Who am I? My name is Marnie Blackman and I live in New Richmond, Wisconsin. A Twin Cities native and Burnsville graduate, my passion for babies began when I was a small child. Always wanting to care for children, I began my journey to becoming a doula at age 10 when I started babysitting and then became a nanny at age 15. That passion grew exponentially when I began my own family with the natural drug-free births of my own children. I am happily married to my fantastic husband Bret and I have 3 sons, 3 daughters as well as a stepson and stepdaughter.


What do I do besides caring for babies and their families?

A self-professed Scrabble nerd, I also love to do yoga, lift weights, cook, garden, care for my animals, build water gardens and spend time with my family. My children are extremely active in cheerleading, soccer, wrestling, theater, band, choir, fastpitch, volleyball, swimming, and other activities, so they keep me hopping!  

My birth philosophy? I believe the process of birth in today's world has become overly medicalized. What should be a natural life process has become viewed as a medical emergency. By educating and empowering women and their partners, together we can bring the power back where it belongs- in the woman- giving them the knowledge and tools to make the best decisions for them and their babies during pregnancy, birth and beyond.


Would you like to contact me? Email me at doulamarnie@gmail.com or call me at 715-977-0249
Do I have referrals you can call? Absolutely! I will provide you numbers for past clients as well as colleagues and associates.   

Experience and Training:

-I am a birth doula, postpartum doula, and antepartum doula, trained through DONA 
-I am an independent childbirth instructor, having attended training through ICEA, Bradley and Brio Birth 
-I am a Certified Lactation Counselor
-I am a trained Child Passenger Safety Technician to help parents understand how to properly install their baby's car seat
-I am CPR/AED certified .
-I am a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in prenatal and infant massage with an AA Degree in Massage Therapy from WITC 
- I am a Certified Craniosacral Therapist, specializing in pregnancy and infant therapies trained by Carol Phillips of Dynamic Body Balancing.
- I am a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, with an AAS Degree in Personal Training from St. Paul College
-I am a Certified Yoga Instructor, trained by Yoga Alliance,
receiving training in prenatal and postpartum yoga through Blooma.
-I breastfeed my own 6 children a cumulative 78 months.
-I have attended a 8 hour training on infant and pregnancy loss and have assisted couples through the loss of pregnancy as well as stillbirth.
-I have been caring for babies for over 30 years, and have attended over 50 births. I have assisted many mothers postpartum, with special focus on breastfeeding issues, multiples and colic/oversensitivity, with overnight care my specialty.
-I have an extensive library of books and literature to keep on top of the latest information, in addition to several online educator support forums to exchange information.                       

Welcome to

Blissful Beginnings!


My mission: To assist parents in having the birth and postpartum experience they desire and deserve...to make it BLISS!