Mariam L. in Durham, NC

Designated Doula

    Practice overview

    My mission is to provide others with the prenatal, labor, and birth support that everyone deserves. A powerful, confident, and comforting birth experience is something this world should strive to provide to all who need it. With me by your side, you can be assured that you will feel cared for, supported, and confident as you embark on your remarkable journey.

    My commitment to helping others, through the journey of pregnancy and childbirth, began in 2015 as a Birth Partners volunteer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While balancing parenthood, a full-time job as a Research Specialist at UNC, and volunteering as a doula, I worked to earn my Birth Doula Certification through DONA International. This allowed me the opportunity to enter the world of professional doulas as a way to better serve others.

    Years experience


    Families supported


    Birth Rate


    Care philosophy

    There is no right or wrong way to give birth! No two people, pregnancies, labors, or birth experiences are the same, and I believe everyone should be treated as a unique person going through a unique experience. As a Doula, it is not my birth and not my journey, but my goal is to provide the type of support you feel is best for you with complete empathy and no judgement.


    • Lamaze classes
    • Adoption doula support
    • Birth doula support
    • Virtual doula support
    • In-home lactation visits
    • Virtual lactation visits
    • 24-hour newborn care

    Specialties and Experience

    • Cesarean birth
    • Clients on bed rest
    • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
    • High-risk pregnancy
    • Induced and high medical technology labor and birth
    • LGBTQ
    • Multiples
    • Over 40
    • People of color
    • Plus size
    • Prematurity
    • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
    • Single parents
    • Teen parents
    • VBAC

    Care settings

    • Birthing center
    • Home
    • Hospital


    • English


    • CD(DONA)
    • LCCE


    Pricing packages

    Birth Doula Service
    $ 900
    Free In-Person Consultation Unlimited Text, Call, and Email Support Unlimited Prenatal Visits and Support (Depending on Needs) Birth Plan/Preference Worksheet Building On Call 24/7 Starting at 38 Weeks Until Birth Uninterrupted and Continuous Labor and Birth Support Immediate Postpartum Support (1-3 Hours, Unless More is Needed) Breastfeeding/Infant Feeding Support Postpartum Home or Virtual Visit (2-4 hours) Personalized Birth Story (Optional)


    Areas served

    • Durham County
    • Wake County
    • Orange County
    • Alamance County

    • Staci
      January 13, 2021 at 6:46 am | Client review

      Mariam was such wonderful support to have during my son’s birth. She was thoughtful and caring and so helpful in the months leading up to his birth. She provided a ton of information during my pregnancy and always supported whatever choice I made. During our time in the hospital, she was fantastic throughout the whole process. Mariam clearly cares so much about her clients and I highly recommend her!

    • Nancy
      January 13, 2021 at 7:02 am | Client review

      Mariam is well versed, knowledgeable and super supportive as a doula. I’m so thankful she was there for both me and my husband during my hitting process.

    • Holly
      January 14, 2021 at 8:50 am | Client review

      I first met Mariam as a volunteer doula. I requested a doula and Mariam willingly came in on her day off. She stayed with me through my entire 36 hour birth. Mariam was present for the delivery of both of my children, now ages 5 and 2. My oldest child was not breathing at birth and it was a very scary experience for us all. While my husband stayed with the baby, Mariam stayed with me and provided support and a listening ear. My daughter is perfect now and Mariam holds a special place in my heart for all of the support she provided. I knew when I was expecting again that I wanted Mariam to attend the delivery. She again provided support to my husband and I, and she never left my side. She knew the support I needed and was so comforting when I was anxious about the arrival of my son. The support that Mariam provided was priceless and I will be forever grateful. In fact, I still keep up with her to this day and she is like a family member. If you have a chance to meet Mariam you will love her empathetic and caring personality.

    • Michelle
      January 15, 2021 at 9:23 am | Client review

      I was so glad I to chose to work with Mariam and Designated Doula during my pregnancy and through the birth of my first child. As an expecting mother, although I read books, visited online forums, consulted with family and friends, and took classes with my partner, I was still nervous about labor and birth. Having Mariam by our sides before and during labor took so much of the worry and anxiety away. She was able to answer all the questions we had about labor, delivery and post partum with grace and compassion. When I thought I was going into labor, she was one of the first people I contacted and she was there as I needed her—I liked that she was as available as I needed but still gave my partner and I the space to make the experience our own. Having her with us at the hospital was monumental—she encouraged me to walk the ward to help progress labor, applied pressure/massage as contractions were happening, helped talk to the doctors as I was unable to due to pain. I loved knowing I had someone in the room that had helped others through birth before and could be my translator. When it came to push, she was an amazing coach! Delivery was pretty much perfect and I owe a lot of it to Mariam—I’m fortunate she was there with me during the scariest and most joyful moment of my life. Again, one of her greatest gifts is the ability to “read the room”—to step in when you need her but also to give space to make the moment special for you and your partner.

    • Tara
      January 15, 2021 at 9:31 am | Client review

      Mariam was phenomenal to have with me as my birth doula. As a first time mom, I had minimal knowledge of what to actually expect, so she was incredibly helpful with answering all of my questions, anytime. She was able to guide both my husband and I throughout the entire labor and birth by breathing with us, offering to change positions and techniques, and by utilizing massage to make me more comfortable. She was very knowledgeable of the options I had during the process and was comfortable with addressing my needs and preferences to the nurses and other hospital staff as needed. Mariam also answered any questions I had in the first few weeks after delivery as well, as I was trying to navigate life with a newborn. She made the whole experience seamless, between guiding me through breathing techniques over the phone until we reached the hospital, walking around the campus with us until we could be admitted, and assisting in the labor and delivery room. I highly recommend Mariam, and plan to have her as our doula again if we decide to have more children.

    • Maria
      January 15, 2021 at 9:44 am | Client review

      Mariam was an amazing asset during my pregnancy and delivery. She was very knowledgeable and always available to answer any questions or concerns. Mariam truly cares about her patients. Mariam really helped me during my delivery! She helped with breathing techniques and really helped me feel calm and confident throughout my whole experience! I wish I had met Mariam when I delivered my first! I highly recommend Mariam!

    • Anubha
      January 18, 2021 at 10:07 am | Client review

      Mariam is simply wonderful. I am impressed by how she introduces so much trust, love and affection for her clients. She is an angel and has a very strong work ethic. She was like sister to me through my entire pregnancy and post partum process. She has been there for me for every possible question/help. She would be on top of all my doctor appointments and advise and motivate me on the right things in the perfect manner. She is flexible to the limit that just makes you feel very comfortable. Mariam has been magical for me through my pregnancy, birth experience and postpartum care. Being a VBAC mom, I was very intimidated but having Mariam on my side, I found each moment to be much more relaxed and informative and each decision through the entire process became much easier. Due to coronavirus time, I had no family member around me except my husband to help me out, but having Mariam around me gave me lot of courage and peace. Her positive attitude is infectious which kept me calm and focused on what I wanted to achieve through my birth experience. Her proactiveness and willingness to help made me feel comfortable. I am extremely grateful for everything that I could achieve through my birth experience and baby care.

    • Janelle
      January 23, 2021 at 8:50 am | Client review

      Mariam is both an amazing person and doula ! I delivered my first child in August 2020 admits the COVID-19 pandemic and Mariam was and still is a huge support system for me and my family! Before my delivery she was a big support system for me, answering all my questions and concerns about pregnancy and beyond. She also went above and beyond to work around my busy work schedule to do socially distance meet ups in preparation for my birth. We love her and I would totally love for her to be my doula again for our future babies!

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