Welcome To Our Family
Melissa Colatosti, Doula and Breastfeeding Counselor
I have 5 children, 3 of whom I birthed myself. I had very different birth and postpartum experiences with each of my babies leaving me feeling differently each time. I soon realized that when I had more support from my husband, midwives, and doula I felt more empowered and believed more in my own abilities. This realization and a deep desire for other women to have the same feelings of strength and power is what led me to become a doula in 2015. Since then I have found many ways to expand my knowledge and serve each mom better based on her individual needs. I am constantly seeking out new information for the parents that I serve to help them make informed decisions and help me to support them better. Some of the trainings/certifications I have completed include:
- Breastfeeding Counselor
- Spinning Babies Training
- DONA Peanut Ball Use
- Evidence Based Birth
- TENS in Labor Certification
- Microbirth Training
- Neonatal Resuscitation
- Adult, child, and infant CPR
In addition to supporting moms throughout the process of pregnancy and birth I also support mom’s partner. My deepest desire is to watch your relationship with your partner deepen throughout the experience. Seeing partners working as an active support during such an intense time is simply magical. I come alongside your partner and other members of your birth team to ensure that you get all of the support you need.
The early days of motherhood are some of the most difficult days that a woman will go through. This is why I encourage every mother to have a support system in place prior to baby’s arrival. In some cases the best option for this type of support is a postpartum doula. While assisting parents postpartum I offer the flexible and unbiased help that women so often need but do not receive after their births.
If you are ready to learn more about me and the support and classes I offer to all of my clients I would love to chat! Contact me for a free in person, phone, or video chat.