Maggie Torrance, CLC
Birth doula offering: lactation support, placenta encapsulation services, and tub rentals
Review from the Summer 2022 Birthing SurveyWhat month and year was your child born? June 2022 Review: Maggie came recommended to me by a coworker and was absolutely the perfect fit for our family. She is super funny and cuts straight through the BS. It was a huge perk that she was very familiar with my care providers (Park Slope Midwives), and that they also held her in high esteem, having met her across previous births. Maggie was also familiar with hypnobirthing and working with women who want to labor at home and walk into the hospital right before it's time to push (amazingly I got to have this exact experience with my first baby, as I hoped!). Maggie gave excellent touch and breathing cues throughout my labor and when it was time to push. She also gave very supportive, evidence-based, and balanced advice when I had a medical concern pop up towards the end of my pregnancy (which was ultimately non-serious after several rounds of testing), and helped me advocate for myself so that I could avoid an induction. Any advice for people who are considering using a birth doula? You will not regret it! Working with a doula was so rewarding before, during, and after my birth experience -- I came to rely on my doula's expertise more than my mom's. We learned so much from her and she made a great labor support team with my husband. I highly recommend working with a doula who is comfortable / familiar with your preferred labor coping mechanisms (eg hypnobirthing), and who is also a lactation consultant -- in addition to their doula support, they can give you valuable info on breastfeeding in advance of and after birth, if that's a priority for you.
birth hospital and ob/midwife reviewsI also recommend my doula highly: Maggie Torrance (https://www.doulamaggienyc.com/).
Review from the 2021 Birthing Experience SurveyMaggie was our doula as well and she provided so much support and expertise both in the hospital and after with breastfeeding. I never felt pressured by her regarding any specific method of feeding -- rather I felt empowered by her that I was making good decisions for my body and my child. In particular, she took my pain seriously with breastfeeding and factored that into her advice. I felt better equipped to attend to the needs of my child and my body at the same time, rather than seeing them at odds with one another.
Review from the 2021 Birthing Experience SurveyI truly don't know what we would have done without Maggie. She was a steady source of strength, knowledge, humor, and nurturance throughout pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum. It was strange to feel at ease during one of the most painful, uncertain, life-changing experiences, and yet I did with her there.
Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience SurveyMaggie is awesome! She is fun and funny, but super knowledgeable and provided a bunch of tips and insight to help us get prepared. She was also our rock during the actual laboring process and helped us dissect some of the events as they occurred so we could make the best decisions for us in the moment.
2019 Birth SurveyMy number one secret weapon for birth. I had my husband and mother present, but I absolutely could not have had such a wonderful experience without Maggie. She was strong, energetic, kind, and more than I could have known I needed! She supported my family and the hospital team, as well. She is incredible.
2018 Birth SurveyLoved Maggie! Unfortunately she missed the entire at-home portion of my labor due to a technological issue (her phone didn't ring when we called), but she was by my side for the remainder of my 23 hour labor and was hugely helpful. From little stuff to make me more comfortable (massage, aromatherapy, funny & entertaining conversation, etc.), to the big stuff (like helping me accept certain outcomes that weren't part of my birth plan, especially as they pertained to my and the baby's safety), Maggie was there. She also came to check on us after we got home and answered my many many texts in the weeks that followed. (November 2018)
[Summer2016Babies] Doula RecsMaggie Torrence. She's a dream. She was mine and I also went through doula training with her. Can't recommend her enough. (January 2018)
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyEmily Cohen-Moreira and Maggie Torrance Emily was at another birth when I went into labor, so Maggie stepped in. Emily had introduced us to Maggie well ahead of our estimated due date, and we loved Maggie so much, too. Maggie was with us for the duration of labor and when our daughter was about to be born, Emily came right from her other birth. During labor, I didn't know what I needed, but Maggie seemed to know exactly what would comfort me: from foot massages, to pressure on my low back, to a warm shower. Emily came during the final moments and was as supportive as she had been for the duration of my pregnancy. Once Emily came, Maggie took out her camera and started photographing the arrival of our little girl. Another thing we didn't know we even wanted, but are so grateful for. Emily also provided so much postpartum care, and got me started with breastfeeding and basic infant care. Based on a May 2017 birthing experience
Review submitted via the PSP Birth SurveyMaggie has tons of experience and is very knowledgeable. During my labor, she was all business- not very touchy-feely, so keep that in mind. She was also very accessible via text to answer all sorts of questions, and continues to check in every now and then, which I appreciate. She's also a lactation consultant. Based on February 2017 birth experience
Placenta encapsulation summaryCall Brooklyn birthing center and ask for Maggie Torrance. She's one of the doulas there, but also does placenta encapsulation on her own. She did a great job on ours - came over a few hours after my daughters birth to pick up the placenta and deliver the pills a couple of days later.
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