Birth Fee: $800 to $1000
Fee Details: I'm a wife and a mom of five boys. I am passionate about helping women have a positive birth experience... whatever that looks like for you. Each pregnancy and birth is unique and beautiful. I am here for you and to support you and your family throughout the pregnancy and birth process. I have studied birth and all it entails for years and found that I was called to become a Doula. I am a certified DONA birth doula, a certified lactation counselor and a certified Hypnobabies doula. I want to help,educate and support women and their partners as they prepare for a wonderful birth experience. I would love to answer any questions and talk more about what you'd like for your birth. Consultations are free.
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 50 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Member & leadership team of Indy Birth Alliance, Former MOPS Coordinator, Former Teen MOPS Co-Coordinator
Languages spoken: English
I was initially under the impression that my wife and I didn't need the services of a doula. I believed a team of excellent doctors and nurses would be enough. I'm an engineer with a strong analytical background so a healthy baby and a healthy mother were my priorities. I was also afraid that having a doula might set up a potential conflict with the doctors and nurses.
My first impressions of Carli put my concerns about conflict with our doctors and nurses at ease: she is well aware of where of where a doula's responsibilities end and where a doctor's begin. Carli established a friendly and comfortable rapport with my wife right away but I put up a wall. Despite this, Carli persisted in putting my wife's well being first. That's when I realized that she was really there to help.
When my wife started going into active labor, I saw just how absolutely necessary it was to have Carli there. Doctors and nurses simply can't provide the essential emotional encouragement to have a natural birth that my wife needed. Carli immediately established a connection with my wife and was able to reassure her that what my wife was feeling was normal. Carli helped my wife in a way that I couldn't because she has experience in helping so many women come to terms with the emotional and psychological aspects of giving birth. When labor becomes overwhelming, she can point to an experience or provide coping mechanisms or suggest an alternative approach. She knew my wife well enough to be able to judge which of the myriad approaches would work best. The best value from her services was in providing emotional and psychological support that comes from experience and from really caring.
Carli went above and beyond what I expected in providing an outstanding level of care and support - and I expected a lot. I am extremely grateful that Carli was there with us. A big part of my wife's postpartum emotional well-being is a result of Carli's actions.
As first-time parents, my husband and I decided to enlist the help of a doula to help guide us through the birth process and achieve my goal of an all-natural birth. Carli was with us every step of the way. She made herself available in the weeks leading up to labor by checking in and reminding us she was available around the clock, even on a holiday. She helped us decide when to call the hospital after my water broke. Once I was in active labor, she guided me through all of the comfort measures to keep me as comfortable as possible. Following the delivery, she was there to help with the first latch and answer any questions. And she visited us the very next day to see how we were doing.
Labor can be long, hard and confusing with so many decisions to make along the way. With Carli by our side, we felt very secure about having all the facts in order to make the best decision for us. She always had our goals and vision in mind but never gave her opinion unless we asked. The compassion and care she gave us during our journey was something I will never forget and will always be grateful for.
Our birth process was so memorable and beautiful, and it ended with the greatest gift of all: the healthy delivery of our son. I highly recommend hiring Carli as a doula. It was one of the best decisions we made in the months prior to the birth of our son.
Our family was so blessed to meet Carli Mellentine! We had a special agreement with her to offer sibling support during our labor and she went above and beyone by arranging a "play date" with our 3 year old, so that they could get to know eachother better before the big day.
We met with Carli a few times before the birth to go over our desires, plans, etc., which was really helpful! During these sessions, we laughed, we dreamed, and we calmed fears. Carli is a very knowlegable woman and was always willing to offer her advice and personal experience to every question we had.
Our intentions to have a home birth were altered when I received results of high liver enzymes, but Carli kept in good contact with us via calls and texts and really helped me to mentally prepare for a hospital birth. While everyone else (docs and midwife) were keeping my health in check, Carli was there to offer comfort, and keep my heart in check. Tearfully choosing to severly alter our birth plans (by going to the hospital) was SO much easier with Carli's encouragemnt and heartfelt support. After our quick, short, happy, healthy birth Carli was STILL there for us. She helped us get to the recovery side of the hospital and made sure we were all settled in before she left. Carli came to see us 2 more times after our birth and we certainly hope to see her again! :)
Our family HIGHLY recommends Carli. She is so thoughtful and attentive to the needs of the whole family!
My experience with Carli was wondeful and life changing. She listened to my fears and concerns about childbirth (my first child) with an open and loving heart. Having her on my birth team reassured me that I was going to get through this experience. I had never met the doctor I delivered with, so having a familiar face from the hospital meant a lot to me. Carli was also very supportive to my husband Robb. She helped guide him about how to best support me. I had a 26 hour labor that started in the middle of the night. Carli was kind about meeting us at the hospital and answering our phone calls and texts. She stuck in there with us and helped me push when the time came. I couldn't imagine giving birth without here there.
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