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Mel Kennedy

Family Ways

Gainesville, VA Service range 50 miles

https://www.family-ways.com/about-mel

Birth Fee

Not specified

Postpartum Rate

Not specified

Birth Fee

Not specified

Postpartum Rate

Not specified


Birth Doula Experience

1 years and 8 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

1 years and 4 families served


Doula Training

  • The Birth Well, September 2019

Type of practice: Doula agency employee

Clients per month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth


Special Services Offered

  • Abortion support
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Cloth diapering education
  • End of life doula services
  • Military families support
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Trans and NB centered care

Languages Spoken

  • English

Gainesville, VA Service range 50 miles

Client Testimonials for Mel Kennedy

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Kanay Riddick

2/22/2020

Let me start by saying this review genuinely comes from the heart. The work that Melissa does is phenomenal. Becoming a mother whether for the first time or a beautiful addition, can be scary. You want support. You want to be heard and you want to be respected. Melissa did this for me. She helped me create the atmosphere that I wanted to give birth in bringing the best essential oils and adding a certain element to my room that I needed to stay calm and become centered during contractions. This was my first time working with a doula but I knew It was something I wanted to experience as I completed a natural water birth in the heart of the city. Melissa was very professional, kind, and overall caring. The open communication was what I needed as she made suggestions needed to help me cope and never passed judgement nor made me feel uncomfortable. She was very patient and active the entire duration. She offered so much encouragment. Once we got home, she continued to check on us, offer additional resources and was there to answer any questions or listen to any concerns. Every woman on this planet deserves that type of support. We deserve to be celebrated for creating and sustaining life for this very planet.

 

 

Kristyn Ream

2/16/2020

We are so grateful to have had Mel as our doula. We stayed in touch throughout early labor, and she continues to check in and monitor contractions. She met us at the hospital, and my contractions became extremely painful. She has tons of ideas and different positions to help me through them. She helped me breathe and got me help when the epidural didn't work properly. She moves my pour numb and heavy body into different positions and held me through pushing. She always asked me what I wanted and was supportive of my decisions. She also received great feedback from the hospital staff. This was our first child, and it wa helpful to have someone there who knew what was going on. We are very happy with our decision and all the support Mel provided during and after delivery. 

Emily

2/6/2020

I had a wonderful experience with Mel Kennedy was my birth doula and I am so glad that they were part of my birth team. Melissa worked seamlessly with the doctor, midwife, nurse, and my spouse during the birth. Mel knew just what to do even when I did not know what to ask for. I was on the fence about hiring a doula, as it was my third child, but I was attempting a VBAC after one successful VBAC. Mel has a gift for putting people at ease and being the perfect balance of assertive and empathetic. They listened to my needs and wishes without being judgemental. When my birth took an unexpected turn, and I ended up with a medically-necessary emergency c-section after laboring, they helped me navigate the stressful situation. I feel so much more at ease reflecting back on this c-section than on my first one because I was emotionally prepared and supported thanks to Mel and the rest of my excellent birth team. My spouse and I are so grateful that Mel was there to help us. I highly recommend them as a doula. Hiring a doula is absolutely worth it, no matter what type of birth you have, and Mel is an excellent choice.   

Birth Availability for Mel Kennedy

= Available. Calendar last updated: 01-30-2020

Postpartum Availability for Mel Kennedy

= Available. Calendar last updated: 01-30-2020