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Kelleen Merrell

Hoosier Doula

Valparaiso, IN Service range 50 miles

2198778871

http://www.hoosierdoula.net/

Birth Fee

Not specified

Postpartum Rate

Not specified

Birth Fee

Not specified

Postpartum Rate

Not specified


Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Birth Doula Experience

2 years

Postpartum Doula Experience

2 years


Doula Training

  • DONA International, June 2017

Type of practice: Independent contractor with a doula agency

Clients per month: 0 to 3 births and 0 to 3 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Some Home Births


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Placenta encapsulation

Valparaiso, IN Service range 50 miles

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Client Testimonials for Kelleen Merrell

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Kirsten Faedtke

7/13/2019

During my pregnancy, she was a HUGE emotional support. I was going through a difficult situation and I felt like while, yes, I was talking to a friend, she also held space for me to feel how I was feeling in that moment, just as a doula should.

When my labor started, she was the first person I contacted on my birth team. I knew she would be reliable enough to answer my message right away, and she did just that. She was the first person to come to my home, and even though I was doing a great job handling the intensity of my contractions, she saw where she was needed in my labor and filled that role perfectly. I was birthing as a single mother, and did not have a partner during my birth, and Kelleen saw that I would need someone to track my "progress" during labor and help me decide when it was time to call in the midwife and her team. She was texting with my midwife and her assistant and keeping them updated on how well I was handling my contractions, the intensity, and even at one point stating "I think she's farther along than she thinks she is". THANK GOD FOR THAT. I felt like she read my body language better than I could. She was VERY helpful per my requests (tuna salad sandwich when she hates mayo, and her hip squeezes are TO DIE FOR). She also respected a quiet space when I needed one, leaving me alone with my sister when transition hit. Being a doula myself, I did not want any cliche statements thrown at me during my labor, because they wouldn't have helped (I already know all those tricks). Kelleen knew that and yet never struggled with finding the right things to say. She was essential to making my birth a fun and light experience during a very difficult time in my life.

Her support during the postpartum period came in a different form, because my postpartum experience was quite different. Messages during casual conversation about how amazed she was with my birth really gave me the empowerment feeling that I know birth can bring.

Brittany Gallardo

4/28/2019

I first met Kelleen when I was about 6 months pregnant. I wish I would have met her alot sooner to help with the beginning of my pregnancy. I wanted to do a water birth but had plans on delivering at Porter Regional Hospital where they only allowed laboring in a tub. She suggested that I try St. Marys hospital in Hobart. They were very baby friendly there and allowed water births. She helped me with the transition and also suggested I see Shannon Markle, a certified nurse midwife. Making that switch was the best decision for me. Kelleen came with me to check out St.Marys hospital to see if it was right for me. She delivered there and was able to tell me everything about their lactation consultants to explaining all of their baby friendly characteristics. I felt safe and at home and knew it would be a perfect match. Kelleen has helped me create a birth plan and decide what options were the best for me and my baby. Throughout the rest of my pregnancy, she was always there to answer any questions I had. When it came to the day I began labor, she was quick to come meet me at the hospital. She went above and beyond to do the best she could for me and got me whatever I needed. I also thank her for taking photos of me and my family while I was in labor because it showed the true beauty of childbirth and the loving support I had with me in the room. Not only was she an excellent Doula for me, but she has also become a great friend. 

Birth Availability for Kelleen Merrell

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Postpartum Availability for Kelleen Merrell

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