Melissa is the mother of two daughters born in October 2010 and November 2014, an early childhood consultant for the State of Iowa, DONA certified birth doula, and a certified prenatal yoga teacher. Melissa has had an interest in pregnancy and birth since elementary school, which blossomed into a passion when she began training to become a certified doula in 2010. After the birth of her first daughter, the passion to educate and support women and families during pregnancy and birth grew even stronger. This passion, combined with her personal yoga practice led her to also pursue prenatal yoga instructor certification. Melissa’s priority around birth is to provide information to women and families so they can make informed decisions about their maternity care. It is her belief that if women are making their own informed decisions, even if their birth is nothing like they had planned, it will be remembered positively because they were empowered in the experience.
“A woman, as long as she lives, will remember how she was made to feel at her birth.” – Anna Verwaal, doula