Phone: (240) 409-6474
Birth Fee: Not specified
Fee Details: Please contact me about fees. I have a sliding scale when necessary. I believe every woman deserves to have a doula if she would like one. I also offer a mini package which includes includes a 2-3 hour birth preference writing writing session as well as more informational support.
Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 28 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am part of the Frederick Doula Project to help women in he community who cannot financially access a doula.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Knoxville, MD
I was so fortunate to have had Echo serve my and my family during our third home birth. Her extensive knowledge of birth, essential oils, and massage helped optimize baby's position before and during labor. This was extremely valuable given the pain and discomfort I had been experiencing due to baby being posterior.
Aside from her helpfulness and non-judgmental attitude, Echo is just a joy to be around! She is caring, attentive, and suppprtive. Where there is often so much fear and misinformation about birth, Echo provides calm and clarity. She is the absolute best kind of person to have on your birth team.
After an emotional and trying first birth I knew as soon as I was pregnant with our second I wanted a doula. Echo was enthusiastic and willing to help be that support person I needed. She was always a phone message or call away when I had questions about the pregnancy or birth, and still is answering them postpartum. The birth of my daughter was sensational and could not have happened without Echo. She helped me remain calm and encouraging, even when I was completely overwhelmed. There isn’t a way I could ever thank her enough for helping me achieve the birth experience I was longing for.
Echo was an amazing Doula. When my wife first mentioned having a doula help with our second child’s pregnancy and birth, I was a little hesitant. I wasn’t sure if there was a real need, but I could not have been more wrong. Echo was there for my wife in ways I simply couldn’t throughout the pregnancy with her knowledge base and experience, and again during the labor. Her bubbly personality is contagious and she was able to instantly keep my wife calm through the labor process. This proved even more invaluable when an issue arose during the labor. Echo maintained her poise and stood beside my wife and calmly explained what the medical team was doing and helped keep her calm throughout. What I initially thought was a service that was unneccessary quickly proved to be anything but. If we are blessed to have another child, Echo will be one of the first people we let know because I can’t imagine going though another labor without her.
After 13 years of infertility, 1 adopted daughter, and in the process of adopting again, my husband and I found out we were expecting naturally. From the moment we found out, I was confronted with excitement, worry, nervousness, and joy. For many reasons, my nervousness of birth developed into an uncontrollable amount of anxiety. When my Dr. causally mentioned if I had thought about contacting a doula, I was surprised. My lack of understating of a doula’s role lead me to believe they were only for women who wanted a natural birth, which I was certain I did not want. My doctor suggested I still contact a doula and recommended I call Echo and discuss my concerns with her. My call was answered with a friendly, knowledgeable, and non-judgmental person; Echo.
I cannot say enough good things about Echo. Echo was very thorough in explaining the birthing process to me, what I could expect, and informing me that I had a voice in what happened in the delivery room. After our initial meeting and leading up to my delivery, she was always available to answer questions that I had or speak words of encouragement to my anxious mind. Never once did I feel pushed to do or try something that I felt strongly against. Echo was professional, personal, full of personality, and has a calming presence about her; all that helped ease my anxiety. On the day of my delivery, she arrived with her usual happy demeanor and in plenty of time. Echo interacted with the hospital staff with the utmost professionalism. She never spoke for me or decided for me, but helped me advocate for myself. She had all the tricks of the trade to help in progressing my labor and to help delivery go quickly and smoothly. Echo’s knowledge and experience was a Godsend and I will be forever grateful for her presence in my life. I am happy to say, I survived my first delivery and may actually do it again, but only if I can have Echo!
Echo was absolutely amazing! She was always available to answer any questions I had or simply just to calm my nerves. She made sure I was always mentally strong and believed in myself. Echo was just as supporting prenatally as she was in the hospital. I firmly believe our birth experience would not have been as amazing without her. I would highly recommend Echo!
Hiring Echo was by far the best decision I made in my entire pregnancy. Whenever I had questions about the pregnancy, Echo was just a call or text away and always provided tons of articles and resources to back up anything she said. She was so amazingly helpful in every aspect of pregnancy, from intense morning sickness to migraines to weeks of prodromal labor. She thoughtfully and carefully went over new information from every doctors appointment along the way and helped me understand my options concerning vaccines, pain management, and general interaction with doctors and hospital personnel. We wrote a detailed birth plan which we used while in the hospital. While in labor, Echo helped me find my voice in the delivery room and speak up for what I wanted. She also taught me so much about positioning during labor. It is because of her knowledge and encouragement that I was able to labor primarily in a standing position which GREATLY eased my labor pain and sped up the laboring process enormously. The doctor suggested I get back into the bed for the monitors to work better and I tried to appease him, but laying in the bed caused me so much pain. Echo helped me tell my doctor that I much preferred the standing position and almost as soon as I stood back up, my body told me I was ready to push. Echo alerted the nurse the next time she came in, and about half an hour later, I was holding my baby in my arms. Echo was a great coach during pushing also. I cannot say enough how grateful I am for her services. I had no idea I had it in me to deliver an 8 and a half pound baby naturally without any pain medicine at all, but I did it. I did it because Echo was standing in my corner ready to help me in any way she could. This woman is a 5 star doula and I recommend her services to any one. As a first time mom, I was so blessed to have her by my side. I'm honored to even know a woman of such strength and compassion.
I know I would have made it through my labor and delivery without Echo's help. I had a very traumatic experience with my son which left me terrified for the birth of my daughter. I knew I did not want any interventions if possible and no epidural after seeing what happened with my son. Echo was wonderful at talking me through my birth plan and helping me to think of things I would not have though of normally. She was so calm and patient and worked around my schedule to meet with me which I appreciated. Going through each piece of my birth plan, she helped me to think about what I truly wanted for this birth.
I had lots of nights with contractions and Echo was there via text or phone call to check on me and see what she could do. Even when I became frustrated at being stuck at 5cm for days, she was a voice of reason and helped me to let go and relax. Just the kind of thing you need from a doula.
During the actual labor she was wonderful when we decided I needed pitocin. She was able to talk with me, my husband and the midwife about the pros and cons. My husband was also grateful for her support. He admits that without Echo, he probably never would have stayed in the room or felt as relaxed as he did. Hospitals are difficult for him, but Echo was able to help both of us. She was great at suggesting different positions or things to try as I needed to relax. And when the time came, there was no epidural and Echo was right there through it all talking and helping me to relax. My husband and I are so thankful for her support! I would recommend her at anytime to anyone especially if you had a difficult birth in the past!
Echo is amazing. After several prenatal meetings in which we discussed the kind of labor and birth I hoped for, as well as my fears about having a hospital birth (after a previous uncomplicated, successful home birth), I went into labor at about 5 a.m.on a Thursday morning. I texted Echo about 7 a.m., telling get I was on my way to the doctor for my regularly scheduled appointment and would let her know what they said. Sure enough, by 8:30 I was told I was 4-5 cm dilated. I let echo know and she immediately headed for the hospital. She had almost a 45 minute drive, but she made it to the hospital barely an hour after I texted her. She was incredibly supportive. The key thing I needed help with was relaxing certain areas of my body that I would tense up with each contraction. She was great about telling me where I was tensing and helping me relax.
When the actual birth came about shortly after, Echo not only helped me to breathe and push effectively, but actually helped the nurses to push my legs back (my son had mild shoulder dystocia and the doctor didn't make it into the room). Once my baby was born (at a whopping 11 lbs 6 oz!), Echo stuck around for a while, offering after birth support, advice, and congratulations.
A few weeks after,I met with her to discuss the experience and my feelings about it. I so greatly appreciated her advice and support. She always knew the right questions to ask, abd always came armed with information to help me make the best decisions possible for me and my baby. I know for a fact that some of the decisions I made were different than those she makes for her own children, but she never tried to persuade me to do anything other than what made me most comfortable. I couldn't ask for someone more sensitive to a woman's desire to have the birth she wants.
I live out in the middle of nowhere and do not have good access to a doula. I got into contact with Echo through a mom group we are both part of. She offered to help me as much as she could. Which was awesome! She helped me to write a birth plan for the hospital and Dr. that I am working with. She was so helpful to think through the labor and deliverey process and talk me through the different options I have. She is so knowledgable about the birth/labor/delivery process. If there was a question she would ask me that I was not sure about, she would explain things to me and also had resources that I could read through to make the decision for myself. She was never biased about what I should or shouldn't do. She just wanted to make sure I was informed of all my options and could make a good decision for myself and my baby.
Echo is a great doula from my experience with her and even though I am not in her area to have her there for actual labor and delivery she has offered to be there through phone calls or whatever I need! If you are in her area I would recommend you get in touch with her. She was so easy to work with and I could tell she cares about what she does and about your pregnancy!
Even though this was our third chiid, it was our first experience with a doula. Echo was wonderful throughout my wife's pregnancy and labor. She really put my wife at ease and helped her have the best birthing experience possible. I would recommend her to anyone I knew who was looking to hire a doula.
--Jordan Davis, Pharm.D
Echo was an amazing support and resource. I thought I was pretty experienced with giving birth since this was my third time and my family was skeptical that I needed a Doula at all, but after giving birth with Echo we all have been singing her praises. She was able to help me really understand what was happening and my rights to information and choices. She helped me work out a thorough birth plan and let me know of options I didn’t even know I had. We have said on countless occasions that the services Echo provided just preparing for our delivery was well worth the expense.
I was on bed rest for quite some time leading up to delivery and a totally natural birth was not really an option. Echo was not only completely non-judgemental she also was able to provide so much loving, professional support. She followed my condition the whole time despite being early and was always ready to provide new information, find answers to my questions and alleviate my fears. While I did have to be induced, because of Echo's support I was able to go into it informed and knowing exactly what I did and didn’t want. I was able to talk confidently with my doctors about my preferences for my induction as well as a delivery free of pain medication.
During active labor Echo was wonderful at reading me and my needs and helping me manage some pretty intense pain. She knew when I needed her to be hands on and when I needed space. She was so in tune with my needs and was a constant source of comfort. I cant say enough good things about Echo. My third birth was so wonderfully different from my previous two because of her and If I have any more children I will be sure to have Echo there.
When I was admitted to the hospital for the birth of my son, we didn't know just how differently things would go from my plan. When Echo and I went over my birth plan, it was all about natural. I wanted a natural, unmedicated birth, and at the beginning it looked like things were going along well. I called Echo on the way to the hospital, but wanted to be sure that I was going to be admitted before she made the long drive down to the hospital. I was admitted, and my spouse and I called Echo to come down. I am active duty military, so was required to be in a military hospital on a military base. This made getting to me a challenge, and Echo was awesome about waiting for my husband to go and pick her up. When she got to my room, we mostly sat and chatted. My labor was going along really well, and things were looking up. By the time that I had been in labor for 16 hours, the doctors required that I be given pitocin. Two hours later, I was begging for an epidural, and five hours after that I was being wheeled in for a C-Section. Echo stayed the entire time. She was a huge support for my husband. I was pretty bad company by the end of it all. She was pregnant herself during my delivery, and she stayed with us from 1130am until 0630 (or there abouts, I was pretty out of it following the c-section). My husband, who was pretty skeptical when I first mentioned having a doula, has commented that he was extremely glad that she was there for support, and to help us think through the decisions that would be best for us and our baby.
Even though our birth was not what we wanted or expected, Echo was there to talk us through it all, and assist us in making the best decisions for our situation. It was an amazing experience, and we were so glad to have her there with us.
I contacted Mama Doula Echo when I was 38 weeks pregnant with my second child. My first is 6 years old so it has been awhile! I figured since I've gone through this experience before I knew what I was doing, but as I did some research, I realized that much has changed since I was last pregnant and there were so many options that aren't readily offered that *are* available to me as a birthing mom.
I decided in a frenzy that I needed a birth plan because I had more questions than I thought I would. Echo showed up and showed up BIG! Within 24 hours of me contacting her, she dug into some research for me, had an outline prepared to walk me through a birth plan and met with me for a few hours to work out what my goals are for my birthing day (which was in 6 days; planned c-section). You have a gift Echo and I am grateful for you! You are simply amazing!
During my hospital stay, I felt so much more in control than I had during my first child because I knew what I needed to ask for, what was my right as a mother and where I stood when the staff asked me questions because Echo prepared me. Without her help, I'm sure I would have felt railroaded into making decisions that weren't right for my family because they did try to push certain issues that I refused to budge on.
After the whole experience, Echo followed up with me to ensure I was comfortable with my whole experience and I am grateful for her heart and passion for the work that she does!
This was my second birth but it had been 7+ years and back then I was young and uninformed so I wanted a different birth experience than I had the first time. I was very worried about how I was going to be able to labor/deliver due to being a gestational diabetic but thanks to the support of Echo, I had the natural, medication free birth that I wanted! I was induced induced at 39 weeks due to low fluid and from the moment I got to the hospital I was able to do things the way I wanted to because I had Echo to be my voice when I needed that extra push. I was able to move around my room in the comfort of my own clothing. I was up dancing and swaying. I was only 4cm when I got to the hospital and was not in active labor and after discussing my options with Echo and my husband, I was able to make an informed, knowledgeable decision on how to be induced. I chose pitocin and Echo kept me up on my feet and moving until I decided to to sit on the birthing ball because the contractions started to become overwhelming. Echo was very supportive, rubbing me, until I was to the point that I did not want to be touched. She talked me through my contractions and helpied me breathe through them.. praising me for doing a great job. I truly dont know what I would have done without her being there with me!!
I was planning to have a VBA2C and knew that I did not have the necessary knowledge to guarantee my success, so I decided to have a doula present at my birth. Echo was very knowledgeable about VBACs. I went into labor early one morning and Echo stayed in touch with me all day until my contractions became regular. I decided it was time to head to the hospital but by time we got there, my contractions had slowed down, so we decided to walk around town for awhile. 2 hours later I checked in to the hospital but I wasn't dilated at all. Echo had me walk and do different movements to try to help me dilate. It was a very stressful time, I knew I had to start progressing or I was going to end up with another c-section but Echo was calm and able to help me focus. I would never have attempted a VBA2C with out her help! I would highly recommend her.
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