Doula Service

Meet your Doula’s
For questions or to obtain our doula team for your birth, please contact us by email or phone.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 813-685-8404, ext. 6

Melinda Morales
Full Spectrum Doula, Certified
Perinatal Educator
Alyssa Bedard
Certified Doula (DONA), Certified
Perinatal Educator, MPH
Sarah Walsh
DONA trained Doula, Birth Assistant
Galen College of Nursing Student

Hospital, Birth Center or Homebirth…. No matter where you plan to deliver, a Doula is a valuable resource to a birthing mother and her family. Giving birth is often a vulnerable time for a family. Not only are birth outcomes improved when a Doula is present, but overall satisfaction and peace of mind are as well. We offer Doula Services for ALL birth settings, whether it be in a hospital, in a birth center or at home.

WHAT IS A DOULA?

A doula is a Greek word that is translated to “Woman Caregiver.” A doula is also known as a birth companion or birth coach. She is someone who respects the decisions you make for your birth. A doula assists you and your family during your pregnancy, labor and childbirth in a non-medical capacity by providing emotional support and physical support by using comfort measure techniques. She is a resource of information for you and your family and can help you design and implement your birth plan. A postpartum doula provides resources to you as well as emotional and physical support, including breastfeeding help, after your child has been born.

DO I NEED A DOULA IF I HAVE A MIDWIFE?

A Midwife often provides a similar type of support in addition to being your primary care provider; however, a midwife may have multiple patients to care for and her services may be limited to the place where you plan to deliver. If you were to need to deliver at the hospital for any reason, your doula goes with you to the hospital and stays with you throughout your labor. Your doula can also support you during early labor when you are still at home.

BIRTH PREPARATION MONTHLY MEETING

Our Doula Team hosts a “Birth Preparation” meeting monthly at Sweet Child O’ Mine. These meetings are open to anyone and we invite you to join us. This is an opportunity for you and your family to meet the Doulas, ask your questions and better prepare yourself for your labor and birth. Each month’s meeting will have a unique topic that will be helpful to you while preparing for your birth. Examples of these topics are; How to Write a Birth Plan, Comfort Measures for Labor and Techniques to Get Baby in a Good Position. There will be drinks and snacks. The meetings are held at Sweet Child O’ Mine in the Education Room. 215 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Brandon.

JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT MEETING

Date: Sunday, February 23rd, 3:00 pm

Topic: Autonomy in Birth: how to make your birth your own and how to own your birth.

Location: Sweet Child O’ Mine Education Room, 215 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Brandon, FL

Free and Open to the Public. Snacks Provided. 

OUR DOULA TEAM

Melinda Morales is a full spectrum doula and certified perinatal educator specializing in teen pregnancy and young parent support. She is a mother to 3 boys, and a teen birth advocate supporting families in Central Florida since 2006. She is the founder of Project Teenbirth, Inc. – a community based program supporting and educating teen and young parents. She is an active board member of the Tampa Bay Birth Network. Her story has been featured in Rewire.News, Not Another Teen Mommy.com, #noteenshame.tumbler.com, and Young Parent Anthology.

Sarah Walsh is a DONA trained birth doula whose passion is supporting all mother’s through their pregnancy, birth and postpartum journeys. She is a wife and a mother of two, Noah (7) and Evelyn (5). Her journey in the birth world and as a birth doula began as an active duty United States Marine when the wives of other service members sought her out and asked that she be there for them during their labor. Sarah sincerely believes that all stages of pregnancy and birth are sacred. Not only are babies born but so are mothers. Her fulfillment is in knowing that each mother feels safe, supported and empowered through the beautiful and life changing journey that is pregnancy and birth.

Alyssa Bedard, a St. Petersburg native, became interested in birth work after receiving her master’s degree in Public Health Education with a focus in Maternal and Child Health. Through research, community work, and having personally overcome the hardships of being a young, single mom, Alyssa became passionate about perinatal support and providing reassurance to the birthing space. She has devoted her personal and professional work to empowering families through the precious moments of pregnancy, birth and parenting. As a doula, speaker, and educator, Alyssa believes that the birth experience is truly the foundation of all life’s practices and deserves to be trusted and honored. It is her deepest passion to serve families and the birthing community.

HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH DOULA SERVICE?

s1. Email us at [email protected] or complete the questionnaire below to obtain more information. We will then contact you
with more information

 

2. Attend our monthly Doula Meetings at no obligation.

3. Once you have met the doula team and decide you would like to hire us, complete the doula service contract and return it to us at our email or to the front desk at Sweet Child O’ Mine. Cost of doula service: two private birth prep meetings, labor and birth, photos, and postpartum follow up visit: $950.

4. We will contact you to see how your pregnancy is going and to schedule our private Birth Preparation Meetings. When you are in labor, call your doula team.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT US:

[email protected]
813-685-8404 ext 6

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