Certifying Birth Doula
Braving Doula Collective Postpartum Client Coordinator
Finally bringing home your baby or newly adopted child is a wonderful, magical time. But having a newborn entirely in your care and suddenly becoming a parent can also feel overwhelming, confusing and scary. That's where Melita comes in! It is Melita's deep desire to help parents feel confident and capable at the new job they have been given. She will assist you, support you and honor you to be the best parent you can be.
Although she serve all families in need of additional support, Melita is adept at providing birth and postpartum support to diverse family and parenting structures including same-sex, transgender, assistive reproduction and adoptive families.
As a Postpartum Doula, Melita will be there for you in the first 12 weeks after birth or arrival of your child. She can help you become a confident caretaker of your child while also caring for yourself and your partner. During the first few months of new parenthood, everyone needs to feel knowledgeable about basic newborn care, capable of good healthy self-care and relationship-care and finally, encouraged that life will return to a sense of normal. Parenting will become easy and a part of life outside the home; and life outside the home will become exciting and manageable again.
Melita's services include emotional support, feeding assistance, newborn care, calming assistance, colic assistance, throwing dinner in the crockpot, light cleaning, taking the family dog for a walk and helping with the baby while you nap, eat, sleep, etc. She also offers Colic 911 sessions and Infant Massage Lessons at an additional fee. Melita will be offering therapy services for individuals, couples, and families starting in January 2020.
Melita has been working with babies, new parents and non-traditional families since 2004. Her background includes working in after-school programs, being a mom, and babysitting from age 12. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and spent much of my early career working as a bilingual community educator and program director of the Anti-Violence Project at the LGBTQI Community Center in Tucson, AZ. Melita has Licensed Massage Therapist since 2007 with additional certification in Pre/Postnatal Massage Therapy. She is a Certified Educator of Infant Massage through the International Association of Infant Massage, and also completed her Yoga Teacher Training in 2013. She is currently certifying as a CAPPA Certified Postpartum Doula and DONA certified Birth Doula. Addtionally, Melita has been interning as a Child and Family Therapist at La Cocina in Fort Collins.
Spinning Babies (Provisional) Parent Educator
Braving Doula Collective Birth Coordinator
Having two of my own children, both amazing water births at home, taught me the importance of having highly-trained care providers who support evidence-based practices and who nurture mothers by trusting their bodies to do what they are designed to do—have babies. I bring this trust into my work with my clients, while at the same time making sure they have the knowledge they need to make their own decisions in the unpredictable world of birth. To do this I offer my clients education in prenatal and postpartum visits, as well as, an extensive library of books, DVDs, and CDs, to help them further their learning and support their journey into parenting. I work with families to shift their fear around childbirth—which is so prevalent in this culture—into trust and anticipation of birth as an empowering, transformative experience. And I extend this space to breastfeeding and helping moms trust their babies and their own instincts for optimal feeding.
Since 2008 I have worked as a doula—first in Austin, Texas, and now in Denver and the surrounding area. I have birth and postpartum certifications from DONA International, the largest training organization in the country, and I am trained as a Hypnobabies doula. I use my Masters degree in Gender/Cultural Studies to inform my practice and my perspective, while continuing to gain knowledge from clients, new research, and fellow doulas. Also, I consistently add to my training by attending workshops and conferences, including Supporting the Family-Centered Cesarean, Advanced Comfort Measures, Supporting a Woman with an Epidural, and SpinningBabies. I am a member of the Colorado Doula Association.
I enjoy working with all types of birth and families, including those wanting a VBAC, natural, medicated, hospital, home, or water birth. I’m also happy to work with families expecting multiples or using a surrogate, and I welcome all families including LGBTQIA. In my postpartum work I specialize in helping families in the initial adjustment and establishing their new normal, as well as offering overnight support.