Jessica // February 2016 My husband and I instantly felt connected to Mal when we initially met. As first time parents, we felt incredibly nervous to say the least. Throughout my pregnancy, she was readily available to answer any questions and offer a listening ear. She checked in often to let me know shew was thinking about me and to offer support. She assisted us in creating our Birth Preference Plan, which included goals of an unmedicated birth. She was encouraging and non-judgmental, while also providing opinions and expertise - a balance my husband and I sought when choosing a doula. We went into labor 3 days after our due date and labored at home for the first phase. Once at the hospital, Mal was by my side and remained there for the entire 15 hours before our son was born. During the labor she offered comfort and encouragement and tangible strategies for managing my contractions (breathing exercises, mantras, massage and touch, aroma therapy, positioning). My husband was able to get some much needed rest and to this day tells everyone he wouldn't have been able to do it without Mal! It's his number one piece of advice he gives to people who ask him about the birth process - hire an amazing doula! She worked with my midwife and the nurses in such an amazing way, they loved her and even asked for her card after the birth! Throughout our long and challenging labor, Mal continued to encourage me and reassure me of my strength during my times of weakness and doubt and we were able to stick to our goal of an unmedicated birth despite several challenges along the way. I know I couldn't have done it without Mal. Immediately after he was born, Mal took a couple pictures which I cherish so much and assisted me in our first breastfeeding. I can't express enough how much it meant to have Mal as part of our birth story. I have already recommended her to several mamas and will continue to! I look back at the labor with so much pride and empowerment, thank you Mal!

Jessica // February 2016

My husband and I instantly felt connected to Mal when we initially met. As first time parents, we felt incredibly nervous to say the least. Throughout my pregnancy, she was readily available to answer any questions and offer a listening ear. She checked in often to let me know shew was thinking about me and to offer support. She assisted us in creating our Birth Preference Plan, which included goals of an unmedicated birth. She was encouraging and non-judgmental, while also providing opinions and expertise - a balance my husband and I sought when choosing a doula. We went into labor 3 days after our due date and labored at home for the first phase. Once at the hospital, Mal was by my side and remained there for the entire 15 hours before our son was born. During the labor she offered comfort and encouragement and tangible strategies for managing my contractions (breathing exercises, mantras, massage and touch, aroma therapy, positioning). My husband was able to get some much needed rest and to this day tells everyone he wouldn't have been able to do it without Mal! It's his number one piece of advice he gives to people who ask him about the birth process - hire an amazing doula! She worked with my midwife and the nurses in such an amazing way, they loved her and even asked for her card after the birth! Throughout our long and challenging labor, Mal continued to encourage me and reassure me of my strength during my times of weakness and doubt and we were able to stick to our goal of an unmedicated birth despite several challenges along the way. I know I couldn't have done it without Mal. Immediately after he was born, Mal took a couple pictures which I cherish so much and assisted me in our first breastfeeding. I can't express enough how much it meant to have Mal as part of our birth story. I have already recommended her to several mamas and will continue to! I look back at the labor with so much pride and empowerment, thank you Mal!

  Emily & Tyler // February 2015 As first-time parents, having Mal as our doula was a wonderful experience. She is warm, friendly, and very knowledgeable. Mal met with us several times before our baby's birth to go over our wishes, pain management techniques, and answer any questions we had. She provided us with resources to help us make informed decisions along the way and checked in with me frequently. During labor, Mal's presence was hugely comforting and her calm encouragement helped me work through my pain. I always felt supported in my decisions. Mal was also able to show my husband how he could help and he was so grateful for her guidance. After our daughter was born, Mal visited us in the hospital and at home to make sure we were settling in and provide support with breastfeeding. Overall, we loved working with Mal and would recommend her to anyone considering a doula.

 

Emily & Tyler // February 2015

As first-time parents, having Mal as our doula was a wonderful experience. She is warm, friendly, and very knowledgeable. Mal met with us several times before our baby's birth to go over our wishes, pain management techniques, and answer any questions we had. She provided us with resources to help us make informed decisions along the way and checked in with me frequently. During labor, Mal's presence was hugely comforting and her calm encouragement helped me work through my pain. I always felt supported in my decisions. Mal was also able to show my husband how he could help and he was so grateful for her guidance. After our daughter was born, Mal visited us in the hospital and at home to make sure we were settling in and provide support with breastfeeding. Overall, we loved working with Mal and would recommend her to anyone considering a doula.

  Cyndi // March 2015 Mal was an excellent doula. My husband and I had used a doula before and had a wonderful experience. We knew what we were looking for and Mal met all of our expectations. From our very first meeting, she was warm, friendly and easy to talk to. We felt totally comfortable sharing our hopes and wishes for our labor and delivery. In our pre-labor meetings, she was confident, knowledgeable and insightful. She gave us great advice and suggestions on how to prepare ourselves for delivery and even on how to handle some late pregnancy symptoms. She was always available by email, phone or text if we had questions or concerns. Mal knows some wonderful techniques for pain management and relaxation which came in handy in labor. During our time laboring in the hospital, she was so helpful and supportive. She never left my side, which was a great help to me and also to my husband- he was able to take breaks to eat and even take a short rest without having to worry about my well-being. Mal’s help continued even after our baby was born. She helped us document his birth with pictures and with a labor and delivery timeline. During the postpartum visit, she continued to give us great advice on caring for a newborn. I would highly recommend Mal to anyone looking for a doula.

 

Cyndi // March 2015

Mal was an excellent doula. My husband and I had used a doula before and had a wonderful experience. We knew what we were looking for and Mal met all of our expectations. From our very first meeting, she was warm, friendly and easy to talk to. We felt totally comfortable sharing our hopes and wishes for our labor and delivery. In our pre-labor meetings, she was confident, knowledgeable and insightful. She gave us great advice and suggestions on how to prepare ourselves for delivery and even on how to handle some late pregnancy symptoms. She was always available by email, phone or text if we had questions or concerns. Mal knows some wonderful techniques for pain management and relaxation which came in handy in labor. During our time laboring in the hospital, she was so helpful and supportive. She never left my side, which was a great help to me and also to my husband- he was able to take breaks to eat and even take a short rest without having to worry about my well-being. Mal’s help continued even after our baby was born. She helped us document his birth with pictures and with a labor and delivery timeline. During the postpartum visit, she continued to give us great advice on caring for a newborn. I would highly recommend Mal to anyone looking for a doula.

  Scott // March 2015  Working with Mal was a wonderful experience from start to finish. She was great at answering any questions we had during our visits before the hospital and went through some different laboring techniques with me and my wife. Mal is very understanding and easy to talk to, so we were able to express our questions/concerns freely. At the hospital her support was wonderful. I had not slept well the night before the delivery and was naturally tired while supporting my wife during her labor. Mal was able to let me get some much needed shut eye and some lunch during a short period. She worked very well with our nurse and midwife to ensure that my wife's labor went the way we specified in our birth plan. There is nothing I would have changed about her support before and at the hospital. I would gladly have Mal with us again for our next child and would recommend her to anyone looking for a doula for birth support.

 

Scott // March 2015 

Working with Mal was a wonderful experience from start to finish. She was great at answering any questions we had during our visits before the hospital and went through some different laboring techniques with me and my wife. Mal is very understanding and easy to talk to, so we were able to express our questions/concerns freely. At the hospital her support was wonderful. I had not slept well the night before the delivery and was naturally tired while supporting my wife during her labor. Mal was able to let me get some much needed shut eye and some lunch during a short period. She worked very well with our nurse and midwife to ensure that my wife's labor went the way we specified in our birth plan. There is nothing I would have changed about her support before and at the hospital. I would gladly have Mal with us again for our next child and would recommend her to anyone looking for a doula for birth support.

  Sarah //  September 2014 I have the great fortune of being able to call Mal my dearest friend so naturally having her at the homebirth of my son this past summer was a blessing. She graciously gave our family her whole day, was thoughtful & supportive for my partner and me as well as for our two daughters and other family members who were with us for the birth. Mal has a confidence and kindness that is infectious and invaluable; knowing when to be present/encouraging/assertive and when to give/hold the space for people and moments to be what they need to be. I am truly grateful to have had her smile, conversation & sense of humor, her love for my daughters & support in making their experience a wonderful one, the few photos she took throughout the day that are some of my most favorite, her foresight to fill my bathtub when she could tell that there was no way baby was going to wait for the birthing tub to be ready and the comfort we all felt just by her presence. Thank you, Mal, for being a part of our birth.

 

Sarah //  September 2014

I have the great fortune of being able to call Mal my dearest friend so naturally having her at the homebirth of my son this past summer was a blessing. She graciously gave our family her whole day, was thoughtful & supportive for my partner and me as well as for our two daughters and other family members who were with us for the birth. Mal has a confidence and kindness that is infectious and invaluable; knowing when to be present/encouraging/assertive and when to give/hold the space for people and moments to be what they need to be. I am truly grateful to have had her smile, conversation & sense of humor, her love for my daughters & support in making their experience a wonderful one, the few photos she took throughout the day that are some of my most favorite, her foresight to fill my bathtub when she could tell that there was no way baby was going to wait for the birthing tub to be ready and the comfort we all felt just by her presence. Thank you, Mal, for being a part of our birth.

  Callie // May 2015 My husband and I had the privelige of working with Mal for the birth of our second child. She was so easy to talk to, kind, compassionate and knowledgeable – I felt comfortable with her from our first interview and learned so much from her in the weeks leading up to the birth of our son. We were long overdue (12 days) which brought new anxiety I hadn’t experienced with my first. Mal provided a wealth of knowledge and resources for us that empowered our decision making process of how to handle an induction. I experienced a very short and drug-free labor & delivery. I am so thankful for Mal and her ability to tap into my hypnobirthing techniques and plan. She grounded me mentally, giving my husband and me the best support we needed throughout the process. She patiently worked with us and helped us make informed decisions and I can’t imagine having done it without her. Mal’s visit after our birth was a wonderful chance to talk about breastfeeding and postpartum care. We loved Mal and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to other parents.

 

Callie // May 2015

My husband and I had the privelige of working with Mal for the birth of our second child. She was so easy to talk to, kind, compassionate and knowledgeable – I felt comfortable with her from our first interview and learned so much from her in the weeks leading up to the birth of our son. We were long overdue (12 days) which brought new anxiety I hadn’t experienced with my first. Mal provided a wealth of knowledge and resources for us that empowered our decision making process of how to handle an induction. I experienced a very short and drug-free labor & delivery. I am so thankful for Mal and her ability to tap into my hypnobirthing techniques and plan. She grounded me mentally, giving my husband and me the best support we needed throughout the process. She patiently worked with us and helped us make informed decisions and I can’t imagine having done it without her. Mal’s visit after our birth was a wonderful chance to talk about breastfeeding and postpartum care. We loved Mal and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to other parents.

  Angela // September 2015 It was great to work with Mal.  Thoughout the ups and downs of 19 hours of labor she was helpful, reassuring and grounding.  We were able to work as a team throughout and work with the medical staff at the hospital.  We would recommend Mal to anyone but especially working with us as first time parents. From a Dad in the delivery room perspective - Mal was so important to help be able to cope when things were hard and to reassure that things were going as they should even when things turned a little chaotic.  She was always someone to look to for guidance. From a laboring Mom perspective - Mal was such as important part of being able to carry out my plan for an unmedicated birth.  While always being supportive, she also provided the constant refocus needed to work through each step of the process.

 

Angela // September 2015

It was great to work with Mal.  Thoughout the ups and downs of 19 hours of labor she was helpful, reassuring and grounding.  We were able to work as a team throughout and work with the medical staff at the hospital.  We would recommend Mal to anyone but especially working with us as first time parents. From a Dad in the delivery room perspective - Mal was so important to help be able to cope when things were hard and to reassure that things were going as they should even when things turned a little chaotic.  She was always someone to look to for guidance. From a laboring Mom perspective - Mal was such as important part of being able to carry out my plan for an unmedicated birth.  While always being supportive, she also provided the constant refocus needed to work through each step of the process.

  Dawn // October 2015 My husband and I live far from our families. Once I found out we were having a baby, I knew I wanted a doula to support and guide me through the birthing process since our closest friends and family weren't nearby. I am so happy that we met Mal. At our first meeting, I immediately loved her energy, her knowledge, and her acceptance on every mama's wishes, wants, and unique perspectives on birthing. I so love how open Mal is to any type of birth, having no judgements whatsoever on what I might want to see happen during my little one's birth, and advocating for me during the process.My little girl came three weeks early and once my husband and I got to the hospital everything happened so quickly. Mal was amazing at keeping me calm and focused. She helped my baby latch immediately and I think that was a huge part of my successful breastfeeding. A few days after coming home, Mal came over to see how things were going and eased all my first time, "I have no idea what I'm doing," mama worries. When I had even more questions, she gave me a list of different resources and always checked in to see how I was feeling. Mal is amazing. I would recommend her in a heartbeat for anyone looking for a birth doula. She made my husband, my new baby, and especially me, feel important, cared for, and empowered to be a great papa, babe, and mama. 

 

Dawn // October 2015

My husband and I live far from our families. Once I found out we were having a baby, I knew I wanted a doula to support and guide me through the birthing process since our closest friends and family weren't nearby. I am so happy that we met Mal. At our first meeting, I immediately loved her energy, her knowledge, and her acceptance on every mama's wishes, wants, and unique perspectives on birthing. I so love how open Mal is to any type of birth, having no judgements whatsoever on what I might want to see happen during my little one's birth, and advocating for me during the process.My little girl came three weeks early and once my husband and I got to the hospital everything happened so quickly. Mal was amazing at keeping me calm and focused. She helped my baby latch immediately and I think that was a huge part of my successful breastfeeding. A few days after coming home, Mal came over to see how things were going and eased all my first time, "I have no idea what I'm doing," mama worries. When I had even more questions, she gave me a list of different resources and always checked in to see how I was feeling. Mal is amazing. I would recommend her in a heartbeat for anyone looking for a birth doula. She made my husband, my new baby, and especially me, feel important, cared for, and empowered to be a great papa, babe, and mama. 

Jennifer // August 2015 Mal is simply the best. Her personality is A perfect mix of calm, soothing, relaxing and empowering. She supported us through the birth of our first baby, little Samuel. Mal encouraged me to believe in my own strength and ability even when I ended up having to be induced, which was terrifying to me! Because of her support I was able to bring my little boy into the world without pain medication as I had hoped. Even though I had to change my mindset on how my labor would begin I was able to labor and deliver on my terms. Mal was a tremendous help in giving my husband a break during labor so that he could be at his best when I needed him most. Afterwards my husband said he doesn't think he would have been able to do it without her help! Mal even cut the cord when our little one came, my husband is a bit squemish, and I now think about that fondly as it only seemed fitting that she have a special part in Samuel's birth. Thank you Mal for your loving care and guidance as we navigated life before, during, and after the arrival of Samuel! We would welcome Mal into our birth story again in a heartbeat next time around and hope you welcome her into yours, you will not regret it if you do!  

Jennifer // August 2015

Mal is simply the best. Her personality is A perfect mix of calm, soothing, relaxing and empowering. She supported us through the birth of our first baby, little Samuel.
Mal encouraged me to believe in my own strength and ability even when I ended up having to be induced, which was terrifying to me! Because of her support I was able to bring my little boy into the world without pain medication as I had hoped. Even though I had to change my mindset on how my labor would begin I was able to labor and deliver on my terms.
Mal was a tremendous help in giving my husband a break during labor so that he could be at his best when I needed him most. Afterwards my husband said he doesn't think he would have been able to do it without her help!
Mal even cut the cord when our little one came, my husband is a bit squemish, and I now think about that fondly as it only seemed fitting that she have a special part in Samuel's birth.
Thank you Mal for your loving care and guidance as we navigated life before, during, and after the arrival of Samuel!
We would welcome Mal into our birth story again in a heartbeat next time around and hope you welcome her into yours, you will not regret it if you do!

 

  Kristine // October 2015  We were so happy when we were connected with Mal. We met with her a few times before the birth to talk about everything and we instantly felt a connection with her, like she was an old friend. We were able to ask her a million questions during those meetings and she was a wealth of information.  Having Mal there for the birth of our daughter was such a HUGE help. My husband was great, but it was so helpful and comforting having a woman there to speak calmly and confidently to me and reassure me that I was capable. She was positive and cheerful the entire time and I can't imagine not having her there counting down for each contraction. For whatever reason that was my saving grace. There were a few times when the doctor was recommending that I get an epideral which was something that I originally didn't want to do. Because we went over my birth plan prior to the labor she was able to remind me of the birth I was hoping to have in a time I wasn't able to make good decisions. I was so thankful for that! We love Mal and hope to have her again if there are any more kiddos in our future!

 

Kristine // October 2015 

We were so happy when we were connected with Mal. We met with her a few times before the birth to talk about everything and we instantly felt a connection with her, like she was an old friend. We were able to ask her a million questions during those meetings and she was a wealth of information. 

Having Mal there for the birth of our daughter was such a HUGE help. My husband was great, but it was so helpful and comforting having a woman there to speak calmly and confidently to me and reassure me that I was capable. She was positive and cheerful the entire time and I can't imagine not having her there counting down for each contraction. For whatever reason that was my saving grace. There were a few times when the doctor was recommending that I get an epideral which was something that I originally didn't want to do. Because we went over my birth plan prior to the labor she was able to remind me of the birth I was hoping to have in a time I wasn't able to make good decisions. I was so thankful for that!

We love Mal and hope to have her again if there are any more kiddos in our future!

  Annalise // November 2015 Mal was such an important addition to our team!  Due to some complications, I learned during my third trimester that I would most likely required a scheduled cesarean - definitely not part of my plan for how things would go.  Mal was so supportive, helping us through both the logistics and the emotional roller coaster of those last few weeks before our son was born.  She work so well with the hospital staff and was  an incredibly reassuring presence in the ER, helping to make the experience a beautiful celebration rather than a clinical procedure.    She also provided some much needed support and guidance for us as first time parents during the first few weeks we were home.  Mal is the best!

 

Annalise // November 2015

Mal was such an important addition to our team!  Due to some complications, I learned during my third trimester that I would most likely required a scheduled cesarean - definitely not part of my plan for how things would go.  Mal was so supportive, helping us through both the logistics and the emotional roller coaster of those last few weeks before our son was born.  She work so well with the hospital staff and was  an incredibly reassuring presence in the ER, helping to make the experience a beautiful celebration rather than a clinical procedure.    She also provided some much needed support and guidance for us as first time parents during the first few weeks we were home.  Mal is the best!

  Nicole // September 2015 We absolutely loved having Mal as a doula! From our prenatal visits to our postpartum appointments, she was so helpful and supportive. We loved having her come into our home and talk through what we hoped for our birth. Mal is such a calm and open person, when we had questions she was always so unbiased and focused on helping us make informed decisions that we felt good about. I learned so much from her, especially towards the end when my son was (12 days!) late. She was able to recommend some natural ways to induce labor and get things moving. When I finally went into labor, she joined us in our home and was such a wave of peace. Helping me focus through each contraction I was able to stay calm and comfortable, and she was such an ally for my husband to call on. Would recommend Mal without a doubt to any mama.

 

Nicole // September 2015

We absolutely loved having Mal as a doula! From our prenatal visits to our postpartum appointments, she was so helpful and supportive. We loved having her come into our home and talk through what we hoped for our birth. Mal is such a calm and open person, when we had questions she was always so unbiased and focused on helping us make informed decisions that we felt good about. I learned so much from her, especially towards the end when my son was (12 days!) late. She was able to recommend some natural ways to induce labor and get things moving. When I finally went into labor, she joined us in our home and was such a wave of peace. Helping me focus through each contraction I was able to stay calm and comfortable, and she was such an ally for my husband to call on. Would recommend Mal without a doubt to any mama.