We had such a wonderful experience working with Marcella.
From our initial phone call I was really impressed by her wealth of knowledge about pregnancy and birth, but even more importantly I was instantly put at ease by how approachable and easy to talk to she was. Having that level of comfort assured me that she would be a great addition to my birth team, which otherwise only included my husband. As first time parents, we were aware of how little we knew about labor and delivery, but Marcella's extensive knowledge, quiet confidence, and personal experience as a mother herself really helped us feel prepared for the big day.
Marcella provided guidance and support throughout every step of the process. During our prenatal visits she made sure we were well informed about all the choices and details that would shape our birth plan, discussed various birthing positions, and relaxation techniques, and answered all our questions. She was great about checking in as my due date approached (and passed), and most of all she was an invaluable source of positivity during our hospital experience itself. There is a sense of kindness and sincerity about Marcella that is so genuine, and her words of encouragement were really motivating for me throughout my labor.
Ultimately I am so glad Marcella was as a trusted resource and part of our team, and I would highly recommend her to anyone in search of a birth doula.
Marcella was always prompt, caring, and positive. My first child was induced, pushing for over three and a half hours, and being threatened with a c-section, I knew I wanted a doula and advocate for my next birth. Marcella gave me a lot of confidence when I found out I would be indiced again with this pregnancy because of my premature rupture of membranes. I was really upset and unsure if I could do a natural birth with the pitocin, she continued to be positive and encouraging. The labor was fast anf furious, I was crying for the epidural when I hit 7 cms. but Marcella continued just to keep me focused and in a positive state of mind. I was very happy with my decision to hire her and would do it again! I was thrilled with my overall birth experience and so proud I had a non-epidural natural childbirth...even with pitocin!
Marcella coached us through the birth of my daughter in November and was wonderful! She's calming, knowledgeable and extremely encouraging no matter what your birth wishes are. She is a great resource (and a nice person to hang out with too!) and I'm so glad she was able to help us!