“In regards to my birth experience with Maureen – I could not say enough. I did not have the birth that I hoped for – it was actually exactly the opposite and ended with a c-section. During the hours of long labor Maureen helped me through the pain and nausea; she made me feel safe and comfortable. She stayed with me the whole time from laboring at home, transitioning to the hospital and visiting me and my babe after our csection. The best part is once Maureen and her partner Jo knew csection was inevitable, they talked to all the doctors and nurses making sure they knew I wanted my baby skin to skin the whole time while I got stitched up. They both stressed this because they wanted to give me the best chance at breastfeeding. In the end I had a healthy 9.10lb 28 inch baby boy who is still breastfeeding at two. Even now while pregnant with babe #2 I message Maureen for reassurance and guidance. If your looking for a Douala or midwife I would recommend Maureen.”
Brittany Bellachio-Petta, 2019
“Maureen provided support as our doula. She helped bridge my desire for a homebirth with my husband’s comfort levels with a hospital birth. When my pregnancy became high risk, Maureen provided support via phone calls and visits. So much was unknown, but her support was always there. After weeks of hospitalization due to preterm labor and a shortened cervix, we made it past the high risk stages and were re-classified as low risk. Back home, she educated us about the birth process and well as movements I could use and ways my husband could provide physical support.
When my water broke and we traveled to the hospital in Morgantown, Maureen was ready to support us through our daughter’s birth. I knew I had her as a guide and advocate. She coordinated with the midwife at Ruby and helped coach me through an amazing birth! Maureen was present: she recommended positions and props such as the peanut ball. When my husband needed a few minute to eat, she was there to support me physically through contractions. Even through the pain of contractions, the process was comfortable because I felt safe and supported with the whole team and felt she was a vital member of that team.
From the start of my pregnancy through complications, an amazing birth, and postpartum, I was grateful for Maureen as a constant. Despite changing hospitals and providers at 22 weeks due to complications, she still provided support. When the time for our birth came at nearly 38 weeks, she was there. And once our precious Clara arrived, she supported us at the hospital as well as at home – with resources on breastfeeding and cloth diapers as well as check on how I and we as a family were doing.
I am grateful we were able to have her as our doula, Maureen played a key role in making my hospital birth an empowering and awesome experience.”
Leah Devine, 2019
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