgery my wife had to have a second emergency surgery due to blood loss into her stomach. It was frightening to say the least and Mary Beth was with me and my wife the whole ordeal through. Since coming home from the hospital she's made multiple wellness visits for my wife and son and even came over to watch him so my wife could get a nap in! We didn't just hire a doula we gained an amazing friend. Even after our birth plan went completely out the window all the way down to breastfeeding Mary Beth has been by our side. I couldn't recommend her enough. She's not just the best doula you can ask for she's an amazing person with a beautiful soul. 

Nicole Wachter

4/4/2018

I found MaryBeth through the recommendation of a few friends. She listened to my wants and needs a developed my perfect birth plan. I ended up needing to be induced and she assured me that everything would still go as close to plan as possible and she was right! I wanted a natural birth and without her I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish it. It was the most amazing experience I’ve ever been through. She was calming, reminded me that I was one step closer to meeting my baby, and used several techniques that helped me through each contraction. My husband was a hard one to convince when it came to spending money on a doula but after our birth he said hiring her was the best decision we’ve ever made. He has also recommended her to a few friends that are expecting. This baby was supposed to be our last, but I almost want another one just so we can hang out with MaryBeth again! I wish I would have hired her for my first two deliveries! I will forever be grateful for her. 

Lindsay Myers

1/5/2018

Marybeth was nothing short of wonderful.  After having a traumatic c-section with my first child, I knew when I got pregnant with my second I wanted to attempt a VBAC.  My coworker told me about MaryBeth and I knew I needed support to help me get through my pregnancy and birth.  She was absolutely amazing.  She was so helpful and knowledgable and put my mind at ease. She gave me the confidence I needed to try again no matter the outcome.  Even when my TOL ended with a repeat c-section, emotionally she talked to me through my fear and just having her with me and my husband in the O.R. was the best reassurance.  I cannot thank MaryBeth enough for everything she did for us.  If you are thinking of hiring a doula for your birth, you cannot go wrong. MaryBeth, however,  is simply THE BEST!!!

Keltie Burch

12/27/2017

My daughter had a very poorly managed labor and a very traumatic c-section delivery with her 1st child, which left her with PTSD and needing counseling.  Naturally when she announced her 2nd pregnancy, we were concerned about her and her new baby’s well-being, both physically and emotionally.  My daughter researched doulas, and MaryBeth’s name came up.  I was familiar with her name and had heard good things about her, but had never met her.  Our first meeting with her allayed any fears we might have had about using a doula.  MaryBeth is such a nice person—experienced and reassuring, and able to explain things so well.  During my daughter’s recent labor, MaryBeth was there, advocating for my daughter to make sure her birth plan was followed as much as possible, trying everything she could to assist my daughter in her desire to try a v-back delivery.  When it was clear that another c-section was necessary, MaryBeth was allowed to go into the OR with them to comfort, reassure, explain, and even take pictures.  As a mother, this allowed me to relax more, knowing my daughter was in good hands, and that I could just be “mom”, and not “mom and nurse” for her.  Knowing also that MaryBeth has such a good rapport with the other staff members was definitely reassuring, and seeing them working together in my daughter and her baby’s best interest was wonderful.  Anyone who might be considering using a doula for their labor and delivery would get my highest recommendation for MaryBeth Nance.  Thank you, MaryBeth, for a wonderful experience!

Jen Wilson

12/3/2017

MaryBeth was very caring and knowledgable.  Her support and guidence before and during my labor was vital to our succesful delivery. She was quick to respond when I had a question or concern. I highly recommend her. 

Megan Flemmens

11/15/2017

I met MaryBeth through work as a L&D nurse. I was always marveled by the idea of having a natural child birth but didn’t get the chance with my first child. When I found our I was Pregnant with my second child I immediately contacted MaryBeth and asked her to be my Doula. 

From the moment we started talking about my birth plan and how I wanted it to go I knew she was the right doula to help me make natural child birth happen! MaryBeth was always avvailble for questions that I had or advice on how to get labor moving. She was very helpful helping me work through my contractions, change positions and support me with my ultimate goal. MaryBerh was also a wonderful advocate for me and what I wanted afrer things didnt go as planned and I ended up with an emergency c-section. She took pictures so I could document my childs birth. She was very supporitive after my delivery and visted me postpartum to check on me. I would highly recommend MaryBeth to anyone who wants to use a doula for their birth. She is a wonderful advocate and has your best interest at heart.  

MaryBeth thank you so much for being my doula and my advocate. It was a wonderful experience to work with you.

Sara Meagher BhaduriHauck

11/8/2017

After a traumatic and disappointing first birth experience without a doula, MaryBeth empowered and supported me through two very different VBAC deliveries. Having a baby is scary and overwhelming -- especially when you've had a bad experience to start with -- but having MaryBeth by my side as a coach and advocate gave me the confidence and reassurance I needed to create the peaceful, positive births I hoped for. Her knowledge, guidance, and compassion were instrumental during pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum; it was comforting to know that help and answers tailored to my situation were just a phone call away. I trust her implicitly and am so thankful for the opportunities to work with her. I highly recommend MaryBeth as a doula and will absolutely hire her for my next birth.

Tiffany Childress

11/4/2017

Our most recent experience with Marybeth continued our amazing births with her! We just had our 5th baby and Marybeth has been an amazing part of each experience! Marybeth is constantly supportive, knowlegale, loving and completely invested in the growth of our family through each baby. She is always supportive of me, as the birthing mom but also of my husband and our family as a unit! I cannot say thank you enough to sweet Marybeth for the hours of time and endless love that has helped make our family the beautiful thing that it is! 

Janeen Rice

11/3/2017

I hired MaryBeth as a doula for my second baby based on the recommendation of someone who worked with her at Upper Chesapeake hospital.  She serves as a patient advocate on the board of UCH (I believe) and has quite a bit of experience at the hospital I delievered at (UCH).  Even though I had experienced unmedicated childbirth previously, there had been over a decade between my births and I felt anxious about my ability to cope in a new state, new hospital, and 10 years older.  MaryBeth is a very calm, caring individual, very well prepared and vast levels of experience.  In fact, the entire nursing staff and my OB's office had heard of her and welcomed her as a birth advocate based on their experiences with her.  She is respectful to moms and medical personnel alike.

We met before the birth to discuss my plans and she had plenty of resources to recommend, including chidlbirth education through her vast network.  She had the entire birth plan completely covered and had recommendations for the items I hadn't thought about.  If I wasn't sure on something, she provided the materials for me to educate myself and make an informed decision.

As my due date crept closer, she was in contact with me quite regularly and when the fears of induction started, she was available by phone to keep me calm and centered, as well as prepared in case I needed to push back.

My baby did come before his due date, and my water broke in the middle of the night.  She was ready for my phone call and talked me through what I should do.  During birth, she arrived at the hospital quickly and effortlessly, providing me with everything I needed without me having to ask for it.  She was there for me when the inevitable "I can't do this" crossed my lips and was there when I most certainly did do it.  I credit her as the biggest factor in my very succesful unmedicated birth.  I am very pleased with her services.

Melissa Stutzman

6/27/2017

It was wonderful having MaryBeth for the delivery of our baby girl.  It was great to be able to ask MaryBeth any questions we had.  After our first meeting with MaryBeth my husband felt very relieved, we didn't know what would happen during labor but at least with MaryBeth there we would have someone there just for us that has done this many times.  As labor started at home I found a lot of comfort just running things by MaryBeth.  MaryBeth was a wonderful support during labor and delivery. We love that MaryBeth took photos after the birth!

Jonna Stone

3/8/2017

Of all the choices I made surrounding the birth of my third child, the easiest one was hiring MaryBeth Nance. Honestly.

At the first meeting, I *knew* she was exactly the advocate I needed. Someone to reason with me when I was at an eight and starting to get frantic that I couldn't possibly endure anything more. 

Birth rarely goes according to "plan". It was such a comfort to know that no matter how the day unfolded, I would never be alone. That, at every contraction I had reassurance and at every question, an answer. At every fear, a reassurance. 

Best of all, my husband truly understood the worth of a doula after witnessing MaryBeth interact with me and the staff at Upper Chesapeake. His only regret is not knowing such a service existed with our prior births. It was a great comfort, knowing that someone with experience could guide me in a way that is beyond the scope of any partner. 

It was one day of my life. But oddly, that one day I was born again as a mother. As if there was only "before baby" and then a totally new life after. The best beginning to this "new life" was the doula by my side, as I pushed the last time and suddenly, in that euphoric moment, there was the baby I had waited for. I will never forget the feeling. 

Eleni Lampadarios

2/1/2017

MaryBeth Nance served as our doula for the births of both of our children.  Even though both births had to be done by c-section due to medical reasons, MaryBeth's presence, advocacy, and physical and emotional support helped me deal with the disappointment and nervousness that came with having a c-section.  MaryBeth helps create an environment that is calm and positive for the trials of labor to unfold and I appreciated her warm touch and soothing tone in coaching me through the contractions.  Even when I decided to get an epidural for my second labor, MaryBeth remained supportive and patiently waited with me for labor to progress, and when it became clear that I would need to have a c-section, MaryBeth, comforted me by saying that the birth is going to happen how it needs to happen.  This was also something she told me during my first labor which ended up in an urgent c-section.  MaryBeth is a great resource for women before, during, and after labor and I highly recommend her services as a doula. 

Emily Reinke

1/7/2017

It has taken me a long time to actually get this written, just because, surprise, having a newborn is a lot of work.  However, even 6 months past, I can't say enough how wonderful MaryBeth was as our birth doula.  She was supportive every step of the way, and was a calming influence for first time parents, even after we brought the little one home and couldn't soothe her at 3AM.  My husband was very skeptical of getting a doula for our birth, thinking that he'd be perfectly capable (not that I doubt him) of being the support and coach that we thought we would need.  He agreed to meet with MaryBeth and walked away from the first meeting completely in agreement that we should work with MaryBeth.  She helped us come up with our ideal birthing scenario, but was consistent to remind us that despite all of our best efforts, not every birth comes out the way you plan.  I was lucky in that I was able to have about 90% of what I planned, with a minor exception of not starting labor on my own.  But even with that, MaryBeth was fantastic in providing us the best explanations of what would happen with the induction based on standard practices at the hospital.  Because she has worked so closely with the staff and providers at the hospital, she has a great rapport with all of them, which only helped to smooth our own experience as well.  

I can honestly say, if we do end up having a second child, if my husband isn't home when I take the test there's a good chance that MaryBeth may be the first to know; so I can make sure we have her at that birth as well.

Amy Vaughan-Roland

1/1/2017

With Mary Beth I've experienced 2 beautiful all natural birthdays for my 2 girls! There are not enough words to describe the peace and family centered atmosphere she creates in the room. With both deliveries there were a few hiccups that could have been stressful for me and the baby, but with Mary Beth there was never a second I doubted the power of my body, the knowledge of the team of midwives, and the love everyone shared to make a birthday! The greatest blessing was how it allowed my husband to truly be an active participant in delivery as we worked together to begin parenthood  with a stronger bond then I ever imagined!

My heart owes so much to Mary Beth ?

Dominique Reynolds

1/1/2017

MaryBeth and I started working together when I was about 26-27 weeks pregnant. She helped me make my overall decision to switch care providers! So happy I did! She works closely with the doctors/midwives(Susquehanna OBGYN/midwives) I switched to, and the hospital(Upper Chesapeake) I planned to deliver at. She educated me on so many things including midwife care, Upper Chesapeake ins and outs, and other decisions to make for my baby. I'm so glad to have used her as I had a very traumatic emergency cesaedean with my first born. We originally planned a beautiful repeat section, but it was scheduled, and to be very gentle, family centered! I continously opened up to MaryBeth about my feelings of wanting a VBAC, but fears of ending up with emergency section again. When I started having early labor, I finally decided to cancel my section! MaryBeth educated me, and gave me the courage! I knew we all could do it! i had her full support, although I was weary of her suggestions to use a midwife. I'm so glad we did end up using the midwife when I went into labor early morning of the day my section was scheduled! We had the most amazingly beautiful successful, and intimate VBAC! She was there as was my mom and amazing husband to talk me back up when I wasn't sure I could do it any longer! If we decide to have any more children, MaryBeth will certainly be apart of our experience again!<3

Kathryn Graber

12/9/2016

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to give birth as naturally as possible with minimal intervention. I had looked into hiring a doula but didn't contact MaryBeth until the last minute (36 weeks). Thankfully she was available and able to meet quickly. In addition to asking about our ideal labor plan, Marybeth provided documentation (hypnobirth, vaccination schedules, etc) and recommended a few pediatricians in the area.

I went into labor at midnight in my 39th week. I texted with her over the next 24 hours to determine when I needed to leave for the hospital. She provided me with tips to help with the contractions and answered my questions as labor progressed.

After 24 hours of laboring at home we decided it was time to move to the hospital. She met us shortly after our arrival. She worked with the nurses and midwives to ensure I was comfortable and helped me with different techniques (birthing ball, shower, tub, squat bar, etc) and positions for handling the contractions as they got stronger. One tip was that we did not use the word "pain" - the nurses did not offer me pain medication and did not ask me my pain levels. We used words like "pressure" instead.

After 9 hours of contractions it was time to push! MaryBeth and the midwife guided me and my husband during this part of labor. They kept me hydrated and monitored the baby and helped me into different positions for the birth. We gave birth to a baby girl 3 hours of pushing later!

I had wanted a medication free labor and she made that a reality! I highly recommend her!

Lucas Walther

10/18/2016

My wife and I used a doula for the birth of our daughter, and found her to be a great help in preparing as first-time parents. That actual delivery was such a smooth experience, that I felt we didn't need much assistance during the process of welcoming our first daughter into the world.

At the recommendation of a friend, we asked MaryBeth to be our doula when my wife became pregnant with our second child, and were delighted to learn that there was still much more that she was able to offer to us as we prepared to welcome our second. MaryBeth's help was critical in planning/preparing. She was always easy to contact, and kept us "in the loop" over the weeks and months leading up to the birth.

Ultimately, this birth turned out to be full of complications, but MaryBeth was there for us every step of the way, running the gamut between offering background support or taking charge, somehow always anticipating exactly what we needed at the moment. My wife had a very fast, precipitous birth, and after a quick phone call to MaryBeth, she took care of working with the staff at Upper Chesapeake to have them prepare for our arrival... one less thing for us to worry about. When we arrived, MaryBeth was able to recognize the signs that things were moving along quickly, and helped to expedite the process of getting my wife through triage. My wife's experience was very unlike the birth of our first daughter, and she was losing the confidence she'd had during that birth. As a husband, I was able to focus entirely on being my wife's main support, while MaryBeth advocated for us in every other way, and was there for my wife when she needed a little extra support that I couldn't offer, as well. There were also complications post-birth, and MaryBeth called and checked in with us through the following days, making sure everything was taken care of. Her help was absolutely invaluable through the whole process, especially the birth itself.

Lianne Appelt

9/20/2016

MaryBeth assisted the birth of my third baby on 9/10/16, and from the moment I went into labor until our sweet baby girl joined our family (and beyond), Marybeth was integral and critical to the process. She came to our house the night I went into labor and stayed with me, helping me calm down because I was getting very anxious, and helped us decide when we should start making our way to the hospital. She let the midwife on call know that we were on our way and what my status was, so we were able to focus on other things. MaryBeth was my biggest advocate when we went into the hospital; she made sure everything happened the way it should, and that I had everything that I needed. She knows the hospital, the staff, and the midwives, which is so helpful in maneuvering and getting settled in. When things got intense with my labor, MaryBeth was so helpful in keeping me calm and encouraging me. She also went to get the nurses or the midwife when I needed something or wanted to be checked. That was huge, since my husband could stay with me while she was gone and I was never left alone. When the baby was delivered, MaryBeth took beautiful photos for us and helped get anything I needed/wanted. I had planned to save the placenta for encapsulation, and MaryBeth made sure it was saved, put in the ziploc bags we brought, and refrigerated immediately. She even called the woman who was doing the encapsulation to let her know that the baby had been delivered. All of the helpful and wonderful things she did made the experience so much better, and took a huge amount of stress off of me. I would more than highly recommend MaryBeth to anyone. She is knowledgeable, helpful, and a calming presence; my experience was so much better with her assistance. 

Lisa Blas

7/27/2016

MaryBeth was truly a blessing!! My waterbroke and Marybeth was there to help guide me and make suggestions on what to do. In addition, my husband was deployed and not here to support me. He actually wasnt able to fly in until afer the birth so, MaryBeth became my support thru the whole process. From the moment I arrived at the hsopital, she never left my side, helped me with importnat decisions and was there during our c-section. She was even able to facetime my husband in so he could hear our babies first cries and moments. Without a doubt, having MaryBeth at our birth was the best decision. She has a kind, nurturing soul and helped me to stay calm, relaxed and confident while I had our son without my husband there.

Niccole Pippin

5/26/2016

We absolutely loved having Mary Beth as our doula! Her support was instrumental in me having the natural drug-free birth that I dreamed of. She was there with us every step of the way, from pregnancy to labor and delivery and beyond. As a first time Mom, there is alot to take in as you make choices for your pregnancy and baby's birth. Mary Beth helped to put our minds at ease and support us through all the decisions along the way. During labor, she was there by our side through some scary times, and I don't know what we would have done without her.

 

We would hands-down recommend Mary Beth, she is a wonderfu, caring and informed person and doula!

Rachel Eash-Scott

3/19/2016

MaryBeth was a wonderful mix of professionalism and humility. We lived elsewhere for our first birth and had hired a doula who was absolutely fantastic--my husband insisted on a doula again for our second son's birth. We both felt comfortable with MaryBeth from the first time we met her. My labor went quickly and with much less drama than my first delivery, and MaryBeth did a wonderful job of staying to the side but anticipating needs. She took photos that we cherish. Afterwards, she said, "Well, you guys really didn't need me there!" But I disagree--having her there helped me relax, helped my husband feel confident in his participation and support, and gave us peace of mind. We're grateful for her services, even in a delivery where everything was easy and quick!!

Sara Meagher BhaduriHauck

3/16/2016

Having MaryBeth at the birth of our son was one of the best decisions we made surrounding the pregnancy and delivery. AFter a negative experience with my first birth, I knew a doula was the best option to help me achieve the peaceful VBAC I wanted. MaryBeth provided the encouragement, guidance, knowledge, and compassion I needed to empower myself to have a successful vaginal birth. She was a constant support from the time my labor started until my baby was safely in my arms, making me and my husband comfortable and confident during the entire process. I highly recommend MaryBeth as a doula and sincerely hope she will be by my side for my next birth.

Donna McElheny

12/4/2015

I cannot even begin to explain how invaluable MaryBeth's services have been for our family. This is the second time that we have hired her to assist with the bith of our children. We had such an amazing expirience with her the first time, that as soon as we found out we were pregnant this time, our first thought was to hire her once more. She makes every single step of the process so much easier from pregnancy right into the post partum period. She is so compassionate, caring, and knowledgeable, that she has allowed us to have birth expiriences that we can not only be happy with, but treasure for the rest of our childrens' lives. This time around, we were so upset to find out that we would have to have a cesarian birth, but even with a csection, MaryBeth helped us to have a beautiful, stress free, family centered expirience. I would advise anyone who is looking for a doula to hire MaryBeth on the spot, but after one meeting with her, you will come to the same decision on your own. We will never be able to thank her enough for the gift that she has given us.

Christina May

10/9/2015

MaryBeth is amazing! She was my Doula for both of my children and I could not have gotten through without her. My second birth was a pitocin assisted labor since my water broke but my body wasn't cooperating--she was the voice of calm and reason and with her help and my husbands I managed to birth without an epidural for the second time. I recommend MaryBeth to anyone who is seeking the support of a Doula during their birth--she will support you and make sure that your birth plan is followed as much as possible. She is wonderful!

Brittany Kesterson

8/25/2015

I was so thankful to have MaryBeth present for my third child! This was the second time we used her. As soon as I found out I was pregnant she was my first call. She is always such a great support throughout pregnancy and certainly during labor and delivery! I believe she goes far beyond standards to help you reach your goals for delivery whatever that may be! I would highly recommend her to anyone!

Lesley Cyford

6/30/2015

This was my third birth with MaryBeth.  There are no words great enought to describe what her presence at the births of my sons have meant to my husband and me.  I could not have had 3 amazing drug free births without her support and encouragement.  If it was not for MayBeth I would not have been able to achieve my dream delivery of going to birth center and delivering in water.  The pictures that she took during and after my deliveries are something that I will always cherish.  I highly recommend MaryBeth. 

Sara Baker

6/11/2015

After a traumatic c-section, I sought out MaryBeth to help me have a VBAC. She was supportive, understanding and so helpful throughout my pregnancy, working with me in times of doubt or fear. As my due date neared and my anxiety about a possible second c-section increased, MaryBeth worked with the doctors, nurses and midwives at UCMC to get a plan in place for as gentle a c-section as possible, if that was what I ended up having. Having a plan in place helped to calm my fear, since it was a plan for a very different experience than my first birth. Communication between MaryBeth and my doctor and widwives was amazing as well, because of her excellent working relationship with them. That was so helpful because it kept me from being the middle man when I was alreafy stressed.

 

My water finally broke after 41 weeks, but my labor never really progressed. MaryBeth was calming and reassuring throughout, and helped me come to peace with a decision to have a second c-section. She was permitted to stay with me during my spinal, which I'm so grateful for. During my c-section, she kept me focused and helped to calm me. Once my baby was born, she was held up over the curtain so I could see her. Moments later, she was on my chest for skin-to-skin while I was being stitched up. This was one of the most incredible experiences, and completely took my mind off the rest of the surgery while I bonded with my baby. Soon, MaryBeth helped facilitate breastfeeding right there in the OR.

 

I was so scared of another c-section, but after my experience with MaryBeth, I would do it again tomorrow. I do not think I could have had such a healing birth without her. My husband and I view her as an invaluable part of our experience.

Jamie Kim

5/27/2015

I hired MaryBeth for the birth of my 3rd baby. Right from the start MaryBeth was able to achieve a beautiful balance between professional and personal. Her experience working with the Susquehanna midwives and the OB/GYN nurses at UCMC is an amazing asset. We had a birth plan meeting in which she helped me compose a birth plan and organize it in a way that the nurses and midwives I was delivering with were familiar with. The day I went into labor we remained in contact throughout the day until I was ready for her to come to my house. She provided me with confidence and reassurance. When she arrived at my house she provided a calming presence and helpful suggestions for working through my contractions. She was instrumental in helping me make the decision of when to go to the hospital and she was right on- I arrived 7 cm dilated which is what I wanted. Prior to my arrival, MaryBeth contacted labor and delivery and my midwive to notify them I was coming and my current status. Upon my arrival, they were able to take me right into the room I requested because of MaryBeth's update. This was amazing- being able to skip triage, etc. Throughout the rest of my labor and delivery she was by our side. She has an amazing presence and is very in the moment with you. She remained with me after the birth to make sure I had food, was settled with breastfeeding and was comfortable. MaryBeth has an amazing ability to just know and do what you need. Her experience is invaluable. If I have another baby I will be calling MaryBeth right after I get the positive test.

Jess Sparwasser

4/18/2015

so this is a little bit late. We had our 3rd doula expierence with marybeth october 13th 2014. We had a c-section and i thought man if i had known i needed a c-section i wouldn.t had needed a doula. I mean if i dont need to be coached through labor whats the point...shew i couldnt have been more wrong. We were so lucky to have her. She made the whole process better. She worked with staff to help us with things that we wouldnt have asked for. She helped me when I was panicking through the csection. I was feeling very strange things that i didnt feel during my first c-section. She kept me calm when a nurse made me feel real uncomfortable during the process of getting my epidural. I cant possibly say enough about this lady. She is quite the advocate for making sure her clinets get the supreme best treatment possible. She handles mothers who have delt with a loss with intergrity and honor. She makes them feel "normal" and yet addresses concerns and worries even if they are excessive like they are routine. We love this lady and would use her for every kind of birth every time. -sincerely the sparwasser's

Kari Haravitch

3/25/2015

I couldn't have had the unmedicated birth I desired without MaryBeth's support and presence. She helped us during the prenatal period and dedicated much time and effort to thoroughly answering every question and worry I had. She was my advocate and support person throughout my third trimester alol the way through the delivery of my son. She guided me thtough options but always let decisions be mine and my husband's. During L&D she was so present and mindful, continuously providing me the encouragement and reminders I needed to remain relaxed and focused onediting my baby. MaryBeth empowered me by encouraging me to stay in touch with my body and baby - she followed my lead and truly helped me dictate and have the birth I wanted. I am so pleased with MaryBeth's work and I woold absolutely hire her again!!

Lisa Haines

2/2/2015

I don't think words could accurately describe what MaryBeth did for us. Though I had a failed induction, she helped my husband and I work through all the decisions leading up to the csection. Having her in the OR while I was being prepped was incredibly comforting. And having her take those first photos of our little boy was priceless. I am so happy that she was with us. She is AMAZING!!! And I would recommend her a milion times over.

 Lisa

Julie Miley

12/29/2014

MaryBeth was phenomenal! She was more then supportive and encouraging throughout my entire pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum. You won't find a more kind, caring, loving and talented person to support you through this incredible journey. She was always prompt in responding to any questions I had and she helped me to have the birth I prayed for. We will be hiring her again if we are blessed with another little one in the future! 

Mandy Harry

12/14/2014

I hired MaryBeth for a second time for the birth of my 6th child. She attended the birth of my 4th child, who was born at home. I decided to have a hospital birth this time for various reasons and I was very happy to have her support throughout that decision since she is very familiar with the care providers at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and has worked with the midwives I chose to work with as well. I hired Susquehanna OBGYN midwives for my care. MaryBeth was very accessible throughout my pregnancy for my questions and concerns. She was reassuring and helped me think through the many concerns I had coming from a homebirth to a hospital birth. I wanted the birth experience to be as hands off as possible and without unnecessary interventions. During the birth she helped me with offering suggestions for position changes, and natural pain relief options. I labored in the shower, in the labor tub, and in and out of the hospital bed. She was a very calming presence for both me and my husband. I am so very happy that she was there to be a part of my last birth! MaryBeth took pictures for us in addition to supporting us at the birth. She stayed several hours after our little boy was born, and even had gifts for my other children, which was so special for them!! If you are looking for a doula to help you navigate your way through a hospital birth, you will not be disappointed with choosing MaryBeth. She is very experienced and knowledgeable!

Jill Moore

8/31/2014

Mary Beth is amazing and was an integral part of my children's births. She provides excellent prenatal education, support physically, mentally and emotionally during labor as well as a special postpartum visit. I wouldn't want to have a baby without her. 

Laura Terziu

4/22/2014

MaryBeth is a gentle, encouraging, strong and very attentive advocate who has been an essential part of our birth team for the last three of our four births. We have been able to give birth without pain intervention each of those times, for which we owe a great deal of gratitude to MaryBeth's support. MaryBeth has a great reputation and fantastic working relationship with the nursing staff at Upper Chesapeake and the midwives from Susquehanna OB/GYN who deliver there. When you have MaryBeth on your team, it feels like you have an "all access" pass to what the Upper Chesapeake Family Birthplace has to offer. Not only will you have an effective advocate and a friend, but a skilled doula who will encourage you and walk you through the toughest points of labor. MaryBeth is highly knowledgeable about what your body is going through in all stages of labor and the information she shares is very reassuring and empowering. If you want to experience natural child birth at Upper Chesapeake or anywhere else she serves, we highly recommend that you make MaryBeth a part of your team! You will not regret that decision! - Jack and Laura Terziu

Shannon Tucker

4/21/2014

After experiencing a long labor resulting in a c-section with the birth of my first child, we decided that a doula was a must for the birth of our second child if we would have a successful VBAC. At my 38 week check up, I was sent to L&D due to high blood pressure and protien in my urine sample.  After a weekend urine study I was diagnosed with preeclampsia and the OBs recommended I deliver soon.  I scheduled a c-section for 39 weeks (a few days later).  During this time we were in frequent contact with Mary Beth.  She was a helpful ear and provided another resource to discuss our concerns and expectations.  She was willing to continue as our doula for the c-section if we wished.   

24 hours prior to c-section, I went into labor.  During the day we were in contact with Mary Beth and discussed our renewed plan for a VBAC.  Labor progressed and we were admitted in the late evening.  I was offered the option to proceed with my scheduled c-section due to my high bp, but I elected to try a VBAC.  My midwife recommended an epidural be administered during labor to help lower my bloodpressure a bit.  I asked for this to be prepped as soon as it could.  Mary Beth arrived soon after I was admitted.  

Since it had been a little over two years since our last delivery, Mary Beth was very helpful keeping us focused and relaxed.  This was very helpful for my husband who was nervous.  During the delivery she worked with the nursing staff and midwives to keep me comfortable. However, the extra moral support was very helpful when my bp dropped during delivery and we had to stop until my vitals and baby's vitals stablized.  Having someone there looking out for us was such a comfort!  In active labor for 6 hours, I was tired and ended up using vacuum assit to help in the last mile. Mary Beth made sure we had a voice all along the way.  Her help was priceless!

Michael Childress

3/23/2014

Our expereince with MaryBeth has been completely filled with blessings!  The Lord has used MaryBeth throughout the entire process of our pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum season of life!  MaryBeth is always available whenever we have questions or concerns; before, during and after the birth of our twins. She has never made us feel bad for asking questions, seeking advice, or checking in with her.  During the birth of our sons, she was constantly supportive! She acted as a liason between us and the medical staff and explained necessary information to us.  While we were delivering, MaryBeth held my hand and never left my side, all the while, encouraging and supporting us during the process. Our relationship with MaryBeth is forever a special one, and we are so very grateful to have her in our lives and in the birth story of our sons!  

Christina May

1/27/2014

MaryBeth was an incredible help for the birth of our first child. Her recommendations on prepping for labor and delivery including relaxation techniques and exercises were critical to the successful delivery of my baby girl. A first time delivery found me pushing for more than five hours and MaryBeth was there with my husband coaching me through the whole thing and making sure I didn't give up.  My husband is also very thankful for her as she helped coordinate things and made sure that our wishes for the birth were being fufilled (as much as they could be).  MaryBeth truly made my first birth experience wonderful and completly natural! Many thanks!!

Littlemamma McElheny

12/20/2013

I cannot say enough positive things about our expirience with Marybeth. From start to finish, she made our birth expirience amazing. We were going for a VBAC and had had a previous tramatizing CSection birth expirience. Marybeth helped us every step of the way to have the healing birth that we so desperatley wanted. She was knowledgable, compassionate, and helpful, and we could not have done this without her. We will most likely be hiring her again for our next birth. She was worth every penny spent (and much more).

Brittany Kesterson

11/7/2013

I came from a previous home birth experience and this time had to have our baby in the hospital!  MaryBeth was with me every step of the way encouraging and making sure everything was going exactly the way I wanted it to get as close to the home birth experiences as I could at the hospital! I believe without her I would have had a terrible experience but because she was there it was great!

Judith Del Mastro

8/31/2013

Working with MaryBeth was such a great experience. She was very helpful and supportive in so many aspects of my pregnancy, labor, delivery, and recovery. Her presence and knowledge during my labor and delivery was invaluable in helping me stay calm and be successful in a natural birth. I highly recommend MaryBeth to anyone looking for a Doulah to work with.

Nicole Fidalgo Volrath

6/5/2013

My husband and I had the honor of utilizing MaryBeth's doula services for the birth of our third baby.  MaryBeth was truly a pleasure to work with!  She made us feel as though we had known her for years!  Throughout my labor, and the weeks leading up to, and following it; MaryBeth provided guidance and support.  She is warm, compassionate and extremely knowledgeable about the labor & delivery process.  MaryBeth is is an advocate for her clients.  Although, it was not my first delivery, every baby is different!  MaryBeth helped my husband and I through every step of my labor and delivery.  When I was unsure, or needed support, MaryBeth knew exactly what to do and say to keep me focused on my goal of an unmedicated, natural delivery.  MaryBeth ensured that i received the best care possible from my doctors and nurses and for that I am forever grateful!  Every Mommy deserves to have the best care and support during this very special, emotional time in their life, and I believe that MaryBeth is the best person to help provide it all!

Lesley Taylor Cyford

5/14/2013

This was my second birth using MaryBeth.  There are not enough words to describe just how much MaryBeth's support during both of my labors meant to me.  She is amazing.  I never had to ask her to do anything during labor it was like she automatically knew exactly what I needed.  After I was home and settled MaryBeth presented me with the beautiful pictures she took before, during and after my birth and she wrote out the story of my son's birth.  I would have never been able to have a natural drug free childbirth without the help of MaryBeth and I will hopefully use her again. 

Amanda McGhee

4/2/2013

MaryBeth is simply amazing. I cannot find the words to describe how wonderful she truly is. From the moment I met her, it was very clear to me that MaryBeth has a heart for serving women and families. She touched base with me throughout my pregnancy.  She genuinely cared about me, my baby, and my family.   As my due date approached, and the time for labor and birth was nearing, she blessed me with birth affirmations, reassured me in trusting my body and my baby, and supported me emotionally. Having her by my side as I labored was imperative. She was calming, reassuring, and seemed to intuitively know exactly what I needed in the moment. She blessed my family tremendously with her presence as we welcomed our third son into the world, providing emotional and physical support that I needed to birth my baby. If we are blessed with another baby again, MaryBeth will be among the first we call.  She is professional, loving, and kind.   There is no one better.  

Tiffany Childress

3/26/2013

We had a wonderful experience with MaryBeth!  Not only did she meet with us and support us before our son was born, she was with us at the hospital helping us make decisions, and she was supportive after we came home!  I never felt bad for asking MaryBeth questions or for advice.  My husband and I trust her and appreciate her friendship as well as her professional knowledge and guidance!  She was never invasive during any of the process but was always available for us!  One of the things that she does, that I LOVE, is that she takes pictures during those first few moments when your child is born.  I now have pictures from those first, precious moments with our baby!  She also documented for our son a chronology of his birth.  This is amazing becuase there are many things that I don't remember or didn't realize during the intense times of labor, and now I can look back on them in this written account!  I would absolutely recommend MaryBeth and am so grateful to have had her with us during the process of our sweet son's birth... and beyond! 

Jessica Herzog

2/13/2013

I love her!! Being a pediatrician myself, I attend deliveries regularly. The mood of the room is important. MaryBeth brings a peaceful calm energy. She was our doula for the birth of my daughter and my son (2 yrs later). She was key in my success in having natural child birth, both times! She helped Dad understand what was happening with my body, so I could stay focused. We felt we had known her for years even after our first meeting. I have had the pleasure of working with her professionally and personally. She is one of those very special people you only meet a few times in your life. I am so thankful that we could share our most precious life moments with her.   

Jennifer Cornely

9/7/2012

MaryBeth was an amazing doula.  I had a quick, natural labor with my first so I was not sure I would need a doula for help with the birth of my second child.  But I was so glad we hired MaryBeth.  To prepare we had an excelllent family meeting where my husband and I explained our concerns and MaryBeth set up an excellent birth plan.  She also provided us with some Hypnobirth techniques to work on to help prepapre for a drug-free delivery.  I was 3 days late with my second and MAryBeth was so encouraging and helpful.  She contacted me frequently before and after my due date and was reassuring.  I had a few false alarms and MaryBeth helped me navigate through those as well so I was not running to the hospital with every contraction.  Once I was actually in labor MaryBeth was an amazing help.  My husband and I were experiencing our first birth together since he was away with the military when our first was born.  She was so helpful in explaining what was going on to my husband and continued to assist him in helping me through labor.  We had a hard time getting my labor to progress and MaryBeth was fantastic in coming up with plans to help push things along.  I was especially concerned about interventions but MAryBeth ensured I was only doing what was necessary to help the labor progress.  I was especially concerned when the midwife suggested using pitocin to help labor progress.  I had heard so many terrible things and was very nervous.  MaryBeth explained that we would just use it to help the contractions become more regular.  It worked exactly like she said and I was finally having regulalr productive contractions.  She provided such amazing assistance throughout the night and was an invaluable resource during the process.  We both credit MaryBeth with helping us have an amazing brith experience with our second child! 

jess sparwasser

9/2/2012

Marybeth is outstanding. She has an endless amount of knowledge and experience. She taught my husband and myself alot. We have used her twice now. She helped us deliver a full term stillbirth and a 2.5 week early infant. She kept us calm.  she was very nurturing. She made us her number 1 priority and made sure every one else did too. She is veyr patient and is concerned with the birthing parents needs and desires. She makes sure whenever possible these are always met. She offers so much support before during and after a birth . She is all around amazing. We wouldnt dream of using anyone else and strongly recommend her to any one interested in having a doula work with them.

Marcy Starbuck

8/7/2012

We had a wonderful experience with MaryBeth and cannot say enough nice things about her. We decided to hire a doula for our third baby after having two bad epidural experiences with our first two childred. She has a wealth of knowledge about childbirth that she will share with you before you go into labor and during labor she will support you with that knowledge, experience, and most of all compassion as you bring your little one into the world. Without a doubt, she helped me have the natural birth I wanted with my third child. It was amazing, and she was a big part of making that happen.

Sheila M Brown

6/26/2012

My birthing experience was amazing because I had a great supportative team, especially my husband and my doula (MaryBeth).  I went into Labor in the morning so, I called MaryBeth to let her know and she greeted me over the phone with such enthusiasm.  I had her meet me at the hospital because I was having a fast labor.  When I got to the hospital I was already in active labor at 4 centimeters.  I went from 4-9 centimeters in about 3hrs.  I was able to have such a calm birthing experience up till time of "pushing" because I used HypnoBirthing techniques and worked with my body instead of against it. MaryBeth was very supportative of my decisions of having a natural birth as much as possible.  She was by my side the whole time taking care of whatever I asked of her.  Anything from getting me water, checking in with the staff, pouring water over my abdomen, massaging my shoulder, and helping me get through difficult parts.  When it was time to push it was more difficult for me because my son was posterier.  MaryBeth helped me get through that difficult time by encouraging me the whole time.  Having that constant support from not only my husband but also my doula, helped me give birth to my son naturally.  I felt so empowered after the birth that I wouldn't do it any other way!!!  Thank You, MaryBeth! 

Amy Griffin

5/23/2012

MaryBeth was a wonderful support before, during, and after our son’s birth. The final month of pregnancy was stressful due to the possibility that my baby might be large. The midwives told us about the complications that could occur during a vaginal birth and we had to decide if a C-section would be a safer option . MaryBeth consulted with the midwives and made recommendations to us. I felt I could trust MaryBeth's advice because of her experience and her familiarity with the midwives. It was obvious the midwives had a high level of respect for her and were comfortable discussing their concerns with her. I chose to try to give birth to my son naturally and did so without any complications. The feeling that she believed in me helped me keep an optimistic attitude! During labor, MaryBeth was very helpful with pain management and decision making. After my son was born she gave me great advice regarding an injury to my abdominal muscles when I really didn’t know where to go for more information.

Ashley Eichel

3/5/2012

What a blessing to have MaryBeth Nance as our Doula not once, but twice!! She helped my husband and me experience the two wonderful births of our beautiful girls. I don't know what I would have done if she was not there to give us the support and care we needed.  We felt very blessed to have MaryBeth there and still to this day am lucky to have her in our lives. She is not just a Doula, but a life long friend. We continue to keep in touch from time to time. One of the wonderful gifts MaryBeth gives to you is a birth story of your child. With all the  excitement that is going on, you don't realize what you have missed out on. But, with MaryBeth as your Doula she will have a birth story to give to you afterwards. It's nice to have it to refiect back on from time to time and add to your child's baby book, which I have done for both of my girls. What is even more wonderful is to see their expressions and hear their thoughts as I read them their birth story. They get such a kick out of it! I am truly grateful and blessed to have had MaryBeth as our Doula. I just wish she would have been able to be with us with the third birth of our son! Unfortunately we moved from Maryland  back to our home state of Ohio. I support Doula services to anyone having a child and actually some of my friends have had a Doula with their births. What is nice about knowing a Doula is that MaryBeth has helped with assisting those friends locate Doula services where they live. I thank MaryBeth for being there as my Doula and again am so blessed!!!!

Ashley Noretto

 

Maria Lampadarios

10/23/2011

 We hired MaryBeth Nance on the recommendation of my mother, a midwife who worked with her.  She delivered both of our children.  With our first daughter, MaryBeth was instrumental in helping us through a difficult labor and eased my disappointment with having to undergo a c-section.  She was reassuring and encouraging and never failed to do her best to advocate for us.  With our second daughter MaryBeth was just as supportive, always suggesting ways to help me through what I had hoped would be an unmedicated birth.  She kept insisting I could do it, but she never pushed so hard that it made me uncomfortable.  When I ultimately chose the epidural, MaryBeth was just as supportive and she never suggested I had somehow failed.   I believe she is one of the reasons I was able to have a VBAC which was my goal for our second child.  Another thing Ienjoyed are the pictures she took for us right after the birth as well as the birth stories she sent us which are now in our daughters' baby books.  I truly appreciated MaryBeth's calm, warm, and knowledgable presence during our labors and births and I would highly recommend her as a doula.

Leah Bennett

7/16/2011

MaryBeth is one of the kindest, most tenderhearted, careing, and special people I have ever met.   Her faith is amazing.  Her spirit is so sweet.  Her love for family, God, and children is deep.  She is so knowledgeable and experienced yet humble.  As a doula I not only value her for her knowledge, patience and kindness but also because she is amazing at knowing exactly what you need while in labor and knowing just what to do and when.  She has been my doula for two births so far.  In 2009 I had her assist with my daughter Audrey's natural/vaginal childbirth and just recently on 7/3/2011 she was my doula for the fast and furious natural/vaginal birth of Eliana.  Without her I would have never been able to get through either of those births naturally and so succesfully.  With her my birth experiences were amazing.  When our second daughter was born with some medical complications she was the voice of calm and experience.  So important is that you can trust her.  You know she is prayerfully concerned about you and the baby and will do anything and everything in her power to ensure a succesfull birth, whether that is natural, with meds or c-section.  You can ask her opinion and based on experience and the situation you can trust she will give  you an honest answer and direction you can follow without worrying that it is wrong or not the best choice.  Her pre and post baby contact is great too.  She did my birth plan, took pictures and did the birth story for both my girls.  Lastly, I don't believe there is a judgmental bone in her body.  She supports you whomever you are, whatever your birthplan is.  She provideds guidance but is not pushy at all.  I am blessed to know Marybeth and to call her not just my Doula but my friend.  Leah, Chris, Audrey and Ellie B.

Natalie Ellison

7/8/2011

My sister actually referred Mary Beth to me when I was expecting my first daugther in 2009. Considering the circumstances that I would most likely be in labor alone, she thought the use of a doula would be necessary. She was right. From the first time I met MaryBeth, I was so excited to have join me in this expereinece. She is was close to helping 100 babies at that time. Having given birth 3 times herself and with her experience of all those other mother's and babies I had complete trust in her from the beginning. We worked to plan my ideal birth plan and stayed in contact throughout my pregancy. I was induced at 41 weeks and MaryBeth arrived late at night when acutal labor had begun. She came with all her tools to help assist me in everyway. I had discussed having a natural birth and along with MaryBeth, the Midwife and nurses on staff i was able to do just that. I may not have had the strength to do it without MaryBeth. As part of her service she took wonderful pictures of Ryann and myself and family that came in after the delievery and wrote a timeline of the events from my arrival at the hospital until just after Ryann's arrival. If I still lieved in the MD area and were planning to have another baby, there is no doubt I would work with MaryBeth again! I highly recommend her services!

Laura Terziu

7/6/2011

I hired MaryBeth to assist me in having a natural childbirth with my second child. My first experience with childbirth was difficult and I believed that having a doula the second time around would improve my experience. Indeed, my expectations were met and exceeded. MaryBeth was there to answer my many questions during pregnancy. She was gentle, reassuring, and very knowledgeable. I could trust her from the moment I met her at our initial interview. I was admitted to the hospital at 42 weeks to be induced. Upon admission, not only was Marybeth in correspondence with me over the phone but also with my nurse. She followed my progression of labor and arrived at the hospital at the perfect time. She could see how nervous I was that my birthplan would be ignored due to the induction. That was when she became the best advocate I could have hoped for. MaryBeth ran small errands, assisted in pain relief measures, and consistently communicated to my nurse and midwife how I was progressing. With her advocacy, I was permitted to come off of the medicine and allowed to walk the halls. She instructed me in how to position myself to allow my contractions to work optimally. Eventually, I was able to get in the shower and then the labor tub. Before long, my baby girl entered the world. MaryBeth captured beautiful pictures and wrote a very detailed birth story for my baby to read one day. I was successful in reaching my goal of a natural childbirth because MaryBeth was there every step of the way. My husband states over and over that her services were worth every penny. We were highly impressed by the great rapport MaryBeth has with the medical staff at Upper Chesapeake.The nurses and midwives alike told me how much they enjoy working with MaryBeth. We are definitely going to hire MaryBeth to assist with the next one, coming soon!

 

 

Paige Evers

6/5/2011

MaryBeth was a vital part of our two childbirth experiences.  She supported, coached, guided, and encouraged me during labor and childbirth. My husband and I are so thankful for her great work.  With MaryBeth's assistance, I delivered my children naturally.  With my first child, MaryBeth was a great help in communicating with our midwife, who was called into another delivery room to assist with an emergency C-section.  MaryBeth was able to go in and out of both rooms and let the midwife know when I was ready to push.  While she was doing that, my husband was able to stay by my side.  In our second birth, MaryBeth coached me while I relaxed in the large tub in the labor room, and then continued to guide me through the delivery.  I especially appreciated that MaryBeth was calm and peaceful during the entire process.  She worked well with the midwives and nurses that were in the room and helped create a supportive atmosphere.  My husband and I enjoyed the process of meeting with her ahead of time to create our birth plan, and it was wonderful to see her post-partum to receive our birth story, photos, and to have her visit with our new baby in our home.  I whole-heartedly recommend MaryBeth Nance as a doula and I will always be thankful for her presence at the birth of our children.

Jill Moore

5/6/2011

MaryBeth was an excellent source of comfort and support during the birth of our second child.  She was professional, timely and reliable during the entire labor.  Her relationship with the midwives at Upper Chesapeake allowed us to have an easy check in and labor experience.  We were very fortunate to be introduced to MaryBeth, she is a blessing to any expecting mom. 

Jocelyn Healey

5/6/2011

My husband and I had a wonderful experience with MaryBeth! We planned to use her doula services for the birth of our son in 2005. We met with her several times leading up to the delivery. She helped us develop our birth plan and was available for any questions as my pregnancy progressed. My son decided to make a dramatic entry to the world 4 weeks early. MaryBeth was not "on call" for us that far ahead and was not able to attend due to a scheduled doula workshop she was already attending. But, she sent her backup doula which worked out really well for us. I was so happy with the service she provided! When I was pregnant again last year there was only one person I would call for doula services, MaryBeth! This time we were so excited to have her in the delivery room. She was very calming and reassuring when things were not progressing as I had hoped that they would. Eventually, she joined us in the OR for a C-section. She held my hand the entire time! My husband was able to enjoy the birth experiences knowing that I was being taken care of by loving hands. Additionally, she was willing to work with our budget to make doula services affordable for our family.

Kim Wisler

5/6/2011

 MaryBeth was such an amazing blessing to my husband and I during the end of my pregnancy, labor & delivery of our daughter, and post-partum period.  Her experience and contagious personality made us feel comfortable and confident that we could do it!  We felt as though she truly knew us and would do everything in her power to advocate on my (and our daughter's) behalf.  MaryBeth was not only a blessing to my husband and I, but also to our family/friends anxiously awaiting at the hospital!  She kept them up to date and educated about every step along the way.   After our daughter was born, MaryBeth came to our home for a visit and she presented us with a beautiful written account of our daughter's birth.   We reflected on the birthing experience and discussed some of the struggles I was having with nursing.   When her job was technically finished, MaryBeth continued to support and educate, providing me with suggestions and resources to promote a smooth transition to parenthood.  

MaryBeth is dedicated to excellence and will take on whatever role you're comfortable with, in the birth you're hopeful for.   She is wonderfully compassionate, funny, and experienced.  I recommend her to every expecting Mommy or Daddy that I meet, and like our family, you will be SO pleased that you chose MaryBeth!!

Trish Kuhlman

5/5/2011

MaryBeth was such a comfort during the birth of our daughter.  I was really worried about feeling manipulated by doctors, or not feeling in control at a time when important decision decisions need to be made, but not being in the right mindset to make them.  MaryBeth helped my husband and me understand the different options available to us, made us feel confident with the decisions we were making, and allowed us to have the best birth possible for us.  Not only did we love her, while I was pregnant, all the midwives I spoke with about having a doula know who MaryBeth is and were very glad we chose her.  I would absolutely recommend her to anyone considering a doula and would love to have her be our doula again if we have another baby.

Christina Savage

5/5/2011

I cannot say enough wonderful things about MaryBeth.  I found her randomly by doing an online search and I am so glad I did. We labored for 26 hours - 18 of those hours was without an epidural and with having massive back labor... but MaryBeth kept me focused and used some amazing tricks to get me through one at a time. She helped cordinate the staff and my family. She made sure my husband was as involved as he could be. And when labor wasnt progressing and we had to go for a c-section - not only did she come into the OR with my husband and I, but took some AMAZING pictures of my sons birth. While my husband went to be with our son immediately after the csection, Marybeth stayed right by my side holding my hand until we were out of the OR. And best of all - the birth story written from her to my little man.  My husband was initially alittle skeptical that we needed her or the cost involved - afterwards he said he would have paid anything to have her there! 

Its now 4 years later and we are pregnant with number 2 and are attempting a vaginal birth after cesearean (VBAC). The first call was to my midwife to make a pregnancy confirmation appt. The second was to Marybeth to make sure she was free... we couldnt imagine doing this without her! 

Lesley Cyford

1/5/2011

In my opinion I could not have had the natural childbirth that I had been planning for without MaryBeth on my team.  From our first meeting she was so possitive and helpful.  If I had any questions during my pregnancy she was quick to answer them.  While I was in labor MaryBeth was such a calming presence.  One of my fondest memories of being in labor was MaryBeths calming voice as I had contractions while laboring in the tub.  After the birth of my son MaryBeth sent us beautiful pictures that she took while Landon was being born and also wrote an amazing timeline for Landon of the day he was born.  I would highly recommend MaryBeth and I will 100% be using her services for my second child. 

Kelly Ann Risley

1/5/2011

I worked with MaryBeth in our first pregnancy in 2007/2008.  Our first thought when we found out we were pregnant again was to call MaryBeth infact she was the first one to know besides my husband and I.  MaryBeth and I communicated via e-mail and facebook throughout my pregnancy at my request.  She was able to provide support through emotional moments and facts when I had questions.  She helped coach me with questions for my providers.  I was scheduled for an induction on my due date but my daughter decided she wanted to come a litle earlier.  My waterbroke the day of a snow and horrible traffic. My husband immediately relaxed when MaryBeth got there as now the person he knew he could talk to was here.  My husband isn't someone who is comfortable talking to people and MaryBeth always made him feel that his questions were important and expected.  MaryBeth provided me the calm support that I needed.  She helped me relax.  As my labor intesified MaryBeth talked me throough each contraction with visualization and positive thoughts.  Her caring and professional demeanor was appreciated.  The staff of the hospital very much likes and respects MaryBeth so when she communicates with them a suggestion or a need they listen. MaryBeth knew I was bearing down without me having to say anything.  She took beautful pictures after the birth that my husband and I didnt  notce she was taking and are priceless to have.  She stayed after the birth to help me breastfeed and to make sure I was okay.  She even sent my older daughter a big sister card. I would recommend MaryBeth to anyone.  She will be our first call if we get pregnant again.

Marie Cronin

1/5/2011

I have had the most wonderful experiences with MaryBeth as my doula. MaryBeth arrived with all her doula tools ready to coach or lend quiet support, whatever was needed. I called her many times with questions about the pregnancy, labor and breastfeeding and she was eager and happy to help. She lent me books and CD’s from her collection. Our meetings were always very encouraging and she took her time to get to know us. At my first birth, MaryBeth arrived at the hospital and helped by sharing our birth plan with the staff, keeping the room quiet and suggesting different laboring positions. Helping me to try different positions and understanding my body cues was most helpful during the labor. She was also comforting to my husband and allowing him to help apply pressure to my back or suggest feeding me ice chips and answering any questions he had during the labor. She explained what was happening at each transition to help keep me calm and focused. After I started pushing and was close to delivery she was ready with her camera and took the most amazing pictures of my daughter being born. It was so nice that my husband didn't have to worry about this part and enjoy the miracle of her birth. At my second birth, MaryBeth arrived at our house early, since I wanted to birth as long as possible at home. She suggested different positions and was ready with her birth ball and heating pads. After studying Hypnobirthing at her suggestion, I had a relaxing and enjoyable labor. When we arrived at the hospital I was fully dilated and ready to push. MaryBeth stayed with me while my husband parked and checked in. They took me immediately to labor/delivery. My husband was stuck at check in, and MaryBeth requested the nurses to get him right away. If she wasn't there as my advocate he most likely would have missed the birth! After both births MaryBeth wrote the most amazing birth story describing the entire birth day. Not just a doula, she will become a trusted friend.

Erica Fisher

1/3/2011

Mary beth Nance has attended the birth of both my sons. We originally contacted her for a baby we micarried at 12 weeks. Even though she wasn't going to be our doula then she provided us with emotional support, understanding, and encouragement for future pregnancies. We contacted and hired her for the pregnancy of our oldest son Braden a few months later. It was a complicated pregnancy with a marginal placental abruption at 24 weeks. She was available to us whenever we needed the rest of the pregnancy with any questions we had. She was in attendance at the birth, with many helpful suggestions for pain relief and relaxation excercises. My labor was less than 5 hrs start to finish. She helped me with breast feeding and took pictures of our first minutes with our son. When I became pregnant again7 months after the birth of our first son. We immeadiatley contacted marybeth. We definently wanted her to be part of our birthing experience again. We again had a complicated pregnancy, when I went into preterm labor at 28 weeks and was put on complete bed rest. Marybeth called or emailed me almost everyday to check on my status. She even brought me dinner one night. She also made her library of pregnancy books available to me for reading. I made it to 37 weeks and she net me at the hospital, and walked the halls with me until I had to put in a bed for low blood pressure bouts. I had my son Emmett in 3 and 1/2 hours start to finish. With mary beths encouragement and faith in me I was able to have both my children without pain medication, and very short labors. The pictures and birth story she provided us were wonderful keepsakes of two of the most special days of my life. She stays in contact with me on a regular basis and even sent a birthday card to braden for his first birthday. She is a wonderful person, doula and friend. I feel blessed to have met her and have her in my life.

Mara

9/8/2009

 Marybeth had assisted my husband and myself through the births of both of my boys.  My first birth was very traumatic ending in an emergency c-section and my second birth was a successful vaginal birth.  Marybeth provided us with invaluable prebirth support, labor/birth support, and post support.  At times her voice was the only one I heard.  What I heard was "you can do this, focus, and stay grounded."  Those were not always her words but that is what I internalized.  We will be trying for a third child soon and Marybeth will be called to be our doula again.  When I think of giving birth apart from my husband I need her there to guide me through.  Finally, she was an amazing support for my husband as he felt helpless in the first birth to help me.  Without her helping him I think the first birth may have been our last birth.  We have healed enough to have a second child and will be working on a third.  Marybeth loves what she does and it REALLY shows.

Tina Chumley

6/11/2009

What can I say... MaryBeth is just the best!  During pregnancy she is such a calming support system to turn to.  She's an amazing person & doula!!  She helped prevent a c-section which nurses in the hospital were leaning towards because I had such a long labor.  I was totally willing to wait out & have a long labor if it meant preventing having surgery (of course as long as the baby was ok).  She slept in the hospital with us for 2 nights and looked after me & my husband.  Who does that?!While we were at the hospital, my doctor & a nurse or 2 all said "You have one of the good doulas.  We like MaryBeth."    Also, there were several times that nurses used hospital terminology that we weren't familiar with and she would do the normal person's translation for us.  She is truly just a good hearted person & a blessing on this earth.  I treasure the birth story she wrote for us as it really captured the experience.  I can't wait to go through my 2nd birth experience with her which is coming up very shortly.  She is just awesome!

Amy Prowell

5/27/2009

MaryBeth attended the birth of my son.  My only regret is that I didn't hire her for the birth of my first child!

She was very calm and patient throughout the entire experience.  When I was having some complications with the pregnancy, she reassured me that everything would be fine and we'd handle it if it wasn't.

I was interested in going natural, but ended up getting pain medication and an epidural anyway, and she was fully supportive of my decision.  She was very familiar with the hospital and was able to get me water, a nurse, the midwife, and anything else I needed right away.

I ended up being whisked back very quickly for an emergency c-section.  So fast, in fact, that the doctors and midwives weren't going to take the time to explain.  MaryBeth was able to  step in and quickly explain to me what was going on, and that I hadn't done anything wrong and that they needed to do the c-section to make sure the baby was okay.  While I was in the OR, she was supporting my husband and extremely frantic mother.

She took a bunch of really nice pictures after he was born, and wrote a beautiful birth story as well.

Should we ever have another child, I am booking MaryBeth immediately!

Erin Prokop

5/20/2009

Althought MaryBeth has attended both of my births, I didn't hire her for my first birth.  She was getting her certification at the time, and needed one final birth to obtain her certification.  She was very attentive, came to my house in the middle of the night and stayed with me, eventually following me and my husband to the hospital.  I had a very long labor, and labored naturally.  She supported me through it all.  After my son was born, he had some complications and ended up in the NICU.  Her own personal experience with a NICU gave me great support and comfort. I felt so fortunate to have had her as part of my birthing team.  When I got pregnant with my daughter, I knew I wanted MaryBeth to be there.  In addition I wanted to try hypnosis for laboring and delivery.  MaryBeth recommended an excellent home study course.  Once again, she came in the middle of the night, followed us to the hospital and stayed throughout the whole event.  She was aware of my needs, and my preferences during labor.  It was nice not to have to worry about anything while I was hynobirthing. I can't imagine having a baby and not having MaryBeth present.  She truly has a gift for what she does.  

Becky Benner

5/18/2009

MaryBeth recently helped my husband and I welcome our daughter into the world.  We didn't hesitate to hire her after the wonderful service she provided at the birth of our son 2 years ago.  Once again we were more than delighted to have her present.  I had two long labors that required a great support team.  MaryBeth was calm, attentive, sympathetic and more than knowledgable in answering any questions my husband and I had.  When I opted for an epidural after many hours of tiring labor I felt that MaryBeth understood and supported my decision fully.  Her familiarity with both my hospital and care provider was also a great plus (someone who can find the orange jello at a moment's notice is of great value, I can attest to that!)

I am more than confident in my willingness and desire to recommend MaryBeth to anyone seeking an attendant for their labor and delivery.  She truly provides a priceless service to her lucky mamas-to-be.

Lisa Argo

5/16/2009

Marybeth attended the births of both my daughter and son.  My husband and I are active duty military and were not sure my husband would be home for my daughter's birth because of the travel demands of his assignment.  Being in a new town, far from family, and not sure whether my husband would be there, I was very nervous about delivering our first baby.  My midwives recommended Marybeth and love working with her.  it really showed.  Her presence relieved a lot of worry for both myself and my husband, who wasn't able to attend a lot of my appointments and childbirth classes.  She helped support me through all of my concerns, lowering my stress and helping me to deliver following a medical induction completely without pain medication.  It was such a fabulous experience that I knew I wanted her with us for my son's delivery, which I also did without pain medication.  With her help, both my deliveries have been incredible memories for both my husband and I.  I absolutely love the pictures she took and the birth story she wrote for us.  I tell all the new moms-to-be to call Marybeth because I know she'll answer all their questions and help them to make the best decision for themselves, even if it's not to hire a doula.  She is a true gem and anyone would be blessed to have her share that special moment.

Hollie Paine-Dodge

5/12/2009

1800 characters is not enough space to sing MaryBeth's praises. After a horrible non-doula assisted first birthing experience, I hired MaryBeth, mostly b/c I was terrified of having to go through the whole birthing experience again. MaryBeth reassured me through complications in my second pregnancy, and she supported my need for an eqidural to push. With my 3rd pregnancy, I was determined to go natural, and MaryBeth helped me prepare for that; and, when I panicked during the very last few minutes before pushing, she told me exactly what to do and reassured me the entire time. I liked that I could ask her any question, any time (she's always available). The pictures that she took post-delivery were wonderful b/c they allowed my husband and I to really just enjoy and be in the moment. Her birth stories are overwhelmingly wonderful. I owe two of the happiest days of my life to her.

Nicole Kerr

5/11/2009

MaryBeth was a huge help to me last year with the birth of my daughter; long before I even knew I wanted a doula.  Her experience and recommendations put me very at ease (I'd told her up front I wasn't getting a doula but she spent a lot of time answering questions through many emails anyway) and I decided to hire her.  I have always been glad that I did-- she is amazing.  She does whatever she can to make your birth a beautiful and wonderful experience and she's attended so many births, her experience really shows.  I'd recommend her to anyone!

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