ERIN K., January, 2022
"(Martha), you honor the magic of birth like no other!"
KAYLIN, Nov. 2021
Part 1: Planning a home birth? Read this! 9/25/21 was my second birthing experience with Martha. After my first birth (see review posted on 8/4/19), my husband and I knew we were down my search. I already knew the type of birth and prenatal experience I wanted (no interventions, declining pretty much everything- I had my hemoglobin checked and that was it). The Midwife used the fetoscope during office visits to listen to baby's heartbeat. I didn't want any dopplers, but the Midwife said she needed to use one during the birth in orgoing to hire Martha again for our second birth. We decided to do a home-birth this time, and my #1 goal was to stay out of the hospital. I initially contacted Martha for any Midwife recommendations in my area, and she gave me 3-4 recommendations, which helped to narrow der to effectively do her job- in the end it didn't matter, keep reading to find out why! Martha is always supportive of one's decisions, without judgement. She encourages you to make the best decisions for you, and to follow your instincts.
When my labor started, I was 1 week post due date. That night when I felt things were progressing, I called Martha and the Midwife at the same time. After a short description of how I was feeling, Martha was on her way without hesitation. The Midwife suggested I wait until contractions were consistently 5 minutes apart and lasting at least 1 minute long (this is standard). Up until that point I had some really strong and longer contractions, followed by some shorter and weaker ones, so things weren't consistent. Martha later told me she doesn't follow those "rules" for contractions, because every woman and every birth is different, and basically you never know what might happen during a birth. See part 2...
Part 2: After hanging up with the Midwife, things continued to progress, but I never really knew if I was in the desired timeframe for contractions, and by the time I definitely was, my mind was gone since I was deep into the "labor zone." Martha in the end ended up calling the Midwife to notify her, since my. husband was busy caring for our 2 year old who woke up.
After Martha arrived at my house, labor did slow down for a little while, but Martha just gave me some space to try and rest, and she returned to the room when she heard things getting louder/progressing. My birth was definitely chaotic since my 2 year old son who was not initially supposed to be at my birth (family was on the way to pick him up), ended up being there since the end of my labor went so fast. Basically, I had a longer 1st stage of labor, and my active labor and pushing stages probably happened within 2-3 hours max.
Guess what happened- with Martha's calm demeanor, we ended up delivering our baby WITHOUT THE MIDWIFE! The Midwife arrived about 5-10 minutes after baby was born. My husband calmly delivered our healthy baby girl. Martha is non-medical, but her calm presence helped make us feel that everything was well. I am very grateful that baby was healthy and there weren't any complications. I didn't think we would have an UNPLANNED UNASSISTED BIRTH, but like I said before- birthing is such an unpredictable experience, and you never know what might happen. My husband and I were again, so glad that we hired Martha. I likely would have been more anxious having the baby without the Midwife if Martha hadn't been there. Once the Midwife arrived, Martha made me a delicious meal, which she helped feed me while I was arms full and breastfeeding my bundle of joy. See part 3...
PART 3: Martha tag-teamed with my husband during my birth in helping watch my son, while keeping an eye on me, etc. I'm sure she did a lot more that I wasn't even aware of since I was busy birthing or caring for baby. Martha always makes sure all my needs are met before she leaves. She is always available if you need someone to talk to, and makes it knows she is there for YOU! Martha is selfless and she offered to donate blood for me in case I needed it, when it was a concern of mine...Martha just rolls with the punches and basically will probably help with almost anything.
If you are looking to hire a doula, don't wait too long, as Martha will likely book up! I highly recommend her for a home birth!
Catherine Thuruthumaly 3/25/2022 Words cannot explain how helpful Martha was in my journey of pregnancy. I not only gained a doula but a great friend. She is always available and puts you at ease through a very stressful time. If you are thinking of a doula, you don't have to look any further!
Client J.K., June 2022 You have a gift of holding space for women to see themselves more clearly.
Kelsey, 2022 It was such a pleasure working with Martha as my doula. I had deeply embedded fears about pregnancy and childbirth that she helped me work through during my pregnancy, and she was always available for support when I needed it. Our sessions were educational and so helpful. My hospital birth was beautiful (despite my fear of hospitals), and I truly believe that Martha's support is a huge reason that I had minimal tearing, minimal interventions, and overall a great birth experience. I would have felt very overwhelmed had she not been there. She helped guide me into different positions, kept me and my husband calm, and was just a beautiful resource to have there with me. I could not reccommend her enough. I learned so much from her that I didn't get from my OB and it made all the difference. Thank you Martha!!
Martha is truly a star at what she does ! Her holistic approach to healing and empowerment was simply amazing. From the first antenatal visit to postpartum visits, Martha's professional, caring attitude was so endearing. She empowers and puts the woman at ease at the same time!! I feel blessed to have found her !!
I would highly recommend Martha's services to anyone in need !!
Thank you, Martha!!
When I first learned what a doula was, I knew I wanted to work with one if I got pregnant. I met with many doulas in the Milwaukee area who seemed wonderful, but I felt a connection with Martha. Not only was she aware of size discrimination in healthcare (I'm a person of size), but she's had experience...
JY, May 2021
My husband and I are so thankful that we chose Martha as our doula. She was so resourceful and supportive. Right from the beginning I was a fan of her holistic approaches and knew from her kind and professional demeanor that she was the perfect person for my pregnancy journey. I wanted someone who was supportive, empowering, and knowledgeable, and Martha was exactly that. Martha continually reminded me that my body was made to do this and that I knew my body best. She was always respectful, honest, and open-minded. I wanted a natural birth with no medications and as little interventions as possible. Having Martha by our side throughout this journey helped me to believe in myself and trust my own intuition. She helped me take control of the delivery of my baby. Although, the beginning of my labor did not go as I thought it would with my water breaking early, Martha helped keep me calm. Because my contractions did not start right away, Martha gladly came over to help naturally induce labor since I did not want to get induced. I was able to have a smooth and beautiful labor and delivery in the hospital and gave birth to the most beautiful little girl. Knowing that Martha was there the whole time put me at ease because I knew she would advocate for me and follow my birth plan as best as possible. After having my little girl, we were having some breastfeeding issues, and with no hesitation Martha gladly came over to help out. It was so nice to share how I was feeling and have someone there to listen to me and fill me with positivity. Martha shines in all categories and we cannot thank her enough!
Thanks again Martha for all the knowledge and positivite empowering energy you shared with our family!!
Martha gave me the courage to be a rockstar in the delivery room! Even though my "birth plan" changed - I wanted an intervention free birth, that was not in the cards. Martha gave me encouragement to have my induction my way, and with my consent. Full of love and peace, she was a comfort througout my labor. She was there, by my and my husbands side for the entire lengthy labor process (during the begining of the pandemic!).
Prior to my hospital stay, she provided me with wisdom and educational material so that I was prepared to be in control, not my doctor, regarding choices in the delivery room. I felt so empowered, even though I was not having my "dream delivery".
Martha helped me with my second baby. My first, I felt like I was at the mercy of the medical establishment, however, with Martha, I knew that I was in charge.
Thank you so much Martha! I've been meaning to write this for a long while now! Almost 11 months, healthy and happy!
Martha is everything I could have hoped for in a doula and more. I interviewed a handful of doulas in the Milwaukee area who were all great but Martha stood out immmediately and after our first Zoom meeting I had NO question that this was the supporter, guide, and birth worker for me and my husband.
First, Martha is direct and clear... a no-nonscence person, which I love! Second, she made it abundantly clear that no matter what my birthplan was she would have my back and respected my choices. This is KEY for me and I recommend it for any first-time birthing person: work with someone who respects the woman first and then is knoweldgeable about all of the options second. This is your body and your journey. Your birth supporters help you understand your options and then honor your instinct about what you, your body, your family need. This describes Martha all the way through.
Martha talked us through every option we didn't know we had! I followed my instinct to switched to a midwife (from OB) at a hospital that Martha was familiar with and where she knew the teams so that she could thrive in her role as doula. I didn't want to be in a situation where she encountered any obstacles or hostility. She was my pillar of wisdom throughout the process so I wanted her to be able to BE that during the delivery. I am so proud of that choice! Our birth was remarkable *and* nothing like what we'd hoped for! ...
Martha is a deeply intuitive and wildly wise birth worker as well as an impeccable professional. My husband went from questioning the purpose of a doula to considering Martha part of our family after going through this process.
Martha will be one of our first calls when it's time for #2!
My partner and I cannot thank Martha enough for her support in the birth of our son. Martha was encouraging and supportive of our birth plans, informative and helpful in gathering information for us, and worked with our birth center and midwife to create the perfect birthing enviorment. I really don't think I could have had the natural birth I hoped for without Martha's support, I had a long and arduous labor and Martha was so encouraging and reminded me to breath and that I was doing everything right to bring my baby into the world. Martha was also great in advocating for what I had set out as my birth plans. Our midwife and birth center were very supportive, but I can imagine how things would have been very different in a hospital. If you are considering a hospital birth I think a doula is really the way to go, they help be your voice when you are in "the zone" during birth and work with you to establish what your goals are before labor so they can be there for you. A doula is also a second pair of eyes, they're keeping an eye out that your consent is obtained and have your birth plan literally in hand need be. I felt really reassured that if I had to transfer to a hospital that Martha would be there supporting me and watching out for me. Martha also worked to help prepare my partner to be a great birth partner, and I honestly think he was such a great support because of her work with us. All around, Martha was incredible and I highly reccomend her. If we have another baby I know I will be calling Martha!
SARAH, AUG. 2020If you’re at all on the fence about whether to hire Martha as your doula, do it! My husband and I cannot say enough positive things about our experience with Martha. We began our doula search when I was about 30 weeks pregnant with our second daughter. My OBGYN has just informed me her practice was closing and I would need to find another provider. My labor and delivery with my first daughter was traumatic and resulted in an emergency c section. It was extremely important to me this time around to do whatever I could to give myself the best chance of a VBAC. Enter Martha. I realized how uninformed my husband and I had been with our first experience, so began calling multiple doulas to see what it was all about. I spoke with several seemingly qualified women, but was instantly drawn to Martha. She has great energy and was supportive of whatever I wanted to do, without judgment. I knew I wanted an epidural and wondered if that was compatible with a doula’s approach to birth. I never once felt judged by Martha. In fact, I felt the opposite. Throughout the entire process, Martha constantly reminded me to trust my gut and do what works best for us.
Our labor and delivery was long. There were times I was exhausted and felt I wasn’t thinking clearly. Martha advocated for us and constantly offered reminders and affirmations to help keep our end goal in mind without being pushy or suggestive. Her presence was invaluable - she knew what questions to ask of us and of the midwives and nurses to help us understand and explore all of our options in the moment. I truly believe that without her support, we would not have successfully had the VBAC we planned for.
Working with Martha in just the short few weeks before my delivery made me feel empowered to trust my gut and make the choices that felt right for us. We would work with her again in a heartbeat!
Hayley Kutz, 5/3/20As soon as my husband and I met Martha, it was an instant connection. We felt like she understood who we were and what we wanted. It was the easiest and best decision to hire her.Martha was amazingly flexible with providing us prenatal support during COVID. We had Zoom meetings, texts, and calls! After every interaction with her, my husband and I left feeling assured in our decisions, prepared, and even more connected to each other and our baby. She asked questions we would have never though of and always worked to make us feel like we owned our birth. She helped me discover that my OBGYN was not on board with my birth plan and helped me find a midwife at 35 weeks pregnant! When it was time to actually have the baby, my husband and I felt excited instead of afraid because Martha had made us feel like we knew what we were doing. Our birth did not go to our ideal plan, but it was possibly the best, most bonding experience of our lives. We felt confident and at peace with every decision we made, even when these decisions deviated from our ideal birth plan. Martha helped us through every decision and was always on our side.In the process, she provided amazing physical, moral, and emotional support to my husband and myself. She wasn't just a person in the room; she was our teammate. She helped suggest positioning, gave words of encouragement, and helped us fully experience the birth of our daughter. Even after our daughter was born (04/16/20), she continued and continues to support us. It's abundantly clear that Martha isn't a doula for a living. She lives to be a doula. We hope she will forever be apart of our daughter's life because she helped us bring her into the world! We will 100% be hiring her again for our next birth and recommend her without hesitation to absolutely anyone looking for a doula.
Johanna, 2/17/20After having an unplanned c-section with my first birth, I felt very strongly that hiring a doula would be critical if I wanted my second to be a VBAC. I'm so glad we found Martha. I loved our prenatal home visits when she came to talk to my husband and me about our past experience, what our goals were this time, etc. The home visits were just so much more comprehensive and personalized as compared with my brief OB visits. I felt so heard, validated, and supported. Martha had lots of great experience, knowledge, and wisdom to share, but was first and foremost focused on my views and preferences. I felt very well-prepared for my birth, and Martha was an essential part of that. Whereas last time we’d gone to the hospital very early on, this time I was content to stay at home, well into active labor. When Martha arrived she didn’t take over, but took cues (whether verbal or nonverbal) from me and my husband for when we needed some support. I’ll never forget how, when the contractions were getting really intense, and I was struggling to breathe through them, I heard Martha say quietly from across the room, “Ahhhh.” And somehow it just clicked that that was the sound my body needed me to make, to keep moving through this labor and to allow my body to relax and open. Another crystal clear moment I remember was when I was on the home stretch, getting ready to push. Martha looked at me and said, "You know this is really happening, right? You're going to get a VBAC!" I'm not sure I really did believe it until just then. I’m also so glad we hired her for the postpartum period. It was so wonderful to have her come to our home during that tremendously overwhelming time! She did everything from offering breastfeeding support to playing with our toddler (which was usually what we needed the most!) They even baked cookies one time. Martha was definitely the right choice for our family!
Because of Martha's amazing support, I was able to have a successful VBAC in November of 2019. After having an unplanned c-section and labor/delivery that did not go the way I imagined it to at all, I knew I needed to find special support to have a sucessful VBAC. The second I met Martha, I knew I needed to have her on my team. My husband wasn't on board at first, but looking back he is super happy we had Martha.
Martha was very communicative and I loved having her available/on-call during my final weeks leading up to my labor. She offfered amazing support and reassurance during our prenatal visits. My early home labor began to really pick up around midnight and by 5am, Martha was at our house, offering her support and comforting me. She was there with me every step of my long labor. Throughout the entire labor, she was literally always right next to me and watching me. If I needed space, she gave me space. She knew exactly how to move with my body as I stood and swayed side to side. She took on all of my weight and digging fingers without any hesitation. I ended up getting an epidural after 16 hours of labor which Martha helped me rock through 100% unmedicated. Within 2 hours of epidural, I was pushing and our second beautiful baby girl was delivered vaginally.Martha was an advocate for me in the hospital considering I was a "VBAC" patient. She did not treat me like a VBAC patient. She helped me draft my very straight forward birth plan and offered resources and guidance to help me mentally prepare myself for an all natural labor. It's really an unexplainable experience and one everyone must partake. The support Martha offered is unlike any family member. We are glad we invested and would recommend Martha 1000000%. , Angelia Vang, May 2020
I initially chose Martha as my doula because I really like her easy going personality and comfortable warm presence. Throughout our time working together these qualities remained true. Martha really made sure that I was the one to call the shots and had things the way that I wanted them and she had knowledge and information to share when we requested it. She remained calm throughout my labor and helped me to be focused and present through the most challenging part of my labor. I also really appreciated her attentiveness during the days and weeks after birth. She was a joy to have in our home. Martha is a lovely person and a skilled doula! " Bryn Schumacher, May, 2019
I initially reached out to Martha because she had training in techniques I was interested in, like Spinning Babies and Hypnobirthing. Her energy was immediately warm and positive, while her knowledge was clear and matter-of-fact. We spent a lot of time talking with Martha about what I wanted - a spontaneous, non-medicated birth which would take place in a hospital but begin with me laboring at home as long as possible. What actually happened was an induction that caught us all by surprise, and was initially extremely stressful for both my husband and I. We involved Martha in the discussion immediately, and she presented us with added information that we were not getting from the hospital staff. She also gave me a document called "Owning Your Induction" which proved very powerful. One we decided to go ahead with the induction, Martha not only made herself available despite being three weeks before my due date, but guided me through a very painful active labor with wisdom and patience. I received pitosen and did not have an epidural, which may have contributed to a very intense stretch of contractions. Martha coached me to give in to the experience instead of attempting to manage the pain, which proved invaluable in the end. She encouraged the spontaneous movements I was making and gently pressed me to keep on with them because she knew it was helping things progress - even when I just wanted to curl up in a ball and ride it out. She also showed my husband how to support me during labor. About 24 hours after starting the induction I gave birth vaginally to a healthy baby girl, and the hospital staff assured me that as far as first babies and inductions go, my experience was relatively quick and smooth. I firmly believe it was Martha's calming and knowledagable presence that allowed my husband and I both to have a positive experience despite the induction being far from what we originally wanted. Alissa, 11/12/2019
"(Martha) was an amazing support to the mother..helpful, and respectful and a huge asset to the hospital staff. The doula really listened to the mother and supported her in every way she could. She worked well with the hospital staff in making the mother's experience a positive one." TIPHANIE, R.N. (June 2016)
"I was initially on the fence about whether or not to spend the money on hiring a doula. It was my first pregnancy, and I envisioned having a mediction-free and intervention-free birth. Since my insurance didn't cover a homebirth with a midwife or a birthing center, I opted for a hospital birth. I found Martha on one of the doula websites, and after reading all of the positive testimonials we decided to meet with her. Martha is very experienced in attending births, and despite all of the research I had done on my own regarding the birth experience I wanted, she was able to bring some things to my attention that I wasn't aware of and could look into more. It is also very apparent that Martha loves what she does, and she does not do it for the money. With hospital births, you typically will end up with a doctor of midwife who you have never met before. It was very comforting having Martha there, someone I knew and trusted, who was also familiar with the labor and delivery experience. I had my birth plan, but it put me at ease knowing that I had discussed it extensively with Martha ahead of time, and knew that she would help inform me if hospital staff was about to do something against my wishes. My birth plan consisted of declining most of the hospital protocols/interventions, as I wanted the most primal type of birthing experience as possible despite the hospital setting. Family and friends thought my husband and I were a bit crazy for declining many of these things, but Martha made me feel empowered, strong, and in control of my birthing experience. She helped me to trust my body and the birthing experience more than I already had on my own. With Martha present at my home prior to leaving for the hospital, I was able to labor at home much longer than I would have without her there. I am so glad that I opted to hire a doula, and that Martha was the one who was with me during the process. If we have a second child, I won't hesitate to hire Martha again." KAYLIN, August 2019
"Martha was initially my prenatal yoga instructor but, once I learned that she was a doula, I was eager to know more about her. Martha first met with my husband and I to go over what we could expect from each other if we agreed to work with her. From the beginning, it was clear that Martha was non-judgental, supportive and of high emotional intelligence. Throughout my second and third trimester, we met a few times to go over how I was feeling and what my desires were for my birth. She raised many questions that I had not thought of and I was grateful for her guidance! Additionally, she would guide me through some gentle yoga poses and stretches to help with my lower back pain and also process my emotions regarding my pregnancy and labor. When I went into labor, she remained a calm and supportive force. She understood when I deviated from my plan to labor at home as long as possible and advocated for me with medical staff throughout the entire process. She was always gentle with positioning suggestions and good natured when the going got rough. It was reassuring to see multiple nurses and my doctor recognize her and have a positive experience with her in the room. Everyone acknowledged that they enjoyed working with her. Martha also provided me with 12 hours of postpartum care which was an invaluable experience. It was great to have somebody to watch my baby while I did something to take care of myself like shower, nap, grocery shop or cook a small meal. Those moments helped me get back to feeling like myself after the birth! If you are looking for a kind, understanding and supportive doula, Martha is your girl. No matter where you are on the spectrum of birth wishes (epidural, non-medicated, hypno etc.) Martha will support you unconditionally and non-judgementally. Thank you so much Martha!!!" LAUREN B. June 2019
"I had a WONDERFUL experience having Martha as my doula for my first child. She brings positivity and an open heart to every meeting - exactly what you would wish for in a pregnancy/birthing coach. Martha was great at answering all my questions throughout my pregnancy and during postpartum. She was always quick to respond and provided me with great resources. She is very non-judgemental and I always felt comfortable around her. Best of all, she made me feel EMPOWERED to make the descisions that I felt were best for me and my baby. My birth was a long one - 24 + hours - and Martha was there supporting me and my birth wishes the entire time. She interacted well with the hospital staff and provided suggestions to help my labor progress. She also wrote a beautiful recollection of my birth story that I am very thankful to have. I am very grateful to have had Martha by my side during my pregnancy and birth. I would highly recommend Martha as a doula. My husband and I are looking forward to having her as our doula again when we have our second child!"-Koren T., July 2018
I strongly recommend that you consider Martha if you are interested in working with a doula that is caring and determined. She served as doula for the birth of my husband and I’s first daughter. During a long (38 hours!) labor, much of it spent at home, she was constantly by our side. Martha was a vital source of support when we were laboring at home and provided a great deal of certainty that what we were going through was normal and natural. She was great about helping me relax between contractions and offering advice on different positions that I could try to move things along. When we finally decided to go to the hospital, Martha actually beat us there and was waiting at the entrance. During our time in the labor room, she was proactive about providing advice and context about what was going on and served as an advocate for my care. I am really happy that I was able to deliver vaginally in part because it was nice for Martha to be able to experience that after being by my side the entire time. I overheard the nurse that was with me during the last part of my labor thank Martha for being there, which speaks to the value of having her presence. As a bonus, Martha took detailed notes throughout my labor and provided them to me and my husband. It means quite a lot to us to have documentation of such a transformative and dramatic event in our lives, so we certainly appreciate that. Emily Tyner and Shaun Hayes, 2/13/19
My wife and I had a wonderful experience with Martha as our doula. We were looking for someone to guide us through the process of preparing for giving birth, since neither of us had done it before. Martha is a skilled listener - she always focused carefully on what we were saying, and truly seemed to understand our wishes. She answered our questions and helped guide us through the process of getting ready for birth. During labor and delivery, Martha was there as a supportive presence, giving words of encouragement, and giving my wife acupressure support during her contractions. As the birth partner, I appreciated having Martha by my side because she was a calming presence. Her encouragement and support helped me to be fully present for my wife. We had been told by many people that birth never goes the way you expect or plan. That may be true, but we were lucky to have the kind of birth we envisioned. We wouldn't have had such a positive experience without Martha's support. I would heartily recommend working with Martha!, Laura M., Oct. 2018
My husband and I hired Martha as our doula for our first birth. We met her and immediatley were drawn to her welcoming and calming demeanor. She is a keen listener and very respectful. After making the official decision to have a doula for this birth, I was immediatley put at ease that we would have someone quite experienced to go along with us for the remainder of my pregnancy. She met with us on two occasions previous to beginning labor and offered a variety of support and diplomatic advice. When I went into labor, Martha was the first person I called. I trusted her and felt like she was a long time friend. She supported both myself and my partner during the entire birthing process. She was never judgemental or intrusive, and gave us a lot of space to have an intimate birthing experience with support and care. Marhta was present after the birth for breasfeeding support and just the joyful bliss of meeting our newborn. She wrote a beautiful and detailed birth story for our family that we will treasure! She met with us after the birth to check in and offer any needed services. I would highly recommend Martha as a doula and look forward to working with her again if we expand our family. Sarah D., October 2018
"Patient and kind. Excellent support. Respectful-both of patient and hospital staff. I would love to work with Martha again."
Nurse, C.H., 2016
"Martha is an angel. From the first meeting, to our prenatal visits, to the big day - Martha and her experience and knowledge helped my husband and I have the BEST birthing experience we could have EVER dreamed. Martha helped me pre labor at home - and was my coach, advocate, guide and shoulder to lean on once we got to the hospital. I genuinely could not have done it without Martha, and am so thankful to have met her. Without Martha's positivity, encouragement and guidance I would not have been able to stick to my original plan for unmedicated birth too! I remember hearing her calm, confident voice. And I also remember Martha's soothing touch and calming lavendar oil massage between contractions. Martha helped me stay positive during pregnancy, and helped me stay calm and confident during the labor. I swear I didn't have any tearing or stitches much in part to having a doula by our side. Martha, thank you for being with us the entire time and for your expert help at the hospital after birth also. Thank you for continuing to be available post partum for questions and help also - you are a godsend and if/when we have our second we will for sure be calling you again. "
-Eliza Cypress Feb. 2018
"Martha was wonderful and provided the exact support I /we needed before, during and after birth."-E.G., July, 2019
"Martha was my doula for the birth of my second child in September 2017. She was absolutely vital to me having the birth experience I was hoping for. She is a very calm and reassuring presence and was able to sense exactly what I needed, when I needed it. She was very much in tune with me before labor began and during - she was able to anticipate my needs while still remaining in the background. After a typical hospital birth with the cascade of interventions, I wanted to do better with my second birth. Thanks to switching to midwives and working with Martha, we made it happen! She helped me labor at home as long as possible - something I never would have been able to trust myself enough to do. She kept me moving and often suggested different positions to keep things progressing. She was very hands off - I think she sensed this is what I needed from her. She very much made the birth be about me and my husband and our soon to be born baby and faded into the background. But when I needed her (to help hold the fetal monitor on my belly so I could stand during painful contractions upon arrival at the hospital, to gently remind hospital staff to keep lighting dim, to continually encourage me this was something I could do) she was right there. It was absolutely thanks to Martha that I was able to have a completely natural, intervention-free hospital birth. It was everything I could have hoped for and I'm so grateful to her. She's wonderful!" Posted 3/5/2018, Jennifer D.
"Hello my name is Ana, and Martha was my doula for my second baby, she was great i had only meet her a week in advance prior to my birth delivery since baby came a week early. So i had only meet her once before she was in the hospital with me. she is very warm and mother like, not judgmental very profesional with tons of expiriance under her belt. I was alone in the hospital with no familiy members during the birth and Martha was my only support, thanks to her the breathing excerises and the walking around help me speed up the birth of baby boy. She ask the nurses questions that i coulnt even think of during my labor and took notes of everything thats was going on and beaing done to me. She couch me through out the whole expirance even holding one of my legs (jaja) couldnt of ask for a better person to be there with me. Thank you Martha." -Ana (May, 2018)
"I loved working with Martha! She's so knowledable, compassionate, and nonjudgmental. She was flexible and so attentive and it's clear she's passionate about what she does. I cannot imagine going thru my pre partum, birth and postpartum care without her! She's a great advocate and a listener. I would recommend her to anyone! She has awesome energy." MEREDITH GOLDBERG (May 12, 2018)
"Martha is an amazing doula, and anyone would be lucky to have her at their side throughout the pregnancy journey. She was very supportive in the months leading up to my son’s birth, customizing her services to fit my needs, providing valuable information, answering my questions, and even joining me for a prenatal labor and delivery class. Her presence in the delivery room was incredibly comforting and helpful. She guided me with many empowering techniques for inducing natural labor, and held my hand and spoke encouraging words to help me through each contraction. She is very knowledgeable about birthing in a hospital setting due to her background working in the medical field combined with her experience as a doula, so she was able to explain things and help me better understand my options. Her positive energy was great in the postpartum period as well, when she visited my home to help ease the transition to motherhood and make sure I was doing well with my new little one. As a first time mom, I highly recommend Martha... I can’t imagine having done it without her!," CAROLYN FRASER, (Jan. 2018)
"I highly recommend Martha and her extraordinary doula services. From the moment we met, I knew she would be a great fit. Martha is the perfect mix of knowledgeable, peaceful and expansive. I loved our prenatal sessions - the yoga and reiki in particular. I can't thank her enough for the incredible support she provided to me while I labored primarily at home in the middle of the night. And then later at the hospital when my son made his debut earthside. Even weeks after, Martha continues to check in with me and offer her support." KAMAHRIA HOPKINS (August 2017)
"Martha was a calming presence and my advocate at the birth of our daughter; she has continued to be an important part of our lives as a post-partum doula, which has made the tiring first weeks of motherhood go more smoothly. I highly recommend Martha as a doula, post-partum doula, support and friend. My daughter, fiancé and I are very grateful to have Martha in our lives!Milwaukee doulas at Doula Woman." MARIKA K. (Sept. 2017)
"Thank you so much Doula Woman for helping me find that power and keeping it!" Client B.R. (Dec. 2017)
"I initially found Martha's profile on a website for doulas in Kenosha and Racine. After reading her profile, I scheduled a meet and greet. From the moment I met Martha, I knew she would be my doula. I didn't even bother to interview anyone else! It was as if I was reconnecting with an old friend, rather than meeting someone for the first time. I genuinely enjoyed every prenatal visit and appreciated Martha's amazing Reiki ability. Martha generously offers discounted Reiki to her doula clients. In addition to prenatal visits, Martha and I exchanged text messages and emails throughout my pregnancy. She always made herself available to answer my questions and even sent messages just to check on me! During my labor and delivery, Martha provided the perfect amount of support. She instictively knew exactly how much love and guidance to offer. I chose to have a hospital birth that included an epidural. Martha respected my choices and decisions and never tried to steer me off of my chosen path. Martha encouraged and supported me throughout every step. Martha helped me decide the kind of birth experience I wanted to have. In order to create my "birth plan," she asked me the important questions that I needed to answer for myself - but in such a way that I never felt pressured or judged. Martha supported the plan that I wanted and acted as the perfect guide. Choosing Martha was one of the most rewarding decisions I made on my pregnancy journey. I can honestly say that I made a friend for life." LISA EMKAY (Nov. 14, 2017)
"Martha's time, efforts, guidance, and insights were invaluable in all ways leading up our daughter's birth and beyond. ..... COLIN KOHLS HARBECKE (Sept. 12, 2017)
I contacted Martha very early on in my pregnancy with the intent to interview several doulas. Upon meeting Martha, I knew we had found our doula and didn't even bother interviewing anyone else. Martha's peaceful, non judgemental demeanor immediately put me at ease, which I knew would be important during the birth process with my high strung personality. As the pregnancy progressed, our doctor became more concerned with test results that indicated our natural, unanesthetized birth would be impossible. I was devastated to say the least, but Martha was always my cheerleader, reminding me that I had the strength to "rock it" my way. Our daughter arrived three weeks early and Martha was there at our home in the middle of the night with unwaivering support, guidance, and a calming presence. While our daughter's birth did not go as planned, I feel blessed to have had Martha by our side the entire time. Looking back at January 20th, I feel like I gained two new family members, my daughter and Martha. We highly recommend her services!! KERRI G. (April 3, 2019)
"Thank you for your support and expertise during labor. In the moments when I felt I couldn't do it, your voice and breathing helped me keep going!"LINDSAY (Sept. 16, 2017)
"I had exactly the kind of birth I'd hoped for and I am pretty sure I couldn't have done it without you!" JENNIFER (Sept.2017)
"I knew I wanted to have a natural birth long before seeking a doula. I had been planning on having a hospital birth with an OB I really trusted, but I knew I would need a little more support if I wanted a medication-free birth. So I (looked) for a doula and I just knew Martha was the one when I met her. She is warm, funny, incredibly encouraging and makes you feel very comfortable from the beginning. During the labor process, she provided constant encouragement which is something that is so needed in those moments. I had the birth that I wanted because Martha was by my side." JENNIFER HOLT (8/11/16)
"I knew I wanted a natural childbirth but was worried about being able to do so in a hospital so I Iooked into hiring a doula. I found Martha online and knew she was the person to help me. She is so flexible and really helped me relax and prepare. When I went in to labour Martha was right there, She worked with me through each contraction , helping me to stay calm and comfortable. One of the more helpful things Matha did for me was to gently remind me of my goal throughout the labour process and offer suggestions to help me reach it. I was able to labour at home for quite awhile and Martha remained a support when we went to the hospital, helping me not get caught up and distracted in the medical setting. I know for a fact that I could not have accomplished my goal without Martha's help." MOLLY TAL (2/20/17)
"Martha was wonderful to work with. I would work with her again." Client A.H. (Dec. 2016)
"I chose to work with Martha for the birth of my daughter in March. I knew right away upon meeting her that she was the doula for me! Martha has an incredible energy and calming presence. I found her to be very knowledgeable and non judging. She provided me great information. Martha was very responsive and I loved the prenatal sessions. I also really benefited from her reiki. I would highly recommend her as a Doula! " VALERIE ROSSI R. (2017)
"Martha came to the rescue.. She was available last minute and was a tremendous help. Since she had not met me until I was in labor, Martha was very understanding and helpful through my entire labor. She got to know me in an efficient manner, kindly asking me questions though contractions...... Very kind individual and would recommend her to anyone! " LISA TREMPER (7/7/2016)
"We couldn't have gotten through it as well without you. Thank you!" Client S.A. (Jan., 2018)
"Martha was my doula for the births of my two children. She was a great support in the weeks leading up to my first birth, giving me an idea of what to expect. When my water broke in the middle of the night, she came over and we walked around the backyard through the early contractions. When the going got tough, the main thing I remember is her calm voice reminding me that I wasn't having a contraction in my shoulders, helping me relax. My husband also really appreciated having her there, too - and the next day my OB/GYN commented on what a great doula I had." KRISTIN BROWN (Oct. 2015)
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"It was such a pleasure to work with Martha! She is so sweet, thoughtful and caring. Any questions I had, if she didn't know the answer, she went and found them. We felt so comfortable with her right off the bat. She went above and beyond with my husband and me, I labored for 41 hours, a few hours into her birthday, and she stuck by our side without complaint, holding my hand all the way through. I highly recommend Martha!" TIFERRET BERENBAUM (Dec., 2016)
"Martha was such a wonderful soul to have at our birth." JESSICA M. (July, 2017)
Barbara Aho reviewed Doula Woman LLC — 5 star (October, 2016 )
"Martha has been great for me. I just couldn't get by without her reikki." Barbara Aho Facebook 2016