Margaret has been an incredible support to both me and my husband at both of our births. Her extensive experience and knowledge per/during/post-birth, encouragement, and gentle yet confident guidance gave both great comfort and empowerment throughout my early motherhood journey. We benefitted from her services as a birth doula, placenta encapsulation, and craniosacral therapy.
We birthed in a hospital, and Margaret was so great at supporting and advocating for my pursuit of natural birth in an environment less familiar with this experience. She provided thoughtful, effective insight and suggestions that helped all of us work together in harmony.
One thing I didn’t realize I would appreciate so much is her support post-birth. As I encountered unknowns in the first few weeks with both boys, she was one of my first go-tos and a constant source of support, whether through advice, encouragement, or professional help.
I know that my birth experiences have been more positive with her on our team. My husband and I highly recommend her!!
We are so grateful to have worked with Margaret! She was truly amazing, and we don't know what we would have done without her. She is very experienced and well respected in the community. We would highly recommend her to anyone, and we plan to work with her again if we have another child.
We met with Margaret twice in our home during the pregnancy, and she was always available for questions outside of these visits. The sessions were very helpful, and Margaret did a great job of explaining different birthing options and helping us have a realistic picture of what to expect during the birthing process. Margaret was a wealth of information, and she created a comfortable, nonjudgmental setting so we could share our prefences and express any fears or anxieties. We went into the labor process feeling very confident in Margaret's care.
As labor neared, we had several texts and phone calls to Margaret. She was calm and responsive to our updates. Active labor started pretty quickly, so we met Margaret at the hospital, and she was with us for the next 20+ hours. Margaret had a great rapport with the hospital staff and was great at advocating for our prefences and explaining what was happening at each stage. Due to her vast experience, she has a great relationship with many ObGYN groups in the area. She had worked with our delivery doctor multiple times before. The delivery did not necessarily go as planned, so we were so glad that Margaret was by our side to comfort us and give detailed explanations when we needed more clarity from the doctors and nurses. Margaret was continually coaching and helping with massages, stretches, breathing, etc. We had a great delivery team, but Margaret felt like the leader of our care team, and we felt so calm with her involved. Margaret came back to the hospital before we left and also visited and answered many calls and texts during the postpartum period. We would highly recommend the placenta encapsulation!
As first time parents, we know we couldn't have made it through my labor the way we wanted to without Margaret. When we first met Margaret, we were immediately at ease. We didn't have to press her to elaborate on answering our questions--she is a wealth of knowledge. As soon as the interview was over, we knew that no one else would compare to Margaret. She visited us in our home, answered all of our questions and walked us through many scenerios. When I was induced due to gestational hypertension, Margaret came to the hospital as soon as we needed her and brought with her an aire of calm and reassurance. She supported me through 9cm of dilation without pain meds as I labored in the bathtub and in many other positions. She fed me apple sauce and encouraged sips of fluid to keep up my strength. I wanted a drug-free labor and birth, but once we realized my baby kept rotating in the incorrect position, the OB offerred forceps or c-section. Not knowing a lot about forceps deliveries, I thought c-section would be the obvious choice. After my husband and I discussed the next steps with Margaret, we became confident in a forceps delivery and our boy was delivered shortly after that decison was made and I avoided surgery. Margaret stayed with us until we moved into our new hospital room and came to our home again to check in on all of us a few days later. The whole experience felt very "full circle" and we couldn't be hppier with our decision to have Margaret be a part of this life-changing experience.
We had a wonderful expereince with Margaret for the birth of our second son. We had a successful VBAC and I strongly believe it was because of the Hypnobirthing techniques I learned from Margaret! She was comforting, present, and seemed to know what I needed before I even knew I needed something.
Margaret came to our house while I labored at home, and helped us feel confident about when to go to the hospital. She was a strong advocate on our team interfacing with the hospital staff! She was especially helpful when I got to the pushing phase and felt really scared. My self-talk had turned negative and she consistently reassured me that I could, and was doing what I needed to be. Margaret was absolutely the right doula for us! I would recommend her without hesitation.
She also did my placenta incapsulation, and delived it very promptly!
Margaret attended the births of both of my daughters. One of the main reasons I was interested in a doula for my first birth was because I was interested in a non-medicated labor & delivery. Margaret provided amazing support not only the day of, but throughout my pregnancy, and I knew I wanted her to attend our second. Throughout my pregnancy, Margaret was readily available via text or phone for any questions I had. She has an incredible amount of experience and always has an answer, information to share, past experiences to draw from, and a vast network to connect with if she feels she needs more information. She was an amazing resource to have! On the day of delivery, she was very responsive and timely. Her encouragement, motivation, confidence, and calming nature made me feel at ease. She is wonderful at providing alternative pain relief techniques, she talked me through every contraction, and provided gentle reminders for breathing and relaxing. I can't imagine delivering without her presence! Margaret is also incredibly supportive and open minded. While my birth preferences were unique to me, she supports all birth plans/deliveries. My husband and I are so grateful for Margaret!
Margaret was our Doula for all three of our children’s home births. As our family grew, her role changed both when our babies were born, as well as with care after. She was a great support for both my partner and I. She was very helpful after the birth of my oldest with breast-feeding and cranial sacral. She was great in educating my oldest child when we were expecting our second. And with the third babe, she was willing to roll with the punches, depending on who needed her help the most at the time of the birth, mom, dad or kiddos. She has a very strong, yet calm presence about her. She is very knowledgeable about the different stages of labor, and was always very reassuring for me to know that everything was as it should be. She, as I imagine all Doulas are, is worth her weight in gold.
There are some people that enter your life & change it forever. For me, Margaret was that person. I’m a 40-yr-old single Mom. I hired Margaret for my entire fourth trimester – starting with five nights p/wk & then transitioning to days. I have an MD/PHD, so I wanted a doula whose knowledge & experience were a blend of both traditional & alternative theory. This is tough to find in the doula community, but Margaret clearly had strengths on both sides of that coin. I also wanted someone with experience & formal training. Margaret has 16 yrs under her belt as a doula & is certified through DONA for birth & postpartum. She’s also a certified lactation counselor. Finally, I wanted someone who was passionate about her work – not just sludging through each day trying to pay her bills. It was clear that Margaret was driven & called to serve new mothers. As my doula, Margaret taught me how to care for my baby through example. She offered me wisdom & guidance in areas where I struggled like breastfeeding, infant sleep, & evolving relationships. She provided necessary respite. With this aid, I was able to take care of myself so that I could care for my child. As a new Mom, I experienced both success & failure. Margaret was there to support me with unconditional positive regard. When I gave birth to my son, I was at high risk of developing postpartum depression. But I instead experienced postpartum happiness. I directly attribute my early success as a new mother to the support & the guidance I received from Margaret. Margaret is not only an amazing doula, she’s an incredible person. I genuinely feel blessed to have had the opportunity to spend the last three months with her as my guide. You will not find a more qualified & ideal candidate as your doula. I wish that I could bless everyone in my life with a few months of Margaret. She has forever changed my life. For the better.
I have told Margaret she is my spirit animal. Margaret not only prepared my husband and I for birth and beyond, she became a dear friend of mine after supporting me during the birth of my daughter, Fiona. Margaret is not only excellent at her craft, she is extremely kind and has a gift to meet each mother where they are at. She honored my wishes for my ideal birth experience and helped me achieve it. I was so grateful to have Margaret by my side and I am looking forward to future pregnancies with Margaret as my Doula.
Maraget is a wonderful doula. She was available to answer questions throughout my pregnancies, and she was with me for the births of my second and third daughters. (I didn't have a doula for my first daughter's birth.) She is a strong presence in the room, and I was so glad that she was there advocating for me. My daughters were born in a hospital, and a nurse at my second birth told me that I was lucky to have Margaret there with me. My third daughter was born very quickly -- so quickly that my doctor had not yet arrived and the nurse was not prepared. Margaret knew what was happening, though, and she was ready to catch my daughter with a pillow. So grateful that Margaret was there with me!
Margaret was wondrful to work with in the capacity as our doula for our second child. I only wish we lived in Minneapolis for the birth of our first so thar Margaret could've been present for that birth as well.
Immediately upon our first meeting, Margaret was supportive and receptive to understanding the type of birth experience we wanted. My ideal birth was an unmedicated VBAC, so I felt as though we had a number of challlenges ahead of us. With Margaret's extensive VBAC experience, I was optimistic but knew we had our work cut out for us. In preparation for labor and delivery, Margaret helped me to work through and understand my fears and concerns regarding achieving my ideal birth, and helped my husband and I consider all possible experiences and outcomes that may arise. Leading up to labor, Margaret was supportive in helping us to create a birth plan, prepare for life at home with two kids, and consider how our life would change (for the better) all while keeping in mind sensitivities I had from my previous birthing experience. Margaret continued to reaffirm she could join us at any stge of labor, which was important in efforts of a VBAC.
When in labor, Margaret quickly moved into action with physical and mental support. Upon arriving at the hospital, Margaret effectively communicated the urgency of my labor and ensured we got a room and a team of medical professionals ASAP. Margaret worked very well with the nurses and (unsupportive) Dr in a professional way, all while helping me to focus on our end goal. Physically she knew exactly what would assist in relieving the pain and delivering a child safely, all while keeping me motuvated and focused mentally. ztogether we achieved our unmedicated VBAC, and I could not have done it without Margaret's guidance and support. She is wonderful at her job.
It’s so hard to know what I needed as a new mom. You can take all the classes, read all the books, and get the best advice from other mamas but in the end not experiencing something makes us all have to surrender and trust to a certain degree. Margaret helped me do just that. Deciding to have Margaret by my side was the best choice I made for my birth. From positions that helped ease my contractions, to cold rags, essential oils, encouraging language that made me feel powerful, and love ...Margaret was a saving grace. She is made to be a doula. Her love for her job and attentiveness for knowing exactly what I needed to hear, have, or push me through was what got me through my choice to have a natural birth. You can’t fake when you love your job or show up to life. I felt that love throughout my pregnancy and it guided me to the greatest gift life has given me, my son. I instantly fell in love with Margaret when I met her. And after giving birth with her by my side I now know why.
There are no words that can say how incredibly thankful we are that we had Margaret at our side for the birth of our second son. We really had no idea what to expect as our first child was an unplanned c-section at 36 weeks without any labor. Margaret was able to help us navigate the “great unknown” and made our sons birth such a positive and beautiful experience. We were able to have a successful, un-medicated VBAC that was only 7.5 hours from start to finish and I believe that that would not have been possible without her. She was such a calming presence and her knowledge of how to make me more comfortable during contractions was invaluable. She was also wonderful at showing my husband and mother ways to help so that they could be more involved and then she would just melt into the background and help with “behind the scene” stuff that you don’t even think about but help in such a huge way (refilling waters, getting snacks, getting more puke bags, giving backrubs to my husband, putting scents on my pillow to help with the different stages of labor, being an extra set of hands, touching bases with the nurses… I could seriously go on and on)! I would recommend Margaret to any of my family, friends and even pregnant ladies that I meet in passing for that matter! The biggest compliment that I can think of was when my husband, who was very skeptical of the whole “doula thing”, told me that Margaret will be one of the first people that we will call should we get pregnant again in the future! Thank you again for everything Margaret! You truly are amazing!
I have had Margaret in attendance at 2 of my 3 births. It is so critical to have a support team you trust during labor. Margaret is incredibly knowledgeable and supportive, encouraging women and their partners through the birth process. Both times, I utilized her for placenta encapsulation and post delivery support. I highly recommend her services to anyone wanting a comforting and calming presence. She coordinates well with all providers to create a pleasant and positive birth experience.
My husband and I were interested in using a Doula to help support our birth plan and choice for an intervention-free labor and delivery. One of the reasons we chose Margaret as our Doula was because she has a very calming and reassuring presence and so much knowledge to share from her 13+ years of experience. When thinking about who we wanted with us during labor and delivery, she was someone I could envision with us – she just had the right energy we were looking for. Between the in-home visits and centering meetings, we learned so much about the labor and delivery process, our options and alternatives, and comfort measures and relaxation techniques that we could do on our own while laboring at home. It was extremely important to us to learn about the various options we had for ALL aspects of labor, delivery and post-birth, many that we didn’t even think about or realize existed - all the way from ways to naturally induce and laboring at home, to placenta encapsulation and delayed cord clamping. It was a very eye-opening experience and I felt more confident going into labor having all of this knowledge and knowing what choices I had for my labor and delivery. While you learn so much during your visits and centering meetings, it can be overwhelming, which is why it was so great to have Margaret with us on our special day. She was there to remind us of everything we learned, to be an advocate for us and our birth plan, and to create a calm and relaxing space for us to welcome our little girl. I would highly recommend Margaret for anyone interested in using a Doula, regardless of your birth plan. She is very adaptable, supportive and respectful, and honors the birth plan of your choice.
Our experience with Margaret is beyond words. We were introduced to her through a mutual friend when we became pregnant last year. I knew instantly that she is who would help us through the beautiful birth of our child. She is committed to the parents she helps and has a wealth of knowledge to share. She was always willing to answer questions and gave relevant advice. We also took her centering classes and Hypnobirthing class. They are irreplaceable, as is she! When it came time to labor she came over to our house and helped with relaxation and pain relief techniques. She was there to remind me that I did have the power and I could deliver my baby the way we had envisioned. She stayed by our side throughout. Her commitment, kindness and support powered me through to meeting my sweet babe. She was also there for all the questions that came after, especially with breastfeeding. She has great advice for effective positioning and different tools that defintely helped. We are so blessed to have met Margaret and had her as our Doula, confidant and friend.
Margaret provided more than peace of mind, her generosity, empathy, guidance, and humor throughout my long (long) labor helped keep us calm and made my labor experience personal and special. After a few meetings and attending her classes, by the time our little boy made his appearance, Margaret felt like part of the family. She helped me cope with pain, kept me moving and positive, and offered reassurance and guidance to my husband so he knew what to do and how to help (she even brought him food). After coming home from the hospital, Margaret stopped by to offer advice, see how we (and baby) were doing, and to assist with breast feeding. Around 2 weeks our baby needed to have a procedure to help with tongue tie, and Margaret came back over and performed cranio sacral/facial massage on him to help soothe his after the experience. We loved everything about working with her and keep in touch, sending update pictures, asking questions that pop up (every stage spawns new questions), and hearing about each other's lives. We're grateful to have found her through a friend.
Margaret is truly wonderful -- as a Doula, Postpartum Doula and a person. Her presence at our birth was invaluable and we felt so lucky to have her on our team. Margaret's extensive knowledge, kind demeanor and constant support were exactly what we needed through 30+ hours of labor. Like every labor, we had to be open to changes. But Margaret helped us stand our ground and achieve the birth story we were hoping for -- something we could not have done without her. We absolutely loved working with Margaret and would recommend her in a heartbeat to anyone.
I am not sure I can say enough good things about Margaret certainly, not enough to truly impress how wonderful she is as a doula and a person. We felt so blessed to have such a strong, nurturing, competent, loving person by our sides during the birth of both of our girls. In fact, with our second if it wasn't for Margaret I would have had my baby in the parking lot of the birth center! Not only was she great before and during the birth, but I will say that I really appreciated her checking in on me to makes sure I was adjusting well, especially when I didn't even ask, she just knew its what I needed. That support was so needed as adjusting to motherhood can be extremely difficult.
I honestly believe that having a doula makes a huge different in your birth, please consider hiring Margaret you won't regret it!
I'm not sure my wife nor I could say enough about the tremendous support and guidance Margaret brought to the birth of our daughter in May 2017. Being our first child, we tried to research as much as we could about the birthing process but as we would learn, nothing can really fully prepare you. We reached out to Margaret and upon our first meeting felt immediately comfortable with her and her experience. She was very open to and accepting of the birth "plan" my wife had in mind and offered her perspective on the many decisions that expecting parents, first-timers especially, can expect to face during the birth.
While the birth was progressing normally, Margaret was a very welcome, calming presence and provided wonderful assistance that I was either not familiar enough with or was too overwhelmed to give. When it became clear that a things were not progressing as smoothly as they should and the doctor informed us of possible infection and an elevated heart rate, Margaret was there to guide us and help us make the pressing decisions we needed to make. When a C-section was determined to be needed, she was there with us in the emergency room and stayed to support my wife when I was escorted with our newborn daughter to another room for care. We really can't thank her enough for everything she did over those very stressful, yet exciting, hours.
We have told so many people about the great value Margaret brought to this momentous event in our lives and recommend her and her services to anyone thinking about including a doula in the birth of their child.
Where do I begin about our experience with Margaret. It was absolutely amazing! It literally started with an instant connection with both my husband and me and an understanding of who "we" were. I say "we", because Margaret, not only supports you as the mother giving birth, she supported our ENTIRE family (Me, Husband, Daughter, Grandparents, etc). She made sure all of our needs were met with my ultimate goal of having an unmedicated (in any format) VBAC. I have never expereienced a more customized, beautiful experience of having our second child with Margaret's support. The compassion, knowledge and dedication was out of this world. Margaret has a way of supporting, and working with EVERYONE with the focus on having a beautiful baby. Her ability to connect with you as well as connect you to others is an absolute art. Margaret not only supports you while in labor, she is there prior, during AND after. She really becomes a part of your family. I would trust Margaret in any situation and highly recommend her becoming part of your story and family.
WE LOVE MARGARET!!
Margaret Owens was my Doula for the birth of my first child in May 2017 and all I can say as a first time mom is - how do people give birth without a doula? I can't even imagine and I don't want to. I was lucky enough to give birth "as planned"; I had an amazing water birth (the labor was long and hard, let's be honest) and I'm certain that the water birth would not have happen without Margaret. I know there's no way that I would have been able to have an unmedicated birth without her and her magical doula ways. My husband 100% agrees and he didn't even know what a doula was before we had our intro meeting with Margaret! She is the support that you need - in every way that you'll need it - every step of the way until that sweet baby arrives. If you are wondering if you should hire a doula - don't wonder, just get one! You'll never regret it. And if you're looking for one, call Margaret. She's truly amazing.
As a side note, Margaret was not only my birth doula, she was also my postpartum doula and I would look forward to every night that she would come because I knew I would get all of my "new mom" questions answered and I get some sleep between feedings! It was the only calm I felt for the first couple of weeks and it was a blessing - and saved my sanity. Having a baby is hard. But bringing a baby home is harder and you need all the support you can get - no matter who you are - and the sooner you embrace this the better off you will be.
My husband and I hope to get pregnant again sooner than later and I hope Margaret is by my side if we're lucky enough to have baby #2!
Choosing Margaret to be our Doula was the best decision we could have made! We learned so much from her during our Hypnobirthing classes, and enjoyed participating in her Doula Centering groups. Her wisdom, gentle presence, and hands on support helped us welcome our baby into this world completely naturally. Throughout the birthing process, we leaned on Margaret as our guide and her experience and knowledge were evident every step of the way. From laboring at home for as long as possible (with her AMAZING hip squeezes), to her positive words of encouragement and soothing touch, and ability to advocate for us at the hospital, Margaret helped make our son's birth a beautiful experience. Margaret is an incredible woman and will always be considered a part of our family!
My husband and I are so thankful to have had Margaret by our side for the birth of our daughter. We enjoyed the pre-meetings to ensure we had a plan and were all on the same page. Knowing we had support from Margaret gave us great peace of mind heading into the birth… and I needed it as I approached two weeks overdue. When it came to the birth we benefited from Margaret's experience. She was right at home at Mother Baby and worked seamlessly with the nurses and our midwife. She offered constant massage in just the right places during my tough contractions and helped me find comfortable positions both when I was up and moving and after I got an epidural. Margaret helped us decide what to ask the medical staff and participated in our decision making by asking questions and offering general information but never providing an answer which allowed us to make decisions as a couple. The greatest complement I can give Margaret is that immediately after a long labor I felt happy about my birth story and ready to do it again. We'll use Margaret in the future and recommend you do as well!
- Robin & Steve
BEST DOULA EVER! I can't imagine going through the birth experience without her. She was so compassionate and caring and was really helpful in offering ways to deal with the pain. She also has a huge amount of knowledge which was helpful before, during and after the birth when we had to make decisions. She is a great mix of someone that recommends both natural and realistic suggestions. I ended up having an unmedicated birth, but if I would've done an epidural I don't feel like she would've judged me and that decision. Not only did I find her helpful and supportive, but she was amazing for my husband. She was there to support him and give him suggestions for how to help me deal with the pain. I highly recommend Margaret to anyone and everyone, she's truly a gem!
My husband and I knew Margaret was going to be our doula after our first meeting. Her attention to detail and matter-of-fact approach helped us prepare by setting realistic expectations and discuss areas of concern. She made me feel like her first priority during every interaction. Margaret’s knowledge took the information we learned at childbirth, comfort measures, and breastfeeding classes one step farther and applied it to what we could expect in the hospital setting. She had also introduced us to resources we would have not otherwise known about such as prenatal chiropractic care. I was also able to take the information (feedback on birth preferences) we learned from Margaret and ask smarter questions to my doctor. Margaret’s warmth and sense of calm made it feel like I was calling my own mom to let her know I was going into labor. It felt reassuring! She was very helpful and knowledgeable about the stages of labor. This was especially helpful when making the transition from laboring at home and deciding when to go to the hospital. Margaret conducted herself in a very professional manner at the hospital by introducing herself to the hospital staff as they took care of me. This helped create a positive relationship with everyone involved on my birth team. Margaret and the nurse worked together to determine what labor position to try next when labor appeared to have slowed down. She used words of encouragement and terms from my yoga classes which helped me keep my focus and be centered instead of being fearful. Having a doula, like Margaret, was invaluable for my husband. He was able to participate in providing comfort for me while feeling included in the birth process. This also gave him confidence that we were doing everything we could at that moment instead of trying to remember what he learned at our birthing class 3 months earlier!
I highly recommend Margaret as a doula. She helped me achieve the positive birth experience I desired!
From our first meeting, through planning and preparation, throughout our challenging yet healthy and loving birth, and even in the months after, Margaret has been a stable, caring, warm and knowledgable presence. During preparation, her advice was sound and comforting. She helped us create a beautiful cast of my pregnant belly. During birth, she was reassuring, steady, consistent, and caring. When I needed a firm and loving coach, she was that. When my husband needed information and support, she was a great ally for him too. She completely had our back. For a couple panicky new parent phone calls, she gave just enough advice and reassurance to get us back on track and feeling confident. She has been a wonderful part of our first child's birth, and we recommend her highly.
Margaret is amazing. I am so glad she attended my birth as well as served as a valuable resource before and after my birth. She was the calm reassuring voice that allowed me to have the natural birth I desired.
What a wonderful experience! Margaret was supportive in so many ways- from answering all of my prenatal questions, to coaching me gently through labor, to providing us with postpartum care. I felt so safe and cared for during my labor and delivery. She was a calm presence, offering motivational words and humor throughout the experience. This was such a great match. I'm so grateful to call her a friend!
When we first met Margaret, we knew she would be our doula. We were not only impressed with her impeccable training, extensive experience and wealth of knowledge, but her straight forward personality and genuine soul made me immediately trust her. Since I am an extremely athletic person and have high expectations for myself, I was looking for a doula that would not only fit with my personality, but give me the ‘tough love’ that I give myself when in demanding athletic situations, while creating that loving and safe environment you require while giving birth. Being on the other side of my first birth now, I would have to say that we lucked out with Margaret. Her presence was a pillar of strength which made me feel stronger, and gave me endurance to make it through a 26 hour labor with no pain medications or interventions. Margaret was there every step of the way, beside me, supporting me and my husband. Her voice of encouragement and advice, suggesting positions and techniques that made labor progress while staying bearable were extremely meaningful to me. At one point I remember just hearing a voice, telling me how strong I was, how fantastic I was doing, and pushing me forward. It was a consistent, steady voice that I held on to and followed; it was Margaret’s voice! Shortly after, our beautiful baby boy was born. The peaceful water birth I had dreamt bringing my baby into the world through, was a success. I also remember looking up and seeing Margaret’s face after I pulled my baby out of the water and into my arms for the first time, and realizing that she had never doubted me, though I had doubted myself. We were all physically exhausted and emotionally spent, but in that look we shared the most powerful elation and excitement. We knew she had guided us through perhaps some of the most challenging hours of our lives and it was all worth it. We could not have done it without Margaret!
From the moment we met Margaret during an initial interview, my husband and I knew she was the perfect Doula for us! We so appreciated her wide knowledge base, many years of experience, compassion, and personability. Margaret is highly skilled yet very down to earth. We never felt "judged" by her and felt she respected all of our thoughts, opinions, and wishes. She provided very comprehensive care during the prenatal stage, including meeting with us, answering many questions, and sharing valuable resources with us. While we didn't end up being able to have her with us during early labor at home, she was extremely timely in arriving to the birth center once the time came. Throughout my labor, Margaret was extremely attentive and helpful. She seamlessly integrated herself into our birth experience while still allowing my husband to be the primary "coach," which was what we desired. Margaret's presence was even more prominent than the attending midwife's, which is a testatment to her skill and the birth center's trust in her work. During the post-partum stage, Margaret was also very attentive and helpful. She promptly responded to questions via text and phone and made herself available for house visits, even very short notice. It was very reassuring to have her gentle presence at home and her expertise to help make sure things were going smoothly with our little guy. After we experienced persistent trouble with breastfeeding, she referred us to a specialist for further support, which was an appropriate and much-needed referral.
We were beyond satisfied with our experience working with Margaret and would highly recommed her to all! She is an extremely gifted Doula and an absolute pleasure to work with. We would use her again for our next birth in a heartbeat, and have already passe her name along to others. We miss working with her, so we appreciate her willingness to keep in touch with us. :-)
I found Margaret through Blooma and I couldn't have picked a more perfect support person for my birth. I connected immediately with Margaret as she was very straightforward and down-to-earth. As this was my first baby in 11 years, I had many of the same concerns a first-time mother has, but I also had outdated experience as so much has changed in the past decade. I am also a single mother, which added an extra challenge in that I didn't have a birth partner or even local support system. Margaret went above and beyond to reassure me that all of my needs would be taken care of before, during, and after birth. When I was in labor, Margaret not only supported me as a birth coach, but she advocated for me to the hospital staff, and provided me with extra emotional support at every moment. Initially, I had conflict with hospital staff and my level of care, but after Margaret arrived, she handled all the issues and my care improved significantly. She made sure I received the experience I desired and handled all the unexpected issues that a partner would typically handle. The end result was a successful birth experience that I enjoyed instead of feared. Afterwards, Margaret continued to make me feel at ease by making sure all of my ongoing needs were met. She reassured me and gave me confidence to handle the transition home. I had never used a doula before, but I wish she had been present for my previous three births. In this experience, I found much more than a doula, I found a lifelong friend and an Aunty for my son.
I first heard of doulas when I was researching the website of the hospital I was going to have my baby girl at. My first thought was that would be perfect for me since I knew my husband was not going to be able to be at the birth. When I called them I was told they would have a doula call me back. Then Margaret called. I am so glad it was her. She made the process much easier. Later in my pregnancy I found out my baby was breech ( I was not happy about this since I wanted a vaginal birth like I had with my son 7 years ago and not a c-section). With her help we tried everything possible to get baby to flip around. She has tons of resources and contacts that are amazing. Everyone she put me in contact with was so nice and great at what they do like she is. My daughter ended up not flipping so I had to have a c-section but Margaret was there! I did not like the whole process of c-section, but it went much smoother because she was there. She was talking to me the whole time and telling me what was going on and taking pictures for me! She knew a lot of people at the hospital which made me feel more comfortable. She also did my placenta pills and delivered them the next day. She is such a nice person and willing to go the extra mile to help you. She is really easy going and down to earth. I will for sure like to have her at my future births! Thanks Margaret!!
I used Margaret 's doula and placenta encapsulations services for the birth of our second son and it made a complete difference compared to my experience with my first. She gave me the confidence and resources to mentally and spirtually prepare myself for natural childbirth. I was very happy with how my water birth went and I owe a large part of that to her. She has a very non-judgemental approach and is very supportive throughout the whole process. I think one of the most valuable things I gained from her was information she provided at the pre- and post-partum appointments. Little things like how to massage your baby, pressure points that allow a woman in labor to relax, why babies often prefer one side when nursing, etc. She really is a wealth of knowledge. And they weren't even questions I had for her but rather things that came out in conversation. I really liked that I felt comfortable with her from the first moment I met her - she has a very calming personality. She was very flexible when it came to meeting time. I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone who is looking at hiring a doula!
If there was ever anyone in life who had found their calling, Margaret would be it. It is no wonder why she has been in this field for as long as she has---she has forever changed my life and made what could've been one of the most frightening experiences of my life one of the most positive and memorable. Margaret's knowledge, gentle demeanor, encouragement, and compassion radiated throughout my labor and delivery and significantly helped me cope with the ever changing birth plan that my baby had in store for me :) My husband's phone call to her at 2am was happily accepted and she arrived at the hosptial very shortly thereafter. Not only did she provide acceptional advice to me for coping methods during labor and delivery but she was also extremely helpful fo rmy husband--giving him ideas to help me, keeping him informed and answering questions, and ensuring he took care of himself throughout my long labor (he has type I diabetes). Both he and I are forever grateful for Margaret and if we are so lucky to welcome another child into our lives, we certainly hope that her services will be available. I can't say enough good things about her and highly encourage anyone interested in a doula to select her.
As a first time mom who is also a single mom I was nervous and overwhelmed about everything! Within minutes of meeting her I knew I would be well taken care of! Margaret had a gentle and nurturing way of taking care of me and my son. I never had to ask her for help, she just jumped in and helped me. She was intuative and insightful, loving and genuine. My experience with having a post pardum doula was nothing short of perfection. I was exhausted but she was there to encourage and support me during the most wonderful but most challengeing part of my life. I couldn't have made it through the first six weeks without her help, love and compassion.
We truly enjoyed our experience with Margaret. She was referred to us from our previous Doula and we couldn't have been happier. She traveled to our house to meet with us once before labor and was more than open to questions throughout my pregnancy. Margaret offered to come to our house in the early stages of labor, but it worked out to meet at the hospital. She beat us there and was ready to jump in and help with my contracations which were 2-3 minutes apart. She used relaxation techniques to help me through the intense contractions and kept me focused. She also informed us about placenta encapulation, which we decided to do. I am happy with my choice to encapulate and have felt that my milk supply has been up, compared to my first pregnancy. We would definitly recommend Margaret to anyone looking for a supportive and educated doula.
Margaret Owens is amazing! Even though this was my third baby and I knew my way around a birth her presence and knowledge was an immeasurable blessing. My husband and I are so thankful that she was paired with our family and a part of our son’s birth.Margaret has a very calm and warming vibe about her. From the moment I first met Margaret she made me feel very relaxed and comforted. During my labor she would give reassurance, encouragement, a little bit of humor, or a comforting touch at the perfect times. This helped boost my confidence greatly!Our son’s birth was a more enjoyable one for my husband because of Margaret’s presence. It helped take pressure off my husband to put himself in situations that made him uncomfortable. My husband becomes physically ill when he sees me in pain. He was able to step back and let Margaret take the lead while still comforting me in a way that made him comfortable. With my husband being relaxed it helped make a calmer environment for me.I really liked that Margaret already knew the hospital staff where I gave birth.This also helped make a more relaxing environment for me because it was noticeable that the hospital staff enjoyed working with Margaret.Margaret is very knowledgeable! She was able to answer all my questions or send me in the right direction to get the information I needed.I really liked that she had a network of resources to pair with her knowledge.Margaret also encapsulated my placenta for me. I am so glad that I did this! I have a past history of sever postpartum depression. It’s been a month since my son was born and I am feeling good. I also have lots of energy and it has helped with my breast milk supply. On the day I gave birth she brought my placenta home with her to prepare and by the next day I had my pills.Overall this labor and birth was my favorite and the fastest recovery. Thank you again Margaret for helping make my son’s birth a special one!
To begin, Margaret was with us for 37 hours of labor. I could not have done it without her. She provided me strength when I needed strength, laugher when I needed laugher and calm when I needed calm. I had a long slow labor and Margaret was with us the entire journey. I did not know what to expect with my first birth. She came to our house at the onset of labor and helped me breathe through each contraction with her calming and reassuring presence. In addition she made my husband feel relaxed and confident. Margaret has many tools in her toolbox but her best tools were her words of encouragement and gentle touch. The labor was very intense in my back, but Margaret had techniques to make the intensity diminish. My labor was so peaceful with the help from Margaret. After about 12 hours of labor at home we went to the hospital.
Margaret was our guide through the medical jungle. She created a great partnership with the hospital staff instantly and helped us figure out the best options during each phase. During the 20 some hours we were at the hospital Margaret took the extra step and bonded with our parents too. She made them feel so comfortable. Not only was she part of our care team, she became part of our family. We felt a strong bond with her and appreciate the knowledge and experience she brought. Margaret helped me with breastfeeding minutes after our baby was born. We attribute his great eating skills to her assistance with latching. Margaret made sure we were completely comfortable before she went home, 30 plus hours later.
Margaret was awesome during our birth and she has been available to us after the baby was born. She came to our house and has always been available by phone when needed. Margaret is a huge resource and we could not be more grateful. My birth experience would not have been the same without her. Margret’s passion, advocacy, humor, and kindness empowered me to have the birth experience I hoped for.
Five reasons to hire Margaret Owens for your birth:
1. Margaret has many years of experience. If I ever had questions like "what if..." or "what happens when..." or "could we..." she often had an example from her past deliveries to help the discussion. I appreciate how active she is as a doula in our community.
2. Margaret will be there from start to finish, and beyond. I am a first time mom and even after reading all the books and taking all the classes, I felt like I had no idea what to expect from labor. It gave my husband and me such piece of mind to know that Margaret would be there through the whole labor and even available for support after we went home.
3. Margaret is friendly and easy-going. I felt comfortable with her right away. She didn’t push any agendas on us for our birth preferences. She helped us identify all our options with facts and real examples, and was supportive of our decisions and ideas.
4. Margaret is awesome in a hospital birth. I was unsure how it would work to have nurses, doctors, my husband, and a doula coaching me through the birth but Margaret made everything seamless. She was very familiar with the hospital system and had even worked with my doctor before.
5. Margaret is very knowledgeable. Her extensive training was obvious, especially when it came to breastfeeding. The help the hospital offered was great, but having Margaret available over the first few weeks helped me to really establish breastfeeding and stick with it.
we are beyond happy with how things went. My husband and I are so greatful that Margaret was able to guide us through this without her I wouldn't of been able to do all that. The way she guided us and suggested techniques and her words of encouragement made this process so much easier for us. It's so hard going into the unknown for the first time and having someone that has done this many times there makes his process a lot less scary.Thank you so much Margaret we will deffinatley want you around in the future when we are ready for more babies.(:
Margaret is amazing! She is caring, funny, knowledgable and fantastic at what she does. We hired Margaret to be our birth doula and used her encapsulation services, as well. Absolutely one of the best decisions we made during my pregnancy!
From our first meeting with Margaret we felt like she was part of our family and we were so thankful to have her guide us through the birthing process. She came to our home a few times before I delivered and she shared her wealth of knowledge with us about what to expect before, during and after childbirth. She joined us at our house once I was in labor (before we went to the hospital) and stayed with us during the entire process - over 30 hours! My husband and I felt so supported, loved and nurtured by Margaret every step of the way. Her calm demeanor helped me stay focused and relaxed (as much as possible!) through contractions and gave my husband peace of mind, as well.
Margaret encapsulated my placenta within 24 hours of me giving birth and brought the capsules directly to me in the hospital so I could start taking them right away. After we went home she came to visit us two more times, providing lactation support, general advice and support to us, and lots of love to our son. Margaret continues to check in on us and our son periodically and we still think of her as family.
It was a true blessing having Margaret with us during the birth of our first son this past July & if we are fortunate enough to conceive again we'll definitely be using her again!
Overall good experience. A few things not as prompt or didn't happen as I expected, but overall happy we hired a doula and did the placenta encapsulation.
I worked with Margaret after the birth of my first child, Agnes. Margaret is nothing short of amazing. She provided such wise counsel, support, and guidance in the first few months of my baby's life, that I am not sure how we would have managed without her. She is knowledgeable without being judgmental, and incredibly resourceful. She has such expansive knowledge of the field, and such deep personal experience, that I always felt comfortable talking to her and working with her, and learned a lot about parenting.
She spent hours talking with me, helping with the household, and guiding me through the 'firsts' with baby, that I would have otherwise fumbled through. She also has a very keen understanding of dynamics in relationships between partners and was helpful in helping my husband and I navigate new parenthood together.
I am so grateful Margaret is out there doing this work, and would recommend her without reservation to other new moms!
Margaret worked with our family as a post partum doula to newborn (preemie) twins. When we were released from the hospital, Margaret was able to be there for us the same night, helping to ease us into the transition home after long days in the NICU. Her upbeat and relaxed attitude helped set the standard for infant care, as she answered the myriad of questions that arose our first night home. She is a great resource for the "is this normal" questions every new mom has, and proactive on questions we don't know to ask. She genuinely loves infants, and you can see it in her eyes and in the way babies respond to her. While she is willing and able to be the silent partner who cares for your precious babe in the night, I encourage you to spend some time chatting with her- she has experienced so many babies and situations, the insight she provides will be invaluable to even experienced mothers.
Margaret has been invaluable resource as my husband and I started our lives as parents. Maragaret helped me learn to soothe my little man, air out any fears, answered hundreds of questions, helped solve a breastfeeding challenge, did laundry, and gave me many much needed breaks in my first few months as a parent. I now count Margaret as a friend who I will miss now that I don't need her as much and have figured out my own rhythm as a mother and parent. I can't reccomend any one more highly to help during the first phase of your child's life.
Margaret charmed my 3 year old, who I needed help with so I could spend some time with baby. I was concerned about how he would do with a stranger coming in, but she got on his level, did puzzles, gave him snacks, read him books and had him loving the extra attention. I also felt totally overwhelmed by laundry and it was a HUGE help to know that when I woke from a much-needed nap that the baskets of clean laundry would be magically folded!
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