I am a certified birth doula, educator, and placenta specialist. As a doula, my intention is for families to feel informed, safe, supported and respected in their choices and experiences.  From hospitals, home, or the birthing center; to natural, medicated, VBAC, or cesarean, I am comfortable adapting to the environment of the families I am supporting.

 

My philosophy is that “If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any…you don’t know what you don’t know.”  To help clients prepare, I prioritize transforming (or eliminating) fear, reframing programming that surrounds birth, building a fierce confidence and trust in the process, and developing a healthy intuition.  It is my goal to support families by sharing the physical, emotional, informational, and practical tools to build the birth experience unique to each family.

I incorporate massage, reflexology, essential oils, breathing and mindfulness from yoga, and my medical experience into the experience of my clients for a holistic approach

It is my intention to nurture the mind, body, and soul connection. By establishing ongoing relationships and trust with clients, we can work together to provide the best care possible, based on each clients' individual needs. I truly believe that everything we need already exists within ourselves.  Strength and wisdom are innate in all of us.

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"Empowered Pregnancy & Birth Community"

As your doula, I provide phone, text, and email support, and will be on call for you 24/7 in the weeks before and during labor.  Our time together will include at least two prenatal preparation sessions, continual labor and birth support, one postpartum visit, and one massage. 

What is a Doula?

A doula provides continuous, unbiased, non-medical support before, during, and in the hours after labor. They help you make informed choices by providing evidence based information about the birth you desire, and advocate for those choices to be respected. We prepare for the birth together, discussing positioning options, comfort measures and pain coping techniques, breathing, massage, and much more. Whether you are planning a hospital, home, or birth center birth, a doula will be there to support your needs.

 

Why do I need a Doula?

It is known that the presence of a doula helps to:

~decrease cesarean rate by 25%

~increase likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth

~10% decrease in request and use of pain medication

~ 31% reduction in dissatisfaction rates

We provide constant emotional and practical support to you AND your partner, working together- not to replace your partner, but to ensure a unique experience for everyone.

 

"Published data indicate that one of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula." - American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), 2014

VBAC Certified through The VBAC Link

Education

I offer a variety of prenatal education options, from:

In person

Online/Live

Online/ Automated (recorded)

Placenta Services

Include:

Capsule Preparation

Tinctures

Art Prints

Umbilical Keepsakes

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Supporting families in the greater Buffalo, NY region, including but not limited to, Gowanda, Fredonia,  Springville, Hamburg, East Aurora, Elma, West Seneca, Cheektowaga, Buffalo, Tonawanda, Amherst, Clarence, Kenmore, Niagara Falls, Batavia, Warsaw; and families of all ages, ethnicities, and gender affiliations.  VBAC certified through VBAC Link

131 North Ave., West Seneca, NY 14224

716.566.8050

melrae619@yahoo.com