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Melissa Skinkle

Melissa Skinkle Labour Doula

Website: https://www.melissaskinkledoula.com/

Phone: 613-921-2626

Birth Fee: $250 to $1250

Fee Details: My rates are as follows: $1100-$1250 Doula service including birth photography package, $600 for a Basic Home or Hospital Birth, $750 for a Home Water Birth (includes birth pool rental), $250 for Birth Pool rental only. I do offer payment plans for my services except for the birth pool rentals. Payment for the pool is required at time of delivery. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact me. Thank you for your time and interest.

Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 12 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Doula Training Canada - Certified Labour & Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • Doula Training Canada, September 2016
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 2 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? No Birth Centers
The are no birth centers in our area at this time. When the time shall come I am open to attending births there as well
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I will only attend home births if a Midwife is scheduled to attend.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Your Birth Experience - Certified Childbirth Educator

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Breastfeed {Naturally} Certified Breastfeeding Educator
  • BFI (Baby-Friendly Initiative) 20 hr Breastfeeding course support training, Certificate in Breastfeeding Essentials for Doulas

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Certified in Advanced comfort measures for child birth, Certificate in Bonding Through Touch

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Home Birth
  • Plus size mothers
  • Single parents
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Birth Pool rental
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography

Languages spoken: English

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Area of practice: Stirling, ON
Travel Range: 45 Miles

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Client Testimonials for Melissa Skinkle

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Angela Payne

Melissa was hands down the only reason I was able to have an unmedicated delivery with my second child. She was always where I needed her, but never in the way. She was kind and compassionate in her methods and extremely knowledgeable in pain managment. Melissa had brought a diffuser with her and used lavender essential oil to bring a feeling of calm to my home birth. She offered advice on positions that were optimal for helping baby decend as well as what would help with the pain. Melissa also did counter pressure massage on my back when the contractions were very intense. Although my labour was very fast, Melissa always made me feel supported and she was never in a panic. My husband even recommends Melissa to all his friends that are pregnant. Best birth experience ever!  

Posted 4/1/2019

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Andrea

My husband and I decided to use Melissa’s expertise to guide us through the delivery process and to have ideas about what positions, etc to try when we were focusing on other aspects. My husband wanted to be my main support person. Melissa was a good advocate when our minds were busy and when we were tired. She was there to get details when we were busy and kept notes. Melissa was extremely reliable, caring, supportive, and knowledgeable. The delivery did not go as hoped and Melissa kept us focused and at ease. I felt comforted that she was present. Follow up afterwards was helpful and appreciated. We would recommend Melissa without hesitation. We absolutely loved her! 

Posted 3/27/2019

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Sallymae Fry

My experience with Melissa skinkle as my doula was amazing. At first, I had planned on giving birth with my family and OB'S assistance. I decided because it was my first child and hearing the feedback of other friends experiences with doulas - I would get one. I was so glad I contacted Melissa.

Melissa knew all the ins and outs of the hospital, giving birth, and really made me feel more comfortable with the idea. She explained to me all the methods and options I had for the birth and gave me so much more confidence. She helped me plan my ideal birth and was there to answer all of my questions at any time. I gave birth naturally and I feel without her - I would of been pressured into a c-section like most. If it weren't for her I wouldn't of known my options. Melissa came here to assist the moment I started going into labour and gave me comfort in every step at the hospital.

When I arrived home and my baby wasn't breastfeeding well she also helped me and my baby learn how to properly feed. Although the doctor had recommended starting to subsitiute formula she told me and assisted me to not give up on breastfeeding and I am so glad because my baby is now feeding comfortably and easily on breastmilk and very healthy.

I have been recommending Melissa to all my friends who are pregnant and I would highly recommend her expertise as a doula. The entire experience would have been different if she was not there every step of the way. Melissa is very kind hearted and makes the experience much more comfortable. She went above and beyond to ensure my birth was the way I planned and was there to assit me in everyway. I will defintely be using her again in the future and would recommend her to anyone who is pregnant.

THANK YOU THANK YOU Melissa!

Posted 3/15/2017

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Jenna Larcombe

My experience with Melissa as my Doula was nothing short of fantastic! She is very knowledgeable, informative and compassionate about being there for her clients. During a time that can be the hardest experience of a woman's life. She was there for me when I had questions and concerns. I was able to borrow reading material from Melissa to gain knowledge on things I knew very little about. As a first time Mom, I had a lot of questions. I had a lot of fears. Melissa was a big help to answer these questions and calm those fears. I flip flopped back and forth between hospital and home birth delivery.  Since I was under midwife care I had the option. I finally decided that a home birth would suit me best. Melissa worked with me to write out a detailed birth plan to express my wishes. When the "big day" finally came, my whole world turned upside down. My home birth plan had to be thrown out the window, we moved onto plan C, as I ended up needing to have a c-section. Melissa stayed by my side while we waited for the Operating Room to be prepped. She was there to calm me and my husband in a very emotional time. And after the c-section she was there waiting for me in my room to make sure I was okay. Melissa continued to follow up with me after delivery and make sure I was doing okay. I would highly recommend Melissa if you are considering having a Doula be part of your labour and delivery support team. We will definately be utilizing her services again when the the time comes for baby #2! 

Posted 3/2/2017

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Kristie dejager

Melissa was always there when I needed her and excelled in her care I highly recommend her!

Posted 10/6/2016

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