Maria Darden | Birth Doula
Hi, my name is Maria. Congratulations on your pregnancy! As you enter this exciting time of life I would feel honored to assist and support you and your partner. Becoming a parent is one of life’s most transformative milestones.
While interest in supporting birthing women has always been a part of my life since adolescence, I have been pursuing this craft since 2005. I began by training as a doula and started attending hospital births in Paradise, CA. I then branched out and became a midwife assistant at home births and completed an internship at an out of hospital birthing center in El Paso, Texas. This birth center had a very high volume of births and I witnessed 100 births during my time there. I learned, experienced, and encountered a wide spectrum of births in the three months I was there. I have attended a Heart and Hands intensive midwifery training with Elizabeth Davis, well-know midwife in Sebastopol, CA. I have also completed a midwifery assistant skills workshop at The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee.
When I became a mother I got to experience birth firsthand. I have two wonderful and healthy boys who came into the world in two very different ways. My first birth was an unplanned cesarean that profoundly affected me. With my second son I was able to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), which was truly a transformative and healing experience. Because of my very different personal birth experiences I am able to bring not just knowledge but an understanding of how women may need to be supported in a variety of ways while experiencing individual birth circumstances. I have a strong desire to support all birthing women and share my knowledge, but in particular I have a heartfelt desire and passion to serve women planning for a VBAC. I know how important support is, especially for a VBAC and I know firsthand that it can be done! Please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have, including my fees and detailed information on my services. I offer a free consultation to see if we are a good fit and would like to work together. I look forward to hearing from you!