Do you want to share some kind words with Melissa?

"Melissa was an amazing doula, and helped guide my fiance and I thru pregnancy and a natural childbirth at a hospital. She gave us the tools to make informed decisions and gave me the confidence to stand by my birth plan despite influences from my healthcare provider and the hospital staff during childbirth. Having Melissa in the room during labor and delivery was the best decision we made, we couldn't have done it without her support!"

~Sandy J., first time mom/ doula client

"We could not have asked for a better person to be our doula!! Melissa is very knowledgeable and resourceful. She was readily available for any questions/concerns, and if she didn't know the answer, she would do her best to find out. She always respected and honored any decision we made regarding our birthing plan. She is down to earth and brings a sense of calmness to any situation which is exactly what we were looking for. And her massages are fantastic!! That was a big bonus for mommy! You will not be disappointed if you choose her as your doula!"

~Brittany C./first time mom, doula client

"I hadn’t even thought about having a doula, until a friend told me about her great experience with Melissa. I’m so glad we took my friend’s recommendation! This was my first pregnancy, so Melissa guided my husband and I through all the stages of pregnancy and childbirth and all the potential choices/decisions we would or may need to make. She was so informative it made putting together our birth plan a breeze. And of course, when the labor did not go anywhere near as planned, Melissa was there throughout the process - she made us feel relaxed and confident in our decisions. I would highly recommend Melissa!"

~Liz B., first time mom/ doula client

"Melissa was amazing during my pregnancy, labor and delivery. If it wasn’t for her I would not have had the experience I had w my labor and delivery. Her knowledge alone taught me so much. She is really awesome, if I have another baby I definitely want Melissa by my side again😊"

~Mary Z, first time mom, doula client

 

"Oh my gosh..I don't even know where to begin...Melissa has been so amazing over these past 9 months.  She has such a positive spirit and is incredibly knowledgable when it comes to childbirth.  When my husband and I found out we were expecting, we knew we wanted to have a natural birth and definitely wanted a doula.  We had a meet and greet with Melissa and instantly knew she was the one.  I also loved that she was a massage therapist!  I would see her monthly for prenatal massages during pregnancy.  Melissa was great with sending us reading material to prepare us for labor.  She also gave me a reference to an amazing chiropractor who specialized in pregnancy when I was having pelvis pain and thought the baby was breech.  She was a huge support to my husband during early labor and at the hospital she had great ideas for positions to help labor continue to progress.  I cannot recommend Melissa enough!  She helped give me the perfect birth experience!"

~Lisa G., first time mom/doula client

"As I go through my own yoga training, I am overly grateful to be a regular student of yours.  I do not know you outside of Be Moved; however, what I do experience is an amazingly pure sense of the embodiment of yoga in you. Your sequencing is spot on and seems to always align beautifully with your lessons...which you touch on just enough at the beginning, then a little more depth in the middle, and a lovely recap with a lesson reflection at the end.  Now the most impressive piece you offer so seamlessly and passionately is your cueing.  I have been taking yoga at various studios and no one comes close to your flowing and intention...your cues create such amazingly clear pictures of alignment and posturing that even if I can't be there in my movement...I can feel it in my body.  I am in awe, now that I understand the criticalness of this part of yoga instruction.  My challenge, as I continue my own certification, is to try not to "want to be just like you" but to learn to embody what you share in my own voice, with intention to inspire and touch others as you have me.  Thank you for being in my life, exactly when I needed you to be."

~Rebecca A., yoga student, massage client

 

"Melissa was my doula for my first child and she was everything I could ask for.  She is prompt and professional, but easy going and fun to be around.  She is an avid learner so that made it easy when I had questions that she may not have been able to answer, she always did more research and came back with more.  When it came to laboring, she provided good suggestions on changing things up and knowing when to step in and help.  She also made sure to include my husband in every meeting, to understand our relationship going into the birth, and to step back and let him assist me when able.  She even offers a fantastic prenatal massage and took some lovely  candid photos at the birth!  I was thoroughly pleased with our time with her!"

~Katherine J., first time mom, doula client

"Choosing a doula was hard for me because I didn't think I should spend the money and the women I interviewed were all so kind and seemed to love their work.  When I met Melissa, I found out we shared common interests and she seemed like a really good fit for me.  Melissa proved to me how great and worth the money having a doula is.  When I was in labor she basically read my mind and provided me with everything I needed at the exact moment I needed it.  I had no need to talk at all.  This is something that was priceless to me. I am grateful to Melissa for everything she provided me with throughout pregnancy, labor, and follow up.  I highly recommend her doula and massage services."  

~Danielle C., third time mom, doula client

"Although we elected to have a private birth, without a doula, Melissa's prenatal preparation and comfort measure meeting was filled with great information and techniques for me and my husband.  She was very organized and could go into detail about what to expect and taught me things that you don't learn in hospital birth classes.  She would send me articles throughout my pregnancy on questions I had.  Melissa is friendly and personable, and her experience helped me calm many fears since it was my first child.  I would definitely recommend her to first time and single moms."  

~Rachel K., first time mom,  labor prep education

"I wanted to tell you how much your class meant to me over my pregnancy.  Your breathing techniques, keep ups (mental strenthening), and just the practice itself,  helped make my labor go so much smoother! I can't wait to get back to try more classes.  Thank you so much!"

~Heather R, first time mom, prenatal yoga student

"If I didn't have these weekly classes I don't know how I would have made it through this pregnancy.  It literally saved my emotional and mental health!  Melissa's techniques, mantras, and overall kindness helped me in so many ways and I cannot begin to properly thank her  As a first time mom to be, no one can ever prepare you for the up and down emotional and mental rollercoaster you can experience. This class, the other mamas, and Melissa provided support that I didn't even know I would need, but am so thankful I found.  I know that physically and mentally I'm more prepared for labor and birth than without this class.  (Update: The doctor and labor & delivery nurses give Melissa a BIG THANK YOU- they said they were impressed with how calm I was able to be, and how focused my breathing was!)"

~Remy M., first time mom, prenatal yoga student

"Thank you for doing what you do!  This process has been bringing us much closer as a couple and even as a family! <3"

~Racheal D, third time mom, doula/ yoga/ massage client

"Getting a massage by Melissa is not only relaxing but educational.  While no one can afford to get a massage everyday, Melissa teaches you what you can do to help yourself feel better.  It's more than a massage, she's helpful and caring."

~Laura F., massage client

"Melissa is a caring and professional massage therapist.  I have been seeing her for six years.  Melissa truly cares about her clients.  She did research for me on something we discussed and followed through with a very helpful and appreciated email.  I have also had reflexology done by Melissa.  Again, I was very pleased.  I highly recommend her.  

~Martha Y., massage client

"Melissa is a very knowledgable therapist.  She has the right amount of pressure and is great at what she does.  She is an amazing yoga teacher, and being a doula is just another passion she puts everything she has into.  I love her massages the best."

~Nicole P., massage and yoga client

"I am a yoga beginner.  I went to the cool flow class today at Be Moved Fitness.  Melissa was great!  I really enjoyed this class.  Highly recommend."

~Mary P., yoga student

"I want to Thank You...A few weeks ago in class you said something that really changed things for me, in the pose but in real life too.  It was in chair pose.  All you said was "soften," and it made such huge difference.  Every time you say it, I feel it a bit differently, but it has changed me so much for the better"

~Shine Yoga student

"I really enjoyed your cool flow class.  You are a great instructor!  I love that you explained each pose and kept a good pace throughout class.  I'll definitely be back."

~Be Moved yoga student

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