Testimonial for Melinda Ferguson, AdvCD/PCD(DONA)

I felt like Melinda was the reason that my birth went so well. I was very scared about giving birth, and during our initial meeting, I really got the sense that this was familiar territory for Melinda and I didn’t have to play down how terrified I was. She helped me get a handle on this before labor began and once I was in the middle of it, her confidence got me through. A few strange things happened during the birth (had a not-so-great labor nurse, my baby was born very quickly once crowning and the doctor who was supposed to be there actually missed the birth, some things were not set up properly in the delivery room, etc), but because Melinda was there supporting me, I barely noticed any of it. It seemed that she had a much bigger role in bringing my daughter into the world than any of the doctors or nurses. She was able to coach me through the best positions to be in during labor and delivery, helped me advocate for myself so I could avoid an epidural (I was scared to get one and scared not to) and other interventions, and provided wonderful support to my husband during the birth as well. Most importantly, Melinda’s gentle guidance helped me to trust my body to do its job during the birth – something I never thought I would be able to do. I was actually able to have the birth that I wanted.

A note about post partum: The night I came home from the hospital, I was having a lot of trouble with nursing. I called Melinda upset, and she was at my house half an hour later. She helped me calm down and get my baby fed, and then once we were settled, she helped me develop a plan for getting assistance with breastfeeding challenges. My husband and I will always be so grateful to Melinda for the unwavering confident support she provided.

-Lauren Fine

August 11, 2015

a photo from Melinda Ferguson, AdvCD/PCD(DONA)

Melinda Ferguson, AdvCD/PCD(DONA)

Calm and Confident Doula Care, LLC

Birth Fee: $2000 to $2400

Postpartum Rate: $60

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Birth Fee: $2000 to $2400

Postpartum Rate: $60

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