Maranda Bussanich (MCD) (CBE)


I’m Maranda Bussanich and I’m an Asheville native. I’m married to the man of my dreams and I have three amazing daughters and two grumpy cats and a ridiculously happy dog. When I’m not chasing my kids around or attending births, I like reading terrible fantasy novels, cooking recipes that are out-of-my-league, and long walks in nature with my pup. Thank you for stopping by and I hope to get to know you soon!

If a woman doesn’t look like a GODDESS in labor then someone isn’t treating her right.
— Ina May Gaskin

Why I'm a doula

I don't have a very fancy and wordy philosophy on birth. At the core what I believe is that emotions matter. More specifically, women's emotional health matters, always- but especially during the transformative season of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

When we make decisions out of fear and anxiety we diminish our true nature and power. In pregnancy this can lead to interventions you didn't want, or overwhelming stress, or a disempowered embarkment on motherhood.

When we make decisions out of strength, empowerment, and wisdom, even though it still may be scary, we are forging a new path for ourselves and our families. One of confidence and trust.

But getting to that place isn't easy. Especially in our oftentimes fear-based culture and world. That's why support is vital. As a doula I am part of that support. Seeing and validating emotions, reminding you that your intuition is valid, speaking truth in love, and making sure you know that you have everything you need to birth your baby.

As a mother of three myself, I've been there, and I'm there with you as your doula every step of the way.


We can know a lot about birth but none of us know anything about your particular birth. What’s important is surrounding yourself with the perfect support to help you navigate whatever arises. I draw a lot of my strength and insights on what I’ve learned as a mother, what my children teach me, and what I witness and learn from other mothers. Women have a deep, powerful, inherent wisdom. I’m not the number one birth expert in the room… you are.


Get to know me with some fun facts...

Favorite Food: Tacos

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Store: Target

Cats or Dogs: Cats!

What fictional place would you most like to go?: Hogwarts

Are you usually early or late? Always early, even when I try not to be!

What shows are you into?: Call The Midwife, Downton Abbey, This is Us, Gilmore Girls, anything Marvel universe, Game of Thrones, Outlander

How do you relax after a hard day of work?: I love baths and bath bombs

What is the most annoying question that people ask you?: I wouldn't say it's "annoying" but I do get asked a lot about my age. People seem very curious to know how old I am. Not sure when I should start lying and saying I'm forever 25 ;)

What fad or trend do you hope comes back?: Women wearing fancy gloves and big hats

What was the best compliment you’ve received?: Someone once told me they believed I was the kindest, most empathic person they'd ever met. That really stuck with me!