Margaret helped us with the birth of my second child. She was exactly what we needed for the entire process. Margaret was responsive to my inquires throughout the pregnancy and early labor stage. She helped me determine when to go to the hospital. During labor, her presence eased many of my anxieties. She was the source of comfort I was looking for in the delivery room. Margaret was also respectful to our wishes and preferences. She also gave amazing massages! I will definitely recommend her for my friends.
April 19th, 2014 - Angela B.
Margaret is a saint! My husband and I cannot rave enough about her attentiveness, knowledge, and overall experience that she brought to our delivery day. Her calm demeanor was welcomed throughout my natural childbirth and she assisted to keep my birth plan as viable as possible. It was a tremendous help to have her input throughout the entire process and keep my mind open to different variables on everything from shots, hospital protocol, breastfeeding, etc.
We highly recommend Margaret Byrne and hope she can bless your birthing experience as she did for us.
April 7th, 2014 - Merrill B.
It wasn’t until I became pregnant that I really even considered the idea of a natural childbirth. Unfortunately, this was not a common or popular choice with most of the women in my life, and their skepticism made me begin to doubt my choice. After researching online, I chose Shari Aizenman and her doula partner Margaret Byrne. From our very first meeting, my husband and I felt empowered and supported. They gave me the confidence that not only was I totally capable of having the birthing experience I wanted, but that it was the best thing for my baby.
Shari was wonderful in the time leading up to my birth. Whenever I had questions, she would send me great articles and research. She would offer opinions if I asked for them, but she never made me feel pressured to do things a certain way.
The day I went into labor, Shari and I stayed in close contact on the phone and via text. I wanted to stay at home as long as it was safe to do so, and these women made that possible for me. As things started to become more intense, Margaret and Shari came to my house. They knew exactly when it was time to make our way to the hospital, and after a memorable car ride, I arrived at the hospital already 7 centimeters dilated. In less than an hour and a half, and with no interventions, my baby girl was born.
Shari was unable to stay for the delivery because she had another client in labor, but Margaret was with us the whole time. She has a wonderful, calming nature that was a great fit for me and my husband. Even my OB was impressed by her! I can say without a doubt, that I could NOT have had a natural childbirth without the support of Margaret and Shari. First of all, I wouldn’t stayed at home for as long as I did without the comfort of knowing these women were there with me and would know when I needed to go to the hospital. Most importantly, they gave me confidence in myself and in my body’s ability. We would absolutely use them again!
January 25th, 2014 - Teresa A.
I had the incredible opportunity to work with Shari Aizenman and Margaret Byrne as my birth team. I was trying to go into my birth with no expectations—I was considering a natural birth, but I didn't want to take an epidural off of the table. They seemed to think this was the correct way to approach laboring and birth. I had just asked them (per their suggestion) that if I requested an epidural, they would ask me to try to get through three more and see if I still wanted it.
On the day of my son's birth, I was incredibly calm and in tune with my body. My water broke early that morning but I didn't start labor until the afternoon. I kept Shari and Margaret in the loop throught the day, but it wasn't until my contractions started to get really intense around 7pm that I called them to say it's time. They were both at a pre natal appointment, so Shari met me at my house, where soon after arrival she declared it was time to head to the hospital. Margaret met us there. During the 2.5 hours in L&D, I remember how calming their presence was in the room with me—once the chaos of the doctors and nurses had left the room. At one point I did ask for the epidural, but they explained that by the time I got it I would be pushing anyway. It must have been then that I remember looking over at Margaret and feeling an amazing sense of calm looking at her. She was an incredible grounding force always one step ahead of me... with water to drink, and a calming voice with words of advice on how to get through each contraction.
December 12th, 2013 - Yana S.
This was my first pregnancy and I was completely clueless when it came to babies! After watching the documentaries, "Pregnant in America" and "The Business of Being Born", I knew I wanted a natural birth, but I wasn't sure if I could do it on my own. Not really knowing what a doula was, my husband and I did some research and decided that it was in our best interest to have a labor doula present during my labor to help me achieve the kind of birth that I wanted. After reading Margaret's profile, I contacted her and scheduled a meet up. Instantly, I felt at ease by her calming presence and her knowledge about natural birth, pain management/coping techniques and her background as a midwife. She was such a huge support system to my husband and me, during the very first "cramp" that I felt, staying up with me all night while I labored at home, being with me during labor at the hospital and for the several hours she stayed with me after I delivered to make sure I and our baby boy were doing well with breastfeeding! She was so encouranging, helpful and a complete blessing! I ended up having the natural birth that I wanted and I know I could not have done it without Margaret! My husband and I are completely grateful to have met Margaret and are blessed to have had her by my side during such an incredible, life changing event in our lives :)
October 24th, 2013 - Marissa C.
Margaret was a calm and sweet spirit during my birthing experience! She constantly recommended new techniques to help cope with my 36 hour long labor. She was kind and compassionate when I felt like I could not endure my natural labor any longer. I will never forget how she encouraged me in my darkest hour. She shared that having an empowered birth is not about going natural vs medicated BUT it is about making informed decisions about my body and the birth of my baby. When she shared this with my husband and I I felt so at peace that whatever decisions we made it was ok and I would not be a "failure" if we chose to have an epidural. I can't say enough amazing things about Margaret! I would absolutely hire her again as our doula and I give her my highest recommendation! We love you, Margaret!
October 23rd, 2013 - Stephanie O.
I was fortunate enough to "inherit" Margaret as a second doula as she had just moved to Atlanta and was apprenticing with the wonderful Shari Aizenman. I remember the first time she came to my house. I was struck with her calm demeanor and was impressed with her background as a midwife. What fantastic experience for a doula to have! I got a great vibe from Margaret immediately and gave an enthusiastic "YES!" when Shari asked if she could join my birth. I am a little bit high strung, so was excited to have another person with a calm confidence in the room with me.
During my birth, Margaret was exactly the kind of support I needed- which was mostly to be left alone. I am so thankful that my care providers recognized that I needed to be alone to work through my birth. As my contractions approached their peak, Margaret quietly came over and rubbed my back. She knew what I needed before I did! She was delightful during and after birth, sticking around until the wee hours of the morning making sure my daughter was latched correctly. I will be forever grateful for the pictures she took of my birth as well! I was elated when she sent them over, as I didn't even realize she was taking them at the time. It's wonderful to have that documentation.
October 17th, 2013 - Hilary G.
I truly cannot say enough wonderful things about Margaret and what she means to our little family, now of three. We were blessed to have met Margaret in our 7th month of pregnancy! We were all set with another doula but after meeting Margaret, we requested that she be our back up should our regular doula have to attend another birth. When we got the call that our scheduled doula had to leave town for her own daughter's birth, we were able to remain perfectly calm knowing we were being left in wonderful, loving hands and were able to transition without skipping a beat!
Margaret was so wonderful and soothing to my husband and I both as labor stretched from a few hours into days (yes DAYS). She came over to house and helped us with massage, pain coping techniques, and gentle direction. When I was finally ready to go the hospital, she was right there at check in. She helped us create the environment in the room we wanted, aided us with communicating our birthplans to staff and helped us feel comfortable and set for a nautral labor, not exactly what the baby facory was used to seeing often. When things went wrong (baby passed merconium in utero) she was our champion in helping us talk with the doctor to try and keep things on plan. Our son would have certainly had his cord immeadiatly severed and been rushed across the room to a NICU team without her gentle suggestion to convince the doc to try bulb suctioning first with our son on my stomach. When the doc demanded me flat on my back, Margaret was very respectfully able to suggest a position that would work for the doctor and allow me to push efficiently. She single-handedly saved our birthplan from modern medicine thick-headedness!