Marisa Mendez Marthaller



postpartum doula


As your postpartum doula I am here to provide you with supportive guidance and reassurance in the early days after birth or adoption. Here to answer questions about newborn care, postpartum healing, lactation assistance, help with light home organizational tasks and prepare nourishing meals for you and your family. My service offers emotional, physical, and educational support so you can focus on what is most important – resting and recovering from birth, bonding with your newborn, and developing confidence in your new parenting skills.


“Marisa came into our lives a few days after we had our first baby. I had an extremely rough labor and delivery and was unprepared for the physical and emotional mess I would be after giving birth and coming home with a newborn. Marisa put our family at ease immediately with her calm, reassuring presence. She is non-judgmental, open, a wealth of knowledge, and a damn good cook. She helped my husband and I spend some time together, organize our home, and talk us through some of the challenges I was facing. I only wish I had met Marisa before giving birth so I could have planned my postpartum recovery better, but I am so grateful that she was part of my postpartum journey and am certain she will be part of our next pregnancy as well.”



 Birth Doula


As your birth doula I will meet you where you are in your birth journey. Whether you are a first time parent, or seeking a different birth experience than your last, whether you are having a home birth, or birthing in a hospital, I am here to support you and your birth choices. I am here to help you find the resources you need to have a safe and supported pregnancy and birth.



“We felt deeply supported and well prepared by Marisa. I was seeking a VBAC and Marisa helped me and my partner to clearly define the experience we were hoping to have, while also teaching us how to confidently advocate for ourselves throughout my prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postnatal care. My first birth ended in an unwanted c-section and up until my conversations and work with Marisa, I held a lot of grief around that experience and fear that it would happen again. Marisa’s support allowed me to do the work of laboring without the fear of unwanted interventions or pressure from the staff. When we were faced with the potential for an unwanted c-section, she helped us successfully and safely make the right choices. Marisa’s presence was instrumental in me being able to VBAC.”



Postpartum Chef

I love to cook. I cook nourishing, restorative, and delicious food designed especially for easy digestion and supporting healing for the postpartum body.  My degree in Food Studies introduced me to the history of postpartum cooking and I strive to incorporate traditional postpartum cooking techniques and recipes with what is available locally and seasonally in New York City greenmarkets. I source from local farmers, and use organic produce and pasture raised meats and animal products whenever possible. 




Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic I am providing virtual and some in person services. Please email me for more info.

about me

DONA International Certified Postpartum Doula and current DONA International Certified Birth Doula candidate. I have a B.A. in Food Studies from The CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies Program. 

 I am committed to the health and well being of all people and all families during the pregnancy, birth and postpartum time. I believe that Black Lives Matter and that Black Births matter. I am Mexican American y yo hablo español  I identify as a queer person and I am committed to supporting LGBTQ families during the reproductive and family building time. I live with my partner, my child, two cats, and as many plants as possible in Crown Heights Brooklyn. 

If you would like to know more about me and my services please reach out.

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