With hormones and emotions changing to accommodate the new little being in my belly, I was a bit anxious. And I focused my anxiety on this question: where are we going to have this baby. I have, as long as I can remember, known that I wanted a home birth. The idea just felt right. I know that hospitals have their place, but birth is this insanely incredible and beautiful experience. A gift. And this gift deserves to be respected and nurtured in every possible way, every step of the way. But oh the hormones, how they made me question. And our situation, I thought, was a little different than most. We live “back a bush in rural Belize an hour plus to any type of medical facility. Was this too far? Too risky?” I jumped in head first reading and researching like a maniac, everything making me feel more confident in my decision to birth at home (everything except most of the people I talked to, especially my family)!
I was introduced to Maya. And she is amazing. She had the credentials to make me feel confident in approaching her with the proposition of being our midwife. She had the experience to back up those credentials. And then there is Maya herself: Confident and knowledgeable, down to earth and relaxed, patient and focused, organized and professional. She is an absolute perfect balance of all the qualities I was looking for in a midwife.
I had a very long active labor. Very long, very active. Maya new exactly what was going on at all times, and stayed close, but also gave us space to ride it out. In fact one thing I brag about when talking about Maya is how she anticipated the possibility of a long labor based on my medical history and a procedure I had years ago. She brought theappropriate homeopathy and the appropriate confidence and “you can do it” attitude that got me through. My confidence never wavered knowing she was there.
Maya also dealt beautifully with my parents who had flown in from the states expecting to greet a new baby, but rather came in right in the middle of labor. They were nervous. They had questions. Maya had them calm confident and lending a helping hand in no time. No small task. 🙂
If, or when we decide to have another child, I will be calling Maya immediately. She is the reason we have a beautiful thriving little girl naturally!
Brooks McGowin Parrish
I found out I was pregnant for the first time in 2011. I was pretty sure from the beginning of my pregnancy that I wanted to have a home birth with a midwife, but knew little else about the process. Our neighbor at the time had recently had a baby and enthusiastically recommended their midwife, Maya to us.
Maya guided me through my first pregnancy with grounded knowledge and experience, warmth, openness, humor, and a quiet, careful attentiveness that ultimately allowed me to experience my pregnancy and labor in the best possible way I could have ever imagined; with heightened awareness, and an absolute trust that I could go as deep into the experience as I wanted to, knowing that I had exactly the kind of support I needed. Maya was the midwife for my second pregnancy as well, and I loved the seamless continuity of that; a continuing process and conversation, with an outcome and experience that I couldn’t be happier with. I have learned so much from her, both as a professional, and also as what I consider her now; a friend.
Mindy Kelley and PJ Bruggeman
I honestly feel that I could not have received better care. It may go without saying but, I will say it anyway, my husband and I would love to have Maya as our midwife again. Professional, punctual, friendly, knowledgeable, and confident. She is awesome!