I cannot find the right words to explain just how enhanced my birthing experience was with Melissa. Our pre-meetings helped ease my anxieties, we talked through a ton of different scenarios for my birth and how I would want to handle them. Having all those decisions pre-made was such a relief. But as anyone who has given birth knows, the best laid plans.....and of course, it got really hard and I got very scared and Melissa was right there alongside my partner walking me through every moment until I was calm again. She made the experience worth remembering and not one that I want to pack away and forget never happened. I am able to look back at my birth story now with love and joy and a strong feeling of gratitude. In the birthing room, we laughed together, we cried together, we did informal group therapy together to heal each other (and our nurse!), and that is an experience I wouldn't trade for the world.
April 06, 2023