Hi, I'm Mary.

Doula, photographer, and graphic designer are just a few of my titles. Wisconsin born and raised, I live in my hometown of Richland Center in Southwest Wisconsin with my husband and three kids and serve the surrounding areas of about a 60-mile radius from my home.

My faith, my family, and my art are my passions. You can find me exploring the creek in our backyard with my children, reading a book in a quiet corner with a cup of coffee or tea, fishing or deer-hunting with my husband, or with a pencil, paintbrush, or camera in-hand: creating.

Marriage and motherhood have further proven to me what I have always known: that every moment carries its own importance. Whatever stage of life you're in and whatever big, or small, moment you're experiencing, I would be honored to capture all the little details for you or walk with you through them.

Mary Turner head shot | Heart & Hands Birth Services | doula & photography

Birth work has become my calling.

 Before having my first daughter in 2018, I had very little experience with pregnancy, birth, and babies. Having her was a transformative experience that rocked me to my core and opened my eyes and heart to a whole new world. I knew after having her that I wanted to be involved in birth and serving women and families through it, but I wasn’t sure how.


In the fall of 2019, I went back to school full-time at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College for Graphic and Web Design and while I was there, I took a digital photography class. My love for photography grew as did my skills and I decided to begin freelancing. When I started my photography business in 2020, just a few months after my second baby, our son, was born, I had the goal of becoming a lifestyle family photographer with a special focus on birth and newborn photography. My first professional photography session was a newborn session for my sweet nephew, and since then, I have photographed many events, families, newborns, and now births, too.

Then, a doula was born.

In May of 2021, I graduated from Southwest Tech and in August, my third baby, another girl, was born peacefully at home under the loving watch of some amazing midwives. In October, I was feeling the urge to dive deeper into birth work. I decided it was time to begin my doula journey. I brought my then 2-month-old daughter with me to a 3-day intensive doula training workshop through Doulaing the Doula in Madison and became a trained doula.


Since having begun to establish myself as a birth worker and attending births as a doula, I am more passionate than ever about walking with women and their families through birth. It is my great honor and privilege to provide support in such a vulnerable, transformative, and beautiful time. It would be my pleasure to get to know you and to support you during your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey.

Mary Turner holding her newborn after birth | Heart & Hands Birth Services | doula & photography

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Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life.

Ina May Gaskin, CPM
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