Mary McDonald CD(DONA)
I am the wife of a wonderful man and mother of two beautiful children born in 1999 and 2007. I live in Irvine, CA and enjoy camping and hiking with my family in my spare time. I am an active member of my church and have a passion to serve others. I have an open mind and an open heart to people of all faiths and backgrounds. As your doula, I respect your personal beliefs and desires. I'd love to serve you and your family during your birthing time to achieve a satisfying birth experience!
In January of 2011 I started my training with a DONA (Doulas of North America) approved workshop taught by Stacey Scarborough. Part of my training for certification required me to read an extensive list of books and have experience assisting women/families. I am a graduate of the doula internship program at South Coast Midwifery. For each of the births I attended I was evaluated by both the mother and the midwife in attendance. I'd be happy to share these, or more recent evaluations, with you upon request. I have also assisted several births as a midwife's assistant. As of June 2013 I have assisted with over 15 births!
I became DONA certified on May 2, 2013!
My Personal Birth Experiences
I gave birth to my daughter in 1999 in the same hospital I was born in. I wanted to try to labor without getting an epidural. My labor started in the middle of the night when my water broken. Several hours later with little to no contractions I was given pitocin. Later on, a pain reliever was put through my IV. As it approached later morning, without a night of sleep, I decided it was time for an epidural so I could rest for the main event. After that experience I realized that there had to be a better way to give birth. It wasn't a bad experience, but it wasn't what I thought God had intended when he chose women to go through the process of birthing a child. I didn't know that my doctor wouldn't be there until the last few minutes. I wanted a constant presence in the room who I was familiar with. One day less than eight years later I gave birth to my son at an Orange County birth center attended by my beautiful midwife and her assistants. I loved that I was attended full time by women that I had known prior to my birthing time. I absolutely loved my second birth experience and wouldn't change a thing, other than having a doula for just a little more personalized care. The second labor was long and he had a hard time coming out. I think if I had chosen to have a doula I may have had the opportunity to try a greater variety of positions to aide in his descent.