Having Melissa attend the birth of our daughter was the best decision of our pregnancy! Her calm and steady presence was a huge support in what was a very long labour. Hour after hour, Melissa was attuned to our needs, offering various coping strategies and words of encouragement. Thanks to her, we were able to have the empowered, conscious birth experience we were seeking. Since we could rely on her to be experienced in the birth process we could focus more on the present moment.
Specific examples include:
anticipating an early routine visit to the hospital might be prolonged and encouraging us to bring everything – which proved correct
suggesting we re-visit coping strategies which had not worked previously which later proved very helpful and allowed for hours of additional sleep
staying many hours longer than we expected her too with a seeming desire to see things through
throughout without asking: water glass full, pillows handy, lighting adjusted
We highly recommend Melissa! She is professional, extremely kind, and worth every penny.
-Alison and Stephen
“We are very grateful and thankful to our wonderful doula, Melissa. As first time parents it was fabulous having someone with such calm, positive energy to assist in the birth of our beautiful daughter. I first met Melissa at a prenatal yoga class where she was a substitute instructor and was amazed by the calm aura that surrounded her. When I found out she was also a doula, I decided that I wanted her to attend our birth. I had a lot of anxiety about the whole birthing process but Melissa helped to ease those fears. She was open to whatever my husband and I needed and supported our wants and desires for the type of birth we hoped for. Her home visit before the birth helped us get to know her better and she was always available by phone. When I went into labour, everything happened very fast but Melissa was with us from the start. At the hospital she was able to provide me with strategies to stay focused and as relaxed as possible. She coached me through contractions and provided the extra experienced support I needed. My husband, who was initially sceptical of hiring a doula, was so relieved to have Melissa at the hospital with us as he was able to just focus on me during the labour while Melissa got us water, snacks and even took the first pictures of our baby girl. Melissa truly helped make my first birth a positive experience and now I love seeing her every week at our mommy and baby yoga class!”-Shannon D.
Melissa made the birth of my son Levin a wonderful event that I will always remember with the most positive and miraculous feelings. I had about five hours of very intense labour as my baby was posterior and my contractions were extremely difficult. She held my hand for each and every contraction and I remember hearing her words repeatedly: “Erica you are so strong! Your are going to breath this baby out! You are doing it!” She attended to my every need (including holding the garbage can when necessary) so that my husband could focus on helping the midwives and preparing other things around our home during the labour and delivery. I was fortunate enough to be able to give birth at home (this wasn’t the case for my first child) and if I ever were to repeat the experience I would do it exactly the same with Melissa by my side.-Erica S.
Melissa was present at the birth of our first child. I cannot express how thoughtful, sensitive, strong, caring, and calm she was during the course of our labor. Her ability to hold a space, keep it safe, and make you feel supported is immeasureable. My husband felt having her there not only gave him time to rest, but offered valueable insights and empowered him to participate and feel useful. I had hoped to have her at my second birth, but my failure to believe that the second time would be much shorter, resulted in me not calling in time.
I highly recommend Melissa for pre/post natal support as well as to help usher you through your birth experience, her kind and loving nature add beauty and strength to any environment.-Amy
“I had a lot of anxiety about the whole birthing process but Melissa helped to ease those fears. She was open to whatever my husband and I needed and supported our wants and desires for the type of birth we hoped for. Her home visit before the birth helped us get to know her better and she was always available by phone.”– A
“I have attended Melissa’s Hatha Yoga class almost every Friday evening for the past year. Nothing dissolves the work week stress better than this 90 minutes of bliss with Melissa. What makes it so deeply relaxing for me, is the flow and sequencing of poses combined with Melissa’s gentle, caressing voice. After a physically and mentally demanding high energy stretch of days, I need this oasis of restorative calm. When I leave the class, I feel very grounded and free and able to fully surrender to whatever life brings. I highly recommend Melissa and thank her for the gift of her teaching”– Ginger M.
“I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful yoga class this evening. It had such a beautiful flow to it and the sequencing felt really good. Thank you for helping me relax and glow for the rest of the night. Thank you!”– Jess R.