Testimonial for Melissa F. Haley (they/she)

I was initially hesitant of working with a doula for the birth of our first child for several reasons: I am thrifty (though my wife sometimes calls me cheap), I don't like talking or thinking about bodily fluids, and I expected that the hospital staff would make everything go smoothly. Thanks to the experience of working with Melissa, I see that I was wrong on all accounts and would recommend a doula hands down, especially Melissa.

Why my change of heart? First, Melissa herself. She's open, caring, listening, informative, responsive, an advocate, and resourceful.

Due to COVID, we held our first educational sessions over Zoom, and Melissa had the foresight to mail ahead an educational package that we could use togther on the call to learn more about birth and how my wife would feel (and how I could help).

Second, she was flexible enough to meet us in a local park closer to my wife's due date to show us how to use a baby wrap, test aromatherpy oils, go over her hospital bag, and try labor stress reducing massage techniques.

Finally, she showed us what stamina and cool confidence looked during the delivery. Though my wife had to initially be induced (contrary to our birth plan, but that always happens), Melissa spoke with us about the experience we were beginning and gave my wife renewed courage and lifted her spirits. When she met us at Prentice Womens Hospital in downtown Chicago, she immdiately set up the room with lights and inspirtational art. She talked with my wife about pain management options and supported my wife's decision to proceed without both pitocin and an epidural. Melissa showed me how to reduce my wife's pains during contracting (sometimes stepping in herself), she mirrored helpful breathing, spoke calming words, and helped me from collapsing on the floor due to my blood phobia.

She's worth every penny and many more. We've already recommended her to friends expecting later this year. 

-Joe Seymour

May 12, 2021

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Melissa F. Haley (they/she)

M.Ed., CD, CBE @wyld_garden

Birth Fee: $275 to $1800

Postpartum Rate: $35

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Updated 4/19/2024

Birth Fee: $275 to $1800

Postpartum Rate: $35

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Updated 4/19/2024

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