Testimonial for Maris James, CD (DTI), CBE, CBC

We had such a great experience with Maris. This was the birth of my first child, and I knew I wanted the support of a doula. My partner and I sifted though many Doula profiles and met with three before deciding on Maris.  We loved her strong but peaceful energy, and she was a great listener... I immediately felt like she was my very knowledgable friend, rather than just a stranger we had hired. It was key for my comfort, inviting someone to be such an important part of our birth experience. During our pre and post birth meetings, she was very open to focusing on our concerns, and helping us plan for our own specific needs and goals. She also provided us with a ton of additional information and resources.

I had planned a natural birth and had been practicing Hypnobirthing, but I went over my due date and felt the pressure of a looming induction date, so I attempted to "naturally" induce myself with castor oil, which put me into a very hard, fast labor. On top of that, our daughter was in an OP postition, making for a long, painful pushing phase.  Despite the experience not being totally what I had hoped, Maris helped me manage my pain and get through it without an epidural. She helped me to understand and feel comfortable with decisions I had to make along the way. Despite the circumstances, I ended up feeling positive and satisfied with my birth experience, and I think that's completely due to Maris's involvement. 

After the birth, the midwives and other staff commented on how apprieciative they were of her and how she was such a great doula.  She has a way of being this strong support in the room, without taking any focus or energy away from others. I think it takes a really terrific doula to make my, my partner's and the hospital staff's experience so much better. If you're looking for a great doula, I highly recommend hiring Maris! 

 

 

-Loren Shaw

February 20, 2020

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Birth Fee: $1900 to $3000

Postpartum Rate: $45 to $75

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Birth Fee: $1900 to $3000

Postpartum Rate: $45 to $75

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