Birth Fee: $800
Fee Details: Reduced rates available for extenuating circumstances based on individual need.
Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 103 births attended
Clients per Month: 2 to 3Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
former Woodwinds Hospital Volunteer Doula x5 years
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Hudson, WI
My husband and I are so happy we chose Mary to be our doula for the birth of our first child! We initially hired her as a hypnodoula and she met with us before the birth to do a rehearsal of birthing techniques to use and a little of what to expect when it was time to meet our baby! We ended up going to the hospital a little over 24 hours before our son was born, as he was turned posterior. Mary was able to help us with different techniques to help him turn the correct way. She was also able to give us more information on different options we were presented with the whole time we were at the hospital. After our baby turned, labor went back to being very slow, but she stayed with us all day, walking the halls with us, talking, helping us prepare to meet our little one! Although my labor was much more intense than I thought it would be and I didn't always remain focused, she always did and helped me and my husband keep calm and focused on what needed to be done. After our little guy came into the world, she stayed with us for about an hour while we got settled in and started breastfeeding. She also visited us a couple weeks after he was born to make sure everything was going well and to talk through the birth. We are so thankful that we had her as part of our birth team!
We were so happy to find Mary. She truly helped the experience be all I hoped. She was a good listener and helped me to have the birth I wanted. She was flexible and easy to work with. Mary had great techniques for helping with pain, and if I ever attempted another natural birth, there is no doubt I would want her help. She helped my husband know how to be involved and how to help me too. And it was easy to see this is her passion, her heart is in it, it's not just a paycheck. Mary loves what she does and even comes for a follow up visit after, which is so nice. I would recommend her to my closest family and friends.
My husband and I were absolutely 100% satisfied and happy that we hired Mary as our doula. We met with her twice before "the big day" and she used those meetings to really get to know us. She had lots of useful advice and helped us think through and make a meaningful birth plan.
She came to the hospital when I was induced and stayed with me all day until our son was born. She was patient, calming and very encouraging. She empowered my husband to help me through contractions and reassured him that my labor was going well. When I was ready to give up and begging for pain meds she talked me through it so that I was able to push my baby out! What a gift! Without Mary we would have been terrified and don't think we would have coped with the labor.
After the birth Mary stayed with the three of us for about 90 minutes while we all settled in for the evening. She called and emailed a few times in the first week to check in on us. She also did an in-home visit at about 2 weeks post partum. We loved this because she 'debriefed' us on the whole labor and birth experience. She normalized everything we went through and helped us to remember parts that we had already forgotten.
The best thing about having Mary as our doula was that because of her we'll always remember our son's birth in a positive way. I know many women who delivered healthy babes but came away from their delivery feeling disappointed and pessimistic. Not us.
We truly feel that hiring her was the best money we spent on the whole pregnancy. We're definitely looking forward to using her again for our next pregnancy!
I can't imagine my birth experience without Mary. There were times during labor when I wanted to give up but she pulled me back to the moment. Mary helped me to realize my goal of natural child birth and she helped my husband be the best birth coach possible. I highly recommend Mary as a doula. She will help you to achieve the birth experience that you hope for. Her love for birth is obvious through her actions. We love her and are grateful for all she did for us and our baby.
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