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Melissa R.

Postpartum Doula in training

1 years of experience | families served

Lives in Hampton, NH

Pricing

$25 per hour
Sliding scale available

Availability

Experience & Education

Qualifications
  • DONA International Training, August 2019
  • CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) training to support families choosing to chestfeed
  • Baby wearing educator training
Education
  • BA in Political Science – Merrimack College
  • Masters in Library Science – Southern Connecticut State University
Professional Experience
  • Early Literacy Librarian in Peabody, MA for 18 years
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Areas Served

    • Southern New Hampshire and North Shore MA
    • Within 30 miles of Hampton, NH

    What can I help out with?

    I offer postpartum doula care in-home and socially distanced within 30 miles of Hampton, New Hampshire at a sliding-scale rate. My passion is ensuring that all families who want one can have a doula, especially LGBTQIA+ families and others who normally wouldn’t have access to one. Even if you think you can’t afford care, please reach out.

    • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
    • Feeding support
    • Light meal prep and house keeping
    • Holding baby while everyone gets a rest, nap, or a good meal
    • Talking to parents about local resources
    • Sleep support
    • Surrogates and intended parents
    • Cloth diapering education
    • LGBTQIA+ Support
    • Miscarriage support
    • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
    • Virtual and remote doula support

    Health Precautions & Exposure

    We are a Covid cautious family. My spouse works from home and she will be fully vaccinated by the end of 2/21; we only see my parents outside and masked. Other than essential errands (i.e. grocery shopping), my only exposure is through the families with whom I work.

    • I always wear a mask when working with families
    • I am willing to change clothes if requested
    • I am also happy to be tested before working with any family who desires that
    • I will reschedule hours if I feel ill or anyone in my household is ill

    I ask that if any family members are feeling ill that they contact me to reschedule.


    Introduce yourself!
    I am a proud MoM (mother of multiples), a postpartum doula, a community educator, a writer and an aspiring Lactation Counselor and Babywearing Educator. I live with my amazing wife and our children in Hampton, New Hampshire. My passion is supporting all families as they connect with each other and move through all the seasons of their life together. When I am not doula-ing or hanging out with my awesome kids and wife, I am most happy when I am reading. I am a lifelong book lover and I am super enthusiastic about how books connect families and help parents raise kind, compassionate children. To share this love of reading, I chat about books on social media and blogs and I am a community bookseller. I also teach classes at Relief Parenting that connect kids with books.

    How do you help new parents?
    I am dedicated to ensuring that all families have equitable and affordable access to postpartum care. I help parents with all different backgrounds get the support they need and deserve.

    Why did you pursue this career?
    I have twins and when I found out what a doula does, I wished that I knew about it early in my parenting journey. Nobody is born knowing how to take care of a newborn and not everybody has the community around them to fully support early parenthood. For these reasons, I wanted to get involved and become a postpartum doula.

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