Turtle Moon Doulas
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Melanie has been a doula since 1998 and actively nurturing parents as a Birthing From Within™ mentor since 2002. After two decades of being a birth doula she is shifting her work to address womb traumas including unexpected birth outcomes, pregnancy loss and sexual trespass. Through intuitive hands-on work and structured storytelling, she works to help women move the stuck energy often residing in their bodies in the aftermath of these events.
Birth Story Healing sessions, one of Melanie's primary offerings, explore and offer space to constructively and authentically integrate a difficult story and come home to one’s self and the present moment. Mentoring & supporting women on the sexual continuum, including the childbearing year, is her greatest joy. In essence, Melanie's offerings facilitate the transformation and empowerment of women.
Her graduate education, with an adjunct program of World Indigenous Science Network & Naropa University, precipitated profoundly healing experiences in her own life and she began to see more clearly the deeper work she was called to do in helping women heal trauma. Formally initiated by mentors and tribal elders in her graduate work, Melanie brings forth her ancestral lineage and her personal medicine as a woman, mother and mentor in alliance with the earth, animal wisdom, dreamwork and other traditional practices to help women fully embody as mothers and women.
In Melanie's limited time off from mentoring and healing facilitation, she loves to disappear into the woods, garden, spend quiet time with animals, write prose/poetry, travel with intention, create art, dance with abandon, share time and space with her women friends and commune with the sea.
Relevant Education & Trainings
1998 DONA Training and Certification
2000 Reiki Practitioner Training (Master level)
2002 Birthing From Within™ Mentor and Doula Training
2006 Bach Flower Essence Practitioner Training
Birth Story Medicine Training
Rebozo Training with Gena Kirby
2013 – 2016
Birthing From Within™ Advanced Mentor Training
Whapio Diane Bartlett with The Matrona
Elizabeth Davis with Heart & Hands
National Midwifery Institute
Midwifery Apprenticeship with Lara Sodergren, Homebirth Midwife
2017 - 2018
Advanced Birth Story Medicine Training
Massage Therapy Training with National Holistic Institute