Maria Dolorico is all about helping and nurturing women in every way possible through their birth process. She believes in helping moms gain knowledge and support, and offers birth doula services, pregnancy coaching, personal renewal groups, and so much more. It’s no wonder, then, that Maria’s company, A Mom Is Born: Doula Services and Life Coaching for Mothers, was your Totally Awesome pick for best midwife & doula specialist in the Boston area. Maria recently took the time to chat with us about what makes A Mom Is Born awesome, what inspired her to start her business, and more. Read on:
Red Tricycle: Congratulations on being voted “Most Awesome” by your community! What do you think your customers value most about your business?
Maria Dolorico: My clients tell me that they experienced guidance from me that was nurturing and respectful of their own histories, instinct, and wisdom. I am able to provide them with unwavering support for their decisions, all the while keeping the forward momentum. At the same time, I recognize that this is their pregnancy, birth, or mothering experience to have, not mine.
RT: What inspired you to start your business?
MD: I spent a lot of time looking for deeper meaning in my entry to pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. The medical and developmental theories all rang hollow to me. So much focus is on the baby, and I want to create space for the mother to explore her experience as well. When a baby is born, a mother’s new identity is as well; she grows and develops alongside her baby, and deserves the nurturing care as much as her baby does.
RT: Any advice for new business owners just getting started?
MD: Listen hard. Become a sharp observer. Find a mentor in your field, and absorb everything you can about your clientele. Then create services that answer their needs and match your values at the same time. It will all fall into place with that kind of integrity and genuine spirit.
RT: Can you give us one tip for balancing entrepreneurship with parenthood?
MD: It’s okay to have your To Do list grow into the next day. Every day, in fact.
Remember to care for yourself—there are moments when you aren’t a business owner or a parent. Nourish that part of yourself, so that your family and your business don’t deplete you.
RT: What is your proudest moment as a business owner or parent?
MD: I am most proud of the role I have played in entire families being born (not just 1 baby, but 2 and 3 – and then even cousins, in some cases!). And when a mother says to me about her birth or mothering experience—”I couldn’t have done it without you!”—I take it in for a moment, because it really does feel good. But then I tell her honestly, “Thank you for allowing me to see what a strong, strong mother you are!”
RT: Is there a special offer you’d like to include for Red Tricycle readers?
MD: I’m offering 15% of first month of Pregnancy, Postpartum, or Life Coaching services for Red Tricycle Readers!