Consultant and Doula Services
Serving the greater Buffalo, NY area (virtual consults available)
As the mother to seven children on earth and one in eternity, I have a passion for helping women experience their feminine genius through the beautiful act of birth. I believe that every single woman and baby deserve to have the best possible birth through informed choices, evidence-based care, and through complete physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual support. I was blessed to have had five of my babies at home and two in the hospital. I became certified as a birth doula in 2011 when I realized that too many women were not being given adequate information or support to have the beautiful, healthy, and positive birth experience they wanted. Women and babies deserve better.
I love bringing the richness and beauty of the Catholic Faith into the experience of birth and motherhood and it infuses everything I do. However, I am hired by and serve women of all backgrounds and faiths.
I have attended births as a doula at all of the greater Buffalo area hospitals, Strong Memorial, UMMC Batavia, as well as Coit House, other birth centers, and home. I have experience in natural birth, medicated birth, water birth, VBAC, cesarean birth, induction, and complete physiological birth as well as miscarriage and stillbirth. It is a privilege and blessing every time a family allows me to be present at such sacred moments.
My skillset includes LifeCycles Center certification, Spinning Babies training, and Neonatal Resuscitation training through Karen Strange. In addition to my birth experience I personally have over fifteen years of breastfeeding experience and am able to help you navigate the breastfeeding journey as well as overcome many problems that might arise. I can also answer questions about newborn care, cloth diapering, postpartum issues, and more.
Please note that due to my family obligations, I currently take about one birth doula client per month. If you are interested in booking me for your due time, please contact me as soon as possible. I look forward to meeting you and sharing in this important and joyful time for you and your family!
Work with me...
Complete Birth Doula Services
Birth doula services are invaluable whether you are planning a birth at home or hospital, natural or medicated. As a doula I work with you to plan for and have the support needed for your birth. I do not provide medical advice or exams, nor do I make choices on your behalf.
As a client you will receive:
•one obligation free mutual interview for us both to see if we are a good fit
•two prenatal consultation meetings to discuss your pregnancy, birth plan, and learn how I can best support you for your birth
•24/7 on call availability for your birth from 38 weeks until birth of baby
•complete labor and birth support from the beginning of active labor until 2-3 hours after the baby is born including physical, emotional, informational, and spiritual support, aid in breastfeeding
•one postpartum follow-up meeting several days or weeks after the birth.
*I do not work directly with insurance companies but am happy to provide a billing receipt to submit to your insurance provider, HSA, or health share plan.
Bereavement Doula Services
(Cost Determined by Circumstances)
When the unthinkable happens, you and your baby still deserve to be treated with dignity, love, and the best possible care and support. During a miscarriage or stillbirth, a woman still has many options but is often too in shock to know or even ask what they might be. I can be with you to support you as you make decisions, as you go through the process of miscarriage or stillbirth, and help walk you through the options you may have afterwards.
Birth Consultation or Birth Processing
$75 per session
Are you confused about the many choices you face before, during, and after birth? Need help navigating all the information and options to give you and your baby the best start? During a birth consult I can help you know what choices you have and give you the information you need to make the best choice for you and your baby in your unique circumstances. Sessions run approximately 1-2 hours in length.
Do you have a birth experience you need help talking through and processing with someone who understands? Through a birth processing appointment you can ask questions, talk freely, and gain some understanding, insight, peace, or necessary healing.
Some of the experiences of my clients...
"After a rather traumatizing first birth experience, having Mary's compassionate and reassuring presence made a tremendous difference in our second time around. I was particularly glad for the way she advocated for me in the hospital & attended to my needs in thoughtful, intuitive ways during labor. She is discreet and her presence only added to the shared experience with my husband, who was also present and in no way felt like a third-wheel. He was most happy to have her shoulder to lean on as well when things got intense. Having a shared spiritual approach to the welcoming of new life added to the connection I felt with her while bringing my daughter into the world. In fact, it was such a positive experience overall that I seriously remarked to my husband while leaving the hospital.."I would definitely do that again!!"
"Mary was an amazing doula for me for the birth of my second baby at home. Her calm-in-control nature was exactly what I needed. She supported me so well, she stayed the whole time for my long birth...Mary was such a solid support to us. She was a gem, giving so much...Mary also grabbed my camera and got some of the absolute best, rawest shots of my sweet one arriving right in my living room! It was amazing. I now have a hearty, healthy two and half year old and should I do it all again, I would not hesitate to call Mary. She is a gem, a godsend, a light, a strength."
"Having Mary as our doula was the best decision we could have made for our baby and for us! The classes she gave before were very informative and helped us to prepare for the thousands of decisions you have to make for you and your baby while in the hospital. We felt very confident in our decisions when asked by the hospital staff. She was a very calming presence during labor and encouraging when I needed a boost! (She gave great back massages and pressure point relief during hard labor!) This was my first pregnancy and I was very scared of going into labor. Mary completely squashed that fear and made me feel strong, confident and ready! With her help, I was able to almost completely stay with my birth plan. I would recommend Mary to anyone and everyone who is looking for a doula!"
"Mary attended the births of both my third and fourth children. She was gentle and comforting, yet assertive to make sure my requests for the care of myself and my babies were being met. Her love and passion for the spiritual, physical, and emotional wellbeing of her clients was apparent at my prenatal visits, birth and our postpartum wrap up. I would highly recommend Made for This Birth Services to anyone who wants to experience a truly holistic approach to childbirth!"
"While pregnant, I was able to text her questions, even the weird first time mom questions. She's available by text, email, or calling. We went over everything I expected/needed, my husband expected/needed, and all the options and services she could provide. We reviewed what I would need emotionally, physically, and mentally. When in labor, she knew how to read me...She was emotional support for my husband as much as me. I had a 32 hour labor, and she was there through it all. We'll be calling Mary when I'm pregnant again!"
"I feel very blessed and fortunate to have had Mary at my last two births. I felt very supported and empowered. She was just the right kind of support when I needed it and suggested just the right things that made sense. My husband also appreciated her presence because it didn't all fall on him and he could actually be more present to me as a husband."