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Melissa Lucchesi

Moon Sage Mama, LLC

Media, PA Service range 50 miles

http://moonsagemama.com

Birth Fee

$1450

Postpartum Rate

$35

Availability Remarks: Mindful, trauma-informed support fertility through postpartum and lactation. Serving the Greater Philadelphia Area, South Jersey, and DE (Christiana, Nemours, DE Birth Center)

Birth Fee

$1450

Postpartum Rate

$35


Birth Doula Experience

4 years

Postpartum Doula Experience

6 years


Doula Training

  • Bebo Mia, May 2018
  • Childbirth International, May 2018

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 4 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Any homebirths with a midwife present


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Abortion support
  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula support
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • LGBTQIA+ Support
  • Miscarriage support
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Parenting consulting
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Stillbirth and infant loss support
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Volunteer and professional trauma-informed speaking engagements and training. Board of Directors at Take Back the Night Foundation.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Fee Details

I am a mindful, trauma-informed doula fertility through postpartum, lactation and birth processing coach. Birth support includes at least 2 prenatal sessions, on-call period, attending your birth, and 1 postpartum visit to process the birth and assure you are feeling healthy, well, and confident to start on your parenting journey. While many of my clients have higher anxieties, fertility or birth trauma, or a trauma history, supporting through a gentle and empowering trauma-informed lens is helpful for all people. Additional packages and add ons to birth support also available. Survivors of sexual violence receive free prenatal appt support (*see website for info)

Service Area

Media, PA Service range 50 miles

Client Testimonials for Melissa Lucchesi

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Jes Erickson

10/4/2023

When I was looking for a doula to support my plan for an unmedicated birth at a birth center, I was hoping for someone who would help me feel at ease and Melissa was the best person for the job! 

She is knowledgeable in trauma informed care, and sensitive to anxieties and other less than ideal feelings that may be present during your prenatal prep as well as during labor. With her help and guidance I was able to feel more empowered and to work through my mental state in order to be strong enough to feel like I could handle my labor. During labor, she was a constant calming presence, and with her there holding my hand and reminding me to breathe deeply during the intensity, I was able to come down from times during the birth when I was feeling like it was getting to be too much and I couldn't do it. We had our healthy baby girl and having Melissa there was so vital in keeping me going through the hard parts of the birth. I'm so glad Melissa was there and I recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone who is thinking about having a doula at their birth <3 Thank you again Melissa!

Katie Domizio

9/13/2023

I hired Melissa for my 2nd pregnancy. After a traumatic labor and delivery with my 1st son, I knew I wanted to hire a doula who would help me feel empowered, informed, advocate for me, and help me physically, mentally and emotionally throughout my pregnancy and during labor and delivery. Melissa did exactly that. She was always open and available to my questions throughout my pregnancy, she helped me communicate with my OB/GYN about risks and benefits of the VBAC that I wanted to achieve, and she was a constant support during labor and delivery. Melissa's knowledge of the birthing process and how to help women during that process is extensive, and she applied that knowledge to truly help and care for me during my labor and delivery. Melissa by far exceeded my expectations and is a true angel and gift to those who hire her. She is worth her weight in gold!! Thank you Melissa for everything!

Lauren

9/13/2023

I was seeking a cheerleader who could help guide me through an unmedicated birth for my 4th baby, as I had been unsuccessful in making it through with my first 3 babies. Melissa made me feel so empowered leading up to the birth, offered so many training techniques so that I could be prepared, and guided me through the entire process once labor started. She put me and my husband at ease and truly was our coach through a beautiful, natural, unmedicated birth. When the going got tough, having Melissa by my side was truly the GAME-CHANGER! She is an amazing hero!

Cait Versella

4/6/2023

I cannot find the right words to explain just how enhanced my birthing experience was with Melissa. Our pre-meetings helped ease my anxieties, we talked through a ton of different scenarios for my birth and how I would want to handle them. Having all those decisions pre-made was such a relief. But as anyone who has given birth knows, the best laid plans.....and of course, it got really hard and I got very scared and Melissa was right there alongside my partner walking me through every moment until I was calm again. She made the experience worth remembering and not one that I want to pack away and forget never happened. I am able to look back at my birth story now with love and joy and a strong feeling of gratitude. In the birthing room, we laughed together, we cried together, we did informal group therapy together to heal each other (and our nurse!), and that is an experience I wouldn't trade for the world.

Nora Wright

3/15/2023

I worked with Melissa for my second baby and it made all the difference! If I could only keep one part of that birth, it would be hiring her again. If there was anything I could change for my first birth, it would be to have her there. I found Melissa because of her specialty in trauma and working with anxiety. I wanted someone who could understand and validate that I had worries about my birth based on past experiences and help me work through them and create a different outcome. When I gave birth, the outside circumstances of my second ended up looking a lot like my first, but because Melissa was there, it was TOTALLY different. I was more resilient, I felt safer, I trusted myself more, and my husband had this incredible support. He was blown away by her and we both attribute our positive memories to her, hands down! We cannot believe we were so lucky to have her in the face of unexpected circumstances.

Having Melissa with me through my pregnancy made a huge difference. During our prenatal sessions, I felt like I was really honoring my pregnancy and this new baby. Getting together was like having a best friend and a mentor and a guide all at the same time. They were these rich hours together that are precious memories from my pregnancy. During my birth, she knew exactly how to support me throughout the experience. Her ability to alleviate discomfort through counter pressure was truly amazing and made her support worth every penny!! It eliminated my need for an epidural, even though I was being induced with a high level of Pitocin, and she helped me labor using relaxations, a birthing ball and her hands on support. 

As a birth instructor myself, I often recommend Melissa because, by now, she has worked with so many of my moms and their births are always incredible. Whatever the birth setting, she creates a really safe container. She has SO much experience and she's just a kind, loving person. I can't recommend Melissa enough!

Danielle R

3/10/2023

Where do I even start? Melissa was everything I needed to go from anxiety and panic about my impending birth after a traumatic experience with my first birth, to feeling prepared, excited, and even hopeful. During our two virtual sessions leading up to the birth, she let me share my previous birth story and helped me unpack exactly what happened and what I was actually afraid of. I was not expecting her to be such an incredible help with my mental state for the few months prior to the birth in addition to being physically present for the actual event. I can honestly say that Melissa is the reason I arrived at my birth place smiling, present, and ready for whatever happened. The birth happened so fast that Melissa was only actually with me for about 3-4 hours, but knowing she was there and in my corner made a big difference nonetheless. I had hired a doula the first time as well, but did not feel that support and care that everyone talks about. THIS was that care. Melissa, thank you so much for everything you did for me and my partner! I can't say enough good things about working with you.

Molly

3/9/2023

I feel like divine timing is to thank for having Melissa be present at the birth of my daughter. I waited until my third trimester before deciding to hire a doula and it just so happened I found Melissa and she was available. From the moment I met her in person I knew she would be a wonderful presence to have on my birthing day. Her expertise, her gentle and calming presence, and her firm yet lovingly boundaried  ways of engaging when it's time to make game-time decisions are the perfect blend of traits to have in the birthing room. One of my favorite moments from my birth is both of us looking at each other in total disbelief with happy relieved laughter after my daughter was born (almost with no one else in the room!) Melissa is truly a professional, gifted at what she does, and someone you want by your side at the most transformative time of your life!

Kelly Trese

3/9/2023

My experience with Melissa was wonderful! She attended my third birth and I couldn't have been happier having her there. During our prenatal meetings, she helped me and my husband mentally and emotionally prepare and I knew she was someone we could trust. During labor and birth, I felt her presence grounded me, through her calm and steady physical touch as well as her supportive and generous words of encouragement. She was so in tune with me, my partner, our baby, and our midwives. She knew just when to lean in and help and when to lean back and watch. Her steady, confident, reassuring presence was just what we needed. A few weeks after birth we met again to process the birth and her kind words will always stick with me. Melissa's knowledge as a doula, her dedication to us as a birthing family, and her generosity of spirit were all invaluable parts of our birth experience.

Birth Availability for Melissa Lucchesi

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