Mountains and river
Open Hands Doula
Within one hour driving distance of Northampton, MA.
Mariel Lugosch-Ecker

Professional Qualifications

$950 birth doula care. $25 daytime postnatal care. $35 overnight postnatal care. Options for sliding scale and partial barter.
Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Baystate Medical Center, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Holyoke Medical Center, Home Birth, Mercy Medical Center
Anxiety and Phobias, Babywearing Support, Homebirth, LGBTQ+ Families, Optimal Fetal Positioning, Photography, Special Spiritual/Religious Needs, Teen Parents, Twins/Multiples, Unmedicated Birth, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, Waterbirth

Birth Services include:

•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 birth

•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


Postnatal Services include:

-Judgement-free listening and support 

-Baby care and education (diapering, bathing, soothing, swaddling, safe sleep)

-Physical support for birther (gentle heat treatment, belly wrapping, herbal baths)

-Breastfeeding support, pumping support, and bottle feeding support

-Baby wearing information and support

-Infant massage and instruction

-Meal preparation (iron building, Ayurvedic, comfort food, restricted or special diet)

-light housekeeping

-Shopping and errands

-Walking and feeding pets

-Information about local resources

-Overnight care 

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 providing doula care informed by these somatic practices.  


I completed a doula training with Michelle L'Esperance, CPM, on the heels of a DONA International doula training in the spring of 2015.  As of the fall of 2017, I've had the privilege of serving 18 families through pregnancy and birth and I'm currently taking prerequisites in preparation for midwifery school.  

Yoga teacher
Mariel Lugosch-Ecker