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Maria Darden

Beautiful Beginnings

Website: http://www.beautifulbeginningsdoula.net

Birth Fee: $1000 to $1200

Fee Details: Please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss fees. I will accept payment plans.

Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 21 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, July 2014
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Most of my training and experience occurred in an out of hospital birthing center as a midwifery intern.
Attends home births? Some Home Births
I love attending home births. The very first births I was present for were at home. A midwife must be present for me to attend a home birth

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Lamaze International

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • La Leche League Leader
  • Lactation Educator Counselor through American River College

College Education

  • AA/AS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Teens
  • VBAC

Special Services Offered

  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

La Leche League Leader

Languages spoken: English and German

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Client Testimonials for Maria Darden

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Stacey D

I knew I wanted a doula from the moment I found out I was pregnant and after a short search online, I found Maria. I appreciated her profile and personal statement and found her to be, in person, exactly as she presented online. What I appreciated most about Maria was her flexibilty and her focus on me...my birth plan changed significantly after labor started; I had big ideas about a natural birth, but nothing could have prepared me for what labor would be like or the challenges I would face (back labor, prolonged labor), and while Maria worked to make certain the choices I made would still result in me being happy about the birth process, it was never about her own views or personal ideas and wishes, it was all about me and my needs and wishes; and, Maria’s flexibility, support, and positive attitude are one of the biggest reasons why I can still look back on the birth of my son so postively and happily, in spite of the changes in my birth plan. I also appreciated the time Maria took with me, not only to discuss my birth plan and answer my questions, but just to get to know me personally; we were never rushed. While we were complete strangers when we first met for an interview, I felt like I had one of my best friends in the delivery room with me, and her support postpartum got me through some difficult times when I experienced breastfeeding troubles. I do not hesitate to recommed Maria as a birth doula and can say, without a doubt, that I would request her services again if and when I need them.

Posted 4/13/2018

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Diana Fuller

I had some fears about delivery due to having two difficult deliveries previously (C-section and hours of pushing). Maria helped encourage and educate me about the pushing phase. She recommended a great book that gave me tools to use to set myself up for a smoother delivery. My labor was quick and Maria was coming from an hour or so away, but she still met us at the hospital as planned. She was very supportive and not judgmental of my choices. I had wicked pain in my tail bone and couldn’t have beared it without her applying counter pressure to alieviate it. I ended up having a very quick and smooth delivery and was very happy with the entire experience. 

Posted 4/11/2018

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Nicole Roemer

I greatly appreciate all of the support Maria provided me during my daughter's birth. Having a duola definitely assisted me with feeling supported and dealing with the unexpected. Thank you Maria!

Posted 5/17/2016

Birth Availability for Maria Darden

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