Howdy! My name is Mary Alice Martin, and I’m a native, baby-loving, Houstonian!
Growing up I would sit in front of the television and watch reality shows about childbirth—I was obsessed, but also terrified. The thought of one day going through labor and delivery really scared me, and I didn’t realize there were alternatives to what I was watching and to my mother’s own horrific birth experiences. At the ripe age of sixteen I read a memoir written by a midwife and I was hooked; I just knew that I was called to make experiences of childbirth and motherhood more peaceful and meaningful for families.
I attended Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and at this small, liberal arts, women’s college I had the opportunity to cater my education to my own interests and goals. Through interdisciplinary classes I was challenged to think deeply about the world into which babies are born and in which women become mothers. My degree is in Critical Social Thought with a minor in Gender Studies, and I had the opportunity to write an undergraduate thesis exploring the politics of midwifery and motherhood represented in documentary films.
Doula work has given me the opportunity to bring my academic work into the “real world.” I was trained as a DONA birth doula over five years ago. I’ve supported families through epidurals and medication free births, home and hospital births, VBACs and twins. In addition to my work as a birth doula I have worked as a postpartum doula, am currently enrolled in midwifery school, and am the Manager and Editor at Baby Chick.
I believe that every family deserves respect, love, and informed consent along this journey, and I would be honored to travel with you.