Marloes Koning

I am a mother of beautiful twins, the long-awaited outcome of trying years for children. When it finally happened, pregnancy was stressful and a few months after they arrived, I was diagnosed with postpartum anxiety. There’s a lot of information available on postpartum depression, less so on postpartum anxiety. Becoming a mother felt like the worst thing that ever happened to me. I couldn’t understand it. We’d tried so hard for children; I should have been ecstatic. Something was clearly wrong. Postpartum anxiety can be a dark and gruelling road, and it was only when I received professional help that I was able to fully recover. I understand firsthand the scope of emotion and exhilaration—of new things good and challenging—the fourth trimester can bring.

Early on, when the twins were just two weeks old, I invited a postpartum doula into our home. She was a twin mom too, and it was nothing less than sublime having her care for me and my babies. She immediately put me at ease, guiding me in many things including how to carry out certain tasks more efficiently. I never felt inadequate or judged. I benefited greatly from her immense kindness and expertise.

In time I joined the Seattle Families of Multiples (SFOM) and signed up for a newborn PEPS group. Both were extremely supportive. When my twins were more independent (around 2.5 years old) I facilitated my first of many PEPS groups and eventually joined the SFOM board as program coordinator for PEPS groups assisting parents of newborn multiples. It was good to give back. I saw how helping new parents develop a little confidence made them flourish, just as I had. I knew what I wanted to do in life.

I’ve never looked back from becoming a postpartum doula. My desire is simple: to care for and support you; to encourage you in what you already know and are good at; to inspire confidence and trust in yourself and your ability. Even if you still have questions about working with a doula, get in touch. Let’s talk.