Hi Melanie! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Melanie, a mama of a wild and strong willed almost 3-year-old, dog mama to 2 goofy and lovable dogs, partner in crime to the most supportive man for 8 years and counting, and a Birth Boot Camp Doula, Childbirth Instructor, and Postpartum Doula. In my spare time, I love to sing in my band, run with my friends, and learn to fly a hot air balloon. I believe in doing what brings you joy and living life to the fullest.
What first got you interested in birth work and in becoming a postpartum doula?
My personal birth experience was so empowering, and I quickly learned my experience was rare and that sparked a passion to change the narrative of birth stories.
What are your passions/specialties in working with postpartum women?
Why did you choose Birth Boot Camp as your certifying organization?
I chose Birth Boot Camp after looking at several other organizations and every time I would research another one, I was drawn back to BBC. I am so impressed with the way they stay on top of the latest research, their method of training, the materials they provide to help you start your business strong, and the amazing staff at Headquarters that feels like family.
I attended all three trainings that BBC offers and all of them were exceptional. Amy Anderson led my Doula training, April Francom and Cheryl Amelang led my Instructor training, and Kristy Huber and Hollie Hauptly led my Postpartum Doula training. I learned so much from each of them and they all have different teaching styles which is refreshing.
“I felt confident, educated, and prepared going into my first contract.”
Tell us how you feel postpartum doulas make a difference for women and families during the postpartum period.
I’ve had the privilege to work a daytime contract and an overnight contract, and I’ve seen huge differences in both types of care. With daytime, resetting someone’s living space and taking care of baby while mom completes tasks or works helps mom to feel empowered and not overwhelmed. Providing a couple with restful sleep makes a huge difference in every aspect of their life and relationship.
What positive impacts are you seeing in the postpartum clients you’re serving?
A better postpartum experience overall. I’ve seen a mama overcome many obstacles with her postpartum healing and having emotional support made a difference for her.