I think I looked at my doula like she had 8 heads and a tail when she said that to me at 2 am after several hours of active labour. She put her arm around my shoulder as my fiancé pulled the car up and opened the door. I looked at the stars and she said, “Today is your baby’s birthday!!” And there is nothing I can do to thank her enough for that moment. Those two sentences took me from trying to cope with the intensity of labour to remembering WHY I was doing it in the first place, from uncertainty to joy, gave me a purpose behind the discomfort, centered me and grounded me.
And that moment is why I would be honored to be your birth doula.
I am lucky enough to have been surrounded by women and men who both respect the remarkable physical capabilities of a labouring woman, and treasure birth as a sacred and tremendously impactful moment in the lives of the mother and her loved ones. It is through these people that I have developed nothing short of a sincere love and appreciation for pregnancy and birth. I believe that whether I am attending a home birth with minimal intervention, a medicated (epidural) delivery, or a birth by Caesarean Section, I have been invited into one of the most incredible moments of a person’s life – and I believe that moment is worthy of dignity, honesty, sincerity and JOY!
I am a (very happily) married mom of one little boy who is my world. I have strong interest in aromatherapy, hypnobirthing, hydrotherapy and all things maternal nutrition related. I am currently pursuing my DONA International certification and am a member of the Calgary Doula Association (paperwork pending). I provide customized prenatal and childbirth support to families in the Calgary area ‘formally’ as a doula and to others in an informal setting.
I am currently offering low cost services as I work towards my DONA certification and ALWAYS offer sliding scale services to low income families.
A birth doula provides emotional and informational support throughout a woman’s pregnancy, and adds physical support and comfort measures during the labour and delivery stages. This may include massage, hydrotherapy, counter pressure, visualization, relaxation, focused breathing, applying hot or cold packs, or suggesting position or movement changes.
As a doula I am NOT in the business of taking birth away from fathers. I will support your partner by helping them remain calm and focused on you, providing suggestions, reminding them of questions to ask care providers on your behalf, making sure they get a meal (whenever possible), giving reassurance that, yes, they can go to the bathroom without leaving their labouring partner on her own, and helping you work together though one of the most profound events in your life.
To talk about your birth experience, provide breast feeding or newborn care support and resources, as well as to answer any questions you may have about the events surrounding your birth.
To anyone considering this, do it! Mel was my doula with my first born (daughter Wren) and she helped make it the most wonderful experience in the world, I couldn't have done it without her, she's an angel in disguise and I absolutely recommend her as a doula. I know Shawn would mimic my words too, he would have been a wreck without you there.
Having Melanie assist my wife and I with the birth of our son was extremely helpful! I would be happy to refer her or use her again in the future!
Melanie was great to have in the L&D room. She always focused her attention towards her client and used many useful techniques that were very helpful!
Thank you for everything you did for us! You were a huge help to us both and we appreciate everything you did. You made our delivery better – you are a fantastic doula!