Melissa Battle-Maruca, CD
I am a mother of a two little girls, a 2-year old and a newborn, Labor and Birth Doula, and teach a combination of Bradley Childbirth and DONA-Approved Childbirth Education. After first pursuing a career in Child Development and Education and Psychology, with a special interest in special needs and high needs children, I became interested in birth work before the birth of my first child. After experiencing first hand a very intense and exhausting premature birth, I decided to leave the formal education system and passionately pursue birth work, with the goal of eventually becoming a homebirth midwife. I immediately loved the experience of the birth world and the physical task of being a hands-on doula, which was the highlight of my work in the field.
I enjoy teaching childbirth education. Most important to me is giving mothers and their birth partners the opportunity to express and talk openly about any fears and anxieties that go along with pregnancy and birth. I encourage them to research the process and find the confidence to birth in the way that best works for them.
I enjoy taking a hands-on approach to the birthing process using acupressure, massage, rebozo work, and other comfort methods to help along the natural labor process. I am also comfortable with the process of getting an epidural and pain medications during both vaginal and c-section births, and am able to use my skills in body work and communication to give continued support to the labor journey. Whether my clients birth at home or in a hospital, my main focus is to ensure that their birth experience is the most positive it can be.
“Whenever, and wherever you intend to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body and your spirit for the rest of your life” –Ina May Gaskin