We hired Mairi to be both our birth and postpartum doula and we highly, highly recommend her. When we were beginning our pregnancy, Mary (birth parent) was anxious. Our conversations revolved around fear: fear of the birth going badly, fear of a traumatic birth, and more generally the fear of the unknown.
Mairi helped us overcome these fears. She didn't just tell us what was right or wrong, but gave us all the possible positions for us to be able to determine for ourselves what was right and wrong for us. No question was too big or too small - whether they be about constipation, sleeplessness, or concerns about surgical options. Mairi was incredibly helpful in giving us all the resources. Mairi was incredibly warm in her interactions and reassurance that everything was going to be okay. Our four prenatal scheduled sessions with her were incredibly helpful. Mairi also checked in extra during the process, going on walks with Mary to help her think through any other fears, doubts, and questions she had.
Mairi helped both of us understand the birth process, providing a feeling of preparedness that we felt prior to and during the birth process. To be sure, our birth did not go as 'planned'. But because of all the work with Mairi, Mary did not feel afraid -- such a victory! Thanks to Mairi's guidance, we were able to make informed decisions during the birth process. She was there every step, holding space for us as we made our decisions. Mairi has also continued her support with postpartum infant care. Seeing her take care of our son has added another dimension to our appreciation of Mairi as a warm and knowledgeable caregiver. Mairi is one of the few if only people we feel comfortable handing over our son with complete trust, knowing that we don't have to manage or oversee her care. There is something special and reassuring in watching her hold, care, and play with him. We are grateful for Mairi.
-Mary, Hyoung, and Owen
February 03, 2023