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Mary, Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula & Certified Lactation Counselor

I’ve been a doula for over two years and I love supporting families through their pregnancy, birth and postpartum experiences. I focus on providing calm guidance and nonjudgmental support. My passion for birth work came from my mom who is a nurse and lactation consultant. I grew up visiting her at the hospital and sitting in on breastfeeding support groups. From watching her it became clear how important it is for people entering parenthood to have a loving and supportive team around them.

After getting a B.A. in Public Health from Hampshire College I began working in a reproductive health clinic that provides sexual health services for young people in an approachable and empowering way. In 2016 I did my birth and postpartum doula trainings with a midwife and doula who has been practicing for over 20 years, and I fell in love with the variability of supporting people through this special time. Doula care is part teacher, part coach, part cheerleader; a strong yet calm presence to guide you through this transition, while reminding you to be gentle with yourself,  trust your instincts, and that yes- you can do this!

I also completed a lactation counselor certification and I shadow a lactation consultant at a weekly breastfeeding support group in Brooklyn. In the next few years I’d like to start a midwifery program, but for now I’m enjoying attending births and caring for families throughout NY.

Additional trainings include: Spinning Babies, Comforting Touch for Doulas, Pain Coping Strategies and Teaching Breastfeeding workshops with Childbirth Education Association, trauma-informed care, and CPR for infants and adults. Currently enrolled in Herbal Medicine for Women with Aviva Romm.

From the initial meeting, we felt at ease with Mary. She listened to our concerns and goals regarding labor and delivery. She offered great advice for pain management and breathing techniques, and during delivery was amazing at helping me stay focused and engaged in what was happening. She is 1/3 of a team that helped bring my daughter into the world! Pregnancy, labor & delivery are a time when the person carrying the child should feel cared for and looked after 100% of the time. Mary provided that feeling above and beyond. I recommend her to every pregnant person I know!
— Nadia, 2017
We knew Mary was going to be our doula and help us bring our baby into the world the moment we met her. Her kind disposition, confidence and knowledge of both pre and post natal was impressive and beyond helpful. She exceeded what we expected and is someone I consider a friend— far surpassing my original idea of what a doula/mama relationship could be. My partner and I were in a new city and this was my first pregnancy. With Mary, I felt safe, cared for and knew I was in good hands. During the moments in labor (and even later in motherhood and learning to breastfeed) where we felt lost, drained and confused, Mary guided us to awareness and calm in a way only a great partner could. Her services are priceless and I recommend her strongly.
— MJ, 2018
Mary's help was both very concrete and also behind the scenes - I remember feeling so surprised at
how smooth everything was. All of our necessary items were together, the labor playlist was playing,
etc. All of her support really allowed my husband and I to just be present with the wild experience of
welcoming our child into the world.
— Megan, 2018