Birth Fee: $400 to $700
Fee Details: It is my firm belief that money and privilege should not mean the difference between a pregnant person being alone or feeling heard, supported, and loved during their perinatal experience. My fee is determined on a case by case basis; I am also willing to barter services.
Birth Doula Experience: 1 years and 21 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am a volunteer birth doula with Urban Baby Beginnings where I donate doula services to those who are otherwise unable to afford them. This work in particular has been a beyond transformative experience for me.
Languages spoken: English, some Spanish, some sign language
Service Area MapArea of practice: Richmond, VA
Melanie is an angel. That is truly the best way to describe what she brought to my birth experience. Her timing was immaculate and as soon as she arrived the birth team, my family and I took a different vibe. It was all so fast, but Melanie slowed it down for me. It was like having my long lost sister there. My mother can't stop talking about how much better things got when Melanie arrived. She is assertive, yet comforting; an advocate and a friend. If you are considering working with Melanie, do not hesitate. She is what you're looking for.
I always dreamed of the perfect natural delivery with my partner and midwife by my side. While my laboring process was not exactly what I dreamed it would be I am still very, very pleased with the outcome. Melonie, has such a compassionate and calm energy that really aided in helping me center and trust my body. We laughed, googled, waddled, and sung until my sweet little girl arrived. When decisions had to be made I felt that my partner and I made the best decisions we could given out knowledge. Melonie, was also great at reminding me when I should ask questions for clarity and standing up for my musical choices when my birth guest did not approve. Beyond the birthing room, Melonie has been so supportive to my unconventional postpartum journey. While her role of my volunteer birth doula was complete, she still was there to help me get resources, for comforting, and reassurance. Throughout this new phase in my life, Melonie has also helped me to learn to trust myself, my skills, and my intuition.
I don’t know the right words to even begin to explain how much of a blessing and a miracle it was to have Melanie come into my life as my doula. Melanie and I met nearing the end of my second pregnancy. At the time I was going through a very hard situation in my life and she became my guardian angel. My first pregnancy did not go as planned at all. I wanted a natural birth with no medication. Being that this was my first pregnancy I listened to what the doctors told me was necessary instead of listening to my body or asking questions. I ended up being induced which in my eyes was before my child was ready and it resulted in a very unwanted c section. After that experience I told myself I would never have the same one again. Flash forward to the end of my second pregnancy I was blessed through a program with Melanie. She came to my appointments, she checked in on me daily, she became my voice when I was too timid to speak for myself. She went above and beyond her duties as my doula and I couldn’t have been happier. Even when I dealt with a week long prodromal labor she kept encouraging me. She reminded me that I was strong and amazing even when I was at my lowest of lows and felt the total opposite. I don’t know where I would be without her being placed in my life and I couldn’t imagine my life without her. She advocated for me and my family when I didn’t feel I had a voice. In my eyes she is more then just a doula, she's a lawyer, she's a motivational speaker, she's an amazing support system, she's a wonderful friend, and above all I can now say she's an irreplaceable family member. I would recommend her over and over again to anyone in search of having a truly blissful doula experience. She's the best of the best!
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