6 years and 100 births attended
Type of practice: Doula agency owner
Clients per month: 1 to 5
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
I am happy to attend home births under the supervision of a certified, qualified midwife
I support the Community Doula Program at the Maternity Care Coalition
Exton, PA Service range 30 miles
Melissa has a true gift for being a doula. My husband and I were very pro natural birth, but we knew we also were going to be in a hospital setting. I could have never stuck to my birth plan without Melissa. For over 12 hours she stood by my side. She never sat down. She never took a break. She had me constantly changing positions to try to be more comfortable. She guided me constantly and was literally invaluable to me as a coach throughout my pregnancy. She truly shined in that delivery room and I am so grateful to have met her.
Melissa has a unique background that makes her a perfect person to have in the room. She wass always respectful of the staff while also advocating for my wishes. She has incredible knowledge that allows her to explain each major point in the labor experience and also work as a liaison between the medical team and her clients. She knows how to use the equipment in the hospital room which allowed her to adjust my bed so that I could spend most of my time on my hands and knees, see when a contraction was coming so that I could prepare, and adjust the monitor so that I could get up and walk around—among many other things. If I didn’t have her, I can confidently say that I likely would have had a C-section. Instead, I delivered a nearly 9 lb girl with no medical intervention. And the doctors and nurses loved her so much that they actually want to partner with her on other labor related endeavors.
I interviewed many doulas and Melissa is special. She is very professional and composed. She approaches all pregnancy related questions from a place of science and research. She was the perfect person to have in the room for such an important experience and I truly can not recommend her more.
I had the opportunity to have Melissa as my doula for my second birth. This pregency was different in many ways and I delivered an unmedicated natural birth. Melissa was a huge help during and after birth. She motivated me to stick to my birth plan during labor. She encouraged me to push forward with the natural birth when i wanted to give up. She made herself available to answer any questions or concerns day or night. She would send me insightful information on the stages of pregnacy and what to expect during labor and delivery. She created a warm and relaxing environment during labor and delivery. She helped us to ask the right questions and to make sure that we knew what was going on at each point in the labor process. Having her there gave my husband an opportunity to rest. After delivery she assisted me with properly latching the baby and gave great tips and information on breastfeeding. My husband and I were truly grateful to have Melissa as our doula. I hope to have melissa as our doula for years to come.
I cannot recommend Melissa Cook enough. I was someone who was a bit skeptical about doulas. However after two failed epidural attempts with my first two children, I thought I would benefit from a coach or someone knowledgeable in the birthing process. I spoke with and interviewed a few doulas and they either seemed too intense or not the right fit. Birthing is an incredibly crazy experience with lots of personalities involved in the birthijg room. I didn’t want to add a too strong or intense personality to such an important moment. When I spoke with Melissa I was immediately put to ease. I could tell that she had a calming nature, was incredibly knowledabe on the subject of pregnancy and birthing and almost took social cues on how best she could be in the process. I was so happy I followed my gut and went with melissa. I have learned more from her than I ever have from any of Ob docs regarding pregancy and birth. She completely helped me through my hospital birth and was so knowledable before and after. Thank you again, Melissa, for truly being a wonderful asset before, during and after my birth. :)
Melissa was a huge help before, during, and after our birth. She made herself avaible to answer any questions or concerns day or night. She would send me insightful information on the stages of pregnacy and what to expect during labor and delivery. She created a warm and relaxing environment during labor and delivery. She helped us to ask the right questions and to make sure that we knew what was going on at each point in the labor process. Having her there gave my husband an opportunity to rest. After delivery she assisted me with properly latching the baby and gave great tips and information on breastfeeding. My husband and I were truly grateful to have Melissa as our dula.
Melissa was my birth doula for the natural, unmedicated VBAC of my second child, Carter. My birth experience with my first was far from what I wanted and envisioned. Looking back on the experience made me realize that there was so much that I could have done to have made it better but I just didn't understand my rights as a parent and patient. I hired Melissa around 28 weeks pregnant with Carter and from our first phone call I had already felt better equipped to have this child. I was praying for a natural, unmedicated VBAC and was feeling unsupported by my practice. Melissa helped me to find a practice and hospital that better fit my needs as a VBAC mom. She was there to answer any questions, provide information, and to lean on after doctors appointments when I just didn't know enough to make a confident decision on how to move forward with my care. She also provided my husband with a great deal of support and knowledge before, during, and after the birth of our son. In the delivery room her voice and encouragement helped me to move through a very fast and intense labor where at times I felt drained and unsure I could continue with my plan for an unmedicated birth. Without Melissa,I would not have been able to have the birth experience I so desperately wanted. Her visits postpartum didn't fall short either as she assisted me with breastfeeding and even baby-wearing. Melissa showed such a genuine care for us throughout the whole birth experience and is truely one or the kindest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know. Finding Melissa was very much a blessing and she will forever be considered a part of our family. I would highly recommend her doula services to anyone expecting. -Velia Kennedy
MELISSA WAS MY DOULA FOR THE BIRTH OF MY SECOND SON. Having her there made me feel relaxed and supported. It was a stressful situation because i was attempting a VBAC but had to be induced due to health concerns to both my son and I. She was steady and reminded me that I could do it. During pushing she was a calm voice in my ear when it felt the whole world was spinning out of control. Her presence was perfect! I highly reccommend her to anyone wanting a doula.
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