Sensitive and sophisticated doula support for your passage into parenthood.
Western Wisconsin & the Twin Cities
Welcome! I'm Diana!
Doula. Mother. Wife. Longtime birth advocate.
Matrescence is my birth & postpartum doula practice serving Western Wisconsin (including the Saint Croix & Chippewa Valleys), and Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Named for the enormous social and emotional initiation into motherhood, 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 prenatal and postpartum visits, labor and birth support, information, referrals and advocacy. 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.
Diana is an incredible doula. I’m so deeply thankful I was referred to her in my search for support during my pregnancy. From the moment we first met, I felt an immediate sense of security and support in her care. Her knowledge, genuine care, and confidence in the work she does is evident in all she does for her clients. From her hands on care (literally in labor) to emotionally supportive post partum follow-ups, she offers the validation, sincere concern, and reassurance every mother-to-be needs. As soon as Diana arrived for my labor and delivery I could sense her presence and support and knew that she had my (and my baby's) back which helped aid in a beautiful delivery. And she even managed to capture some of the most precious first moments in the midst of it all! If time and place allows it I hope she’s there for my next journey in pregnancy.
2022 client, Stillwater MN
Diana is amazing!! I highly recommend her if you are looking for a doula who will go above and beyond. From my initial consultation, I felt heard and understood. I had a long labor lasting 3.5 days. She spent 35 hours with me in the hospital. Her commitment to her clients is just amazing. She guided me with emotional support and labor positions. I was able to be vulnerable with her and I also felt like she gave me space for me to be vulnerable with my husband. I had a successful VBAC and I attribute my success to my amazing doula and provider. My husband is now a believer of doulas. Diana also went out of her way to take pictures for me during labor and birth. I will forever cherish those memories she captured. She feels like part of the family honestly. I am forever grateful for her❤️
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2022 VBAC client, Minneapolis MN
"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
Diana has a wealth of knowledge in areas you don’t even know you need until you do. She helped me prepare mentally and physically in the weeks leading up to labor and delivery. Testing out different stretching and labor positions and talking about how I was feeling every step of the way. She has a way of asking questions so you can make your own informed decision without saying what you should or should not do, and slowing things down to look at the bigger picture. She was so supportive to my husband when we were in the thick of labor and delivery. She was very responsive and always kept in contact with me to check in. Especially postpartum, again when you don’t even know what your going to need. My husband and I are so happy with our experience with Diana and cannot thank her enough.
2022 birth doula client, Eau Claire WI
"I'm so grateful for the role that Diana played in my pregnancy, labor & postpartum. She literally drove through a blizzard to attend the birth of my daughter. Her experience and knowledge helped me and my husband navigate the unexpected nature of birth and make informed decisions throughout a long labor. At a difficult point in my labor, looking back, my husband said, 'I didn't know what to say or do. I'm so glad Diana was there for you in that moment.'"
2021 client, Eau Claire WI
"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
We had the privilege of having Diana as our doula! We were the rare occurrence of another doula needing to use their backup, which introduced us to Diana. We had never met her before she arrived at the hospital, and yet she exceeded every need we had during our labor and delivery. Her guidance on positions, techniques, when to rest vs. when to be active, advocating for us and education, and so much more were appreciated more than I can ever put into words. She also worked so well with the doctor and nurses. We had such a cohesive team! I don’t know how any woman goes through labor and delivery without a doula. I cannot recommend Diana enough to any woman considering a doula. She’s forever a part of our birth story!
2022 client - White Bear Lake, MN
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."