$700 to $950
$20 to $35
1 years and 11 births attended
1 years and 1 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families
Postpartum limits/restrictions: Pets fine; non-smoking home only. I am happy to serve cooked meat but do not cook meat myself! (I've been a vegetarian my entire adult life and am not confident in my abilities to safely handle and prepare raw meat.)
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
licensed midwife must also be present
Everyday Miracles volunteer doula; sexual health educator; Peace Corps Volunteer (2014-2016)
sliding scale; I also offer birth doula services for folks on MA through Everyday Miracles *discount for virtual doula support during the COVID-19 outbreak in MN*
Minneapolis, MN Service range 15 miles
We loved working with Margaret! She was so encouraging and knew just what to say when I was in labor to help me along. Being pregnant and birthing during a pandemic was wild, but having Margaret there to support us helped so much. I felt really prepared going into labor, it made rolling with the coronavirus punches a lot easier. My wife and I so appreciate her attentiveness and sensitivity to both of us. Very glad we decided to work with her!
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im a first time mom and Margaret could not have made me feeel more heard and supported. She made me feel prepared and knowledgeable before making choices about things I didn't know I had the option to have the choice on. She worked in 100% coolaboration with me and made sure I was comfortable mentally and physically. She listens, respects, shares and stands up for you from start to finish. Not a day goes by that I don't think about How thankful I am for having her a Part of my daughters journey into life. She is so special to us and will be forever. That's how you know she is great and passionate about What she does.
Margaret is everything that I was looking for in a doula. She is bilingual, very knowledgeable, easy to understand, practices empathy, and is a beautiful human being. We only had two chances to meet in person before all this COVID19 craziness started. However, Margaret has found creative ways to make us feel supported, informed, and prepared during pregnancy, birth, and post-partum.
I suffer from depression and anxiety, and her timely words (in Spanish and English!) have lifted huge burdens out of my shoulders. For example, during labor, she reminded me that there is a big difference between pain and suffering. These very words were vital in helping me get the best birth experience ever (which BTW couldn't differ more from what I had planned!)
We'll be forever grateful to Margaret for her advice, resources, and support! And recommend her services without any hesitation.
I'm a first time mom and my experience with my first time Doula has been amazing! Margaret has always made me feel very comfortable and has always been very helpful throughout my pregnancy. I didn't really know what a Doula was or what they do but she explained it too me perfectly. She provided me with so many additional resources (breastfeeding videos, spinning-babies, rebozo techniques etc.) This has helped me tremendously. During my birth with my daughter I don't remember very much from the pain but I do remember Margaret reminding me too breath and giving me sips of my water. She kept me calm during labor and reassured me to keep going. I honestly couldn't of done this without her. I will definitely have Margaret be my Doula again when I decide to have another child.
-Thank you Margaret ?
I can't even begin to describe the kind of support Margaret has given me and my family. She has been an invaluable support person in my pregnancy, birth and postpartum. She is knowledgeable, kind, and always puts her clients needs first when they need her. I had a complicated pregancy, with months of all day sickness, vomiting and not being able to eat almost anything, then I had insomnia for months, and at the end I had prodormal labor for weeks. She was there ALL the time. I needed her and she rushed to see me. There were moments where I felt defeated and she listened to me and held my hand. When I needed reassurance she always had the right words to encourage me. I also felt supported physically with lots of Spinning Babies excercises throughout my pregnancy and the day of my birthing. By the time that my prodromal labor was unbearable I decided I needed to birth my baby. I was 40 weeks pregnant, contractions were 3 minutes apart for 4 hours and I called Margaret and told her I needed to have this baby today. She came to the birth center prepared to help me progress. She had a routine for me to work through, she continued motivating me and held me when the contractions were strong. I birthed my baby just hours after she arrived, it was a beautiful water birth. Margaret helped me center myself and feel safe when the contractions were so strong, when I felt the ejection reflex and had a hard time accepting and allowing baby to come. Her hands were on my knees for counter pressure and her voice was telling me it was safe. I had my baby after 8 short pushes. Margaret was also able to capture the beautiful moment when I held my baby on my chest for the first time. She also has been present via text and FaceTime throughout my whole postpartum period during this chaotic time of the COVID-19 and being self quarantined. I would recommend her to any person wanting a gentle, safe and supported birth. Thanks to Margaret I was able to have my dream birth.
I get asked frequent what a doula is as in the US it’s not a super common practice to have one during pregnancy or birth. A doula doesn’t give medical advice in the sense that a doctor or midwife does, nor does a doula catch the baby or make decisions for you during labor. A doula is the one that lovingly takes the scrunchie off her own wrist and pulls your sweat drenched hair back into a ponytail without you even noticing during the most intense part of labor. A doula is the one that gently asks the nurse to hold off a minute as they ask you another ridiculous medical question while you are in the middle of a difficult contraction. A doula is the one that helps your partner to understand what is happening and where you are in the labor process because you are too tuned in to your body to talk. A doula is the one that reassures you that you are doing great when you feel like you can’t keep going. Margaret was all of these things and I loved having her as my doula throughout my pregnancy and during labor. I still have this pink scrunchie that Margaret put in my hair during labor and every time I have it on my wrist I look down and smile and am reminded of Olín’s birth and what a loving experience it was.
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