Maggie has been of service as a birth and postpartum Doula since 2015. Her start in birth work came after a dear friend shared her difficult birth story and expressed how she felt unheard by her medical practitioners. She needed an advocate in the room. She needed a Doula.
Maggie quickly learned about what the birth community was actively trying to change regarding birth outcomes, how people view birth, and how families are supported postpartum. She joined the movement and loves the work she does every day. Maggie also serves as a mentor to early career Doulas.
Before becoming a Doula, Maggie received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and served people dealing with various forms of trauma. The communities she served were people who survived natural disasters, young adults living with mental illness and the elderly. She later went on to bring her counseling knowledge to the corporate sector. She served in the capacity of an Organizational Psychologist and helped in the creation of workshops, personality assessments and developing new lines of business that promoted individual soft skills.
Maggie lives in Westchester, New York, but tries often to travel back to her first home in Rochester, New York to visit her large immediate family. She grew up in a blended family of 7 children and now has 9 nieces and nephews. Maggie also loved the arts from a young age and studied at a performing arts high school where she was heavily involved in theater. Like many people, her experiences from childhood and adolescence shaped her passions. She grew up in a home where her parents opened their doors to the community and it was during her youth, she learned the importance of story-telling and how bonding it can be for all involved. Regardless of the “type” of work she is involved in, she is invested in connecting with others, learning from others and if a shared reality exists – creating with others.
In 2019, Maggie launched a new business called Two New Hands, LLC., after encountering the significant need for more helping hands beyond the presence of a Doula. She partners with service-minded people eager to support families as they evolve and grow.