I recently met Melissa to create a business relationship with so that we both had more resources to provide to our clients. She was a joy and our 30 minute meeting quickly turned into over an hour and a half, haha! I want to take some time and introduce her to you. She sure is passionate about what she does and is a great resource for any expecting family.
Hi Melissa! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm a mother of two little girls. We live in Strafford county. My family enjoys the outdoors. Camping and fishing are our favorites! We love the Red Sox and Patriots!
How long have you been a doula?
Spring of 2017
What exactly does a doula do?
A doula is a person that is trained to assist women during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born.
Why is having a doula important?
Doula support is very unique in comparison to a doctor, midwife, or nurse. I will offer continuous support throughout labor, delivery, and up to two hours post partum.
What towns do you provide care for?
I will travel up to 1.5hrs in either direction from my home in Middleton, NH. These towns include Dover, Rochester, Portsmouth, Alton, all areas of the Seacoast and most of NH.
Why did you become a doula?
I believe in promoting empowering births. I want to help bring heightened consciousness to the birthing process. I strive to help mothers learn to trust their bodies and to go within for answers. I enjoy helping women consciously choose what's best for them based on their unique values because there are options.
I have a specific birth plan, is that okay?
Of course, it's encouraged!!
When should I initially contact you?
If you're exploring the idea of having a doula at your birth, start reaching out to schedule interviews around 20 weeks.
What services do you provide during my birth?
Just some comfort measures I provide include counter pressure, massage, heat and cold therapy, position changes, emotional support, breathing techniques and imagery, breastfeeding support, and involvement guidance for partner and other family members.
Are you there after I give birth?
I stay at the hospital for roughly 2 hours after you give birth unless directed otherwise.
Do you offer post birth care?
I will be available to you and your family for the first two weeks after you give birth.
Do you provide any other services?
I'm also a Certified Lactation Counselor if you're interested in breastfeeding.
Do we meet before I give birth?
Yes. We will meet for an interview around 25 weeks to make sure we vibe well. If we decide we want to embark on this journey together, we will meet back up around 30 weeks. This will be the first official prenatal visit. In this visit we will go over expectaions, family history, and any questions you may have for me. This tends to last around an hour or two.
We will meet again around 35 weeks to explore your birth plan together. I can show you labor progession techniques so you know what to expect and we will just chat about all there is to know about your birth plan and how I can help. Once I'm hired, I will be available via phone and email for any questions, concerns, and updates. I'm on call for your birth at 38 weeks and make every effort to make all preterm births.