Full Spectrum Doula, Certified
Certified Doula (DONA), Certified
Perinatal Educator, MPH
DONA trained Doula, Birth Assistant
Galen College of Nursing Student
WHAT IS A DOULA?
DO I NEED A DOULA IF I HAVE A MIDWIFE?
BIRTH PREPARATION MONTHLY MEETING
JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT MEETING
Topic: Postpartum Care for Mom and Baby
Location: Sweet Child O’ Mine Education Room, 215 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Brandon, FL
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?
1. Email us at [email protected]. We will send you a questionnaire to complete.
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: private birth prep meeting, labor and birth, photos, and postpartum follow up visit: $800.
4. We will contact you to see how your pregnancy is going and to schedule a private Birth Preparation Meeting between 34 and 36 weeks gestation. When you are in labor, call your doula team.