Testimonials (More Coming Soon)

Childbirth Education/Classes

  • Exceeded my expectations! I got so much out of trying each carrier!  Absolutely, the choices of carriers can be overwhelming and having the opportunity to learn about them in person and try them on helps make the decisions about which ones to invest in that much easier. I had not thought through the different stages of birthing before and it was a wonderful class to begin to envision my process. We did a very useful exercise in prioritizing our desires and I think that was a great opportunity for my husband to feel more a part of the whole process. It's way better than any book or website to be in class with others and Michelle is incredibly knowledgeable." Brienne Nestingen, 2018 


  • “Exceeded my expectations! I got so much out of trying each carrier!  Absolutely, the choices of carriers can be overwhelming and having the opportunity to learn about them in person and try them on helps make the decisions about which ones to invest in that much easier. I had not thought through the different stages of birthing before and it was a wonderful class to begin to envision my process. We did a very useful exercise in prioritizing our desires and I think that was a great opportunity for my husband to feel more a part of the whole process. It's way better than any book or website to be in class with others and Michelle is incredibly knowledgeable." Tiferet Berenbaum, 2017


  • "This class really gave lots of different support techniques - some of which I loved and others of which I learned are not for me.  Michelle was happy to answer questions that my partner or I had and took her time giving some context to each technique. Having Michelle actually demonstrate and then observe as we practiced the techniques.  We took a hospital childbirth class that tried introducing some of these techniques (specifically massage/touch and visualization), but did so without any context and without any feedback.  The exercises ended up seeming useless and hokey as a result. This bad experience is what made me immediately start researching education alternatives so that my partner and I will be strong for one another during birth.  This labor support techniques class taught us so much more and also encouraged us to think of other things that might be of comfort during the laboring experience." Claire Woodall-Vogg, 2017


  • "Learning the numerous positions that can be used during delivery. Also, the class gave my husband a better idea on what to expect and how to handle different situations that may arise."Jaime Jacoby, 2015  


  • "Michelle was very knowledgeable and had some great information to share with us.  I wish I would have taken this class the first time I was pregnant instead of the classes we took at the hospital. The hospital classes scared us and painted some very negative pictures. Michelle focused on the positive things you can do during birth and on positive outcomes." Nicole Bulanda, 2015​ 


  • "I would want other women to get the benefits I did during the birth of my son." Ramya Kuchimanchi, 2015


  • "Yes! We learned a lot of hands-on ways to work as a team and allow my husband to assist with pain management during labor. He also learned some tips about how to interact emotionally with a laboring woman :) Being able to try all the techniques that were explained - this is especially helpful for my husband." Alyssa Pautz, 2014 


  • “Michelle exceeded my expectations time and time again.  Even after my expectations were exceeded, she exceeded my exceeded expectations.  I think she made me feel confident in myself and my ability to do it and that everything I was going through was normal.”    Melissa Brander, 2013


  • "I cannot explain how grateful I am for Mothering the Mother and the doulas who are gracious enough to provide their time, energy, expertise, and finances to help others. After all of the horrific things we hear about going on in the world, Mothering the Mother reminds me that the heart of mankind is good, caring, and loving."    Melissa Black, 2011 

Birth Doula

  • "When I went into labor Michelle was easy to reach and she stayed in contact with us the entire time before going to the hospital. She was a great calming presence during the birth and I am so happy we hired her. It was also great to have her support as I began breastfeeding. Having our doula's experience and all the knowledge that she has of the birthing process and what to expect, etc. was so helpful and reassuring during the birth. Michelle really helped support my wishes and I was able to have a completely unmedicated birth." Carly Brunclik, 2018


  • "I was happy with the experience and the support I received from my doulas.  The massage and relaxation techniques that were used during my labor process were very beneficial and basically just having that advocate by your side.  I really liked the meeting a few months beforehand, where you discuss your birth plan in detail. It's important to have the doula be very aware of what you are hoping to experience (and hoping to avoid) during labor.  It's especially helpful to have a doula when your doctor isn't delivering your baby. I think it also helps to have a calm, relaxed person there who is aware of your wishes and advocates for you." Krista Fandek, 2013


  • "Michelle exceeded our expectations.  She was warm, compassionate, and knew exactly what to do/say to make our labor experience the best it possibly could be.  The most beneficial aspect of having Michelle was having someone so experienced with labor support us through the entire process.  As first time parents, our only knowledge of the process came from books/classes/friends; having someone who had actually been through it all was very reassuring and helped us stay calm and focused.  We found the services from the initial meetings to the postpartum follow up visit to be extremely comprehensive and can think of nothing that would improve them. " Jennifer Marsch, 2012


  • "Michelle exceeded my expectations time and time again. Even after my expectations were exceeded, she exceeded my exceeded expectations.  I think she made me feel confident in myself and my ability to do it and that everything I was going through was normal.  I miss seeing Michelle.  I feel as if she became a very special part of our lives. " Melissa Brandner, 2012

Postpartum Doula

  • Did doula services meet your expectations? “Yes they did.”  What was the most beneficial part about having a doula? “Advice and support.” Would you recommend a doula to another woman?  “Yes I would especially for a first time mom.”  Marlin Chu, 2012

Lactation Support

  • "It was more for reassurance that things were being done right. I was worried about my baby’s latch and that she was feeding enough. I just had so many questions that I needed answered about breastfeeding in general, as well as newborn care, pumping and just being a first time mom!" Adrienne Berlin, 2018