Join the Motherworthlove Mothercircle

Learn the skills you need to prepare for childbirth and parenthood in a supportive community online and in Oahu. The Motherworthlove Mothercircle is open to those considering, expecting, and postpartum. Build community, share, learn, and grow with the guidance of a trained health coach and full spectrum doula. Membership is $20/month and includes live community calls and email support throughout the length of your membership/journey. You do not need to live on Oahu and you can cancel at anytime.

I’m Melissa Danielle, Integrative Nutrition and Women’s Health Coach, Full Spectrum Doula, soon to be Licensed Massage Therapist, and all-around woman inviting those considering, expecting, and postpartum to imagine an embodied and integrated approach to making babies and entering motherhood.

I primarily support women over 35 with

  • ensuring you and your partner (if you have one) are on the same page regarding birth outcomes and postpartum
  • communicating your concerns and desires with your doctor and/or midwife
  • choosing the foods and supplements that will help you feel your best
  • establishing birth and postpartum preferences
  • identifying additional professional support, i.e. physical therapy, mental health
  • creating mindful movement practices
  • setting up your home environment
  • building your support network
  • money matters
  • and more

I have received health coach training from Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training from Kundalini Research Institute/3HO, Labor Doula and Childbirth Education from CAPPA/HonoringWomen.com. I am currently studying to become a Licensed Massage Therapist, and I invest in continuous learning and professional development opportunities to stay current with evidence-based methods of care and provide my clients with a high level of service.

Availability

I am currently accepting clients on Oahu with due dates in 2019 and virtual clients on an ongoing basis. Give me a call at 347-927-2855 to schedule a time to talk and find out if we're a good fit.  For support in a group setting, I invite you to join my Mothercircle (see below), where you can learn more about my approach to motherbaby care.

Childbirth Preparation 

Don't just plan for the birth you want, prepare for the birth you're going to have. Wherever and however you give birth, educate yourself about your options, including coping measures to help you with labor and changes to your plan of care. Childbirth preperation is a requirement to work with me. Here are the courses I recommend.

Birthing Better

Pain to Power Childbirth

Clients may apply the cost of these courses to our doula agreement when paid in full. I may receive a commission from the sales of these courses.

Holistic Postpartum Planning Guide

Join the Motherworthlove Mothercircle

I offer online and in-person gatherings, book discussions, workshops and more in a supportive community for those considering, expecting, and postpartum. The online community is open to all, but members get members' only community calls and additional support via email for $20/month. You do not have to live in Oahu to join. Click here to sign up.

INNATE Postpartum Care

The postpartum period is a critical time for mothers as they transition to life with a newborn and beyond. Consider INNATE Traditions' online postpartum course to learn how to provide the essentials during your postpartum as well as supporting your loved ones and community. Click here to learn more.

What Does a Doula Do?

Doulas offer professional nonmedical support, guidance, and companionship throughout the pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum journey. They may or may not have additional training in childbirth education and lactation. They may also work as nurses, physical therapists, movement specialists, wellness practitioners, bodyworkers, herbalists, chefs, teachers, admin assistants, and so on. They may or may not have children of their own. 

Support and pricing will vary based on the training, experience, and personal preference of the doula you’re going to work with. 

Do You Need a Doula?

Doulas are becoming more popular and evidence is growing to demonstrate their value in increasing positive outcomes for moms throughout their pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. If you have a strong and prepared support system, a doula may not be necessary. You might be considering hiring a doula for the first time or have had one for all of your births. Just as there’s no one way to give birth, there’s no one way to doula. I invite you to reach out to at least three doulas as you are considering your needs and choices in childbirth. When choosing a doula, you’ll want to make sure their values are aligned with yours and that they fully support the childbirth and postpartum experience you desire. Please do your due diligence and exercise personal wisdom before making the investment.

How to Work With Me

All prospective clients are required to complete a childbirth preparation course as a condition of working with me. I recommend Birthing Better or Pleasurable Birth Essentials. You can choose your own childbirth preparation course, but you’ll need to demonstrate what you’ve learned and how you see my role as your Doula in supporting your journey to parenthood.

I am based on Oahu, Hawaii, and am available to travel depending on availability at an additional expense. I work with 1-4 clients a month to ensure a high level of care for up to a full year, depending on where we meet on your journey. This includes support during labor and postpartum as well as nutrition and lifestyle guidance. I may make recommendations and referrals at additional cost to you.

Payment plans, including paying in advance, and incentives for paying in full are available. If you are concerned about the fees, consider adding doula to your baby registry, where you can ask for cash to put towards the investment.

Conception, Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum Support

The Childbearing Year

limited to four clients a year

The investment to work with me at this agreement is a sliding scale of $7,500-12,000 for a year and includes

  • two, 1:1 conception and/or prenatal sessions a month until you give birth
  • nutrition and lifestyle guidance
  • monthly massage (with a licensed massage therapist)
  • movement classes
  • on-call support for labor during weeks 36-42
  • 12-months' membership to the Motherworthlove Mothercircle, which includes monthly community calls and events
  • 40 hours of postpartum support during the third trimester

The Sacred Window

up to 4 clients a month

The investment to work with me at this agreement is a sliding scale of $3,000-7,500 for six months and includes

  • 1 prenatal session a month
  • 3 massages (with a licensed massage therapist)
  • movement classes
  • on-call support for labor during weeks 36-42
  • 6-months' membership to the Motherworthlove Mothercircle, which includes monthly community calls and events
  • 40 hours of postpartum support during the third trimester

Basic Doula Support + Add-ons

based on availability

If you're simply looking for extra support with conception, during pregnancy, labor, and/or postpartum, this option is for you.

  • Childbirth support includes four, 2-hour prenatal visits, on call for weeks 36-42,  two 4-hour postpartum visit within ten (10) days of giving birth and one year's membership to the Motherworthlove Mothercircle - $1,250
  • Postpartum support - $250, four-hour day shift  / $350, overnight shift (10pm-6am)
  • Fertility/preconception and pregnancy health coaching, pre-natal or postpartum planning session - $250 per 2-hour session

1:1 Virtual Pregnancy Coaching and Doula Support is offered at a sliding scale of $550-1,250 for six months and includes 6 videoconferencing sessions, email support, and access to my online support group.

I also offer an online and in-person Mothercircle for $20/month, which includes an online support group, community calls, and workshops. Click here to learn more.

My Doula Bookshelf

Why I became a Doula & Birth Support Professional

If you’re reading this, chances are you have access to comprehensive reproductive health and childbirth education, but don’t know which to choose, and maybe you’re not even sure that you need it. I believe that a lot of the unfulfilling aspects of parenthood are borne out of unclear expectations, minimal to no communication between partners, not having a supportive community, and lack of preparedness for the things we can control (to a degree), such as our health, finances, and environment. As a doula, I aim to demonstrate the very same level of care and commitment I want to receive if/when I decide to become a parent.

More and more women are working outside of the home, pursuing advanced degrees, building successful businesses, and having babies with and without committed partners and relationships. Yet most remain disconnected and willfully resistant to consciously creating the experience they envision. A lot of people plan for their weddings, but they don’t prepare for their marriage. When they want to buy a house, they will spend months and years cleaning up their credit, paying off debt, and finding new ways to save money. They buy the house and then find themselves pressured to keep jobs they may not like to pay the mortgage and manage the responsibilities of home ownership.

The same happens with becoming parents. They plan for the birth they want, but do not prepare for the birth they may actually have. They give little thought to and make little preparation for their preconception health, pregnancy and postpartum. They make baby registries and lists of all the things they want in their nursery, but they don’t prepare for what comes after the baby comes home, such as sleep deprivation, loss of intimacy and sexual desire, who’s going to take over the primary housekeeping responsibilities, walk the dog, help out when you need to sleep or just need a break, and/or unexpected financial expenditures.

Many hopefuls and expectants don’t spend time with other parents to get a real look at what life will be like. They assume it will be different, even though they’re not doing anything differently in their own lives. Most have never babysat, let alone held an infant before the birth of their own child. And while we love to say, “it takes a village to raise a child”, few actually do the work of creating the intentional social and support networks they’ll need to carry them through this journey.

And they’re doing all of this expecting some kind of maternal instinct to kick in eventually. When it doesn’t, when they don’t have the pregnancy, birth, or postpartum experience they expected, they internalize the disappointment as failure and trauma. This is the opposite of what most people desire for motherhood, and am using my role as a health coach and doula to facilitate a new way of thinking and being about parenthood .