Read an inspiring synopsis I compiled from the book Childbirth Without Fear. The concepts you will read there form the basis of my birth philosophy.
Not in the Four Corners region? Travel packages:
If you are not in the Four Corners, I may still be willing to travel to your birth with a two week package of mother's helper/doula/photographer/postpartum doula services (includes light housework and cooking) tailored just for you! I love helping moms move from fear to confidence in anticipating having an empowered birth.
Also, I have coached moms to prepare for birth long-distance through Skype and email as far away as Israel, India, and Mozambique, educating them with successful results (positive dream births, no tearing, etc.).
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. For me, there's no joy quite like holding a baby, except for that of equipping a mom to have a triumphant birth.
I became a doula in 2013 because I couldn't imagine any more meaningful work than coaching moms (and dads too) to 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 love serving mothers during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum--providing reassurance, knowledgable support, and tender comfort. My desire is to make each birth as optimal an experience as possible for my clients.
I am a fan of natural childbirth (with homebirth being my favorite), but am happy to serve you with whatever your unique birth vision is, whether that be a planned C-section, a natural hospital birth, a medicated hospital birth, a homebirth with a midwife, or something in between. I have experience with a wide variation of different births.
I have coached numerous clients to successful VBAC. I am certified in Pro CPR for Infants, Children, and Adults. I have 500+ hours of experience with multiples postpartum, including breastfeeding coaching. I am certified in the Rebozo technique. I teach my clients belly mapping to help them understand optimal fetal positioning.
I not only help with comfort techniques during labor and birth, but I am also available for you 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. View the investment for doula services.
As a Christian, I wholeheartedly believe that "Children are a heritage from the Lord" (Psalm 127:3) and I look forward to joining you in welcoming your blessing.
Contact me today for a free, no-obligation consultation and to set up an in-person get-to-know-you meeting.
Looking forward to meeting you!
Melanie Ellison, CD(DONA)
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)