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What is a Doula?

The Term "Doula"  is a Greek term for a woman servant or a woman who serves.  I love helping people and being a servant leader. Many people don't know the difference between a "Doula" and a "Midwife" Lets chat about the differences. 

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You Can Doula This Baby!


Black women are three to four times more likely to die during pregnancy  and  childbirth related  complications, compared to white women.  This is a huge racial disparity in America. This number is shocking compared to other nations.

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    "You Can Doula This Baby!" advocates for women's reproductive health and medical injustices in America among women by using evidenced based care. Every woman or pregnant teen needs and deserves the support of a Birth Doula,  Postpartum Doula or both  to have a great birth experience.  Every woman deserves nonjudgmental physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual support.  Our mission is to be intentional by providing comprehensive support for mothers, teen moms and  infants of marginalized families and beyond.  Our company wants to educate women and their partners to help make informed decisions during pregnancy, labor & postpartum, regardless of race, religion, gender & socioeconomic status.

    Founder & Owner Marketta Hurst

    All About Me

    Who I Am

    I am a blessed mother of six beautiful children and nine wonderful grandchildren.  I have always been inspired by the strength of women and the miracle of birth. This is why I became a professional Doula.  I am proud to serve women and families throughout Orange, Lake, Sumter, Seminole,  Marion, Volusia Counties and abroad.  Every woman deserves to have someone there to guide and assist them in making educated choices about their pregnancy, and remind them that they can trust the strength of their bodies during this time. Studies have shown that hiring a Doula can reduce the length of labor, there may be less need for pain medication and they are 50% less likely to have a Cesarean Section.  I’m available to provide unbiased information to assist my clients so they can make informed educational decisions and  provide emotional support for their  best birth experience. 

    "Birth is not only about making babies.  Birth is about making mothers--strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength." Barbara Katz Rothman"

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    My Own Experiences

    Family Focused

    As a young mother, I  became pregnant at  age 18 and had my handsome son at 19. I remember contemplating abortion because I was afraid to tell my mother.  My friends helped me find an abortion clinic( I had no idea what I was doing) and when I  visited the clinic I ran out and couldn't go through with the procedure when I saw what happens to all the unwanted babies.  I remember feeling lonely during labor although my mom was with me.  I still wanted someone else in the room with me as the father had left me before my son was born.  I'm so glad I never went through with the Abortion.  God was watching over me and  I made the right decision to have my son. As a Doula I can be a support to those who feel alone or just need an unbiased person to hold their hand and coach them through the  intense labor pains, give a back massage or ice chips and motivate them by telling them "You Can Doula This Baby"!!! Your body was built for this.

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    Skills and Experience

    Dona International

    Basics of Breastfeeding

    Trained on how to educate mothers to help baby should latch properly and if issues arise provide resources such as a Lactation Consultant.

    Med Trainer 2020-2021

    Coronavirus  Awareness Training

    COVID-19: COVID-19 Awareness Training, COVID-19: CDC's Recommendation for Using Cloth Face Coverings to Slow The Spread, COVID-19 Virus:  & other Coronaviruses.

    Dona International

    Birth Doula Education to Childbirth & Postpartum Doula-Birth In The Know

    Trained as a professional Birth Doula to assist in Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum support. This to include but not  limited to breathing techniques, birthing positions, massage,  education and other comfort measures.

    State of Florida Notary Education Course Huckleberry Notary Bonding, INC

    Notary Public -State of Florida & Certified Loan Signing Agent

    Three hours of interactive Notary Education Training from State of Florida  Certified Loan Signing Agent  Huckleberry Notary Bonding, INC & Certified Loan Signing Agent with  National Notary Association Insured, & Bonded.

    Baby Shower Gifts

    Doula Birthing Services

    How Can I Help?

    Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.

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    “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them”

    Victor Hugo