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Melissa Godsey

Melissa Godsey, Birth and Postpartum Doula


Phone: (360)720-0855

Birth Fee: $900

Postpartum Rate: $30 to $35

Fee Details: If you are unsure of how your budget can work with my fees, please contact me directly, as I am always happy to discuss payment options and plans. I am also happy to refer you to other doulas within your budget if I am unavailable.

Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 45 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 3 years and 25 families served

Doula Training

  • DONA International, November 2014
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 5 births and 0 to 3 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I very much enjoy supporting parents in whatever environment they feel most comfortable. For some, this is a hospital. I find it easy to get along with hospital staff while maintaining the parents’ best interests. Part of my job in this setting is to help translate medical jargon and bridge any communication gaps between you and the rest of your care team. I also have many little tips and tricks to create a homey and calm environment.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
A birthcenter can be a lovely option for parents who sees advantages in both home and hospital birth settings. I would love to attend any birth center birth.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I love the intimate and comfortable environment a home birth allows a family to experience, and I will always be honored and delighted to support a family in their own home.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • HBCE (HypnoBirthing)

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Received lactation support training through DONA, as well as having many connections to support groups and resources within the San Diego community.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • American Academy of CPR and First Aid, Inc Certified
  • Rebozo Training
  • SERVSAFE® Food Safety Management Training
  • I have trained with CAPPA, the Birth Education Center of San Diego, Spinning Babies, INNATE postpartum, Dona, and more.

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Domestic Violence
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Single parents
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

As a member of the LGBTQ community (cis lesbian, pronouns she/her), I am so proud to provide comprehensive care to every person and family I work with. Each family is unique, and I believe it makes all the difference to have a doula on your care team who understands this and is passionate about everyone across the LGBTQ+ spectrum having a positive birth and postpartum experience.

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for Melissa Godsey

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Micaela Favela

I recently went to Melissa to have my placenta encapsulated and I'm very happy I did! She was kind, good-humored and extremely informative on the encapsulation process. I was able to watch some of the process and ask questions as she worked. The results were more than satisfactory. Taking one pill in the morning and another in the afternoon every day, my milk supply went up and my energy levels were amazing! I would highly recommend her to all my friends if they were interested in getting their placenta's encapuslated. 

Posted 2/5/2015

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Joseph Haverty

I've known Melissa for over ten years.  She comes across as very friendly and understanding, and is willing to listen and help you along your way. Before I moved I was a Licenced Nurse in Victoria BC, and was involved in assisting her midwife with the birth of her own child.  Melissa is quite kind and knowledgeable and I know she'll help you well throughout your pregancy experience.

Posted 12/28/2014

Birth Availability for Melissa Godsey

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Postpartum Availability for Melissa Godsey

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