cool, collected and professional - that's how we would describe
Martha's performance as a doula. She is very knowledgeable and
provided us with excellent support leading up to, during and after the
birth of our first child. She was an invaluable coach for both mom and
dad during the delivery and we were impressed with how well she
worked with the other members of the birth team. Clearly her skills and
professionalism have earned her the respect of the IWK's Birth Unit. We
would recommend Martha's services without hesitation."
Jayne Roma and Rick Dunlop, Halifax
After spending time sifting through websites of doulas, Martha was recommended to me by someone at work. At our first meeting, she had 1 hour of sleep after helping with a birth the night before, she could have postponed but I could see she had commitment! It also showed she could function on very little sleep, which is important when you don’t know how long labour will take. So we hired her. Martha is passionate about child birth and about supporting parents through this experience. She (and everyone else) describes the role of a doula as a mother to the mother; which to me strikes up nurturing and caring images – which Martha is. But she’s also level headed, easy to talk too, and smart… I would say she’s more like a best friend who really knows her stuff. We had prep sessions that were really well organized, but also super flexible to match what we needed. We had some complications and Martha did a ton of research and provided a great ear for us to talk through our options and helped us feel supported through our decisions. When our baby girl finally arrived, I was so happy to have Martha there supporting us through it. Through every step of the way, Martha helped to convince both James and I that we could do it! With Martha’s help, even though the birth didn’t go the way I’d originally hoped, I felt like it went exactly the way it was supposed to and I was so happy.
-Tracy and James, Halifax
I could not have asked for better support and care during our
Martha possesses an uncanny ability to reassure and above all, empower
women for childbirth. Her extensive knowledge of of pre-natal care,
labor, and post-natal care is genuine and rooted in empathy. A
professional that continually recognizes the important role of a doula,
Martha was a consistent source of strength and inspiration. She is
down-to-earth, and is a true advocate for women's health.
Not only does Martha focus on the mom-to-be and baby, but she also is also a key support for birth partners. Our family is eternally grateful for Martha's presence during the birth of our son.
During the summer of 2011 I was preparing for the birth of my second baby and had the pleasure of working with Martha as my doula. I knew from our very first meeting that my family and I would be in good hands. Martha has a way of making you feel completely at ease, is easy going, caring, extremely knowledgeable and supportive. I was especially impressed with how professional she was and found her so easy to talk to. I could not have made it through a natural birth without her by my side. She offered me much needed encouragement and coached my husband and me with both calmness and kindness. I will always be thankful for Martha's help and presence during my son’s birth and would recommend her services to any friend.
My second pregnancy presented a few more challenges than my first, and I had a lot of anxiety about the birth. The first time I met Martha, I knew I made a good decision. She was open, honest, down-to-earth, and extremely professional. She was patient, and helped me feel more calm and confident about the birth. Martha was caring and attentive during labour and was an excellent advocate and advisor during and following delivery. She was encouraging and respectful and helped both me and my partner feel at ease. I would recommend her services to anyone considering incorporating the services of a doula for the birth of their child.
During the joyful preparations for the birth of our first child, my husband and I had planned to have a doula present. We had met with several doulas, and knew as soon as we met Martha that we were a perfect match. She anticipated questions and concerns, and was reassuring and supportive. We met several times prior to the birth, and she helped us prepare for the birth. It is impossible to describe Martha's support during the birth itself; she mediated between us and the medical staff, as we were not in a very clear state of mind to make on-the-spot decisions, she was there for us in every way possible, ensuring my comfort, and being a strong support to my husband. We could not have made it through the birth as well as we did without her care. The debrief afterward with Martha was invaluable. It was incredibly helpful to review the labour and delivery with her. The post-birth visits with our baby, and her constant support with breastfeeding, was irreplaceable.
We cannot recommend Martha strongly enough - and need her support with all of our future children!