Doula Services Testimonials
Preconception to parenthood
I took my first "Dancing for Birth" class with Marise and was so impressed with how talented and hard working she is, it was not a normal ‘dance class’, but an educational, informative workshop created in a fun way where you are able to bond more with your baby, activate muscles used in birth and more Very much worth the price. I was lucky that it turned out to be a private session. There I learned that she has such an easy going and approachable attitude, that I will surely follow up to work with her/utilize her support services again. Glad to have met her on my pregnancy journey
Marise was of tremendous help in preparing for the birth of my second child. She devised our individual sessions according to my needs and shared a lot of invaluable knowledge about birthing with me, along with using the Headtrash Clearance and Birth into Being methods. In general, that feeling of helplessness especially in relation to the pain which I‘d dreaded because of my first birth experience was gone - totally. I felt much better prepared and therefore empowered before and especially during the birth of my daughter and cannot recommend Marise and her coaching services enough!
“It was very obvious right after my Limbic Imprint Recoding and Conscious Empowerment session I felt a new sense of empowerment. I am feeling much more empowered to take a leading role both at work and in life and it gave me the confidence to speak with a lot of strength and clarity in the knowingness of who I am and what I am worth. I truly sense a new program has been rewritten.”
"I feel better about our future "adventure" as the Becoming Us course gave me reassurance that we can make mistakes and still remain loving and caring partners and family. The course also provides tools how to deal with stressful situations, conflict and understanding my partner's needs."
"This training is ideal for 1st time parents. We have learned about ourselves as a couple + this gives us a good basis for welcoming our 1st child.
After 4 online sessions of the “headtrash clearance” with Marise I can definitely say that this method is really something different, working a lot with the sub-conscious and some deeply buried blocks. Due to working on stuff that I was not aware of with my conscious mind and because the sessions were taking place during my pregnancy it is difficult to say clearly how much of the positive outcome was thanks to the sessions themselves, how much was thanks to the emotional and physical rollercoaster this pregnancy brought me and how much was thanks to just talking to Marise who is a fantastic human being and a passionate professional in the field of pregnancy and parenting.
I can honestly say that after each session I felt better than before it. All of the sessions (thanks to the “I love it/I hate it” method specific for this therapy) helped me to see and feel things from a different point of view. And conclude for myself which feeling is right for me and why. When for example working on my fear of the unknown regarding childbirth I suddenly saw that knowing exactly what would be coming each second during the birth would rob me of the magic of spontaneity and would feel somewhat sterile and empty. Some of our work pushed me to connect the dots I was already subconsciously aware of and helped me to see and clearly name my fears and work on them. Some of the tools may seem a bit strange/new but if you keep your mind open you will learn a lot about yourself and get rid of things that no longer serve you.
"I had the pleasure to be coached by Marise a couple of months before our baby girl was born and couldn’t be happier. She helped us prepare for what was coming by explaining how sleeps works, what sleepy signs to look out for, how to approach them and how to set a good foundation for sleep for baby and our family. She was kind and easy to relate to, she answered all our questions on sleeping and how to function as a new family. I am very happy to say that sleeping has not been a problem in our home. We implemented what we learned from day one and our little girl has been growing & sleeping well. She enjoys her naps and does not cry herself to sleep as she had the chance to learn peacefully and gently to fall asleep once we put her down for sleep. Thank you so much Marise for your lessons and support in this matter. I am so glad we prepared ourselves before birth since it has made everything flow very naturally. I highly recommend this course for every expecting parent, it will save you a lot of sleepless nights!
Mr & Mrs Welcome
Preparing for the arrival of the first baby is a big, even overwhelming adventure. Adding to that, going through this experience in a new country and getting all the right information on how to care for our future baby can be stressing.
With energy, professionalism, tons of preparation, and a great deal of humor, Marise has made our journey of becoming parents stress-free!
She has given us helpful resources that we often come back to, month after month, even after our newborn has arrived. We now feel more equipped to navigate this journey and make the most of this adventure.
I had the opportunity to be coached by Marise before my baby girl was born!
She helped me a lot in being self-confident with regards to putting my baby to sleep and help her to enjoy sleep and having several naps per day.
From 2 months old on my lil' one sleeps so well at night and sleeping is not a problem at all for us!
All in all she is a very good sleeper because I could help her from the beginning to find the tranquility to sleep peacefully. Thank you so much Marise for helping me because this was on of my biggest fears and its so easy for us now!
“Mamas to be - be sure to try the Dancing for Birth™ sessions. During this pregnancy I am super tired and lazy but since I started with this program I would not miss a session.
If you want to feel prepared for childbirth - both physically and mentaly - it is the way to go. You do not need to have any dancing experience but you will learn some simple and effective dancing moves making you feeling very feminine, energetic and capable. In short (as Marise often says) you will feel like a (birth) Goddess :)
Plus you will get some very useful tips and tricks for possible issues in pregnancy and smooth childbirth.
Since I started dancing I no longer have pain in my hips and feel very competent and proud as a life-giver (instead of scared of dying of pain).”
Calm Birth helped me to feel prepared with methods to do a calm labour and enjoy the exciting experience, feeling aware and present at any moment with my baby throughout the entire process.
I really enjoyed it! I'll use the learnings beyond my pregnancy/delivery/early parent life!
After the birth:
The Calm Birth breathing and meditation practices helped me a lot to remain calm and positive and everything went well, no baby blues and super happy since the day my baby was born :-)
Marise was such a support as we prepared to welcome our first baby.
With so much to learn and prepare for, she helped us so much approach parenthood with much more calm and confidence.
We ‘completed the sleepy baby on the way’ program and found it superb.
Learning about the holistic approach to sleep really gave us such useful tools to help optimise all our sleep!
This really worked with us and we just enjoyed 8 hours sleep last night with our 12 week old baby’
We are so grateful!!’
Calm Birth helped me to prepare for labor in a calm and positive way. I feel more confident about my abilities as a woman and as a future mother.
Marise has a wonderful, calm energy which helps to bring trust in myself and make the class very enjoyable.
During the contractions focussing on my breath helped me a lot. I went completely still and just breathed through it. I believe it was thanks to the meditations that helped me to do this.
Thank you very much for the session and a small gift.
And a special thanks for such a detailed info!
You are wonderful, so much of my time and worry saved!
I no longer feel overwhelmed and the panic is passing away.
So thank you.
I have recently completed the calm birth course with Marise and found it very enlightening.
It was useful to think of birth from a different angle and will hopefully give me a positive birth experience with my upcoming second child.
The course demonstrated to me that birth does not have to be a purely medical process but can also be a positive experience that allows you to connect with your baby before, during and after birth. Marise explained the processes clearly and whilst there were many things I had never even considered before they all make perfect sense when we put them into practice.
I would strongly recommend anyone wanting to explore different birthing techniques and approaches to contact Marise and see how she can help.
After the birth:
Overall it was positive and certainly the womb breathing helped in the build up and even while I was being prepped for the c section.
all the prep we did made such a difference + has made me a lot more relaxed about the build up to the birth, then has let me build a real connection with my daughter much faster than last time. It's funny, I feel much more at ease with her and all the worries and stress I have is related to my eldest. Maybe that is normal but I do wonder if being so much more connected to my baby before she was born has made a difference.
Marise gave me a condensed course of 2,5 hours on calm birth with many advices, audio and written materials about 2 weeks before delivery.
Since then I have done meditation twice a day. I thought I was unprepared for natural birth and only wanted to prepare delivery in case I was too late for epidural.
I gave birth yesterday and consciously chose to go as far as possible without medical intervention and we did it ! Delivery was not so painful!
With strong mental focus, you all can do it. It was a magical experience and I cannot thank Marise enough for empowering me, making me believe in my inner force.
I did the Calm Birth classes with Marise. I found them really great in the period leading up to the birth. Being my first birth experience, the meditations kept me calm and relaxed. During the birth itself, they helped me stay stress-free and focused on what matters most - welcoming the baby in our lives. It was a very positive experience.
I'm so grateful that I've signed up for Marise's Conscious Birth Package. Marise has done a tremendous job of putting all the valuable content together, so well laid out.
There is no way that I would have managed to sift through google to find all this valuable information. I am so grateful!
First of all, I would like to use this opportunity once again to express my joy and gratitude I have been lucky to have met you and having gone on this journey together. Besides the fact that this is my first pregnancy, in addition as an expat not speaking any of the official languages and not being fully acquainted with the local culture of the prenatal care, medical institutions, baby products and services etc, I had a mix of negative emotions at the very beginning of my pregnancy, along with fear, feeling lost and even some sort of panic, not knowing where to start and what would be the best available options. Spending hours a day researching the required info online which a lot of the time is rather contradictory and full of trash, one must carefully analize and do some desk research to get the unbiased source of information etc which is one option. Having an experienced and passionate doula/coach/mentor who can provide guidance and support along with the required information is another option. I found the first option was extremely time consuming and rather frustrating, it made me feel even more anxious, confused and tired than before commencing this web surfing journey. I have to add that reading endless comments, reviews online etc along with asking people’ opinions around did not work for me either as everyone is different and has own opinion based on personal experience (sometimes quite negative) etc which can further lead to false expectations and/or fears.
In short, I was relieved and happy to have found someone I can trust and go along this first time journey together, gradually releasing fears, doubts and overall frustration. For me, this can never be compared with just books, web or «friends’ opinions». In addition, I must say that I was rather impressed (which is difficult to achieve :) with the level of your extensive knowledge and professional approach to collecting data and putting it all together and presentation skills; the sessions and info provided I found very organised (which I like), well structured, all materials are backed up by provided sources and links which is great to continue personal research later. I have had some experience with private coaching previously (not prenatal) and sometimes I was frustrated with the lack of organisation skills, when a person is all over the place, jumping from one subject to another, forgetting what we have discussed previously, adding too much of personal emotional feedback etc which turns a private session into a friendly chat which is not what I would expect in the end. In my opinion, you have carefully maintained the right balance between providing the required information and emotional support and guidance. I have learnt so much and discovered some fantastic alternatives which I doubt I would have had the opportunity to discover being so busy at work and preoccupied with other private matters during my pregnancy. I have recommended you and continue to do so to my friends and acquaintances. It has been a wonderful journey and thank you once again for making me feel I am not alone with my bump.
“We rate this course 10 out of 10 and would recommend it to others. The guided meditations and the explanations was most important. Detailed content is combined with light-hearted vibe. It will help me to be calm during the birth and we also loved to have some time together to prepare us to start our family. Thanks so much!"
Deborah, an expectant GP took 2 x 2,5h private DFB Workshops (at the cost of my standard doula rates per 2.5h) in-person at Soulspace, customised to her needs and questions. Here is what she said:
"I heartily recommend the dancing for birth course with Marise, it was such a great experience during my pregnancy and preparing for the birth. Marise is so nice, I especially appreciated that she personnalized the course for my needs, and I just had a great time dancing with her. Thank you Marise!"
I would recommend this course to others. It definitely helps you focus on the inner self and bond with baby as pregnancy can be so overwhelming!
It helped me to connect to myself at any time i feel it's important to do so and to be more aware of things that matter more. "
I’m so glad I found Marise to help me prepare for our first baby. My partner and I did the Calm Birth program (included in the Conscious Birth baby on the way), which really opened our horizons to what birth can be like. To me, it was important that I made educated decisions when it came to pregnancy (and later labor). Marise gave us all the wisdom and the tools needed to go into this adventure feeling empowered, and she did so with patience and warmth. I had no fear going into labor, I just felt calm and curious.
I also took Dancing for Birth classes with her, which complemented the Calm Birth program nicely. Learning different moves, feeling good about your body, and finding calm in the weeks preceding birth are all things I recommend as a first time mom.