Maura Winkler became a birth and postpartum doula in 2011 after two years of supporting mothers and babies in labor and delivery and postpartum as a nurse assistant while she was preparing to move to Chicago for medical school.  After three semesters of medical school, it was obvious that the medical model of childbirth did not match her passion for low-intervention birth, evidence-based care, and the right to informed consent and refusal.  She is a registered nurse and student midwife.  While physiologic birth is her passion, pregnancy and labor is unpredictable, and she is proud to support women in a wide variety of birth settings, from home birth to scheduled cesarean section to VBAC.  She is certified as a Breastfeeding USA counselor and placenta encapsulation specialist and also offers postpartum doula services to ease the transition to new parenthood. She teaches an online childbirth education course with Mama Natural. Although organized and efficient, she nurtures her creativity through birth and newborn photography.

Aside from her commitment to women's birth rights, she balances her passion for running (she ran throughout her pregnancy, completing a marathon at 25 weeks pregnant) with a love for chocolate!  She is a strong advocate for supporting small businesses, shopping for organic or local food, keeping her business environmentally sustainable,  and enjoying fair trade coffee and chocolate.  And of course when not studying, running, or working, she's spending time with her husband, lover of craft beer, and super spunky 3 year old.

Professional Qualifications/Specializations:

  • Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (TTPS)

  • Certified Breastfeeding USA Counselor

  • Supporting VBAC 

  • Trained in Optimal Fetal Positioning with Spinning Babies

  • American Red Cross Certified in Basic Life Support (BLS)

  • Certified in Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

  • Member of International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP

On sustainability

Sustainability in all respects is critical to the way I run my business.  From the small things--like recycled paper towels for placenta encapsulation--to the big ones--ensuring that I am able to provide extraordinary service by limiting my client base, I uphold the importance of making decisions that will support the environment, the long term viability of my business, and your family's long term success and happiness.

how mw birth was born

My previous business name was Mama Elephant Birth Services, named for my love of elephants and their matriarchal behaviors.  MW Birth came about when I got married, and, after changing my last name, realized that my initials were highly reminiscent of my future career as a MidWife.  I felt that MW Birth was more encompassing of my current menu of services (birth & postpartum doula, placenta encapsulation, birth & newborn photography) and would also be applicable to a future practice as a nurse midwife.