About Melinda

I became motivated to assist and nurture others in birth and early postpartum through the experience of having my own two children in 2000 and 2004. It was during this time that I came to appreciate how much there is to learn about our new responsibilities as mothers and how overwhelming being a new parent can sometimes be. I was encouraged to spend at least three days in bed following the birth of my second son—to have a “Baby Moon” similar to the honeymoon a couple would have following their wedding. The Baby Moon concept is very appealing to me as a time for mother and baby to spend together without needing to tend to the other responsibilities of daily life. In early 2004 I began preparing to leave my career as an oceanographer and environmental scientist and become a birth and postpartum doula.

I am certified through DONA International as both a Birth and Postpartum Doula. I am also certified through PALS Doulas and NAPS Doulas. I have trained at the Seattle Midwifery School as a Birth and Postpartum Doula. Additional coursework in First Aid, CPR and breastfeeding has been completed. I actively pursue continuing education opportunities, including: The Use of TENS in Labor, Supporting Women Through VBAC, Hypnobirthing for Doulas, Postpartum Mood Disorders, Professional Education in Breastfeeding and Lactation and others.

I enjoy teaching DONA Postpartum Doula trainings at Bastyr University.  I am a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula Trainer and enjoy travelling to provide traingings.  Please contact me if you'd like to schedule a training in your area.

In August 2014 I took on the role of President for PALS Doulas, a two year term.  I am excited and honored to be filling this role at a pivotal time in the organization's history.  Previously I served for six years on the Board of Postpartum Support International of Washington. From time to time I am fortunate to work with Open Arms Perinatal Services assisting low income women at their births. I have also, at times, facilitated a support group for women experiencing a postpartum mood disorder, through PSI of WA.

I enjoy helping all mothers and families. In labor and birth I especially enjoy helping women who are striving to have an unmedicated birth, or who are particularly anxious about what the labor and birth experience will be like. I feel my skills as a doula are most strongly needed at such a birth. In postpartum, I am particularly interested in working with families experiencing a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder (depression, anxiety, etc.). Whatever your situation, I would love to help make this time easier for you.

Professional affiliations:

  • PALS Doulas (PALS)
  • DONA International
  • NAPS Doulas 
  • Postpartum Support International of Washington



Serving Seattle, North King and South Snohomish Counties with Birth and Postpartum Doula Care

For more information, please contact me at melinda@calmconfidentdoula.com or 425-876-5049.