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“Are You Looking for A Doula Who is The Most Down to Earth, Well Educated & Devoted Person??? Look no more Mari is for you!!!!! I met Mari at a baby expo when I was just a few months pregnant. I instantly hit it off with her and went home to my husband and said “I can’t have this baby without Mari”. This was all new to us as we both never heard of a Doula before. She came to our house to meet with me and my husband and I am so glad she did. The next day the paperwork was signed! It was the best decision I have ever made. She came and did an in-house education class which was truly amazing, the one on one was just what we needed. It was much more comfortable where we could really ask questions geared to my pregnancy and learn about what was in store for us ahead. Leading up to the pregnancy she was always available by phone & email whenever I had a question, concern or even just was having one of those days. She even visited a few weeks after the baby was born to check in to see how we were doing. When the date was arriving she came and visited to prep us for what was about to happen. A miracle I call it! It truly was. The day I went into the hospital Mari was there from the very beginning until we were wheeled away to postpartum. Between her coaching my husband, setting the room up with candles, spraying lavender spray & massaging my feet it was quit the experience. The new love of my life was born. I already told Mari I will be planning our next baby around her schedule!”~ Lauren

“As a woman in my forties, bearing my first child, I could vividly recollect a plethora of nightmarish stories of my friend’s childbirths. I truly believed that many of these horrific experiences could have been prevented with a little knowledge and an experienced advocate for the mother. I instantly felt reassured when I first met Mari – and I was not wrong. Mari’s primary objective was aligned with mine – ensuring that I had the best delivery possible. She takes the time to listen and understand your choices and preferences, she is supportive in any and all decisions, leaving her own biases aside. I knew I wanted to deliver as naturally as possible, but I also understood that deliveries don’t always follow one’s ideal birth plan. In any case, I wanted to be in control of the decision making process in the delivery room. With that said, Mari was always on my side, offering support, reassuring me in my choices, and assisting in relaying my wishes to the multitude of nurses I met during my delivery period. Mari created an atmosphere of genuine warmth, caring and well-being. She is skilled and knowledgeable in all aspects of the delivery process. I am happy to say that I had the best delivery possible, with special thanks to Mari! Post-partum, Mari continued to provide comfort and support. I highly recommend Mari as a doula!”~ Monique

“Mari is honest, kind, supportive, thoughtful and most importantly she loves life. She enjoys my husbands sense of humor as much as I do. She is always a phone call/text/ email away and responds in a timely manner. I couldn’t see my journey through pregnancy without her.”
~ Marissa

“Mari is a positive, calming, light-filled and loving presence and was such a powerful source of support through my pregnancy and our birth experience. She has the most gentle way of guiding and educating, and she empowers her clients to make the very best choices for themselves and their children. I can’t thank her enough for joining us in the beautiful journey we experienced in the birth of our son.”
~ Paige

“Mari recently attended the birth of my precious daughter. As a first time Mom my husband and I (and everyone else) expected an average labor with our goal of an all natural birth at the North Shore Birth Center. But as labor sometimes goes it was not as expected. My labor ended in the beautiful water birth of my daughter only 90 minutes after meeting Mari at the birth center. Although it wasn’t a long labour for Mari to help me cope with I do attribute my quick and easy labor to trust I had in my midwives, doula, and husband. Mari was wonderful before during and even after my delivery. We had a difficult start with breast feeding and after contacting Mari about she helped us network with the right people and helped get us on the right track. Baby and I are now happily breast feeding and bonding strongly from it. I highly recommend Mari for all Mama’s.” ~ Malinda

We met our amazing doula Mari, who my husband and I were so thankful to have at the birth of our son. She also supported us before our son was born and even now answers any questions we have.” ~ Heather

Postpartum Doula Testimonials

How can we properly thank you for everything you have done for our family over the past three months? We appreciate the time you have come to our house, offering physical and emotional support. It is always a blessing, yet also a challenge, to welcome a new baby to a family. Having you available to support us made the transition so much easier! We will certainly miss you and wish you well as you continue to offer your loving support and guidance for other families.~ The M Family

Fortunately, this is where we found Brooke. She gave us great tips on how to manage the practical aspects of life with children, such as bath time, baby wearing, and where to bring our little one out to eat! She knows how to save on baby goods and helped us differentiate between “must have”, “nice to own” and “unnecessary” — now if only we had met Brooke pre-baby registry!
The time we spent with Brooke gave us the confidence boost we needed to feel comfortable in our own skin as parents. We can’t recommend her highly enough.

You’ve helped me so much with your support through my difficult winter with a newborn. You were non-judgmental, caring, and gave me the hope to hang in there because it was going to get better. I didn’t believe you at the time, but I clung to your words and it helped me take things one day at a time.” ~anonymous

You help make a difference in so many new mom’s lives! Thanks for giving back to so many around you. You have a way about you the makes people feel confident, empowered and ‘normal’ despite all the challenges of being a new parent!” ~anonymous

You help so many women through the stages of motherhood. You are passionate, driven, caring, and loving. You are doing exactly what you are meant to do!” ~anonymous

I feel so confident and excited to have Gayle as my doula. She’s been a huge emotional support to me ever since I found out I was pregnant, and she’s been able to give great advice and information along the way. Her interest and love for children makes me feel that myself, my husband and our baby will feel well taken care of in our crucial first moments.” ~Jessica

To find out more information on doula availability and/or schedule a no-obligation consultation, please contact our Director of Family Support, Mari Leckel, at (978) 738-9800.
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We are committed to bringing you exceptional support in:

  • Prenatal support
  • Childbirth education
  • HypnoBirthing
  • Hospital birth
  • Cesarean birth
  • Induced labors
  • Unmedicated vaginal birth
  • Vaginal birth with epidural
  • VBAC
  • Multiples
  • Postpartum support
  • Breastfeeding
  • Bottle feeding


We are proud to offer Doula services to families in:

  • Boston
  • Boston Metrowest
  • South Shore
  • North Shore
  • Merrimack Valley
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island


We are proud to attend births at the following facilities:

  • Anna Jacques
  • Beth Israel
  • Beverly
  • Birth Cottage
  • The Birth Place-North Shore Medical
  • Brigham & Women’s
  • Cambridge Birth Center
  • Exeter Hospital
  • Holy Family
  • Lawrence General
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Mount Auburn
  • Newton-Wellesley
  • North Shore Birth Center
  • Parkland Medical Center
  • St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
  • St. Joseph Hospital
  • Tufts
  • Winchester Hospital