Mariel Lugosch-Ecker

Contact Info

Open Hands Doula
Within one hour driving distance of Northampton, MA.
Mariel Lugosch-Ecker

Professional Qualifications

$950 birth doula care. $25 daytime postnatal care. $35 overnight postnatal care. Options for sliding scale and partial barter.
Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Baystate Medical Center, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Holyoke Medical Center, Home Birth, Mercy Medical Center
Anxiety and Phobias, Babywearing Support, Bellycasting, Birth After Loss, Homebirth, LGBTQ+ Families, Meal Preparation, Optimal Fetal Positioning, Photography, Single Parents, Special Spiritual/Religious Needs, Surrogacy, Teen Parents, Trauma Informed Care, Unmedicated Birth, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, Waterbirth

Birth Services include:

•Initial consultation

•1-3 prenatal visits to talk through your preferences and any questions or concerns

•Unlimited phone, email and text support

•On call 24 hours from 38 weeks to birth

•Referrals and resource suggestions upon your request

•Continuous care and support throughout labor and birth

•Movement and yoga practices offered to ease labor, help it progress and promote helpful positioning for baby while keeping in mind overall health of your muscles and joints  

•Immediate postpartum support for up to two hours after birth

•1 postpartum visit to discuss birth experience

•Back-up doula coverage


Postnatal Services include:

-Judgement-free listening and support 

-Baby care and education (diapering, bathing, soothing, swaddling, safe sleep)

-Physical support for birther (gentle heat treatment, belly wrapping, herbal baths)

-Breastfeeding support, pumping support, and bottle feeding support

-Baby wearing information and support

-Infant massage and instruction

-Meal preparation (iron building, Ayurvedic, comfort food, restricted or special diet)

-light housekeeping

-Shopping and errands

-Walking and feeding pets

-Information about local resources

-Overnight care 

It is my intention is to support with listening and sensitivity.  I don’t believe there is any ‘right’ way to give birth.  My goal is to provide care and guidance that honors the every unique pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, and it's a privilege to stand with my clients.  

I completed a doula training with Michelle L'Esperance, CPM, on the heels of a DONA International doula training in the spring of 2015.  As of the summer of 2018, I've had the privilege of serving nearly 40 families through pregnancy and birth and I'm currently taking prerequisites in preparation for midwifery school.  

For more information about the birth and postpartum care I offer, please visit  

Yoga teacher
Mariel Lugosch-Ecker