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Sensitive and sophisticated doula support for your passage into parenthood.

Welcome!

Matrescence is a private doula service catering to Eastern & Central Massachusetts and Rhode Island.   Named for the cultural process of becoming a mother, the Matrescence mission is to honor the complex social and emotional aspects of birth and motherhood.  

Diana Snyder Birth Advocacy Lawyer

I'm Diana, and my passion is better maternity care.  I am a doula and patient rights attorney with six years of experience in birth advocacy.  I strive to help my clients have a positive, life-affirming birth experience that honors their legal and human rights to dignity, informed consent, safety and bodily autonomy.

My services include prenatal appointments to prepare for birth and postpartum, on-call support for labor and delivery, Know Your Rights education, postpartum visits and general maternity consulting.  Through my legal practice, I also offer customized patient advocacy services.

I support all types of births, whether unmedicated or epidural-assisted, home birth or induction, VBAC or planned cesarean.  My goal is to provide inclusive and respectful care to all families regardless of gender, race, orientation or beliefs.  I look forward to supporting you in your unique journey.

- Diana Snyder

DOULA, LAWYER, PATIENT ADVOCATE

Prepare for a powerful, connected labor and delivery.

Thrive after baby with a healing, supported recovery.

Claim your right to respectful maternity care.

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"Diana was a valuable source of information for me during my VBAC journey. She was emotionally supportive and shared important resources. Her knowledge and passion helped me get the birth I wanted."

P.B., mother

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"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."

K.G., Care Provider

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"I am so thankful for Diana. Information she shared inspired me to find an amazing group of midwives who treated me with warmth and respect throughout my entire pregnancy and homebirth, as an alternative to my local hospital, which I learned had a very high C-section rate."

S.W., Mother

"Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers - strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength"

- Barbara Katz Rothman