Sensitive and sophisticated doula support for your passage into parenthood.
Serving Western Wisconsin & Saint Paul, MN
Welcome! I'm Diana!
Doula. Mother. Wife. Lover of nature, food and good books. Home birth and midwifery enthusiast. Longtime birth advocate.
Matrescence is my birth & postpartum doula practice serving Menomonie, Eau Claire, Baldwin, River Falls, Hudson WI and Saint Paul, MN. Named for the enormous social and emotional initiation into parenthood, the Matrescence mission is to honor birth and postpartum as the sacred rites of passage they are.
I offer a range of non-clinical services in my communities, including preconception consults, prenatal and postpartum visits, labor and birth support, information, referrals and advocacy, and pregnancy loss support. My service area spans from Greater Eau Claire to Minneapolis. As both a cesarean and home birth mom, I specialize in VBAC and out-of-hospital birth, and trauma-informed care.
Matrescence is an inclusive practice. I strive to provide compassionate, affirming care to people of all identities, faiths and family structures. I look forward to supporting you in your unique journey.
Words can't express how grateful I am to Diana for the extraordinary care she provided me. Diana listened intently during our sessions leading up to the birth and understood my concerns. We put together a sound birth plan, including a natural birth. She was very thoughtful in her regular check-ins as my due date neared. When the big day came, I felt prepared and knew that I had someone I could rely on and look to for support. I was able to see through my birth plan and know she played a crucial role in it. I would highly recommend Diana to anyone looking for an uplifting and encouraging presence during any type of birth. I only wish I had her for my first two hospital births. Her postpartum visit was a meaningful one as we relived how wonderful the 3rd childbirth experience was. Also, I can't rave enough about her magical postpartum padsicles! A must-buy!
2020 birth doula client
"Diana is a brilliant and intentional ally to have on your birth team. She is a wealth of knowledge, resources, and most importantly radical support. Her coaching and physical presence allowed me to feel safe enough to dive deep into labor and to trust that each new phase was progressing as it should. I felt my voice was amplified by hers, keeping my care team informed, keeping me safe, keeping me in power...
With a lot of personal preparation, my husband, Diana, my midwives/nurses/OB, and some alternative body work, I was able to deliver a healthy baby vaginally, with no injury and no medication. Achieving this goal was beyond my expectations, and I know I would not have had the endurance, presence of mind and feeling of robust support without Diana's talented healing presence."
2020 VBAC client
2020 birth doula client
"Diana was with us every step of the way, before, during, and after the birth. She was frequently in contact and always ready to hop on the phone after one of my doctor's appointments if I was left with questions or needed some help with decision-making. Having Diana with us on the day of allowed my husband to focus on supporting me---she was such a calming and knowledgeable presence. Diana will always hold a very special place in our hearts, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to any mother-to-be!"
2019 birth doula client
"Your patient rights training was FANTASTIC! You are so incredibly knowledgable, interesting, dynamic etc etc! Your passion really comes through and I just love how clearly you explain such difficult and confusing topics. A doula who is a lawyer... MAN that is the COOLEST! THANK YOU for all you do for birthing families, as both a lawyer AND a doula and THANK YOU for sharing your knowledge with professionals like me! I am so appreciative of this webinar today! I learned SO MUCH!"
Experienced L&D nurse
"Diana is a true consumer advocate and more knowledgeable on the research and guidelines related to pregnancy and birth than most providers I know. She is a rare gem that the maternity system needs more of."