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Melissa Van Dam

Birthing Blessings Doula & Birth Services

Website: Http://

Phone: (705) 325-5765

Birth Fee: $900 to $1250

Fee Details: Cost varies according to service package purchased. Please see website for more info.

Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 35 births attended

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 0 to 2

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Currently Insured for RVH in Barrie
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Rebozo Training

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Home Birth
  • Plus size mothers
  • Single parents
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly casting
  • Birth Pool rental
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Infant massage education
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Melissa is a Certified Birth Doul and mother of three. She has been a Doula for 7 years, served on the Board of Directors as the Events Co-ordinator for DoulaCARE, a member of The Doula Group and a Certified Birth Doula with DONA International. Melissa has a passion for protecting the birth experience, it is not only the birth of the child, but also the mother, and consequently the family. Melissa is also a breast feeding advocate with plans to go on to become a Lactation Consultant. As the Owner of Bellies of Bambinos, she strives to expose new, and soon to be, parents to their holistic and natural alternatives.

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for Melissa Van Dam

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Shawna McKenzie

I am very happy to receive this request. I would have written one anyway because I'm excited and happy to share that I got the birth I wanted and the birth that redeemed my previous unnecessary section. I have a happy, healthy infant who is breast feeding like a champ and a husband who is grateful we had Melissa at our labour and delivery. Melissa protected my goals and desires in the hospital. Because I'm considered 'high risk' I had to birth in the hospital. At the hospital it was Melissa's face and Melissa's voice that I looked for for reassurance and confidence. She got me through the longest and the quickest and the hardest four hours of my life and my husband was able to hold my hand and witness everything. Our little boy was born naturally and unmedicated and we are both over the moon that we got to experience this, all thanks to Melissas guidance in my opinion. She met with us several times prior to labour and made sure she understood what I wanted and needed. She was and still is a wealth of information and resources. I wish every woman got to have a better birth experience and work with a doula, specifically Melissa in our area. I'm so glad and grateful to have found her and that she was available. My birth plan was followed and respected and I have a better relationship with my body and have bonded well with my new baby as a result. I'm also sure that healing has been quicker because of Melissa's advice. The best feeling is having a pro doula husband after having to convince him and decide that I was hiring a doula anyway. He's now entirely convinced and supportive and would recommend Melissa as well.

Posted 9/17/2013

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Melissa's doula services were invaluable. Prior to labour, she helped guide us in making decisions about our birth plan and gave us resources on preparing for labour. There are so many things to think about for your birth plan and she helped provide us with resources and gave us relaxation techniques to practice to prepare for labour. During labour the relaxation techniques she provided were so helpful and my husband knew just what to do to help me. However, once the contractions got stronger I was starting to lose focus and my husband wasn't sure what to do or say to me. She helped me to breathe through each contraction and kept reminding me that soon I would get to meet my little man. She was so helpful in ensuring that I stayed focused and that we were able to have the kind of birth that we planned for. Melissa also stayed after the delivery to help with breastfeeding and make sure that we were comfortable with our new little one. The first week we had a lot of breastfeeding issues and Melissa came by to help as well as provide resources to help ensure that breastfeeding was successful. I highly recommend using a doula for labour, and Melissa's knowledge and caring nature make her a great one!

Posted 2/19/2012

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Sara Fuentes

After meeting Melissa, I knew she was a perfect match for me. She is very confident & knowledgeable in so many things. Any concerns I had, Melissa gave me options to consider that I didn't know about. She sent emails with info to research online, gave me printed materials and resources, and also gave encouragement and ideas from her own experiences. She helped me form my birth plan to include possibilities I hadn't known about or considered. When labour began, Melissa came to support me as soon as I needed her. She was so calm and supportive. She was a great help also to my husband, reassuring or explaining things to him when I couldn't. Melissa was always there; a step ahead of us, prepared for everything. I was able to stay home much longer than I had anticipated, only spending 3 hours labouring in hospital. When I started to lose energy and will, Melissa was always reminding me that I was enduring the experience I had wanted. She helped me stay focused, talked me through the different stages of my labour, and reminded me of my options. She gave my husband advice on helping me cope, and showed him methods of physically supporting me. Once my baby was born, I was amazed that I had actually accomplished the natural birth I wanted. I know I couldn't have coped so well without Melissa's guidance. She also gave us the wonderful surprise of many gorgeous photos that captured our son's first moments. Bonding with my baby was much easier this time; as was my recovery. Melissa visited me in the weeks after Ruben's birth, to give me support with breastfeeding and any other help she could. I truly appreciate Melissa more than I ever imagined I would, and I highly reccomend her to anyone looking for support in their pregnancy, birth, and early days with their newborns.

Posted 7/20/2011

Birth Availability for Melissa Van Dam

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