$800 to $1000
3 years and 150 births attended
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
I will attend home births if a certified midwife is present.
Member & leadership team of Indy Birth Alliance, Former MOPS Coordinator, Former Teen MOPS Co-Coordinator
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.
McCordsville, IN Service range 40 miles
PHENOMENAL. If you're looking for THE BEST doula look no further. Carli is the perfect combination of warm/friendly & professional/wealth of information. I hired Carli around 20 weeks pregnant and she answered all my pregnancy questions and eased my pregnancy concerns. I gave birth early May (1st baby!) and with this whole covid19 situation I had all sorts of anxieties but Carli was a rock throughout it all. I arrived at the hospital at 7cm dialated (thinking this should be over soon, right?!) and Carli helped me and was by my side every single minute of the next 30 hours! Even though I labored for about 26hrs and pushed for 4hrs (all unmedicated) labor was positive and empowering because of Carli. Carli created a safe and empowering space for my birth. She guided my husband and helped him to figure out how to help/support me- because it isn't intuitive and in the moment during a contraction I couldn't articulate how I needed him to help me, but Carli just knew what I needed and she showed him how to press/massage etc. When we realized I had only progressed 1cm in 10hrs Carli had ALL the tricks and techniques and positions to help get me fully dialated and get baby in the right position. When I thought I couldn't go any further, she told me she knew I could. When I called out for my mom, she made it clear she was there to comfort me. When the midwife had to perform an episiotomy, Carli quickly stepped in and asked for it to be horizontal (to prevent deeper tearing) and because of her knowledge and advocacy I didn't tear- thank goodness. Carli was an essential part of my birth team. She empowered me and my husband and the whole atmosphere of my birth experience was positive and supportive. I cannot sing her praises enough! Carli will 100% be my doula again. I wouldn't give birth without her. So ladies, do yourself a favor and hire Carli, she simply is the best. (Also, super helpful with breastfeeding!)
Phenomenal Doula Carli!
My natural labor plan initially meant I didn't want anyone in the room but my husband. However, after taking a natural birthing class, my husband said he wanted the guidance a doula would provide him.
I agreed we could do it but wondered how can I possibly be comfortable with someone with such little time knowing them?
Carli was very sweet on the phone and when we met in person I couldn't believe how well we clicked. She was perfect. She was so supportive through the rest of the pregnancy. Any question or concern I had she answered and put me at ease immediately. I realized how grateful I was my husband wanted her there.
My husband and I both know I only had my natural labor because of her arrival and support at the hospital. Her soothing voice, calming guidance, and reading my body's cues without me saying anything, to help me through labor were all amazing.
When we conceived 7 months later Carli was our first message! We knew we had to have her again.
Carli was very supportive throughout the pregnancy, even with it being more difficult. When I was anxious about anything she always had such a positive energy I couldn't help but feel calmer after talking to her on the phone.
Our 2nd came into this world with such speed, under 4mins from arrival, Carli didn't arrive at the hospital for his birth. She still came. She gave me that needed calm after the storm. She filled our hospital room with her positive energy.
She answered my phone messages at 2am about labor contractions, and guided me through my at home experience (I didn't have with our 1st) with labor positions and comfort measures.
Two labors and beautiful baby boys. One amazing doula. I can't recommend Carli enough! Truly having a doula is something everyone should do, but having Carli is the BEST decision you can make for your labor!
Carli was so helpful before, during and after my daughter's birth. She responded to all my questions ahead of time and helped reassure me about any concerns. She went to the hospital with me too early and didn't complain at all. She made my husband feel included in the process and helped him know what to do. Carli helped me feel confident in the decisions I made about my birth plan and supported me when I changed it. After birth, she helped me figure out some of my breastfeeding issues. I am so thankful I had her there and would recommend her services to any expectant mom.
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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