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Mary Carlson CD(DONA)

Heritage Birth Services


Phone: (701) 640-3197

Birth Fee: $500 to $800

Fee Details: I have doula package options with varying price points. Please visit my website for details.

Birth Doula Experience: 33 years

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula
  • Stillbirthday - Certified Birth and Bereavement Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, April 2000
  • Stillbirthday, July 2015
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 2 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Fargo, Breckenridge, Fergus Falls, Alexandria
Attends birth center births? No Birth Centers
There are no birth centers in my service area.
Attends home births? Some Home Births
Attended by a certified midwife.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Lamaze International

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Counselor (The Center for Breastfeeding)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification
  • Rebozo Training
  • RN (Registered Nurse)

College Education

  • AA/AS
  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Expected stillbirth
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Prematurity
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Stillbirthday Bereavement Doula
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I teach independent Childbirth Express Classes in the Wahpeton, ND/Breckenridge, MN community. This is a 3-hour, fast-paced, evidence-a based, interactive, private, in-home class for a pregnant woman and her partner. I am happy to work with you whether you want a natural birth or a medicated birth. Please call me to register: 701-640-3197.

Languages spoken: English, Fulfulde

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Client Testimonials for Mary Carlson CD(DONA)

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After having a great experience with a doula with our first birth in another state, we knew we wanted to have a doula for the birth of our second daughter as well. Mary was a calm, steady presence for me through my birth but also before and after. It was very easy to talk with her, tell her my experience with my previous birth and ask her questions. She has so much experience and knowledge and was a great resource. Even my midwife knew of her and holds her in very high regard. She was always professional but also was there for our family in the way that we needed her to be. 


Posted 11/13/2019

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Shannon Bacon

We loved having Mary as our Doula and will be forever grateful for the many ways in which she supported our family. Mary is highly experienced, knowledgable, and professional. During the pregnancy, she took a lot of time to really understand my preferences for our birth experience and offered resources and tips to help me prepare. As my due date neared (and passed by!), we kept in touch and she expressed so much encouragement and faith in my abilities. When the day finally arrived, I remember texting her that I was in early labor. She responded, "You are going to do this Shannon, and you'll get to meet your baby!" I felt so supported already. Throughout the labor, she was a steadying presence for both me and my husband. She helped hold space and contributed to a calm, relaxed, and non-judgmental atmosphere, yet she allowed me to be my own advocate and follow my own preferences. I had an empowering, beautiful birth experience that I will treasure forever, something that I think was fostered by having the right support people in the room (Mary and my husband). I highly recommend her to anyone.

Posted 5/27/2019

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McKenzie Rabenn

Going into my first pregnancy I knew I needed some extra help in addition to having my husband as I desperately wanted an all natural birth. We found Mary who came to our home for two prenatal visits and gave us a wealth of information so that we would be informed and educated participants in our birth. We learned more about pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care from my meetings with Mary than any class or book. Mary provided valuable resources as well as tips and tricks to help us have the birth we had envisioned. At these meetings, Mary provided me with exercises to help prepare my mind and body for the journey ahead.

During labor and delivery, Mary’s calming presence were exactly what my husband and I needed. Her nursing background came in handy when we needed to make decisions during labor and letting us know what the doctors were doing. During my labor and four hours of pushing she was a constant support checking in with me and being available to answer all our questions. We couldn't have planned a better birth!

Ben & McKenzie, parents to Reese

Posted 5/10/2019

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