Get to Know Me

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“I hope that you will be able to look back on your birth with fond memories, and believe in the amazing power and ability of your body. ”
Blessings! Maddie

My name is Maddie Ackerman, proud owner of Big Belly Doula Care. I am excited to be able to provide assistance to families in attaining a positive and empowering birth experience.

I became inspired to assist and nurture others in the birth process in 2010 after many interactions with friends who were becoming teen moms. During my late high school years I came to realize how uninformed young women in our culture are about the options they have in pregnancy and the birth process. It can be extremely overwhelming becoming a new parent and even more so for young women who may not have had prior experience or knowledge about the birthing process and life with a new baby. My goal is to inform and encourage you in continuing to ask questions and never ‘settle’ during your birth experience. As I continue in school at Seattle Pacific University for Nursing I am passionate about helping new moms feel confident in their birth experience.

I am currently working on certification with DONA and PALS. I completed my doula training at the Simkin center at Bastyr University, in Kenmore, WA. I have attended ten hospital births (both vaginal and cesarean), and have experience with young parents, first time parents and single mothers. I also have CNA, CPR, First Aid and HIV/Aids certifications.

I would love to help make this time easier for you.

Supporting your path to birthing!

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