Phone: (619) 315-5703
Birth Fee: $800 to $1200
Postpartum Rate: $35 to $45
Fee Details: See website for full description of services, packages and rates. www.maggiewatkinsdoula.com
Birth Doula Experience: 20 years
Postpartum Doula Experience: 3 years and 45 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 4 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
Current Member Birth Arts International Current Member StillBirthday Current Member 100% Doula 2001 Volunteer Birth Doula to Military
Languages spoken: English
We are so thrilled that Maggie was a part of our first birth experience! We wanted our birth experience to be as natural as possible, so we decided we needed some help. We met Maggie after reading about her experience. We wanted her to be a part of our birth team after meeting her! Her calm presence, confidence, and positive attitude were just what my husband and I needed. Due to low amniotic fluid, we had to be induced, but Maggie was flexible and helped us stick as close to our birth plan as possible (no epidural!). She showed up in the middle of the night and stayed with us till our little girl was born. While in labor, she helped me stay comfortable - or as comfortable as you can during contractions! My mother and my husband were also a part of my birth team. Maggie did an incredible job of supporting me physically while my mother and husband supported me emotionally. I can’t thank her enough for everything she did for us!
Maggie was such a blessing to our family. I remember being very nervous about the birthing process all the possible outcomes. Maggie was so sweet, calm, and very educated about the whole process. When I found out my baby was breech, Maggie was there to provide resources and comfort to try to turn the baby and was a calming presence during my ECV procedure. Even though I had to have a c-section due to the babies position, Maggie was there every step of the way guiding me and keeping me calm. I had the most amazing birth experience and I know it is all because of Maggie. I would highly recommend her.
We are so grateful to have selected Maggie as our doula for the birth of our first daughter. It was truly the best investment we could have made for our birth experience. From the moment Maggie entered the hospital room, she took charge and made both me and my husband feel at peace. Maggie was calm, in control and comforting during our crazy birth experience. Without Maggie in the delivery room, the outcome of our daughter's birth could have been very different. Throughout my entire pregnancy, Maggie was always available to support and answer my questions no matter how insignificant they seemed at the time. And even months after the birth of our daughter, we stay in touch both as friends and as a mentor as I navigate motherhood. Maggie is the most wonderful asset you could ever have for your birth experience. I can't recommend her highly enough for her professionalism, knowlegde, support and genuine kindness!
Having Maggie attend our birth as our doula was the best decision we could have made. She helped create a safe environment and positive experience while attending our hospital birth. Not only did she help make me more comfortable with her “bag of tricks” and techniques, but she was able to help my husband and my mom in keeping them calm during crazy situations and helping them learn how to make me more comfortable. I honestly don’t think I would have been able to keep up my strength and moral when things started to get a little scary and emotional, had Maggie not been there with us.
She’s not just a doula, but becomes a friend and part of your family. She’s there to answer any questions that come up durning/after pregnancy, and is truly a wealth of knowledge. We will definitely be inviting Maggie to our next birth experience!!
Maggie will be an asset to your final few weeks of pregnancy, labor and delivery. Looking back on our experience, having a doula with us for our first childbirth was a resource I never thought we needed, however it is a resource I now realize I couldn’t have gone without. Maggie stuck with us for nearly 24 hours straight through a labor and delivery that had its share of drama and challenges (and even more hours at home through Memorial Day Weekend).
If your on the fence about hiring a doula, stop what your doing and hire Maggie. You will be very happy you did.
My OB/GYN advised me to have a doula for my labor, so I and my husband interviewed several doulas and decided to have Maggie asour doula because we could feel her passion and energy. Looking back, that was a great choice. Maggie is patient and knowledgeable. During our first meeting, she came well-prepared with a detailed birth plan. As a first-time mom, when I came up with questions about a specific procedure or practice, she provided valuable information, based on her experiences and researches, which prepared me physically and mentally for the labor. In addition, Maggie is professional and client-oriented. When my scheduled labor was brought forward, despite the short notice, she visited us again to walk us through the updated birth plan and address any issue that might arise during an induction. During my labor, she was encouraging and supportive - she offered effective pain relief and stress coping measures. She was around like a family member and proactively advocated for my best interest in a hospital birth setting. After delivery, Maggie also provided us preciousadvice on breastfeeding and newborn caring. Overall, it was wonderful to have Maggie for my delivery and it was a great pleasure for us to recommend Maggie to anyone expecting.
Maggie was an absolute rockstar from the day we met her and still continues to follow up/check in with my husband and I and our new daughter. I had an incredibly long labor (24 hours) and Maggie was present the entire time! She showed incredible support and played such a large role in getting my husband and I through the entire process. She's a wealth of information and is ALWAYS on call to answer any questions or simply to be there for support!
I am so thankful to have found Maggie in our search for the right doula. Her professionalism, her calm and respectful manner and her vast knowledge impressed us from our first meeting. The support she offered was such a comfort during the final months of my pregnancy, labor and postpartum. In speaking with Maggie, you can tell she really loves her work and is fully dedicated to her families, no matter the hour.
At the hospital, Maggie was on watch and eager to jump in with a massage, a change of position, a birthing ball - even when I didn't know I needed it! I am sure that her attention and her tools sped up my labor and made my experience much smoother.
I initially chose Maggie because I believed she'd be a strong advocate and diplomat for us during the L&D process, but in the end what really stands out to me is how much she cared for me and my little family and helped us feel at ease during what would have been a more stressful time. We love you, Maggie!
Words can't describe how grateful my husband and I are that we hired Maggie. It was the best expeierence we could have asked for. This was our first baby that we conceived through a journey of IVF. He is our little miracle baby.
We were told we did not need a Doula if we get an epidural but they were WRONG. By the time it was time for me to push my epidural had already wore off. I believe even if it hadn't worn off I would of still needed Maggie there to help me through the process. I dont think I would of been able to deliver Vaginally without Maggie's words of encouragement and knowledge. She knew I did not want to have C-section. She was empathic yet strong with her words to help get me through everything. Maggie was the only support I had in the room during the delivery.
Also, the pictures she captured were perfect especially since my family was not in the room during the labor.
Words from my Husband:
"I am so grateful for Maggie. She was incredible and there for both my wife and I as we brought our son Hayden into this world. She was so knowledgable about the monitors and how to help my wife when she was in pain. I would not of picked anyone else to be in the room with my wife during her labor."
Thanks so much Maggie. We could not of done it without you!
Maggie was our doula for the birth of our first son. Before becoming pregnant I was not familiar with anything about labor and delivery and I knew I needed some education. My husband and I met with Maggie when I was 6 months pregnant. We immediately decided that she would be a great person to work with. She is friendly and personable, but also very professional and knowledgeable. The information she provided during pregnancy to prepare for labor was invaluable and I truly believe I would not have been able to have the birth I wanted without this preparation. My water broke at 38 weeks however contractions did not start by themselves. This meant 40 hours in a hospital room and lots of negotiating with the doctors to find a compromise that allowed me a shot at my natural birth plan. During that long process, Maggie was a pleasure to have with us - she was insightful, dedicated, patient and gave me the confidence to advocate for myself. Since the delivery, Maggie has continued to support us and provide information on caring for our baby boy and help with breastfeeding. My husband and I were so glad we chose to work with Maggie and would recommend her without reservation.
Maggie was such a blessing to our family during the birth of our first child. We were on the fence about hiring a doula at first but everyone in our family (my mom, dad and husband) all agreed she made what can be a scary process wonderful and peaceful. We would never want to give birth again with out her. She feels like part of our family now. We’ll be telling all of our family and friends they have to hire her.
My husband and I were undergoing IVF treatments when Maggie 1st came into our lives. From the very beginning she was there and we cannot imagine what it would have been like trying to go through this journey without her. From the moment I received the news that we had finally conceived to the very last picture at the hospital when my daughter was born Maggie was a huge blessing to our family. She went above and beyond to explain every aspect of the pregnancy and birthing processes in a way that was understandable. Maggie was extremely knowledgeable, relatable, patient and compassionate. I endured a hard labor totaling 53 hours and Maggie never left my side. She was there for the entire process to comfort and encourage not only me but my husband as well. Having a Doula was the best decision we made and I am so glad we found Maggie!
Maggie is a wonderful Doula, and I am so thankful
That she was there to add her knowledge and helpfulness at my daughters birth!
Through the pregnancy it brought me much peace of mind to know that we would have someone there to support, encourage, and help me through a natural labor, even if the nurses were busy or not very supportive of natural birth or if labor turned into a long marathon of unplanned events.
Even though this was my fourth natural birth, it was my first with a doula. I appreciated having her ideas for pain relief and positioning and the tens unit was amazing for pain relief through contractions. She worked really well with the hospital staff and truly helped things to go much much more smoothly and peacefully for me.
I highly recommend her to anyone!
Maggie was exactly what we were hoping for, and I'd recommend her to anyone. She is warm, skilled, professional, and experienced.
Specifically, we hired Maggie to be our post-partum coach and pressure-relief valve. Neither my wife nor I had ever cared for an infant before having one of our own, and we didn't have close family nearby to help/teach us. So we read books, attended classes and so on, and learned the essential skills. But we still had a big gap around the practical realities of taking care of a baby, all day every day. A few examples:
Plus a bunch of other things we didn't know to ask about. My favorite example: "I think the temperature in the house is just right, but I think the baby will sleep better if you double-layer the swaddle"--- our baby literally started sleeping through the night RIGHT THEN. Not to mention the immeasurable value of getting a solid night's sleep now and again, after handing the baby off to someone who we trusted deeply enough to simply not worry until morning came.
Having a baby has been transformative for us and I wouldn't call it "easy", but having Maggie on our team really boosted our self-confidence, and that's really helped us enjoy things. I wish every set of parents could have a Maggie-- we feel very lucky to have found her.
My husband and I highly recommend Maggie Watkins as a wonderful labor doula. She is experienced, kind and professional. Her support throughout my pregnancy and labor/delivery was invaluable. Since bringing our son home, she continues to be a resource for breastfeeding and all other newborn questions. If you choose Maggie as your doula, you will be in very good hands!
From the moment we met Maggie we knew she was a perfect fit for our family with her calm demeanor and seemingly infinite knowledge. In preparation of our birth plan, Maggie answered every random question I had with evidence based information and thoroughly reviewed the plan to ensure we were articulating our wishes clearly. She spent the entire 24 hours of labor with us all while keeping the energy in the room calm, supporting both me and my husband and helping to ensure our birth plan wishes were met. My OB and the hospital staff said Maggie was the best doula they had ever worked with. Maggie also helped us in the first few nights we were home from the hospital, providing breastfeeding coaching and care for our little guy so we could get some sleep. Maggie was such a special part of our lives during labor, delivery and postpartum. She has a passion for her work that is rare and worth every penny!
My husband and I agree that hiring Maggie as our birth doula was one of the best decisions we've ever made as a family. Right away, Maggie was an invaluable resource for questions and concerns about our pregnancy. She always made sure we knew all our options, and while she would give her opinion when asked, she always reminded us that this was our birth and she was there to support us whatever we decided. Her presence was always so calm and reassuring. She accompanied us to the hospital for two false alarms and always remained positive and comforting, which I am so grateful for. She also provided excellent lactation support after birth that was way better than what we got in the hospital.
I have to say though that the biggest gifts Maggie gave us were the tools to advocate for ourselves in the birth process. She helped us create a birth plan and coached us on how to talk about what we needed with hospital staff. My husband and I had the confidence to ask the nurses and midwives for what we wanted -- and we got it. I felt like a rockstar after my birth and felt so much more relaxed and prepared for motherhood, and I owe a huge part of that to Maggie.
Oh, and spring for the placenta pills. They work! (And you get a neat keepsake!)
Maggie was incredibly helpful to our family when we first brought our little girl home. Maggie, our post-partum doula, started off giving helpful advice before we had gone into labor, and came over that first week once we were all home. She gave non-judgemental, helpful things to try, ideas that she had for us to make things easier. She knew exactly what we needed and didn't pressure us into services or sessions that we didn't need. Especially as we were new to the area with no family around, we really appreciated having her come over and give us guidance and a little bit of much needed sleep!!
We are eternally grateful to Maggie for helping us out during the first weeks with our baby girl! Her knowledge is priceless!
It makes such a huge difference to have a doula in that period, and Maggie is great! I ended up getting a planned c-section (breech baby), and therefore Maggie wasn't our birth doula, but she turned out to be even more valuable as a postpartum doula, since I couldn't do a lot after surgery.
You can follow all the courses about breastfeeding, baby basics and other things, but it's different in real life. Maggie can look at a baby and see what is best for him/her. In the hospital they told us to keep nursing our baby girl every 3 hours. The first day Maggie came to us she saw me nursing her, and told us to nurse every 3 hours during the day and at night only when she woke up. We did and we slept for 9 hours with 1 feeding in between! And we have been ever since. Besides that, Maggie could see if our baby was too yellow, had tips for that, helped us bath her for the first time, could keep an eye on her umbilical cord and her diapers, etc. She took away so much worries that you have as a first time parent! Like I said, that's priceless! Besides that, she also helps around the house, so you can focus on the baby or sleep a little.
So don't doubt, just contact Maggie and hope she is available for you!
Maggie was a great match for my postpartum needs. It was easy to connect with her instantly. She handled my son with care, and he was comfortable while she consoled him. I had lots of questions, and I appreciate how she had several options to try or resources to review. She was hands on, and willing to help me with organizing, cleaning and setting up new baby furniture. I appreciate that she responded quickly to texts and/or emails when I needed to reach out to her between scheduled visits. Maggie was the right choice for my family, and came along with a great attitude and lots of knowledge.
Maggie was so helpful throughout our entire birth experience. The meetings we had beforehand were great because she asked us questions that I wouldn't have thought of regarding our birth plan. She emailed me regularly to see how I was doing and sent loads of information to make this process as smooth as possible. Our birth did no go as planned but in the end we got what we wanted, a healthy baby boy. I was in labor for close to 43 hours and could not have done it without the support of Maggie and my husband. My husband says that Maggie helped him with techniques to help me with pain coping. It was a lot of work for him and having Maggie there for support gave him some confidence and time when he needed a break. Maggie also gave me some background information on suggestions that the doctor was giving me in the labor room. She did not push me in one direction but just gave me the information I needed to make an informed decision with my husband. I would recommend Maggie to any of my friends.
We hired Maggie for our first birth. Maggie is knowledgeable, kind, down to earth, and always a text or phone call away. She met with us in our home a couple of times prior to the delivery to discuss our birth plan and answer anything we had questions about. She was a fountain of knowledge as well as provided us with lots of resources, videos, etc to help us prepare for delivery and once we brought our baby home. Maggie was a positive source of encouragement throughout the entire process, especially during labor and delivery. My delivery did not go how I originally planned, but Maggie was there to guide us throughout each phase of labor, and was very supportive of each decision we made. During delivery she asked the doctor if we could try one more technique/position when the doctor suggested a c-section, and it worked!! I was most thankful for Maggie during that moment. Without her knowledge, my birth story would have had a different ending. She visited us the following day at the hospital as well as came to our house for a postpartum visit once we were home. We highly recommend Maggie if you are considering a doula for your birth! We would definitely use her again in the future and have already passed on her contact information to several friends who are expecting.
I just had my last session with Maggie as our postpartum doula, and I wish I could keep her forever! She was such a positive source of support and encouragement for our family, especially for me. She was a fountain of knowledge on countless baby and postpartum mom topics, and if there was ever a question she didn't already have an answer to, she quickly and diligently worked to find one or find research to share. She was always responsive to texts and emails and encouraged me to keep the questions coming as our baby grows! I'm so glad Maggie moved to the Atlanta area recently, I can't imagine working with anyone else, and I would highly recommend her as a doula! Thank you, Maggie!
We hired Maggie as our birth and postpartum doula. She met with us several times before our daughter's birth to review our birth plan and answer any questions we had. Having Maggie help us for six weeks postpartum was a lifesaver. She watched our daughter (also named Maggie) so that I could shower, nap, eat, etc. She taught me how to swaddle, give the baby a bath, breastfeeding techniques. I struggled with low milk supply and our daughter had to initially be fed with a supplemental nursing system. It was very stressful as a new mother but Maggie was a huge source of support and encouragement. A few nights a week, Maggie would do an overnight visit, allowing us uninterrupted sleep between feedings. These nights were key to keeping us sane! I would highly recommend Maggie for anyone needing a birth and/or postpartum doula.
We absolutely love Maggie ! We met her multiple times before the birth to discuss the birth plan, answer any questions and allay fears we had about the birth. She met us at the hospital was there from start of labor until after the birth. She was incredibly supportive and knowledgable which was fantastic when things did not go as planned. She was also our postpartum doula as well and helped keep us sane through the first 2 months of our daughter Parker's life. Our little girl was a bit high maintenance in the beginning but Maggie knew all the tricks to make things easier on all of us. We look forward to having her back in the future!
I hired Maggie for my third birth, and I'm so glad we did. This was my second VBAC. From the meeting, we knew she was a great fit for our family. She was personable, down to earth, and very knowledgeable. She was always there (in person, text, phone call, email) when I had questions. She made sure we were all on the same page about our birth plan, and stuck to it. I gave birth on the morning of Christmas Eve 2016 (can you say dedication?!?!?) She met us at the hospital at 12:30 am and gave complete support even after baby was born. During my birth she even suggested position I didn't think of. I honestly believe those positions really got things moving along. She was also a big help for my husband. She suggested things he should do and gave him plenty of opportunities to be involved in the birth. I am so grateful to Maggie for helping me have the birth I wanted. I would definitely recommend her to anyone needing a doula.
Maggie is warm and caring and is really good at what she does. her passion to help women during one of the most important days of their lives exceeds her families expectations. I have had the pleasure of working with her and have spoken to many of her clients who absolutely love her and loved being taken care of by her. She is very knowledgable and goes above and beyond for you!!
We met with multiple doulas before deciding on Maggie. As first time parents, without the benefit of family nearby, I wanted to have someone there for support. We selected her for her large amount of experience and the sense of calmness I felt from her. She helped me think through my birth plan, asking questions and letting us come to our own conclusions and decisions. I dearly wanted to have an un-medicated, vaginal birth and Maggie worked with us to stay as close to that as possible after I needed to be induced. I labored for a long time with Maggie’s constant support until it became unsafe to do so. I felt comfortable with our decisions and proud of my efforts when our beautiful, healthy baby boy was born via C-section approximately 40 hours after arriving at the hospital because we had discussed things at our two pre-natal meetings and tried everything we could. If/when I have another baby, I will definitely call on Maggie again.
I chose Maggie as my Postpartum doula, and could not
be more glad I did. She is incredibly knowledgeable, professional, kind and most importantly, supportive. As a first time mother, i am continually worried that I'm doing everything wrong... that i am not a good mother because I don't intuitively know things. Maggie was so supportive, and didn't make me feel bad for being so new and clueless. She helped comfort baby, show me tricks to keep baby happy, babies first sponge bath, and had great recommendations for lactation advice. If I have more children, I will be asking Maggie back at our doula. She's an absolute blessing.
I don’t write many posts, but my experience with Maggie warrants me taking the time to express what an amazing doula Maggie is and how grateful I am that she was a part of our journey to bring our daughter into the world. Being a first time mom I knew that I needed someone to help me through the delivery in addition to help afterwards. Maggie took the time to understand what type of birth experience I wanted, she wasn’t pushy nor did she try to steer me into a certain birth plan, it was about what I wanted and how she could facility. She was available if I had any questions and made me feel calm (as one could be) about the pending birth of our child. Our daughter decided to come early into this world and when my water broke at 4 am and I called Maggie – she was ready for the upcoming adventure. Maggie was there every step of the way being my advocate and making sure my labor was as smooth as possible. When I thought I wanted an epidural (my goal was a natural birth) Maggie was there encouraging me and letting me know I was almost at the finish line (that encouragement and knowing that I was nearing the “end” was what I needed to push through and deliver my daughter without an epidural). While my daughter’s birth didn’t go as exactly as plan having Maggie but myside made me feel confident, calm, and relaxed, which in my opinion made my delivery much easier. Maggie was also our postpartum Doula, which was crucial for my sanity the first 6 weeks of my daughter life. Making sure I took care of myself helped me be a better mom. Being a first time mom and dealing with post pregnancy hormones can be difficult but Maggie navigated me through the experience. I really cannot say enough wonderful things about Maggie, she is truly amazing and I am extremely blessed to have been able to have her as a part of my daughter’s birth story. She will definitely be a part of our next journey.
Maggie's support during the labor and delivery of our firstborn was so valuable. My husband and I were anxious about the birth beforehand, since neither of us knew what to expect or how I would react to the pain. Knowing that Maggie would be there through the delivery was helpful right from the start. In the weeks leading up to my due date, she met with us to review our birth plan and fully understand our preferences. Maggie was very responsive by text and email anytime I had a question or concern through the end of my pregnancy. I felt comfortable with her from the start - she is knowledgeable and had great recommendations to help me prepare for birth and postpartum care.
Once my water broke, Maggie beat us to the hospital room, despite the rush hour traffic. I appreciated the respectful way she communicated my birth plan to the nurses. During labor, she advised me to move into various positions which allowed my labor to progress quickly. Without her suggestions, I probably would have gotten too "comfortable" which would have prolonged the birth. The nurses came and went, so it was Maggie and my husband who were at my side the whole time.
My husband and I expected that the doctor would require me to lay flat on my back for the delivery, but Maggie spoke up to ask if I could stay in a squatting position. It turned out that the doctor was okay with that - I'm glad Maggie was there to negotiate with the nurses and doctor so I could remain in the position most productive for birth.
Maggie's experienced care played a huge role in making my hopes for a natural birth a reality. I highly recommend Maggie's services, no matter what your birth plan includes.
I had already achieved my goal with my son of a non-medicated natural birth and wanted desperately to repeat this with the birth of my daughter. With this in mind, we hired Maggie to help us achieve this goal. Maggie is such a warm and friendly person and right away I felt comfortable with her. She is extremely professional and knowledgeable yet very humble considering her breadth of experience. When I went into labor, we called Maggie in the middle of the night to ask questions and decide when it was time to go to the hospital. She offered to come to our house immediately, but I wanted to be alone. As soon as we reported we were leaving for the hospital (at 2:30AM) Maggie was in the car and there at the hospital when we arrived. My labor had progressed significantly and I was already 8cm by the time I was admitted to the hospital. At this point I was unable to communicate with nurses during my contractions and Maggie was a huge help with communicating my birth plan (which she knew by memory) and helping me find comfort and relaxation between contractions to save energy. She was also a huge support to my husband encouraging him and making him feel supported. The delivery happened very quickly and Maggie was there to keep me calm and in the zone. We couldn't have asked for a better birth experience and are so grateful that Maggie was there with us!
I had a fantastic experience with Maggie. She is such a calm, encouraging presence. She met with me twice before the delivery (which I initiated late in the pregnancy), listened carefully to my concerns, and brought up several aspects of the upcoming delivery for me to consider that I wouldn't have otherwise thought through. On the day of my delivery, I texted her in the very early morning to let her know that the contractions had started and she responded immediately. She arrived at my house right away and stayed with me throughout the delivery and for several hours afterward. She helped me assess when to go to the hospital and continually helped me to relax and stay as calm as possible through each contraction, pressing on my lower back and helping me relieve the pain I was experiencing there. She remembered my birth plan (which I had forgotten at home), and was a fantastic representative for me with the hospital staff-- assertive but also respectful. I truly don't think I could have met my goal of a natural birth without her support. I highly recommend Maggie!
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