"We had our first child in December and were fortunate enough to have Mariel help us with the process. Mariel is one of those rare and special people who makes you feel like an old friend immediately, and just her presence has a calming effect. She is a knowledgeable, responsive, and caring doula who made the process way smoother and helped ease our apprehension. She is a fantastic listener and we felt like it was always easy to ask her anything. Mariel really took the time to get to know us and our wishes in regards to the birth process. She was able to answer tons of questions on a broad range of topics that helped us pin down our birth plan. Having her there with us at the hospital for the delivery was incredibly helpful as she knew our wishes and created a warm and familiar environment, and her calm demeanor was just what we needed. We highly recommend Mariel if you are looking for someone to help guide you through the birth process!"