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Hi Marianne, my mind is only now starting to come back to earth after a really mind blowing course on Saturday...now I know why you call it Spiritual Birthing - I think each and every participant had a spiritual experience there.. and you were the most gentle of guides... Thank you so much-you have changed so much of my thinking and attitude to the birth process.. I can only be a better doula as a result of spending this precious time with you... And the gang!! Much love, Claire xoxo
Claire Edmeston, Kwazulunatal

Once again we both thank you for an amazing birth experience.Seems like yesterday that I was floating and swinging my hips in the water going through calm breathing, to a bit frightened of the strength that my body has, to totally excited to finally hold the little girl be both waited so long to meet. It’s the first time I’ve seen Sean cry. He really is flawed at how beautiful it was. He found it just as empowering to have been part of it. Yay, for involved fathers!I must add that having you there really made me feel so secure. Sean did too, but you being there for my second child was so comforting. Knowing that you are there and know what you’re doing, talking to me, cracking little jokes, helping Sean with little jobs, and fully secure within yourself at the beauty of nature and letting it be. Anyway, we both thank you from our very core. And I meant what I said – I would do this again and again if I could… but I do have to stop somewhere reasonable (I would love 3 – hehe)…
Aline, Cape Town

"I chose Marianne to be the midwife at the birth of our first child. I am not a fan of unnecessary medical intervention, and I knew that I wanted a quiet, calm home-birth where I would be able to do what came naturally to me during the intense experience of labour. Marianne was the perfect person to help me realise my ideal for such an important moment in my life. I needed someone who was professional and who inspired confidence and who I could trust to guide me successfully through this huge challenge. From the beginning Marianne was warm, calm and a strong and stable presence. Instead of trying to push a certain viewpoint on me, she waited for my cues and responded with information and suggestions of books I could read that would resonate with me. During the labour Marianne listened to what I needed, instead of trying to impose any rigid formula, and gave me the freedom to follow my birth plan. She was gentle and quiet, allowing the natural process of birth to unfold, and when she did give me guidance, it was exactly what I needed to hear at that moment. Soon after the birth a complication did arise but Marianne handled it with absolute calm and efficiency, and my baby and I were both perfectly healthy and safe - without having to leave our home. My first birth was such a positive experience that I was thrilled and relieved to hear that Marianne would be able to help me birth my second child as well. The second birth was even better than the first, and my husband and I will always remember Marianne as someone whose calm, efficiency, deep knowledge of, and reverence for the natural process of childbirth helped to make one of the most important events of our lives beautiful, tender, calm and safe. I can confidently recommend Marianne as a guide and a friend through your pregnancy and birth."
Claire Walker, Cape Town

I never thanked you for my amazing experience. You assisted me in giving birth to Ahlia Boje in 2006 that Saturday-morning 10:00 June 19. Thank You, she is a Blessing!
Jeanine, Western Cape

Hi Marianne James recently said mumma! Whenever he is hungry or tired or just sees me, he starts saying 'mumma'. James is also showing signs of wanting to crawl but he has not gotten the co-ordinations of it just yet. He has got so much energy,he is always wanting to jump! I'm surprised that those legs can hold all of his weight, after jumping he tries to wriggle his way out of your arms so that he can be on the floor to attempt crawling, he is really keeping me on my toes but i love every minute of it,except when he wakes up at 5am for a feed and wants to start playing and jumping, but then he looks at me and gives me the most loving gorgeous smile and I can't help but forget about the lack of sleep. He is truly a blessing! I would also just like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such a huge support to me in my pregnancy and the birth,you helped me experience one of the most beautiful experiences, even when I honestly didnt believe that I would be able to give birth to James. I hope that I can be such a huge support to other pregnant women when I am a trained doula, as you were for me. You really helped open my eyes to the beauty and sacredness of birth. Thank you. lots of love, candice
Candice Evans, Tulbagh, Cape Town

Our beautiful boy is 2 years old already, and a calm and very happy child. I KNOW that his birth played a huge part in his development and his character. Marianne was so supportive throughout the pregnancy and birth, and was much more than we expected. I remember her phoning me countless times just to find out how I was feeling physically and emotionally. She gave above and beyond her 'medical duty', because what she does means so much more to her than just work. And it shows. Thank you for being a part of our lives during the most breathtaking experience. We love you and hope that you will join us again for another birth soon.
Marli Vermeulen

Marianne delivered both my babies. My son was born at home. He had a hard time coming into the world: he didn\'t breathe for eight minutes, while the fabulous Marianne literally brought him back to life. I never thought he was dying, but the other people who were there wouldn\'t let me do the second one at home. They were afraid: I wasn\'t. (It wasn\'t the home birth that caused the complication. This happens all the time. The hospitals only see the one bad birth in the thousand good and normal ones. We should feel sorry for them.) The hardest part was actually seeing him afterwards in the hospital. Pallotti refused to give us a bed, even though I had a pre-admissions number. If you don\'t give birth on the allotted day, that\'s it. Through Marianne\'s desperate string-pulling, we eventually got into Cape Town Medi-Clinic, which was absolutely fantastic to us. Deon Smith is, quite literally, an angel. They put him on ice for 72 hours, and hardly let us touch him for fear of driving his temperature up. Cold prevents any potential brain swelling. But we\'re fine. It turned out that my kids just have small fontanelles, not squidgy brains. But some random passing gynaecologist thought it was his place to tell me that THIS was why home birth was frowned upon. I\'m glad he said that. It gave my misgivings about The Establishment a focus. My second baby was eleven days late, and the placenta was starting to calcify. Marianne supervised the Proglandin-induced delivery (Quick! But so goddamn sore!) at the hospital in her usual generous and methodical way. I\'m glad she was there for the second one too. She said that she wanted me to experience how it should be. And we did.
Diane Awerbuck, Cape Town

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