Complementing the birth team

Tender Doula Hands 

tenderdoulahands@gmail.com

About the doula

  • Oct. 2009
    Oct. 2009
  • Normalizing toddler breastfeeding.
    Normalizing toddler breastfeeding.
  • A father is born.
    A father is born.
  • World Milk Sharing Week, Sept. 2012
    World Milk Sharing Week, Sept. 2012
  • World Milk Sharing Week, Sept. 2011
    World Milk Sharing Week, Sept. 2011
  • Rebozo training, 2013
    Rebozo training, 2013
  • Me with Ricki Lake, producer of The Business of Being Born
    Me with Ricki Lake, producer of The Business of Being Born
  • Color Me Rad 5K Feb. 2013...before the run.
    Color Me Rad 5K Feb. 2013...before the run.
  • Color Me Rad 5K Feb. 2013...after the run.
    Color Me Rad 5K Feb. 2013...after the run.
  • Toddler wearing, April 2012.
    Toddler wearing, April 2012.
  • Jan. 2013
    Jan. 2013

My name is Marivette Torres. 


I am 43 years old, have been married to the love of my life for 25 years, and have 8 beautiful children (seven girls and one boy ranging from 24 years to 6 years old).


I began providing birth support after the birth of our third child. Our third child was born at home with a midwife. My midwife asked me if I would like to be her assistant as a doula. So, I began supporting women during labor and birth. Our third child is now seventeen years old!


Seven of my births have been non-medicated (my first was a breech baby; she was born by C-section). With our first two children, I gave birth without the help of an experienced, trained woman. I had a very difficult time with birth and breastfeeding. With our third, fourth, and fifth birth, we had a midwife and a friend. These births were a bit more manageable. Finally, with our sixth, seventh, and eighth child, we had a midwife and a trained doula. What a difference! I managed labor and birth much better with a doula.


Could it be that this was number 6, 7 , and 8? I doubt it. Labor is intense whether it is the first or eighth baby. My midwife was present for the purpose of the birth and all that goes into catching a baby. Although she helped me, she still had to focus on the birth of the baby. My doula was there to care for me while in the intensity of labor and to meet my needs during labor. While my midwife focused her attention on the birth of the baby, my doula stayed focused on me.


I am a doula, and I still require support from a doula during labor and birth. I could not have a satisfying birth experience without my doula.


I offer Labor Support to mothers and fathers as a Birth Doula. I also offer breastfeeding support as part of the doula package.