Mariam was an absolute blessing for my husband and me with the birth of our first child. We had no idea what to do or expect until we met Mariam! Her infectious smile, energetic personality yet calming presence was just the beginning. She has an amazing way to put you at ease and let you know everything will be okay before, during and after the birthing process. Mariam’s passion for what she does is so clearly evident. We will forever be grateful and indebted to her for everything she did in helping us navigate having a baby and our introduction into parenthood!

Mariam was amazing to work with! She was with me at my second son’s birth in July. Having a doula this time around was such a great experience and I would highly recommend her to anyone. Mariam helped me to stay calm, focused, and comfortable. Mariam is very knowledgeable and helped me through contractions, using various breathing techniques and positions. Mariam not only helped me but was also a support system for my husband. He also enjoyed having her there, and he thought she was very helpful. Overall, I had a wonderful birth experience and am super thankful to have had Mariam be a part of such an important day!

Mariam was wonderful to have with me as my birth doula.  As a first time mom, I had minimal knowledge of what to actually expect or what it would feel like, so she was incredibly helpful with answering all of my questions anytime leading up to the birth. She was able to guide both my husband and I throughout the entire labor and birth by breathing with us, offering to change positions and techniques, and by utilizing massage to make me more comfortable.  She was very knowledgeable of the options I had during the process and was comfortable with addressing my needs and preferences to the nurses and other hospital staff as needed.  Mariam also answered any questions I had in the first few weeks after delivery as well, as I was trying to navigate life with a newborn. She made the whole experience seamless, between guiding me through breathing techniques over the phone until we reached the hospital, walking around the campus with us until we could be admitted, and assisting in the labor and delivery room.  I highly recommend Mariam, and plan to have her as our doula again if we decide to have more children.

I first met Mariam as a volunteer doula. I requested a doula and Mariam willingly came in on her day off. She stayed with me through my entire 36 hour birth. Mariam was present for the delivery of both of my children, now ages 3 and 1/2 and almost 4 months. My oldest child was not breathing at birth and it was a very scary experience for us all. While my husband stayed with the baby, Mariam stayed with me and provided support and a listening ear. My daughter is perfect now and Mariam holds a special place in my heart for all of the support she provided. I knew when I was expecting again that I wanted Mariam to attend the delivery. She again provided support to my husband and I, and she never left my side. She knew the support I needed and was so comforting when I was anxious about the arrival of my son. The support that Mariam provided was priceless and I will be forever grateful. In fact, I still keep up with her to this day and she is like a family member. If you have a chance to meet Mariam you will love her empathetic and caring personality.

Mariam is the best! She is so warm and supportive. I am so glad she was with me as I brought my little boy into the world!

I was so glad I chose to work with Mariam and Designated Doula during my pregnancy and through the birth of my first child. As an expecting mother, although I read books, visited online forums, consulted with family and friends, and took classes with my partner, I was still nervous about labor and birth. Having Mariam by our sides before and during labor took so much of the worry and anxiety away. She was able to answer all the questions we had about labor, delivery and post partum with grace and compassion. When I thought I was going into labor, she was one of the first people I contacted and she was there as I needed her—I liked that she was as available as I needed but still gave my partner and I the space to make the experience our own. Having her with us at the hospital was monumental—she encouraged me to walk the ward to help progress labor, applied pressure/massage as contractions were happening, helped talk to the doctors as I was unable to due to pain. I loved knowing I had someone in the room that had helped others through birth before and could be my translator. When it came to push, she was an amazing coach! Delivery was pretty much perfect and I owe a lot of it to Mariam—I’m fortunate she was there with me during the scariest and most joyful moment of my life. Again, one of her greatest gifts is the ability to “read the room”—to step in when you need her but also to give space to make the moment special for you and your partner. If you are contemplating hiring a doula, I highly recommend Mariam with Designated Doula.

I feel incredibly lucky to have had Mariam as my doula for the birth of my son.  Leading up to his birth, Mariam was always available for meetings, calls and texts and was great about checking in after doctor appointments as I neared my due date. She was always reassuring, informative, and supportive during our check-ins, especially as my birth plan started to change based on the progression of the pregnancy. When the big day came, my plans were completely upended but Mariam remained calm and helped me focus on the new tasks at hand. She stayed with me (unexpectedly) for 30 hours and I truly don’t know what I would have done without her help that first night. I can’t recommend Mariam highly enough for anyone who may be looking for a doula!