How do I begin to write a review for Maria? When we met her, we had decided late in the game that we wanted (well, I wanted and my husband supported) a doula for my second childbirth. After a traumatic first birth experience that resulted in a NICU stay, I wanted to feel some relief from my anxiety going into the birth of my second baby. From the moment I met Maria, I knew there had been some form of divine intervention that brought her to us. She was warm, welcoming, encouraging, and all over human in her approach to my anxiety and in making it her mission that I have an empowering second birth. Throughout the remainder of my pregnancy, she met my questions with empathy and practical advice, even acknowledging when the advice I needed was beyond her scope of practice. Going into my birthing experience, I felt a sense of peace when Maria arrived at the hospital, just in time for baby Rosie to make her precipitous entrance! She was a calming presence in the room and made me feel like a superhero in the birth of my child. In our postpartum chats and subsequent visit, she made me feel incredibly proud of my accomplishments in bringing my second baby into this world, while facing the anxiety head on. Doulas are magic and Maria is a perfect example of how they encourage moms and dads to tap in to our natural strength and confidence. Thank you Maria, from the bottom of our hearts.
February 25, 2019