Our New Jersey Doulas

Patty Schmall MSW, CD(CBI)


Patty became a Certified Birth Doula (CBI) because she is passionate about encouraging pregnant women as they transition into motherhood. As a wife and mother of four awesome kids between the ages of 12 and 21 years old, Patty understands the joys and challenges that pregnancy, birth and motherhood bring. Patty loves her time spent with expectant couples as she guides them through planning and preparing for a positive and memorable birth experience. She earned her Master's degree in Social Work in 1993 and worked for years as a mental health therapist both in hospitals and privately.  In addition to her birth work, Patty loves her role as a Postpartum Doula, where she is able to educate, serve and support new parents in a way that utilizes her unique gifts.  In her spare time, Patty enjoys yoga, indoor cycling, running, and traveling.  

Contact Patty directly: pattyschmalldoula@gmail.com

Patty's testimonials

Maria Vesper CD(CBI), HCHD


Maria became a Certified Birth Doula (CBI) as a response to a deep interest in childbirth which began with the birth of her first child, over twenty-three years ago. It was then that she realized what a powerful and transforming event childbirth is. Maria believes childbirth should be celebrated, not feared. It is a great joy for Maria to provide encouragement and support so that couples can make informed choices about what they experience in childbirth. Maria loves to walk alongside women during this beautiful time, with confidence in the innate strength and ability that each woman has. In addition to being a Birth Doula, Maria is also a Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, and a Hypnobabies Certified Hypno-Doula. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Political Science and has always taken an interest in women's issues.  In addition to her birth work, Maria is a wife, mom, educator, gardener, henna artist and aspiring potter. 

Contact Maria directly: mariavesperdoula@gmail.com

Maria's testimonials

Nancy Weidner, CLC, Doula


Nancy is a Certified Lactation Counselor, and a DONA trained Birth and Postpartum Doula. After raising her daughter, Grace, Nancy decided to follow one of her great passions: strengthening families as they grow. She loves supporting families in the fourth trimester as they discover and develop their fullest potential. Nancy truly celebrates the individuality of each family by recognizing and developing their own unique strengths. Nancy earned her Bachelor's Degree in American Studies with a concentration in Gender Studies. 

She is a strong proponent of access to education that leads to informed choice and empowerment for women. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Nancy remains connected serving as a community doula with the Maternity Care Coalition. When she's not watching her daughter ride, she can be found in the garden with her labrador sidekicks.

Contact Nancy directly: nancyweidner.doulaservices@gmail.com

Nancy's testimonials