Melyssa works as an expereinced Full Spectrum Doula in the Red Deer and Central Alberta area and has been providing professional all encompassing birth support since September 2014. Melyssa’s education comes from being Stillbirthday Certified, DONA trained, and Rebozo certified. Other trainings and courses she has completed are: Spinning Babies, Birth, Heart and Intuition by Gena Kirby, multiple breastfeeding courses, and Blood Borne Pathogens for Doulas and Encapsulators. Melyssa stays current with her education by ways of courses, workshops, staying up to date with changing medical practices and procedures in regards to birth, extensive reading, and being actively involved in her local birth community in various ways including holding a “behind the scenes” position on the Executive Board of the Red Deer Doula Associaton. Melyssa has experience supporting women in various settings and circumstances. Melyssa’s doula approach is very hands-on as she provides birth support mainly through the comfort measures of touch and massage paired with Spinning Babies techniques and positions. Her goal is to help each woman and family achieve the birth experience they desire while not compromising the health or wellbeing of either mother or baby. She has helped women and families under the care of Prairie Midwives (Red Deer and surroundings) and West Country Midwives (Red Deer and Rocky Mountain House) with both home births, hospital births & birth-suite births; including water birth, as well as hospital births under the care of General Practitioners, and high risk births under the care of Obstetricians including preterm labour and delivery. Hospital birth experience extends from natural deliveries, to birth where pain is medically managed, as well as birth by cesarean and inductions. Melyssa has helped first time mothers and beyond and has been along side mothers while they achieved their goal of vaginal births after cesarean (VBAC), and for trial of labour after cesarean (TOLAC).
In June of 2019, Melyssa participated in a 10 day Humanitarian Mission Trip to volunteer as a doula in Tegucigalpa, Honduras where she served in labours, and or deliveries of over 100 women.
Melyssa supports all types of births, and specializes in homebirths, and VBAC/TOLAC births.
The support Melyssa provides is unbiased and non-judgmental. All services are specifically tailored to meet each individual clients needs. www.MelyssaTheDoula.com