I could not imagine a more perfect prenatal, birthing & postnatal experience from a doula than the one I had with Maria. I cannot express the level of professionalism, expertise, support & overall warmth that Maria brings to the life of a client, but I will try my best! I was incredibly nervous as I entered into my second pregnancy after a very traumatic first birth with my son. I had a doula present at my first child's birth and was receiving care through a midwife at a birthing center, but I ended up requiring an emergency cesarean while under anesthesia in the hospital. Maria's warmth and openess immediately made me feel welcome where I was in my pregnancy and birth journey. Maria makes you feel heard and conversation about anything is welcome. At our first meeting I knew Maria was the kind of warm and understanding doula I would want to help support and coach me through my second pregnancy. She was not only warm and supportive about my expressed birth choices, but knowledgable and informed about birth and the importance of emotional wellbeing. I was so relieved to tell Maria about my first birth and how I was hoping for an unmedicated, vaginal birth but would welcome what unfolded as labor happened. With Maria, we had discussed all birth wishes and specificially walked through what would happen should the need for a repeat cesarean arise. Maria's preparation allowed me to go into birth without any fear. Maria will forever be the most comforting source throughout my entire labor as she helped walk me through decisions with staff, gave hip squeezes & ALWAYS made me feel safe. As someone who was fearful of hospital settings and staff, Maria made me feel like I was never alone or in danger.The level of safety and security I felt during birth could not have been achieved without Maria. In the end, I had the vaginal birth I had dreamed of with my daughter. It was the most healing moment. I am forever thankful.
May 28, 2021