About Mary

AboutMaryMary Carlson
RN, LCCE, CLC, 
CD(DONA)

Certified 
Birth Doula

DONA International



Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
Lamaze International

Certified Lactation Counselor
Healthy Children’s
Center for Breastfeeding

Associate Degree in 
Nursing

North Dakota State University



Bachelor of Arts in French

Minnesota State University Moorhead

  • I am a certified birth doula with DONA International. Over the years I have provided doula support to many women and their partners.
  • As a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator I have prepared hundreds of pregnant women and their partners for childbirth since 1987.
  • My husband and I are blessed to be the parents of 4 adult children.  We now have 4 little grandchildren!
  • My first pregnancy ignited my personal passion for birth.  I was delighted to be pregnant and then with strong, caring labor support I emerged from our first daughter’s birth empowered and confident that I could do anything!

My heritage with birthing began as a young girl growing up in a village in Africa where my mother was a lay midwife caring for birthing women in their homes.  Mom wanted to provide these families with safer birth practices and with emotional support. She would sterilize a white shoelace and a scissors and walk to the thatched-roofed mud hut to help with the birth and to safely tie and cut the umbilical cord.  She prayed as she went to each birth and by God’s grace every mother and baby had a healthy outcome.

My hope for you is that you will be informed and prepared to make birthing decisions and choices that are right for you and your baby. My hope is that you will approach birth with a “can do” attitude and that the days in your life when you birth your babies will be the best days of your life!