Welcome to Your Fourth Trimester

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what is a postpartum doula?

A postpartum (period following childbirth) doula (companion to the birthing person) is a support person that meets you on the other side of your birth outcome. 

A postpartum doula offers physical and emotional support, evidence-based information, and in-home assistance to families as they experience the early stages of this profound life change. You may have received lots of education, resources, and support through your pregnancy, but have none of that infrastructure when you are at home with a newborn in your arms.

Historically, postpartum support was provided by other family members, but any postpartum support has become an exception in the United States. A postpartum doula fills in that gap of care as a professionalized and trained non-medical care provider. 

what are the benefits of a postpartum doula?

 

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  • greater self confidence

  • less postpartum depression

  • greater breastfeeding success

  • lower incidence of abuse

 

 

source: www.dona.org

 

 

"Research by experts tells us what many have long suspected-that those new parents who have support and feel secure and cared for during this time are more successful in adapting than those who don't. Studies have shown that cultures in which women are cared for by others for a defined period of days or weeks and are expected only to nurture themselves and their babies during that time have superior outcomes in postpartum adjustment."

services and pricing

Mary is currently accepting clients with due dates after January 1, 2020.

In her role as your postpartum doula, Mary supports you through your transition from pregnancy to parenthood. She provides these services with empathy and without judgment.

Those services include:

  • evidence-based information and education regarding:

    • newborn care (like wearing or swaddling your baby)

    • normal newborn behavior

    • lactation (as a Certified Lactation Educator)

    • perinatal mood changes

  • light household chores (like dishes or laundry)

  • meal prep

  • facilitating sleep and self-care (holding your baby while you sleep or shower)

  • empathetic listening to help parents and all involved family members process and adjust to their new caregiving roles

  • referrals to local care providers

    Mary’s services are $45 an hour. Schedule a free consultation via email or phone to discuss more details about the support she provides. Mary’s contact info is at the bottom of this page.

Lactation Education sessions can be scheduled separate from her doula services.

These sessions are designed to educate and assist families with normal infant feeding challenges to help them reach their feeding goals, with evidence-based info and consulting on:

  • nursing positioning

  • nursing and sleep

  • bottle feeding

  • pumping

These sessions are $90 for a two hour visit. Schedule a free consultation to learn more about Mary’s lactation-specific services. 

 
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about

Mary’s passion for this work comes from a belief that children and families are the cornerstone of all human communities, and they deserve to be nurtured and treated with reverence. After years of working mostly with families with children of toddler ages and on, she noticed a pattern - parents were trying to care for their children from a state of compounded stress that began at their child’s birth. She was inspired to support families at the beginning of their journey together. Mary experiences childcare as a joyful responsibility, and her goal is to show the parents she works with how to experience the same.

 Mary was born and raised in West Seattle. She is an AmeriCorps and University of Oregon alumna. She has over a decade of experience caring for children as both a teacher and a nanny. Mary has taught in preschools and early education centers with various teaching philosophies (including Reggio Emilia and The World at Their Fingertips).  She is grateful for the meaningful relationships she has built with children and parents along the way.  

Mary received her Postpartum Doula training and Lactation Educator certification through Bastyr University. She is a NAPS (Northwest Association for Postpartum Support) certified postpartum doula, and volunteers on the NAPS Board of Directors.

When Mary is not doula-ing, she is probably walking along Alki with her family, cooking, reading, watching Netflix, or planning her next vacation. 

training and education

  • BA in English Literature and BA in Women and Gender Studies (University of Oregon)

  • Postpartum Doula Training (Bastyr University)

  • Certified Lactation Educator (Evergreen Perinatal Education)

  • Baby Wearing for Birth Professionals (Adapting to Love)

  • Washington State Food Handler’s License

  • Barks and Babes: How to Prepare Your Dog For Baby (Dog’s Day Out Seattle)

  • Sleep Savvy: The Art and Science of Breastfeeding and Sleep (Savvy Parenting Support)

  • Supporting Muslim Families in the Age of Islamophobia (Haleema Bharoocha)

testimonials

Mary provided great care for our triplets! She is nurturing, resourceful, and down-to-earth.
— Brooke
Mary was absolutely VITAL to my recovery following the cesarean section birth of my first baby, Thor. Mary is smart, intuitive, extremely skilled at multitasking, and somehow maintains a remarkable level of grace through it all. She supported me during the toughest time of my life through performing domestic chores around the house, cooking, cleaning, taking my baby on short walk while I showered and/or napped, but above all, was there and just LISTENED to my daily, early motherhood struggles. I highly recommend Mary to any mother in need of extra postpartum support. I consider myself so very lucky to have crossed paths with such an intelligent and empathetic mother, woman and Doula.
— Christina
I truly can’t imagine navigating the early weeks of life with a newborn without Mary. From the moment she began working with our family, there wasn’t a day that went by without either a new fear being neutralized or trick being taught that was a result of her extensive background, keen intuition and, above all else, kindness and understanding towards new parents and their children. Mary is equal parts educated caregiver and empathetic peer (being a mother herself) which made her insight truly invaluable as she could really sympathize with any new challenge or uncertainty that we experienced. Yet, she offered her perspective without projecting (judgement, any pre-conceived parenting approach, etc.) and with a wisdom that is seriously beyond her years. Any new mom and baby would be lucky to have Mary in their lives...we certainly were.
— Jennifer
We clicked with Mary from our first meeting with her, and left feeling confident that we would be well supported once our baby arrived. We knew that our family would be in good hands with Mary. She is professional, courteous, personable, and experienced. It was important to us that the person who would be supporting us during such a new time in our lives was nonjudgmental and understood and respected our goals and wishes. Mary exceeded our expectations at every turn, and we always looked forward to seeing her. We can’t thank Mary enough for everything she has done for our family, and for our son. She is a true asset to the doula community, and a wonderful person. Thank you, Mary, from the bottom of our hearts for all your kindness and support. We will make sure our son always knows what a special role you played in his and our lives.
— Jaimie

media

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Interview and feature in ParentMap

Why You Should Hire a Postpartum Doula

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Interview and feature in Lady

A zine for the female entrepreneur

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Guest Writer on Catalyst Health Studio Blog

Postpartum Doulas & The Importance of Emotional Support in the Fourth Trimester

location

Mary serves the greater Seattle area in a 20 mile (1 hour drive) radius.