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Megan McCleary-Way

Soulshine Doula Services

Bristol, CT Service range 40 miles

https://www.soulshinedoulaservices.com

Birth Fee

$1400

Postpartum Rate

$35

Birth Fee

$1400

Postpartum Rate

$35


Birth Doula Experience

3 years and 18 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

3 years and 2 families served


Birth Doula Certifications

  • Madriella Doula Network - Certified Labor Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Madriella Doula Network - Certified Postpartum Doula

Doula Training

  • Madriella, January 2022

Type of practice: Solo practice

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

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • First Aid and CPR
  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • Reiki
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Training Documentation

credential


Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Family Support Provider through home visiting services

Languages Spoken

  • English

Service Area

Bristol, CT Service range 40 miles

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Client Testimonials for Megan McCleary-Way

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Kelly and Daniel

3/23/2024

We were so lucky to have Megan as our doula for the birth of our first child! As first time parents, we had no idea what the heck was going to happen at birth and we wanted someone there with experience, who could support Kelly when/if Daniel couldn't, and who was aware of and supportive of the experience we hoped for. Kelly knew she wanted an epidural eventually (but not too early in the process), so we looked for someone who would be supportive of that and a hospital birth. We are a pretty go-with-the-flow couple, but we appreciate explanations and evidence/science-backed input - Megan came with all that as well as a bunch of options for pain management! She was friendly, kind, and followed our lead while also quickly jumping in (besides the tub, the MVPs of labor were her comb and spiky ball, though the back pressure was also key). She was happy to chill quietly, be super involved, or chat as we preferred, and she took photos during the birth that we are so happy to have. I appreciated getting to know her on our pre- and post-visits, and that she was available by text as a resource if it was needed (for us it wasn't haha, as Kelly went from very not in labor to in labor quickly, but we know if she had had a more confusing ramp-up we would have appreciated the resource). All this to say, we highly recommend working with Megan and we're very grateful she was there to help us meet our little guy!!! 

Madeline Patrick

3/20/2024

Megan's gentle and open nature was  essential during my pregnancy. I knew I could come to her with any question I had, at any time.

She also made sure to ask how I was feeling after doctors appointments and throughout my pregnancy was proactive with check ins. 
My labor and delivery was very quick! - Quicker than expected- but Megan hustled to be at my side and remained there until after baby was born and was there through the post delivery procedures. Knowing there was someone to oversee my needs during this part of the delivery was a big source of comfort for me. 

She checked in on me and my husband after our baby was born and visited us at home, too. This post birth visit was great. It was nice to look back on everything and talk about what went right, what surprised us, and how we were getting along with a new bundle of joy.

Megan really went above & beyond for me and my family and we'll be forever grateful for her assistance, knowledge, and compassion. I will sing her praises and recommend her to anyone thinking about getting a doula for their pregnancy journey. 

Melissa kowalczyk

2/7/2023

I hired Megan for my Third burth/first home-birth. I didn't realize how impactful her role would be until she came the night I went into labor. 12am January 24th she came and never left my side. She jumped right in and took control of my needs and never once made me feel anything but comforted and cared for. She was made to for the role of being your doula! I knew right away that she was who I wanted to work with. She stayed with me through every contraction and was very hands on, she knew exactly what I needed in every moment, at times I didn't know what I needed and her being there she took that stress from me completely. What an amazing experience I had and I couldn't have done it without Megan by my side!!! 

Carrie Hess-Marcoux

10/15/2022

I hired Megan for the birth of my first child and had an amazing experience with her even though my birth itself did not go as planned. Leading up to the birth, Megan was highly knowledgeable about birth and the labor process. She had tons of fun "tools" such as a birth ball, affirmation cards, a mirror etc. that I could use during labor and not have to worry about finding them or bringing them myself. She was great about checking in and making sure she knew what I hoped for in my birth regarding a "birth plan". We connected on similar philosophies and fascination with the natural birth process and the amazing capabilities of the human body. I ended up having an unexpected c-section at the last minute and Megan came to the hospital and spent time with us in recovery and was there for us despite things not going as to plan. Megan is someone I trusted and would recommend!

Birth Availability for Megan McCleary-Way

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Postpartum Availability for Megan McCleary-Way

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