Advanced Birth Doula
CD(PALS), Certified Breastfeeding Specialist
Maria Gertsch is a certified Birth Doula CD(PALS), a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, and a married mother of three.
Maria became a Birth Doula after a series of unfortunate events at her own births left her feeling isolated. With multiple doctors coming in and out, nurses changing shifts, and her husband forgetting everything on the birth plan, she realized what she really needed was one person to be there for her, who knew her needs and preferences, and knew the birthing process. She sought to become that personal advocate who will be there no matter what.
Maria specializes in working with birthing persons with Anxiety, PTSD, and trauma. She is always present to explain what is happening, what the birthing person’s options are, and to advocate for them. Maria also has a background in nutrition and the culinary arts and plans to become a Lactation Consultant.
In her personal life, Maria’s three children, oldest nonbinary child Eve (16), middle son Dante (9), and youngest daughter Penny (4), challenge her to grow and learn everyday along with her loving husband Johnny. She has a mini zoo of pets at home from dog to cats to snakes! Maria spends her free time playing tabletop and console games, crafting and creating art, and generally being a big geek and birth nerd.