Labor & Delivery
"I honestly can't thank you enough for all your support before, during & after my labor! My birth experience was so wonderful and really beyond what I could have hoped for. The support you offered me in the most intense moments of my life to date is something I will cherish forever. When I reflect back on the whole experience, I feel so fortunate to have the team I had! You’re gifted in so many ways, your ability to be completely present and how you intuitively knew what I needed and when. You had all the right words of encouragement, support, and willingness to hold the space for me to let whatever was meant to arise to arise.
You’re experience as a massage therapist was apparent first in how you deeply massaged my shins in early labor as a natural technique to induce labor, and in how you skillfully applied deep pressure to my lower back & sacrum during my back labor!! You knew just the right spot to apply pressure, all while offering words of encouragement. You have such a special way about you that is so nurturing and compassionate, and I can't imagine a better doula that I'd want at baby Leah's birth. I honestly feel that I wouldn’t have accessed the inner strength and presence required to have the natural birth I wanted if it weren’t for your support in those challenging moments.
It brings tears to my eyes when I think about how perfect the whole birth experience was and how perfectly Leah transitioned into the world. A highlight for me was when I got to scoop her up and bring her right to my chest. Flooded with joy, love, compassion, peace, pure bliss! And I'm honored that you were so willing to be there for us in a capacity that goes beyond words. "
"Mary was amazing. I would not have accomplished what I did without her help during labor and delivery. My boyfriend said "hands down the best money he has spent". Mary literally talked me through every contraction and I do not know what I would have done without her help.. No joke. Definitely recommend all first time moms that are expecting to give PDC a call. I was so torn about having someone there to help, but couldn't be any happier that I decided to."
" I am a doula myself and had an extremely hard time feeling relaxed enough to leave my itty bitty alone for the first time. I trusted Gabby because of her soft, gentle nature, and because she is a doula like myself! My son loves her....alot! I know the true role of a postpartum doula is to support me but me being able to leave my son with her knowing he is safe and cared for, for a brief time was all the support I needed that day. Thank you Gabby for doing what you do. If I could afford to have you here with me all the time....I would!"
"Mary at Portland Doula Collaborative encapsulated my placenta after my second birth. I can't tell you how big of a difference it has made! Less than 2 weeks postpartum I have so much energy and feel almost fully healed. My placenta pills have helped tremendously as I adjust to being a mom of 2. I will definitely recommend this service to friends!"
"Mary is exceptional on every level. I hired her as my postpartum doula without knowing much about doulas and having only met her once. The first day she came over, I knew that I had made the right choice to hire her. Mary is incredible. She knew what me and my family (including my dogs!) needed when we didn't know ourselves. She works harder than anyone I know and always makes times to fit us in. Her knowledge base is superb and at one point, we had a very severe emergency and she took care of everything calmly and professionally. I will never forget what Mary has done for me and my family. She is one in a million!"
"Doula Mary was a lifesaver throughout my pregnancy and delivery. She and the rest of the PDC ladies are so knowledgable and easy to talk to.
They taught my husband and I so much about the pregnancy and birthing process. They were an endless source of information and reassurance as we navigated a high risk pregnancy with placenta previa. They were also completely flexible when the previa cleared at 38 weeks and fully supportive as our birth plan changed from a probable c-section to natural delivery.
Mary was on call when my water broke and by our side as I reluctantly resigned to pitocin. 36 hours of labor, 5 hours of pushing and a dramatic delivery and Doula Mary (36 weeks pregnant herself!) was there every step of the way. She supported my choices and helped me get the pain-med free delivery I hoped for!! And the after care was incredible as she guided me through recovery from stitches and breastfeeding. I truly don't know how we would have done it without her!!"
"As a first time mom I did not know what to expect from my doula. I just knew I wanted an impartial, non family member to be my advocate and help me through labor.
I could not have asked for more from PDC. Both Mary and Jen were so supportive throughout my pregnancy, answered all of my questions and knew how to help me to stay positive during the last few days of pregnancy. They even called to check to see how I was doing.
Mary's support during my labor was indescribable. She never made decisions for me but helped me talk through my own thoughts and made me feel empowered with every decision I had to make. She was also a great support for my husband.
I would recommend PDC to anyone having a baby in the Portland area."