I believe that giving birth is a powerful, life altering experience. 

Creating a positive birth experience strengthens and empowers not only the mother but the bond between her, her baby and her husband. Helping women and their family navigate this sacred rite of passage builds healthy relationships that are far reaching.

No matter how or where you choose to have your baby, I will provide continuous support and create an atmosphere advantageous to labor and birth. It is an honor to witness birth and I will help you remember your fortitude and sacrifice afterwards.

I am trained as a birth doula through DONA International and continue to hone my skills, deepen my understanding of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding through extensive reading and study, and the support and mentorship of another seasoned birth doula.  In addition, I have attended the Hypnobabies Childbirth Classes and am in the Hypno-Doula certification process.  I serve families in the greater Atlanta and Athens area.   

I am based in Gwinnett County and serve the greater Atlanta area, from Atlanta to Athens.

We had the privilege of having Mary attend the birth of our VBAC baby and she was such a blessing and encouragement to both me and my husband. She’s a strong and steady presence ready to jump in and assist wherever there is a need. We’re so thankful for her patience, compassionate heart, and all of the knowledge she brought to our daughter’s birth. Mary is called to be a Doula and we’re so grateful she was a part of the most wonderful natural birth we could have ever imagined!
— Aundrea J.
As a birth doula for my first child, this magical lady served as my sherpa into motherhood. She guided my husband and I through those intense and joy-filled hours with such love, knowledge, and creativity. Our home birth was free of fear and full of empowerment, led by her energy & words. If you’re considering a doula for your birth experience - or wondering what one is - I highly recommend chatting with Mary Hanks.
— Sara G.
From exercises for sciatica to breastfeeding wisdom, Mary was an invaluable resource and support system throughout our pregnancy, birth, and there after. She helped equip me with the information and support I needed to confidently experience pregnancy and delivery. While I delivered in a hospital, she made the environment calm and cozy. She strongly advocated for our birth plan. She prepared my husband so he was able to emotionally, physically, and mentally support me during delivery. It was such a gift to experience the birth of our son as a family unit. We would not have been able to have had such an experience without her. Not to mention how well she combatted my back labor with counter pressure and other techniques. She was a reliable coach, friend, and good listener... And will continue as a friend. I have already began recommending Mary to friends who are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant.
— Tiffany S.