I am so honored to call doulahood my life's work. What began as a deep admiration of pregnancy and motherhood in early childhood has now flourished into the practical knowledge of and experience in supporting women through their journey of bringing new life into our world.
I view labor and motherhood as the most spiritual experience - and the greatest gift - we women are able to receive in this lifetime, and supporting mothers in feeling empowered, at ease, and present during this journey is of utmost importance to me.
How I Will Serve You
I offer a free consultation by phone or on zoom. During this meeting we will discuss your pregnancy so far, and what expectations/concerns you or your partner have. I will introduce my background and philosophy as a Doula as well. We will end by covering contract details.
Phone & Email Support
Once a contract is signed you will have unlimited text, email and phone support from me. Upon request, I will also send useful information and resources to prepare you for labor.
2 Prenatal Visits
In the prenatal visits we will create your birth wishes and postpartum plan. We discuss everything from diet and exercise, labor and comfort measures, what to expect after your baby arrives and what my role will be from the beginning to after your baby arrives. I will also get to know a bit about your partners expectations and concerns.
I will make sure that you feel heard and your needs are met. I will provide verbal affirmations, various comfort measures and strategies for pain management. I will make sure that you and your partner are informed of all interventions that may be presented to you during labor. I will also guide your partner in better supporting you while giving them the opportunities to take care of their own needs.
Baby First Feeding
After your baby is born I will stay with you to assist you with breastfeeding your first and make sure everything else is in order for a smooth recovery.
During this visit we will discuss healing after birth, and taking care of your baby. I can also assist with caring for your baby for 1 hour while you sleep or do other household chores. In addition, I am happy to substitute myself for a lactation consultant/breastfeeding coach if there is a bigger need for that.
First Timer: $2800
Second Timer: $2500
I am currently studying digital photography in order to pursue my passion for pregnancy and family photography.
In order to support the growth of my portfolio I am currently offering all of my birth clients or anyone interested a free (donation based) photoshoot. Please reach out to schedule yours!
Maya is the most incredible doula anyone could possibly ask for! My husband and I were initially on the fence about hiring a doula but after we met Maya, we knew she was perfect for us. It was our first birth and we were nervous as to what to expect even with taking birthing classes, knowing which hospital we were delivering at and having our OBGYN there. Our son came over 6 weeks early which was completely unexpected given it was an uncomplicated pregnancy. Maya handled it with the utmost of compassion and assistance even way earlier than scheduled. She was there for us every minute keeping us as calm as can be throughout the long labor process. She helped advocate for me when I didn't know what was the right thing to do for myself and my baby during labor. She also was fantastic at helping my husband so he could feel involved and useful. We could not have done it without her! My OBGYN, who was not a huge proponent initially when we told her we were hiring a doula, ended up being Maya's biggest fan (after us). If you are lucky enough to have Maya as your doula, do not take it for granted! We absolutely love and adore her!
Why I Became A Birth Doula & My Philosophy
I have been fascinated with pregnancy ever since I was a child. Every time I stood in the same room as a pregnant woman, I felt as if I were sharing the room with a real life goddess! When I was 22 I discovered Doulahood. As a highly empathetic and sensitive individual, easing the pain and suffering of others has always been my greatest gift, and in assisting mothers through labor is my primary way of doing so in this lifetime.
Just like with most other aspects of life, acceptance key. Having expectations is completely normal, but practicing letting go of them before and during labor is a keystone to having an empowering birth experience. There is no right or wrong way to give birth, there is just the way it IS and embracing what IS is my philosophy as a Doula.
As a doula, my job is to provide comfort measures, physical touch, verbal affirmations, and advocating for the mother when there is confusion or resistance. I am NOT a Doula to convince the mother that I know what is best, I am merely here to make sure that the mother feels clear about what she wants or needs, and receives it. Above all, I am here to establish a trusting relationship and a safe environment for the mother to embrace the vulnerable and wild process of labor.