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Client Testimonials for Martha Wasserman
I initially chose Martha as my doula because I really like her easy going personality and comfortable warm presence. Throughout our time working together these qualities remained true. Martha really made sure that I was the one to call the shots and had things the way that I wanted them and she had knowledge and information to share when we requested it. She remained calm throughout my labor and helped me to be focused and present through the most challenging part of my labor. I also really appreciated her attentiveness during the days and weeks after birth. She was a joy to have in our home. Martha is a lovely person and a skilled doula! " Bryn Schumacher, May2019
"I was initially on the fence about whether or not to spend the money on hiring a doula. It was my first pregnancy, and I envisioned having a mediction-free and intervention-free birth. Since my insurance didn't cover a homebirth with a midwife or a birthing center, I opted for a hospital birth. I found Martha on one of the doula websites, and after reading all of the positive testimonials we decided to meet with her. Martha is very experienced in attending births, and despite all of the research I had done on my own regarding the birth experience I wanted, she was able to bring some things to my attention that I wasn't aware of and could look into more. It is also very apparent that Martha loves what she does, and she does not do it for the money. With hospital births, you typically will end up with a doctor of midwife who you have never met before. It was very comforting having Martha there, someone I knew and trusted, who was also familiar with the labor and delivery experience. I had my birth plan, but it put me at ease knowing that I had discussed it extensively with Martha ahead of time, and knew that she would help inform me if hospital staff was about to do something against my wishes. My birth plan consisted of declining most of the hospital protocols/interventions, as I wanted the most primal type of birthing experience as possible despite the hospital setting. Family and friends thought my husband and I were a bit crazy for declining many of these things, but Martha made me feel empowered, strong, and in control of my birthing experience. She helped me to trust my body and the birthing experience more than I already had on my own. With Martha present at my home prior to leaving for the hospital, I was able to labor at home much longer than I would have without her there. I am so glad that I opted to hire a doula, and that Martha was the one who was with me during the process. If we have a second child, I won't hesitate to hire Martha again." KAYLIN, August 2019
"Martha was initially my prenatal yoga instructor but, once I learned that she was a doula, I was eager to know more about her. Martha first met with my husband and I to go over what we could expect from each other if we agreed to work with her. From the beginning, it was clear that Martha was non-judgental, supportive and of high emotional intelligence. Throughout my second and third trimester, we met a few times to go over how I was feeling and what my desires were for my birth. She raised many questions that I had not thought of and I was grateful for her guidance! Additionally, she would guide me through some gentle yoga poses and stretches to help with my lower back pain and also process my emotions regarding my pregnancy and labor.
When I went into labor, she remained a calm and supportive force. She understood when I deviated from my plan to labor at home as long as possible and advocated for me with medical staff throughout the entire process. She was always gentle with positioning suggestions and good natured when the going got rough. It was reassuring to see multiple nurses and my doctor recognize her and have a positive experience with her in the room. Everyone acknowledged that they enjoyed working with her.
Martha also provided me with 12 hours of postpartum care which was an invaluable experience. It was great to have somebody to watch my baby while I did something to take care of myself like shower, nap, grocery shop or cook a small meal. Those moments helped me get back to feeling like myself after the birth!
If you are looking for a kind, understanding and supportive doula, Martha is your girl. No matter where you are on the spectrum of birth wishes (epidural, non-medicated, hypno etc.) Martha will support you unconditionally and non-judgementally. Thank you so much Martha!!!" LAUREN B., June 2019
"I had a WONDERFUL experience having Martha as my doula for my first child. She brings positivity and an open heart to every meeting - exactly what you would wish for in a pregnancy/birthing coach. Martha was great at answering all my questions throughout my pregnancy and during postpartum. She was always quick to respond and provided me with great resources. She is very non-judgemental and I always felt comfortable around her. Best of all, she made me feel EMPOWERED to make the descisions that I felt were best for me and my baby.
My birth was a long one - 24 + hours - and Martha was there supporting me and my birth wishes the entire time. She interacted well with the hospital staff and provided suggestions to help my labor progress. She also wrote a beautiful recollection of my birth story that I am very thankful to have.
I am very grateful to have had Martha by my side during my pregnancy and birth. I would highly recommend Martha as a doula. My husband and I are looking forward to having her as our doula again when we have our second child!"-Koren T., July 2018
I strongly recommend that you consider Martha if you are interested in working with a doula that is
caring and determined. She served as doula for the birth of my husband and I’s first daughter. During a
long (38 hours!) labor, much of it spent at home, she was constantly by our side. Martha was a vital
source of support when we were laboring at home and provided a great deal of certainty that what we
were going through was normal and natural. She was great about helping me relax between
contractions and offering advice on different positions that I could try to move things along.
When we finally decided to go to the hospital, Martha actually beat us there and was waiting at the
entrance. During our time in the labor room, she was proactive about providing advice and context
about what was going on and served as an advocate for my care. I am really happy that I was able to
deliver vaginally in part because it was nice for Martha to be able to experience that after being by my
side the entire time. I overheard the nurse that was with me during the last part of my labor thank
Martha for being there, which speaks to the value of having her presence.
As a bonus, Martha took detailed notes throughout my labor and provided them to me and my husband.
It means quite a lot to us to have documentation of such a transformative and dramatic event in our
lives, so we certainly appreciate that. Emily Tyner and Shaun Hayes, 2/13/19
My wife and I had a wonderful experience with Martha as our doula. We were looking for someone to guide us through the process of preparing for giving birth, since neither of us had done it before. Martha is a skilled listener - she always focused carefully on what we were saying, and truly seemed to understand our wishes. She answered our questions and helped guide us through the process of getting ready for birth.
During labor and delivery, Martha was there as a supportive presence, giving words of encouragement, and giving my wife acupressure support during her contractions. As the birth partner, I appreciated having Martha by my side because she was a calming presence. Her encouragement and support helped me to be fully present for my wife.
We had been told by many people that birth never goes the way you expect or plan. That may be true, but we were lucky to have the kind of birth we envisioned. We wouldn't have had such a positive experience without Martha's support.
I would heartily recommend working with Martha!, Laura M., Oct. 2018
My husband and I hired Martha as our doula for our first birth. We met her and immediatley were drawn to her welcoming and calming demeanor. She is a keen listener and very respectful. After making the official decision to have a doula for this birth, I was immediatley put at ease that we would have someone quite experienced to go along with us for the remainder of my pregnancy. She met with us on two occasions previous to beginning labor and offered a variety of support and diplomatic advice. When I went into labor, Martha was the first person I called. I trusted her and felt like she was a long time friend. She supported both myself and my partner during the entire birthing process. She was never judgemental or intrusive, and gave us a lot of space to have an intimate birthing experience with support and care. Marhta was present after the birth for breasfeeding support and just the joyful bliss of meeting our newborn. She wrote a beautiful and detailed birth story for our family that we will treasure! She met with us after the birth to check in and offer any needed services. I would highly recommend Martha as a doula and look forward to working with her again if we expand our family. Sarah D., October 2018
"Patient and kind. Excellent support. Respectful-both of patient and hospital staff. I would love to work with Martha again."
Nurse, C.H., 2016
"Martha is an angel. From the first meeting, to our prenatal visits, to the big day - Martha and her experience and knowledge helped my husband and I have the BEST birthing experience we could have EVER dreamed.
Martha helped me pre labor at home - and was my coach, advocate, guide and shoulder to lean on once we got to the hospital. I genuinely could not have done it without Martha, and am so thankful to have met her.
Without Martha's positivity, encouragement and guidance I would not have been able to stick to my original plan for unmedicated birth too! I remember hearing her calm, confident voice. And I also remember Martha's soothing touch and calming lavendar oil massage between contractions.
Martha helped me stay positive during pregnancy, and helped me stay calm and confident during the labor. I swear I didn't have any tearing or stitches much in part to having a doula by our side.
Martha, thank you for being with us the entire time and for your expert help at the hospital after birth also. Thank you for continuing to be available post partum for questions and help also - you are a godsend and if/when we have our second we will for sure be calling you again. "
-Eliza Cypress Feb. 2018
"Martha was my doula for the birth of my second child in September 2017. She was absolutely vital to me having the birth experience I was hoping for. She is a very calm and reassuring presence and was able to sense exactly what I needed, when I needed it. She was very much in tune with me before labor began and during - she was able to anticipate my needs while still remaining in the background. After a typical hospital birth with the cascade of interventions, I wanted to do better with my second birth. Thanks to switching to midwives and working with Martha, we made it happen! She helped me labor at home as long as possible - something I never would have been able to trust myself enough to do. She kept me moving and often suggested different positions to keep things progressing. She was very hands off - I think she sensed this is what I needed from her. She very much made the birth be about me and my husband and our soon to be born baby and faded into the background. But when I needed her (to help hold the fetal monitor on my belly so I could stand during painful contractions upon arrival at the hospital, to gently remind hospital staff to keep lighting dim, to continually encourage me this was something I could do) she was right there. It was absolutely thanks to Martha that I was able to have a completely natural, intervention-free hospital birth. It was everything I could have hoped for and I'm so grateful to her. She's wonderful!"
Posted 3/5/2018, Jennifer D.
"Hello my name is Ana, and Martha was my doula for my second baby, she was great i had only meet her a week in advance prior to my birth delivery since baby came a week early. So i had only meet her once before she was in the hospital with me. she is very warm and mother like, not judgmental very profesional with tons of expiriance under her belt. I was alone in the hospital with no familiy members during the birth and Martha was my only support, thanks to her the breathing excerises and the walking around help me speed up the birth of baby boy. She ask the nurses questions that i coulnt even think of during my labor and took notes of everything thats was going on and beaing done to me. She couch me through out the whole expirance even holding one of my legs (jaja) couldnt of ask for a better person to be there with me. Thank you Martha." -Ana (May, 2018)
"I loved working with Martha! She's so knowledable, compassionate, and nonjudgmental. She was flexible and so attentive and it's clear she's passionate about what she does. I cannot imagine going thru my pre partum, birth and post
partum care without her! She's a great advocate and a listener. I would recommend her to anyone! She has awesome energy." MEREDITH GOLDBERG (May 12, 2018)
"Martha is an amazing doula, and anyone would be lucky to have her at their side throughout the pregnancy journey. She was very supportive in the months leading up to my son’s birth, customizing her services to fit my needs, providing valuable information, answering my questions, and even joining me for a prenatal labor and delivery class. Her presence in the delivery room was incredibly comforting and helpful. She guided me with many empowering techniques for inducing natural labor, and held my hand and spoke encouraging words to help me through each contraction. She is very knowledgeable about birthing in a hospital setting due to her background working in the medical field combined with her experience as a doula, so she was able to explain things and help me better understand my options. Her positive energy was great in the postpartum period as well, when she visited my home to help ease the transition to motherhood and make sure I was doing well with my new little one. As a first time mom, I highly recommend Martha... I can’t imagine having done it without her!," CAROLYN FRASER, (Jan. 2018)
"I highly recommend Martha and her extraordinary doula services. From the moment we met, I knew she would be a great fit. Martha is the perfect mix of knowledgeable, peaceful and expansive. I loved our prenatal sessions - the yoga and reiki in particular. I can't thank her enough for the incredible support she provided to me while I labored primarily at home in the middle of the night. And then later at the hospital when my son made his debut earthside. Even weeks after, Martha continues to check in with me and offer her support." KAMAHRIA HOPKINS (August 2017)
"Martha was a calming presence and my advocate at the birth of our daughter; she has continued to be an important part of our lives as a post-partum doula, which has made the tiring first weeks of motherhood go more smoothly. I highly recommend Martha as a doula, post-partum doula, support and friend. My daughter, fiancé and I are very grateful to have Martha in our lives!Milwaukee doulas at Doula Woman." MARIKA K. (Sept. 2017)
"Thank you so much Doula Woman for helping me find that power and keeping it!" Client B.R. (Dec. 2017)
"I initially found Martha's profile on a website for doulas in Kenosha and Racine. After reading her profile, I scheduled a meet and greet. From the moment I met Martha, I knew she would be my doula. I didn't even bother to interview anyone else! It was as if I was reconnecting with an old friend, rather than meeting someone for the first time.
I genuinely enjoyed every prenatal visit and appreciated Martha's amazing Reiki ability. Martha generously offers discounted Reiki to her doula clients. In addition to prenatal visits, Martha and I exchanged text messages and emails throughout my pregnancy. She always made herself available to answer my questions and even sent messages just to check on me! During my labor and delivery, Martha provided the perfect amount of support. She instictively knew exactly how much love and guidance to offer. I chose to have a hospital birth that included an epidural. Martha respected my choices and decisions and never tried to steer me off of my chosen path. Martha encouraged and supported me throughout every step. Martha helped me decide the kind of birth experience I wanted to have. In order to create my "birth plan," she asked me the important questions that I needed to answer for myself - but in such a way that I never felt pressured or judged. Martha supported the plan that I wanted and acted as the perfect guide.
Choosing Martha was one of the most rewarding decisions I made on my pregnancy journey. I can honestly say that I made a friend for life." LISA EMKAY (Nov. 14, 2017)
"Martha's time, efforts, guidance, and insights were invaluable in all ways leading up our daughter's birth and beyond. Her professionalism and maternal instincts have been a welcome addition to us as first-time parents. Please note that other doulas may be less expensive, but you truly pay for what you get. With Martha, we found knowledge and support beyond monetary value. On a scale of one to ten, Martha is an absolute twenty! If you're reading this recommendation, congratulations on your soon-to-be newborn; don't waste a moment's time and hire Martha Wasserman with a quickness!" COLIN KOHLS HARBECKE (Sept. 12, 2017)
I contacted Martha very early on in my pregnancy with the intent to interview several doulas. Upon meeting Martha, I knew we had found our doula and didn't even bother interviewing anyone else. Martha's peaceful, non judgemental demeanor immediately put me at ease, which I knew would be important during the birth process with my high strung personality. As the pregnancy progressed, our doctor became more concerned with test results that indicated our natural, unanesthetized birth would be impossible. I was devastated to say the least, but Martha was always my cheerleader, reminding me that I had the strength to "rock it" my way. Our daughter arrived three weeks early and Martha was there at our home in the middle of the night with unwaivering support, guidance, and a calming presence. While our daughter's birth did not go as planned, I feel blessed to have had Martha by our side the entire time. Looking back at January 20th, I feel like I gained two new family members, my daughter and Martha. We highly recommend her services!! KERRI G. (April 3, 2019)
"Thank you for your support and expertise during labor. In the moments when I felt I couldn't do it, your voice and breathing helped me keep going!"LINDSAY (Sept. 16, 2017)
"I had exactly the kind of birth I'd hoped for and I am pretty sure I couldn't have done it without you!" JENNIFER (Sept.2017)
"(Martha) was an amazing support to the mother..helpful, and respectful and a huge asset to the hospital staff. The doula really listened to the mother and supported her in every way she could. She worked well with the hospital staff in making the mother's experience a positive one." TIPHANIE, R.N. (June 2016)
"I knew I wanted to have a natural birth long before seeking a doula. I had been planning on having a hospital birth with an OB I really trusted, but I knew I would need a little more support if I wanted a medication-free birth. So I (looked) for a doula and I just knew Martha was the one when I met her. She is warm, funny, incredibly encouraging and makes you feel very comfortable from the beginning. During the labor process, she provided constant encouragement which is something that is so needed in those moments. I had the birth that I wanted because Martha was by my side." JENNIFER HOLT (8/11/16)
"I knew I wanted a natural childbirth but was worried about being able to do so in a hospital so I Iooked into hiring a doula. I found Martha online and knew she was the person to help me. She is so flexible and really helped me relax and prepare. When I went in to labour Martha was right there, She worked with me through each contraction , helping me to stay calm and comfortable. One of the more helpful things Matha did for me was to gently remind me of my goal throughout the labour process and offer suggestions to help me reach it. I was able to labour at home for quite awhile and Martha remained a support when we went to the hospital, helping me not get caught up and distracted in the medical setting. I know for a fact that I could not have accomplished my goal without Martha's help." MOLLY TAL (2/20/17)
"Martha was wonderfule to work with. I would work with her again." Client A.H. (Dec. 2016)
"I chose to work with Martha for the birth of my daughter in March. I knew right away upon meeting her that she was the doula for me! Martha has an incredible energy and calming presence. I found her to be very knowledgeable and non judging. She provided me great information. Martha was very responsive and I loved the prenatal sessions. I also really benefited from her reiki. I would highly recommend her as a Doula! " VALERIE ROSSI R. (April, 2017)
"Martha came to the rescue.. She was available last minute and was a tremendous help. Since she had not met me until I was in labor, Martha was very understanding and helpful through my entire labor. She got to know me in an efficient manner, kindly asking me questions though contractions. She had a lot of ideas in terms of birthing positions and other things to be more comfortable through contractions. Martha followed up with me soon after having our duaghter and even came to my house to visit with me so I didn't have to leave. She is very accomadating and will listen to your wishes! Very kind individual and would recommend her to anyone! " LISA TREMPER (7/7/2016)
"We couldn't have gotten through it as well without you. Thank you!" Client S.A. (Jan., 2018)
"Martha was my doula for the births of my two children. She was a great support in the weeks leading up to my first birth, giving me an idea of what to expect. When my water broke in the middle of the night, she came over and we walked around the backyard through the early contractions. When the going got tough, the main thing I remember is her calm voice reminding me that I wasn't having a contraction in my shoulders, helping me relax. My husband also really appreciated having her there, too - and the next day my OB/GYN commented on what a great doula I had." KRISTIN BROWN (Oct. 2015)
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"It was such a pleasure to work with Martha! She is so sweet, thoughtful and caring. Any questions I had, if she didn't know the answer, she went and found them. We felt so comfortable with her right off the bat. She went above and beyond with my husband and me, I labored for 41 hours, a few hours into her birthday, and she stuck by our side without complaint, holding my hand all the way through. I highly recommend Martha!" TIFERRET BERENBAUM (Dec., 2016)
"Martha was such a wonderful soul to have at our birth." JESSICA M. (July, 2017)
Barbara Aho reviewed Doula Woman LLC — 5 star (October, 2016 )
"Martha has been great for me. I just couldn't get by without her reikki. So healing!" (10/17/15)