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The term “doula” comes from the Ancient Greeks and means “a woman who serves”. As a doula I am trained and experienced in many types of birth including Hypnobabies Birthing, Bradley Method, Lamaz, Birthing From Within, etc. I have supported many women and their partners through vaginal, cesarean, waterbirth, inductions, medication free birth, epidural assisted births, and more. No matter where or how you choose to birth and how you choose to care for you baby Your Voyage Birth Services is there to support you and help you to feel empowered by your decisions knowing that you made informed decisions for you and your baby.

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Get To Know Melissa:

When I am not supporting parents during pregnancy, birth, and beyond I am often spending time with my own family. I am a mother of 5 ages 16, 14, 11, 6, and 4 and they keep me busy along with our 2 cats, 1 dog, and aquatic turtle. My husband John and I were married in the fall of 2006. We were high school sweethearts that took a winding road away from and then back to each other but I wouldn’t have it any other way and feel like our time apart is a huge part of our relationship success now. Our family is heavily involved in scouting and we often spend time camping, hiking, and doing other outdoor activities such as canoeing. I love to go for walks and swim laps and occasionally go for runs as well. I am a lover of holiday and seasonal décor, binge watching television dramas, and caffeine.

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Empowered Birth Series: A Story of Being Your Best Advocate

In the second post in this series of empowered births we will hear about the birth of Aria. Her parents, Nidhi and Andrew, are a lovely couple that clearly loved each other and their daughter. Talking with Nidhi through her 3rd trimester made me confident that she was well informed and quite capable of making … Continue reading Empowered Birth Series: A Story of Being Your Best Advocate

What Does It Mean To “Mother The Mother”

Many times doulas are described as someone who “mothers the mother” during the childbearing year. But what does that really mean? Often it is thought of as being nurturing, loving, and gentle while softly and sweetly encouraging the mom-to-be through the process. Most of the time that is exactly what a doula “mothering the mother” … Continue reading What Does It Mean To “Mother The Mother”

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