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Carolynn Melchert

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Phone: 510-654-2384

Email: devidreams@earthlink.net

Website: www.carolynnmelchert.com

My whole life I have felt connected to birthing, from childhood watching kittens being born, to the inspiration of reading Ina May Gaskin’s Spiritual Midwifery as a young woman, to having three births of my own in the 80’s and 90’s. Friends started to ask me to attend their births and I found myself deeply attuned to the power and flow of a woman’s labor. I received formal doula training from DONA in 2003 and have since committed myself to this work. I believe in the innate power of a woman to navigate childbirth and I serve to help her and her partner connect to their own unique process. I bring an intuitive, calm and loving presence to support your birth at the hospital, birth center, or your home.

I have worked with women who have chosen techniques such as water birth, Bradley, Lamaze and Hypnobirthing. I respect and support a woman’s choice, whether it is natural childbirth or using pain medication. My experience with preemies, twins, and other high-risk medical conditions has brought depth and breadth to my practice. I am honored to work with diverse cultural and lifestyle families. I also provide photography for pregnancy, birth, and the new family.
Our follow-up postpartum visits process your birth experience, help with breastfeeding, and help smooth the transition to new family life.