"If you don't know your options, you don't have any."

Open Hands Doula Care
119 Meadow St
Within one hour driving distance of Northampton, MA. Accepting clients due beginning in February of 2017.
Mariel Lugosch-Ecker

Professional Qualifications

Mariel Lugosch-Ecker
$800, options for sliding scale and partial barter. Accepting clients due beginning in February 2017.
Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Baystate Medical Center, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Home Birth
Anxiety and Phobias, Homebirth, LGBT Families, Special Spiritual/Religious Needs, Twins/Multiples, Unmedicated Birth, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, Waterbirth

•Initial consultation

•1-3 prenatal visits to talk through your preferences and any questions or concerns

•Unlimited phone, email and text support

•On call 24 hours from 38 weeks to birth

•Referrals and resource suggestions upon your request

•Continuous care and support throughout labor and delivery

•Movement and yoga practices offered to ease labor, help it progress and promote helpful

  positioning for baby while keeping in mind overall health of your muscles and joints  

•Immediate postpartum support for up to two hours after birth

•1 postpartum visit to discuss birth experience

•Back-up doula coverage

I take deep satisfaction in providing grounded emotional and physical support. I aim to offer an unwavering presence and I will unconditionally support your choices and those of your family.  


In addition to being a doula, I am an infant care provider and a yoga teacher.  Years of study in movement and yoga have given me an understanding of the physical body coupled with its subtle underlying emotions.  A vigorous prior career in dance and performance has taught me how to access ease and calm in challenging situations. I'm wholeheartedly excited to be carrying this learning into birth work and I hope to one day be a midwife.  


I've completed a doula training with Michelle L'Esperance, CPM, on the heels of a DONA International doula training in the spring of 2015.  

Yoga teacher