About Melinda

I became motivated to assist and nurture others in 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. 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, 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 expereincing 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.