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 worked with Mariam for the birth of our second child, a baby girl. I didn’t reach out to Mariam until I was 36 weeks pregnant because I am a procrastinator. And gosh, I wish I had known her longer and earlier in the pregnancy. After our first in-person consult to get to know each other I absolutely loved her. She was so easy to talk to and I was instantly comfortable around her, which was an absolute for me in the delivery room. She is such a wealth of knowledge and experience. She offered her opinion anytime I asked a question and was generally so available and responsive. My original plan was to meet Mariam at the hospital after I labored at home as long as possible. My labor was fairly quick this second time around, but I didn’t want to believe it was moving so quickly. I am lucky Mariam came to my home to assess and encourage me it was 100% okay to go the hospital after only a few hours of laboring at home. Otherwise, if left up to me I think I would have waited far too late. Her calming presence and techniques took me from being worried to at ease in the hospital. Her being a part of our daughter’s birth made it a happier, even more joyful event tenfold. She truly loves being a doula and her enthusiasm and joy is contagious. I cannot recommend Mariam enough for first-time, second-time, anytime around mamas!
Mariam is simply wonderful. Before I finalized Mariam as my doula, I had interviewed at least 5-7 doulas prior but none of them worked for me. When I spoke to Mariam, I knew within 15 minutes that she is going to be my dream doula. I am impressed by the way how she introduces so much trust, love affection for her clients. She is an angel and has a very strong work ethic. She was like sister to me through my entire pregnancy and post partum process. She has been there for me for every possible question/help. She would be on top of all my doctor appointments and advise and motivate me on the right things in the perfect manner. She is flexible to the limit that just makes you feel very comfortable. Mariam has been magical for me through my pregnancy, birth experience and postpartum care. I owe her big time. Being a VBAC mom, I was very intimidated but having Mariam on my side, I found each moment to be much more relaxed and informative and each decision through the entire process became much easier. Due to coronavirus time, I had no family member around me except my husband to help me out, but having Mariam around me gave me lot of courage and peace. Her positive attitude is infectious which kept me calm and focused on what I wanted to achieve through my birth experience. Her proactiveness and willingness to help made me feel comfortable. I am extremely grateful for everything that I could achieve through my birth experience and baby care.
We decided to hire Mariam amidst the height of the COVID pandemic since we weren’t getting the same level of visits and interactive birthing information from our OB clinic like we got for our first son. Since there was potential for a VBAC I felt the need for some added support for the laboring process since I never labored with my first. The main consideration, and one that Mariam stressed, was that she is there to support BOTH momma as well as partner through the whole process. She was available and supported me at all hours of the night during my bouts of prodromal labor weeks before my due date and she encouraged and advised me as the days passed beyond my due date.
When it was finally go time 1 week after DD, Mariam was at the hospital within minutes of our arrival at 3am and didn’t leave our side until a few hours after baby finally arrived 15 hours later…. all throughout she helped coach me and my hubs through the labor pains and provided context when I needed it for further decision making (I ended up opting for epidural and had lots of questions about it)….
She stayed on top of moving me hourly when nurses or midwives weren’t around and even followed up directly with the nurse when my BP dropped lower than normal…. I am so happy we decided to hire a doula and through the whole process I felt heard and supported. She put me at ease and i honestly felt the whole process went much more smoothly in my mind because she was there as extra support.
A huge bonus is that she also helped to capture some beautiful candid moments right after the birth of our LO. She of course asked if I wanted her to take photos when discussing birth preferences and she transferred the pictures securely… it was so great for me to be able to go back to these afterwards since most of it was such a blur!
Also, another thing worth mentioning that I appreciated is that she acknowledges that one’s doula preference really depends on momma’s own preferences and personality so she encouraged me to reach out and interview other doulas before making a decision. I appreciated this (similar to finding an amazing yoga or fitness instructor…the exercise is beneficial but sometimes you just need to make sure the person coaching you doesn’t rub you the wrong way)…
I highly recommend Mariam – she was helpful before, during and after birth and has a calming and friendly demeanor…
When comparing some of the pricing for doulas around the Triangle, she was on the more reasonable end of the spectrum. Every penny well spent….No regrets from this momma!!