Hi! I'm Mel, 'The Musical Doula' for all expecting parents including:
Queer/Trans Parents, LGBTQOA, Two Spirits, BlPOC, Refugees
My doula-journey started in 2006 when a co-worker simply requested I play guitar in the delivery room while she was in active labor. After several hours I found myself holding her leg beside her actual doula and experienced my first birth. Years later I applied for training and a scholarship through Denver Health and spent 8 months volunteering next to midwives, nurses and doctors. Also taking workshops specializing in bereavement, prenatal massage, Essential oils, and legalities of being in a birth support role.
I believe that ALL families deserve the assistance of a professional and experienced doula.
Since 2010 I have assisted with 26 births to date in hospitals, home births and in birthing centers.
I continue my education through a native and indigenous lense focusing on herbs, sacred teachings from mexican midwives, techniques of the rebozo and use guided meditation and breath work to prepare the laboring parent and the co-parent/ support team.
What is my role as a doula?
As a birth doula, I accompany pregnant people in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. I draw on my professional training, knowledge and experiences to provide physical, emotional, and information support to women and partners. I can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning, and other techniques for comfort. I am independent and self-employed. As your doula, I am working for you, not your caregiver or the facility where you birth.
I do work closely with several Midwives and we can offer you an in home birth with 2 midwives, a doula and a back up doula. (Payment fees to me do not include payment for midwife services)
As a doula, I do not:
Perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, etc. I am there to provide only physical comfort and emotional support.
Make decisions for you. I will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision. I will also remind you if there is a departure from your Birth Plan.
Speak to the staff on your behalf regarding matters where health care decisions are being made. I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you or your partner will speak directly to the clinical staff.
How I can support youR JOURNEY
Home birth or hospital/birthing center support as well as:
- 90-min guided meditation sessions
- 60-min in-home private yoga classes
- Meal prep with intentional nutrition, organic and local produce
- 90-min sound healing sessions
- Vocal exploration
- Breath work/Pranayama
- Massage (essential oils upon request)
- Music and Relaxation techniques during labor
- Placenta encapsulation
Musical Doula services start at $3,300
Sliding Scale available
Payment Plans with 50% deposit
It is very important that both you and your partner are comfortable with me and with my role in the birth. Thus, I expect to meet with clients at least once before labor to become acquainted, to explore and discuss your priorities and any fears or concerns, and to plan how we might best work together. At that time, we can discuss all services I offer as well as fees.
This initial consultation is free and does not obligate you to use my services. If you choose to select me as your doula, I will want to become more familiar with your plans for labor, birth, and postpartum.
Little love notes
I am not a medical doctor nor do I have the authority to give medical advice or administer medication. I am not a therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, but I do have mental health and wellness training and resources from across the country.
I cannot take payments through insurance but you may be able to get reimbursed through your insurance company for my invoiced services. Over twenty insurance companies currently cover doula services and, now that there is a CPT code covering doula services, this is more of a possibility than ever before. (CPT stands for Current Procedural Terminology, and is a copyright of the American Medical Association.) The CPT code commonly used to claim doula services is 99499 for Evaluation and Management Services/Labor Support.
If you have insurance, check to see if your company reimburses doula services.