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Melissa Hunter


Phone: (559) 284-7038

Birth Fee: Not specified

Postpartum Rate: Not specified

Birth Doula Experience: 6 years and 60 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 10 years and 45 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Postpartum Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, February 2009
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 4 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Birthing From Within

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Counselor (The Center for Breastfeeding)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Certified Birthing From Within Mentor
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Vaginal Steam Facilitator (Steamy Chick), CranioSacral Therapy 1 (Upledger Institute)

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Babywearing education
  • Birthing From Within Birth Art Services
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Elimination communication education
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Parenting consulting
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental

Languages spoken: English, some Spanish

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Fresno, CA
Travel Range: 40 Miles

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Client Testimonials for Melissa Hunter

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Gabriella Taralita

Melissa was such a sweetheart! She was just what we needed in our pregnancy and birth. During my pregnancy she provided the right information for my partner and I to be prepared for our labor.  She is very knowledgable and innovative on how she presented her information and I recommend her birth preparation class, Birthing From Within, to anyone who is pregnant.  During the birth, she held such beautiful space for our baby to come into the world.  She tuned into when she was needed and shen I needed my own time.  She is very nurturing and strong, very good qualities for a doula to have!  I would recommend her loving services to anyone who is wanting a doula at their birth, which is such a blessing to have!!

Posted 2/10/2015

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Chiara Riggs Sill

Melissa is a wonderful postpartum doula - she is knowledgeable, helpful and kind. I hired Melissa for 16 4-hour sessions over a month period beginning the day I came home from the hospital. My primary goal was to establish good breastfeeding techniques in the beginning in order to avoid issues that would make it difficult to be successful long-term. Melissa helped breastfeeding get off to a great start and assisted with minor household chores. Most importantly, she answered many detailed questions and assuaged my first-time mother fears. She is a great resource for mothers and a loving caregiver of infants. I highly recommend her!

Posted 12/30/2014

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Andrea Rudiak

We were lucky to have Melissa as both our birth doula and instructor for our birthing class (Birthing from within). We had originally intended to interview several people before choosing our doula, but after meeting Melissa, we decided that we liked her enough to look no further. During her initial interview she was both professional and extremely personable. We got the sense that she really cared about what she does and that she was also very knowledgeable. This proved to be true as we got to know her through the coursework. SHe is patient and kind and we really felt taken care of.

It was very important to us to have a natural birth, and she was great about explaining the process and many of the options we would face during preganancy and the birth without ever sounding judgemental about our choices. 

During the birth she was extremely supportive and we could not be happier with how it all went. Afterward she also continued to give support and came over to check up on us when I was having trouble breastfeeding. 

We highly recommend Melissa!


Posted 11/4/2014

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Heather Lee

Melissa has a peaceful yet strong female presence. She is supportive, encouraging and provides the strong voice a woman needs when laboring naturally in a hospital/medical setting. She has a gentle but firm touch, guiding you through the journey of labor with grace and beauty. Very thorough and knowledgeable, providing teaching from the Birthing from Within principles, to harmonize mind, body, soul, during pregnancy and throughout labor, delivery, and the postpartum period. Melissa is always available with comforting words and calming advice. She is an asset to have at your side during, pregnancy, birth, and the tender postpartum period. Her personal experience with birth, as well as the many births she has attended, have made her a fierce and passionate Doula! Loved my birth experience, Melissa was the wind beneath my wings! I can't thank her enough...she has earned the highest remarks from me and my family!!!

Posted 10/24/2014

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JoseMaria Avalos

I am very grateful to have found Melissa as my doula. Having her present for the birth of my first baby was hands down the best decision I made. The only thing I regret is not having made the decision sooner in my pregnancy because I would have preferred to have taken the childbirth preparation classes with her instead of at the hospital. I must admit I was worried about what my hospital birth experience would be like. Melissa was really great about answering questions and concerns my husband and I had.  She did an awesome job of keeping me calm and positive.  I really valued the different positions that Melissa suggested to help my labor progress and I know my husband found that very helpful as well.  Meeting with Melissa before and after the birth was really great.  She has such a positive and cheerful personality.  I looked forward to each of our meetings and found them very informative. They helped my husband and I to be better prepared for our baby's birth.  If God blesses us with another baby I will definitely be contacting Melissa again.  I would love to have a home birth and I know Melissa would be a great resource to help me with that as well.

Posted 3/9/2014

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Sheri Walden

Melissa was an integral part of our birth experience from attending her Birthing From Within classes, through 36 hours of hard labor culminating in a cesarean birth, to her follow up visits after our daughter was born.


Melissa came to our home willing and ready at 4am Monday morning, and did not leave our side until 5pm Tuesday evening. She came full of multiple suggestions for pain coping techniques, different laboring positions to try based on the location of the pain, as well as a TENS unit that was extremely helpful. With Melissa's guidance we were able to labor for almost 24 hours at home before going to the hospital. Once we were admitted to the hospital Melissa helped us remain calm through all hospital procedures, and was completely supportive of all decisions we made. 

I'm absolutely 100% convinced having her by our side through the birthing process/experience made the entire process more manageable. We would recommend everyone get a doula if they are having a child and if you live in the Fresno area hire'll be glad you did.

Posted 12/8/2013

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