Birth Fee: $550 to $1150
Postpartum Rate: Not specified
Fee Details: Rates vary with services and package choices. Offering birth doula services as well as personal fitness training and nutrition counseling.
Birth Doula Experience: 4 years
Postpartum Doula Experience: 4 years
Clients per Month: 1 to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Co-Chair - Doula Association of Edmonton
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Edmonton, AB
I had such a wonderful experience with Melissa as my doula for the birth of my 2nd baby. Right from our first meeting, I felt like she listened and understood my feelings so well about my fears and feelings of trauma from my first birth and what I was hoping for in my 2nd birth. Knowing that I would have her by my side helped me feel much calmer throughout my pregnancy. I was looking for someone who I knew would be in tune with me throughout the birth, yet at the same time able to speak up and help me advocate for myself about things happening around me, and she did exactly that. When it came to the birth, my water broke but my labour was delayed in starting, so she did some movements with me using her "Spinning Babies" knowledge. These movements helped get my labour started amazingly quickly. As is often the case, things then did not go as planned with my birth. My labour progressed so quickly that I was not able to make it to the hospital and we called an ambulance. My baby was born in the ambulance not far from my house. This could have been a panic-inducing situation especially for my husband; however we both felt calm, confident, and supported by her presence. Melissa communicated clearly and confidently with the emergency services personnel who arrived (firefighters and paramedics) while at the same time supporting me, keeping me as comfortable as possible, and ensuring that my dignity was maintained. Throughout the delivery, she helped me give birth in a comfortable position in spite of being in an ambulance. She also coached the paramedics, ensuring that my birth wishes were honoured as much as possible in spite of being in a different setting. After the birth, she has remained in contact with me and helped me process the birth emotionally. She has also been a big support with breastfeeding I am so grateful to Melissa for making my 2nd birth such a positive, memorable experience, and cannot recomment her highly enough!
Melissa Friedman is amazing!! even 2 months after birth she still there for me even through text or call!! She is very down to earth and amazing human, she not only does her job exceptional of being there the whole 2 days of labour but she makes sure mom n dad are healthy mentally & physically raising baby whether it’s for feedings, ways of reducing stress and just overall helping to improve your lifestyle. She makes you grow into a better human being which is astonishing way more than a doula, she is passionate about babies and your family, she is the best and I wouldn’t want to change my birth any other way!
When I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted a doula to help my husband and I through the pregnancy and delivery of our first baby. We met with Melissa and felt completely at ease about having her with us on this journey. Melissa has a contagious love for life and her dedication to helping us as expecting / new parents far exceeded our expectations. Both my husband and I could tell that in the time spent with her, she was very experienced and passionate in her profession. Her presence during my labor and delivery was calming, confident and exactly what we needed. Her communication with the doctors, nurses, as well as our excited family members was always professional and kind.
As we plan to grow our family in the future, we will be reaching out to Melissa again.
Krista and Mark Fife
We met Melissa and knew instantly we wanted her as our Doula. Calm, experienced and so supportive of our wishes. Any questions we had either she had an answer or knew where to direct us to find the answer. Though I rocked my vbac, it would not have been the same positive journey without Melissa. Her support, gentle guideance, and knowledge filled any and all gaps that we had and allowed for a smooth and amazing journey. My husband and I can't say enought positive things about her services and not only highly recommend but would instantly contact her again should we ever need Doula services.
Melissa was a dream come true for my husband and I. When we met her for a meet and greet we instantly connected as if we'd known each other for a long time. She provided so much ease, comfort and calmness throughout our process. She is very organized, personable and truly cares about your concerns and needs. My husband and I felt so prepared and supported throughout my pregnancy. It was SO reassuring to have someone to call during labor to guide me through until the hospital, and then swoop in and take control of everything around me so my husband and I could be present together for the arrival of our baby. I truly believe my labour was such a peaceful and empowering experience because of having her by my side. She continued to be there for us after our son was born and would answer phone calls from me crying and overwhelmed at 3am with an upset baby. Having a doula was the best experience and I recommend Melissa to every mom I meet! She is phenominal at what she does!
Melissa is truly amazing!! She kept my calm thru put my pregnancy and my labour. She didnt push her views she just supported all my decisions and have me all the info I needed and really helped me make the right choices for me so u had my dream labour and delivery even though it was 70 hours. She stayed in contact even during the times she went home to rest. If you are looking for a doula she is totally the one for you. The doctors and nurses loved her and i adored her!!!!
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