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Melissa Madera, Ph.D.

Empowering The Body

Website: www.empoweringthebody.com

Phone: (646) 300-0702

Birth Fee: $750

Postpartum Rate: $20 to $35

Fee Details: I offer payment plans and packages combining my labor doula services, postpartum doula services, private childbirth preparation classes, Thai Bodywork and/or private yoga classes.

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 15 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 1 years

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Lamaze International

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Community Breastfeeding Educator

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), Thai Bodywork, Self-Exam

College Education

  • BA/BS
  • MA/MS
  • PhD

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

The Doula Project, PPNYC Activist Council

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Hollywood, FL
Travel Range: 20 Miles

Client Testimonials for Melissa Madera, Ph.D.

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Elizabeth Di Poce

Melissa’s support gave us the confidence to approach our daughter’s birth not with anxiety but with only joy and anticipation. We were thrilled to have her help in the delivery room to keep us and our doctors and nurses focused on the birth we hoped to have. Her guidance gave my husband confidence in knowing that he was helping as much as he could. Melissa is highly knowledgeable, compassionate and has a very calming personality. As first time parents we are so grateful to have had her support and would absolutely recommend having Melissa be a part of your birth experience!

Posted 7/25/2013

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Abby Gibson

My husband and I are extremely happy that Melissa was our doula and helped us bring our baby boy into the world. Melissa met with us several times before the birth to discuss and build our birth plan, practice comfort measures & massage techniques, and overall discuss our ideal birth scenarios. She was very knowledgeable about different medical interventions and helped us think though the possibilities and consequences of our birth plan decisions.

Although I went into labor almost a month early, Melissa was immediately at the hospital, helping me manage labor pains and respectfully communicating with the hospital staff when requested. Her calm demeanor and general thoughtfulness were key to my having a positive experience giving birth and I am truly thankful that she was present as a support to both me and my husband. I highly recommend Melissa and would absolutely work with her again.

Posted 7/18/2013

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Rachel Anne

I connected with Melissa 3 months before my due date, and she was incredibly warm and communicative throughout my third trimester. She spent a lot of time getting to know my partner and I, learning about my pregnancy, and helping me to develop my birth plan. During my labor, Melissa provided helpful comfort measures, assisted my partner and midwife, and took amazing photos of our home birth!

My baby was born at 2 AM, and Melissa stayed until after 6 to help me eat the nutritious snacks she had prepared, discuss breastfeeding and newborn care, and make sure we were all comfortable. She visited us during the early postpartum period, and remained available by phone and e-mail to answer questions. We were so grateful for Melissa's support!

Posted 5/6/2013

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