Marlo was our doula for the home birth of our daughter, our first child. From our initial meeting through subsequent emails, texts, and conversations, Marlo was unwaveringly supportive of our birth preferences and was the perfect source for birth and new parenting advice. When our baby was two weeks “overdue,” Marlo helped us stay strong in our fraught decision to forego interventions and to let labor begin when my body was ready.
Having Marlo at our birth and in the early weeks of our daughter’s life was like the presence of a calming, trusted friend who is an expert in birth and parenting. Despite much research and preparation for birth, I had major doubts during labor about my ability to persist through a home delivery. I credit Marlo 100% as the reason our daughter was able to be born at home and why I have such positive associations with the birth. When I was anxious about pushing or my labor slowing, Marlo provided reassurance and homeopathic remedies that helped move things along. She made intuitive, non-invasive suggestions to my husband about how he could best support me. I learned later from my husband that Marlo also gently coached our midwives on how I wanted to be communicated with as a labored – this was extremely important to helping me relax. Marlo remains among the most intuitive people I’ve ever met – she truly brings out the best in other birth support people and keeps the parents’ preferences constantly at the forefront of her mind.
In the two weeks after birth, having Marlo sit on our couch and patiently listen to us obsess over our baby’s every move was the best form of postpartum ‘therapy’ I can think of! She provided empowering advice on how to deal with the early days of figuring out our daughter’s sleep, eating, and diapering needs.
We cannot recommend Marlo highly enough!
My job is to nurture the mom and her family as a teacher, role model, friend and provider of unconditional support. It is my goal to help you better understand pregnancy, the birthing process and your baby's needs. I encourage families to birth and parent through instinct and guide them into creating a positive experience throughout labour, birth and in your role as a new parent.
I recently attended a beautiful home birth and I left feeling pretty high - all that oxytocin does a number on ya! I always do my very best to meet my clients needs by ensuring that everyone on the team is aware of their birth plan and by advocating for them every step of the way. I want to walk away knowing that they are feeling fulfilled with their birth experience.
I received this lovely testimonial a couple of days ago and it brought tears to my eyes knowing that I was able to give this family the support they needed to see their birth plan through. It was an honour and a blessing to be there with them on that most special day.