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Melanie Goodfellow

The Doulas

Website: https://thedoulascalgary.wixsite.com/doulas

Phone: 403-700-8477

Birth Fee: $350 to $650

Fee Details: - Initial meet and greet. This is a time for us to get to know each other a bit, it is also a great time to find out if we're going to be a good match personality wise. This meeting gives me a chance to outline my role and scope as a doula it gives you and your partner a chance to outline what you are looking for from your doula. - 2 or more prenatal meeting(s). - Continuous positive emotional, physical and psychological support free of judgement during the entirety of the birth. - Immediate and follow-up postpartum support.

Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 14 births attended

Doula Training

  • DONA International, May 2016
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Basics of Breastfeeding for Doulas

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - St. John Ambulance

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Multiples
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Twins
  • Vaginal breech birth

Special Services Offered

  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for Melanie Goodfellow

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Amanda Bhimji

Melanie was wonderful. When we found out we were pregnant we were unsure about getting a doula. My husband was more skeptical about it than me but in the end both of us were really happy with our choice. She did not undermine my husband at all, she was a great support for him and worked with him to help me. She did not put her opinions into my birth plan or try to force me into anything, she supported me with all choices and any changes that came during actual labour. She just made me feel really comfortable and I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a doula. 

Posted 9/28/2017

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Marilou Hailar Revilla

Melanie Goodfellow was a complete pleasure to work with!  She was very professional and offered us numerous tips on how to have a great and memorable delivery.  We really appreciated how she was able to coach and offer advice to both my husband and myself, I know he definitely appreciated her help and advice!  We would definitely recommend Melanie and will keep her in mind for future births. 

Posted 9/18/2017

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Heather Boychuk

My husband and I weren't originally planning to hire a doula, but Melanie came highly recommended by a colleague. We're very happy that we took the recommendation as Melanie was very helpful. It was reassuring to go through the birth plan and then when the birth did not go to plan due to some medical complications, Melanie was right there with us to make sure we knew everything we needed to know and that we were as comfortable as possible (including rubbing my legs for hours since they were numb from the epidural). The medical issues we encountered made the birth experience stressful for us and Melanie really helped us through the process. I don't know where we would have been without her. The support she gave after the birth was also great. I would recommend her to anyone. 

Posted 9/11/2017

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Leah Hughson

My husband and I are so thankful to have had Mel as our doula during our pregnancy and birth of our twins boys! She was very knowledgable and we felt comfortable in trusting her to help guide us through the process. We were a medically complicated case and she worked with our needs and wishes. Initially I was nervous about getting a doula as I thought they would push a "natural" only approach to birthing, but she completely supported our wish for medication, hospital birth, etc. with no judgement. Our birth didn't go exactly as planned due to medical issues, but she calmed us down helped us understand what was going on every step of the way.  Mel was especially helpful in supporting my husband who felt quite helpless throughout the ordeal. She went above and beyond throughout the labour, providing us with everything we needed, before we even realized that we needed it!

We highly recommend hiring Mel as your doula, you will not be dissapointed. Her intuition and caring personality make her perfect for the job (wether it is supporting you, or your husband!) Thanks for everything Mel!

Posted 9/8/2017

Birth Availability for Melanie Goodfellow

= Available. Calendar last updated: 5/3/2019 11:01:09 AM