Meet Melanie Ellison
For as long as I can remember, I have loved babies. Brand new life, looking up with big trusting eyes, lying cuddled in one's arms. I became a doula in 2013 because I couldn't imagine any more meaningful work than coaching moms and dads to bring those babies into the world through positive birth experiences. Birth doesn't have to be a nightmare to be dreaded. It can be an empowering rite of passage.
As a DONA-Certified Doula and ALPP-Certified Lactation Counselor, I have coached numerous clients to successful VBAC. I have 500+ hours of experience with multiples postpartum, including breastfeeding counseling. I teach my clients belly mapping to help with optimal fetal positioning.
I am a fan of natural childbirth (with home birth being my favorite), but am happy to serve you with whatever your unique birth vision is. I have experience with a wide variation of births from the 60+ births I have attended.
I not only provide comfort techniques during labor and birth, but I am also available during your pregnancy. I love questions, and enjoy sharing all sorts of tips and evidence-based resources to make your baby-growing adventure better. As you get closer to your due date, we will focus on understanding the stages of childbirth, and practicing relaxation techniques for labor.
As a Christian, I wholeheartedly believe that "children are a gift from the Lord" (Psalm 127:3) so I look forward to joining you in welcoming your blessing.
Contact me today for a free, no-obligation consultation (currently over video chat due to COVID-19) so we can get to know each other.
Here is an inspiring synopsis I compiled from the book Childbirth Without Fear. The concepts there form the basis of my birth philosophy.
Looking forward to meeting you!
Melanie's giving nature and kind heart is enough to calm anyone in a potentially high-charged situation like childbirth - but in addition to that she brings a quiver of helpful tools and a lot of great knowledge to the experience. My confidence going into childbirth was boosted because of our pre-labor meetings, during which Melanie asked a lot of questions that helped me focus on the kind of childbirth experience I wanted, and then she shared the tools that would help me get that experience. If you are looking for a wonderful coach who can help you and your partner prepare for and stay focused/calm throughout the childbirth experience, talk to Melanie!
– Christine R. (mother)
If you are not in the Four Corners, I may still be willing to travel to your birth. Let's talk!
I have coached women long-distance (through Skype and email) to prepare for birth, as far away as Israel, India, and Mozambique, educating them with successful results (positive dream births, no tearing, etc.).