There aren’t enough praises in all the hymn books to sing about Maria! Not only was she always a reassuring, optimistic, excitable voice throughout my pregnancy- she managed to power through a very long, arduous labor with a plethora of complicating factors thrown in. Besides being my labor coach (using all sorts of pain management and calming techniques) she was a team player in working alongside the midwife and nurses at the hospital to determine next steps and assisting in all the delights childbirthing demands of mom and her support crew. Perhaps most importantly, she also wore the team manager hat- by coaching and directing my husband as well as thoughtfully communicating with close family. She also advocated for me with the medical staff about some decisions she knew weren’t in my best interests based on how my labor was going and in understanding my wishes. I could write a million reasons why Maria is THE PERFECT doula for enlisting in bringing your babe into the world... but this box only holds so many words !!! It is not only her professionalism, her obvious love of all things mother + child, and her incredible stamina but that she truly is called by the powers of the universe to do this work.
I don’t know how I would have gotten through my labor without Maria. I imagine that’s what many women say about their birth coaches or partners... but my sentiment couldn’t be further from mere lip service. Her strength, support, and positive energy meant the world to me. Do yourself a favor and let this woman into your world!
December 10, 2018