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Photo credit : Edouard Peregrine

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Thanks for stopping by.

I'm Mari. 

I'm a mother, partner, daughter, sister, friend, doula and childbirth educator. Just like you, I wear many hats on a daily basis, but as your doula I don the hat of birth companion, providing unconditional emotional, physical and informational support. 

I am there for you (and your partner) pre-birth and post-birth, as you evolve as a family. 

I am not a guru. If you're looking for someone to tell you how you should approach pregnancy and birth, than I am not your doula. However, if you're looking for someone who will respect and support your choices unconditionally, and make your desires their first priority, then you've come to the right place. 

The role of the doula.

Many people think that doulas are a new, trendy concept, but really a doula is one of the oldest roles that women have performed throughout history. Traditionally, our mothers, aunts and sisters were our doulas. Women who had "been there and done that" in childbirth. Women who would stand gently beside the soon-to-be mother supporting her as she welcomed her new life into the world.

In our modern world, though, our lives and our communities have changed. Our support network is not always available, or what we need in that moment. 

Enter the doula. 

A doula is not a substitute for a midwife or a doctor. The role of your maternal healthcare provider is vital and focused specifically on the health and safety of mother and child. A doula's role is to stand beside the mother and her partner, supporting them and helping them to transition through the birth process and into their new life as a family. 

My journey as a doula. 

I view childbirth as a normal and natural process. As the eldest of 7 children, pregnancy and childbirth has been a part of my everyday life as far back as I can remember. I witnessed my first birth at the age of 12: my mother birthing my sisters at home with the loving support and care of my father. 

My approach to birth and doula care is one of openness, flexibility and positivity.  I help to create a warm and supportive atmosphere wherever you choose to birth your baby. I work to ensure that you feel respected, heard, informed, and supported during your birth. I create the space that you need to advocate for the birth you want in collaboration with the other members of your birth team.

It is a privilege and an honor to witness the births of the families I work with, and with each family that I support, comes a new opportunity for knowledge and growth. Having trained and certified in Amsterdam with JJ Doula Training, I am committed to continued personal and professional development to ensure that I am able to support my clients with an approach tailored to their specific needs.

I would love to explore how I can help you create the birth experience that you desire for you and your family.  Please do get in touch to schedule an obligation-free meeting with me so we can discuss your wishes and your options.

 

How We Work Together

The benefits of thorough childbirth preparation cannot be underestimated. The more time that we have get to know each other and to work together, the better!  

By gaining a clear understanding of how physiological birth works and how the choices you make can impact your birth experience, 

then combining that knowledge with practical coping techniques, you are laying the groundwork for a safe and satisfying birth. 

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AMARI DOULA CARE : IN-DEPTH

€975 incl. BTW
+3 prenatal preparation sessions (approx. 2 hours each), including 2 body work treatments
+Attendance of 1 prenatal appointment with your care provider, or touring the birth facility of your choice with you
+1 postpartum visit within 24-48 hours of your birth
+1 postpartum visit within 2 weeks of the birth
+A debrief and closing meeting at 6 weeks postpartum

amari doula care : essential

€850 incl. BTW
+2 prenatal preparation sessions (approx. 2 hours each), including 1 body work treatment
+Attendance of 1 prenatal appointment with your care provider, or touring the birth facility of your choice with you
+1 postpartum visit within 24-48 hours of your birth
+A debrief and closing meeting at 6 weeks postpartum

amari doula care : solo session

For clients in need of an extra prenatal prep or pampering
€65 per hour/€95 per 90 minutes incl. BTW
+ prenatal sessions tailor-made to suit your needs

 

Included across all packages.

  • An obligation-free "get to know you" meeting
  • Resource and informational support related to your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period
  • Guidance on navigating the Dutch healthcare system
  • Assisting you with the creation of your birth preferences/birth plan, when desired
  • Unlimited email/text/chat support
  • Non-urgent phone contact within my office hours
  • From week 37 through 42, I will go on call for you 24 hours per day/7 days a week
  • Continuous labor support from active labor until 2-3 hours postpartum
  • Depending on your birth preferences and desires, I may utilize a variety of non-medical comfort measures such as visualization and relaxation techniques, massage, Aromatherapy, Acupressure, Homeopathy, or Rebozo during labor.
  • Basic breastfeeding support, including facilitation of the breast crawl, and assistance with hand expression when necessary

My services also include access to my extensive lending library, and use of my birthing balls, if desired.

I don't want finances to stand between you and the support that you seek. Payment generally takes place in two parts. Upon signing a service agreement and 6 weeks before your due date. If this does not afford you the financial space that you need, then I'm open to discussing other options.

 

 
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What my clients have to say...

Mari supported me during the labor and birth of my second child. It was a long two-day induction and she flawlessly tag teamed with my husband and midwife to provide round the clock support. Her intuitive nature made it so her support, be it a massage, a sway, or a hand to hold, was always exactly what I needed in the moment. She has become an important and loved player in my daughter’s story and I’m grateful for it.
— Silvia
What blew me away about working with Mari was how intuitively she worked with us. It all fell into place. Everyone played their part: my husband, our midwife, me, and our doula. I felt so supported and relaxed. The midwife could focus on the birth, and on the baby. What’s more, I felt even more part of a team with my husband. I wasn’t desperately looking to him to know what to do next, or remember what we had learned from birth class. He could focus on being my husband, my partner, and we could be on the journey together - the pressure was off. I had Mari. It was an amazing experience.
— Alexis
Mari was a fantastic support before, during and after the birth of our son. She is incredibly knowledgeable, experienced, passionate about her subject and a very warm person. Both my husband and I immediately felt in good hands with her and she became a very natural part of our “team”. Thanks to her I approached the birth feeling confident and safe. She was a great help in planning the birth as well as the postnatal period, and had lots of useful tips and advice, including things we would have never thought of (like how to feed ourselves in the hectic weeks after the birth). During the birth her collaboration with me, my husband and the midwife was very natural and effortless. It was a privilege to have had Mari be a part of my first pregnancy and our son’s birth and I’d recommend her wholeheartedly to parents-to-be looking for extra advice, support and comfort.
— Antonia
Mari being there for the birth of my son meant having a friend, coach, nurse, specialist, sister, mother and soulworker with me through one of the most important events of my life. Also for my partner it was a relief and comfort knowing there was somebody there just for us. Because of Mari we we’re prepared for the unknown. Even though it was a bumpy ride, as it nearly always is, my baby boy is healthy and happy also because of the nourishment, like scented foot massages and wonderful belly rubs that his mummy got in the last weeks before labour. A happy mummy means a happy baby, and Mari helped keep all of us happy, conscious, and well informed.
— Emily
 

 

What I Have to Say...

 
 

MUM'S the word podcast - MUM 075: Mari Gordon - What is “Normal” when it Comes to Birth?

You can hear me chat with with Dr. Kaz Jaffe! An Australian born chiropractor with a chiropractic practice in Amsterdam specializing in chiropractic care for pregnancy, babies, and children; who still finds time to run in her busy schedule to host Mum's The Word, a podcast that features natural, honest and reliable resources from experts and mums.


AMSTERDAM MAMAS PODCAST - Doctors in Dr. Martens: Show Notes (Season2: Episode 10)

Conversations about healthcare in the Netherlands - In this episode, we discuss healthcare and giving birth in the Netherlands. Jolanda de Bie, a healthcare researcher, talks about three important aspects of Dutch healthcare: medical insurance, GP’s, and cultural expectations. Mari Gordon, a certified doula, goes over some common myths and misconceptions about giving birth in the Netherlands. We also hear from Amsterdam Mama Barbara Fine, about a surprising house visit.


What is a Doula and How Can You Find One?

A helpful little info article that I co-authored for the Amsterdam Mama's website, with my instructor, mentor, colleague and friend Jennifer Walker of Birth Support.nl


 

Get In Touch!

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Are you curious about the benefits of continuous birth support? Would you like to know how I can support your transition into parenthood? 

You've got options! You can drop me an email, if you have more questions; or alternatively, you can schedule a call or meeting with me directly.

Get in touch and let's meet over a cup of tea! 

Mari Gordon, BIRTH DOULA

T: +31 (0)6 52 889 651

E: INFO@AmariDoula.com