Melissa honors her passion of helping expectant mothers through their birth experience by emphasizing a mindful, holistic, and integrative approach to pregnancy. As a mother of a two-year-old little boy, she brings a sense of empathy and reverence to every birth she supports along with the evidence-based resources that help mothers carve out the type of birth experience they desire. Melissa is grounded in an approach to her work that never dictates what a mother should do with her birth experience but empowers her with information that will align with her own intuition, building confidence that carries over into her journey through motherhood. Melissa came into this work after her own transformative experience into motherhood with the support of two Doulas. Their unfaltering support, education, and confidence in a mother’s intuition was contagious and awoke a passion to serve other women in a way she had not considered before. Knowing that she can show up with the same open mind and heart that she received in such a crucial moment, is the reason she is on this path.
Birth Doula Essential Package
- Two prenatal meetings at your house
- 24/7 on-call service after 37 weeks
- Continuous presence during labor and delivery
- Immediate breastfeeding support after delivery
- One postpartum meeting at home
- Full email and phone support
- Resources and referrals
As a first time mom, I was nervous about my labor experience and Melissa completely changed my birthing experience for the better. She has an incredibly positive presence which allowed me to advocate for myself in the delivery room and I truly believe if she had not been there, I would have ended up with a more stressful delivery and multiple interventions. My water broke very early however I was not having contractions. The MD wanted to start me on pitocin which I did not want since it would make my contractions stronger and force me into an epidural earlier. Melissa helped me move around to start bringing in the contractions, use an exercise ball and rebozo, used essential oils and played soothing music to calm me- all which made the space feel more like a spa than a hospital room! Once the contractions started, she gave me wonderful massages and compresses which were very soothing. I would HIGHLY recommend Melissa to my friends and family who want a thoughtful, smart, caring woman by their side before, during and after their birth. I am so thankful for her support, she is truly a blessing. When we have our second child I look forward to having Melissa by my side again :)
Melissa was excellent throughout my labor and delivery. In the weeks leading up to the big day, we met in person to create a birth plan, answer any questions my husband and I had, and to practice various techniques to help reduce the pain during contractions. The hospital can be a very daunting and unwelcoming place. My nurse was actually a bit of a nightmare but thanks to Melissa, I was able to stay focus, remain calm, follow my birth plan and most importantly deliver a healthy baby. It would have been a very different experience without her warmth and care. She helped me advocate for myself which I found to be very empowering. I first heard of Melissa and Mindful Birth & Wellness when I began my research online. A veteran doula who I initially wanted to work with referred Melissa to me after she was unavailable and I am so thankful!"
Since I had originally planned a home birth and risked out due to hypertension, I was worried that I would not be able to have the natural birth that I desired. I also worried that I would not be able to cope with the pain, and would end up relying on pain medication. Having Melissa on my team made me feel more secure in my plan to have as much of a natural birth experience as possible in the hospital setting. Knowing that she was there to advocate for me and my husband, as well as our baby, did a lot to ease my anxiety about the birthing process. If a friend was considering a doula, I would tell her that it would definitely be worthwhile to hire someone, even if she thinks she doesn't need one! One of the qualities that I think makes Melissa a great doula is her positivity in general, and specifically her positive attitude about birth. She has a great energy and that goes a long way in making an expectant or new mother feel good! It was very reassuring to have a woman who was also a mother there specifically to support me, and to make sure that my wishes regarding the birth of my child were respected. I also really enjoyed our postpartum visit, as I had many questions that Melissa was able to answer, and because she was able to provide me with a lot of additional information that I found very useful. Melissa, I can't thank you enough!