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Melissa Pistorius

The Empowered Mother

Website: http://www.empoweredmotherdoula.com/

Phone: 8013301647

Birth Fee: $600 to $800

Postpartum Rate: $20 to $30

Fee Details: I believe every woman should have the chance to have a doula if they want one. If money is an issue, talk to me, and we can work something out!

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 14 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 1 years and 5 families served

Doula Training

  • DONA International, March 2015
  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), October 2017
Type of Practice: Solo practice

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

Postpartum limits/restrictions: I would love to support you and your family postpartum. Please contact me to set up a free consultation, and we can decide if we can work together
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I have been to U of U hospital, IMC, and Riverton. Would love to help you at whichever hospital you choose.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I would love to assist your birth at a birth center
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I would love to support you in your assisted home birth.

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Special needs babies
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military families
  • Parenting consulting
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I volunteer as a doula on a bi monthly basis at the University of Utah Hospital.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Service Area Map

Area of practice: West Jordan, UT
Travel Range: 50 Miles

Client Testimonials for Melissa Pistorius

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Lauren Johnson

We had a medicated, hospital delivery and Melissa was the greatest choice we ever made in the course of our pregnancy and delivery. My mother struggles with BPD and my husband's mom was going to be in Europe for the entire month of June (my baby's due month). Since this was our first baby, we desperately wanted to have someone there that knew what was going on, would be able to stay in the room with us, and would help to make it a beautiful and uplifting experience.

After researching doulas, and those that were in my area and my price range, we set up a time to get together with Melissa. From the moment I met her, she put me at ease and helped me to feel comfortable and safe with this crazy, beautiful journey that we were going on. My husband was very skeptical when I first approached him about a doula. Half expecting a crystal weilding, shawl wearing, bead encrusted mystic he asked a lot of tough questions of Melissa. He ended up being very pleased with our decision to hire her and with the service that she provided us. He has already asked that we hire her for our next baby.

She is informed, intelligent, and respectful. She worked well with myself, my husband, my OBGYN, and the nurses. She was able to answer any questions that I had during the course of pregnancy, delivery, and even since then. 

As far as our actual birth experience goes, my little girl was head down, but facing sideways. I labored for over 12 hours and after having pushed for two hours, my OBGYN came in and said that if she had not come in an hour we would need to discuss our "other options". This terrified me! Melissa suggested that we try pushing in another position and my baby turned and in two more hours, our darling baby was here.

Melissa was a perfect angel. When we have our next baby I will for sure be asking her to work with us again.

Posted 12/14/2016

Birth Availability for Melissa Pistorius

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Postpartum Availability for Melissa Pistorius

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