~On Dec 23, 2015 my second son was born with the help of Melissa as my doula. I had wanted to experience a natural birth with my first son in 2013, but at the time had too many things on my plate to prepare myself mentally. This time around I knew I wanted to get this experience and asked Melissa right away when we became pregnant. I used the Hypnobabies Home Study through the last few months of my pregnancy and Melissa was instumental in helping me feel comfortable with the birthing process and knowing what questions to ask. I picked Melissa because she is very down to earth, nurturing, and has an ease about her that makes her so comfortable to talk to. I knew and she reiterated that she was there to support me in any way and made sure to meet and check in on me throughout the process to ensure I had thought about everything beforehand. She asked me my personal needs and likes/dislikes and assured and encouraged me throughout the labor process. Having her to say the 'cue' words and scripts was key to me feeling relaxed and in control. I would recommend her to anyone wanting a doula to support, educate, and encourage them through this special moment in their life. She is great at what she does! -Summer M.
~Melissa was one of my doulas and I'm so thankful she was there for my husband and I. She kept encouraging me by telling me how great I was doing and it was so nice to hear at a time like that! She was very supportive and helped ease by back labor by using counter pressure. Melissa also captured some amazing photos during the labor and delivery of my daughter. I would recommend Melissa to other moms looking for a doula! -Nicole G.
~Melissa was great to work with during my homebirth! She was an essential asset to me, my husband, the midwife, and midwife assistant. A couple of things that stuck out during my birth that Melissa helped with was my water bottle! That might sound strange but it was important to me keep well hydrated since dehydration had been an issue with my first birth. She continued to offer water to me which was helpful during the birth. She applied good hip counter pressure as well which was helpful in making my contractions more efficient. I would highly recommend Melissa for your doula! -Jennifer C.
~I cannot stress how vital Melissa was to my healthy and successful non-medicated VBAC! I was in pre/early labor for almost a week and despite having strep, Melissa was available to me whenever I needed via text! the morning of delivery my labor progressed so quickly that our plan to labor at home quickly changed and Melissa had to just meet us at the hospital. She was an incredible support for me at the hospital! It was a huge relief to have someone with us who knew more about what was going on and could walk us through what was happening. Melissa was excellent at hearing my needs and meeting them, and I could tell the midwife appreciated having someone there that could help direct me when the need came. I would highly recommend Melissa to anyone looking for a calming and supportive presence during your delivery. -Rebekah C.
~Melissa definitely got the raw end of the deal with us- we were in the hospital 48 hours before birth and she was there for almost all of it (we told her to go home because we were so slow to progress)and missed her family's christmas eve! This was our first child and although we really wanted advice and help to have the most natural and enjoyable birth process, we didn't want to be guilted or pushed by anyone into something we would never choose ourselves. Melissa had a very "whatever birth you want is what I will help you achieve" attitude and very supportive and informative- not at all pushy. I really appreciated that she had a variety of birth experiences with her own children as well- I knew she had been through almost all possible stages/procedures. She was a very calm and pleasant presence in the room with us. And very patient! I think my husband would say that she was very helpful for him to bounce ideas off of, or to look to as the sane person in the room. She provided lots of helpful tips and suggestions throughout the process, and even though we made decisions that I felt had no alternative, I don't regret any of them because we tried about everything we could (before intervention) and talked through with her what we wanted firsT- both before labor started and during labor process. I ended up with such a wonderful birth experience and I have no doubt Melissa's presence in there helped us enjoy it by taking a lot of "the unknown" stress away. I felt that she was very excited for us and to help (while missing her familys Christmas eve traditions!) and I think that is important in long or discouraging labors. And although after birth and going home was such a blur, I do remember that she checked up on us several times regarding recovery and breastfeeding and was very available for support then if I needed it. -Amanda L.
~Melissa is an AMAZING person and doula!! I am so thankful that we had her during our pregnancy and birth! It was just so reassuring to have someone in the room with expeirence and who was there with my interest and wants in mind!Melissa was so awesome during my labor, even though it didn't turn out exactly as planned- she was flexible. She showed up at the hospital at 3 in the morning and helped me through my labor pains until I was taken back to the operating room for a c-section. She stayed at the hospital with us and helped make sure I got my sweet baby to latch and feed! It was great having her there with us, I just can't say it enough!
During my pregnancy I would email/text/call her with quetions and she always responded with so much helpful information. My son was in the breech postition and she gave us different techniques to try to get him to flip. I even asked her questions after my delivery- and she was always there! Always just so helpful. I was so comfortable around her even my husband was comfortable and thankful for the guidance she provided him during the whole journey. I know I will definetely use Melissa again for our second child!!! -Mandy K.
~Melissa was such a wonderful coach during my daugheter Parker's birth. I will never forget at the end of Parkers birth when I was in the tub and really feeling like I couldn't keep going, Melissa was on my level encouraging me through. Reminding me that with every contraction I was that much closer. She would use phrases that really helped me see the ending and not just my current pain. Her presence and caoching during my transition were so impactful and vital to my delivery, and she played such a key role in my wonderul birth experience. She also ensured that I was in the position/place that I wanted to be for delivery, and I so appreciated her remembering my birth plan and what I had said I wanted. My husband still to this day talks about how thankful he was that Melissa was a part of our birth and what a huge roll she played in ensuring my brith went as close to plan as possible. Melissa is so gifted at encouraging and coaching with a direct gentleness that I will always be SO grateful for!!! We love you Melissa Hall and can't thank you enough for your incrideible support duirng such an imporant event in our lives. -Hayley B.
~We hired Melissa for the birth of our second child and I'm so glad we did! I was pretty anxious about being able to have a vbac and Melissa was great throughout the whole process. She has such a sweet spirit and is very encouraging. Melissa values educating her clients so they can make informed decisions. I appreciated her knowledge of the many resources she suggested for me. She was always accessible, even in the middle of the night when my birthing time began, and at the hospital she reminded us to speak up when we had questions. Can’t say enough about how wonderful she was! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Melissa! -Robyn R
~My family hired Melissa Hall, for our second VBAC.. I have nothing but praise for her! She was my biggest supporter/fan. As soon as I called and told her it was baby time she was there! She kept me calm and made sure to give me the best encouragment throughout the difficult parts. Melissa, will always be my fkrst choice when I'm needing a doula, her presence in the labor room made the whole atmosphere.She made me feel at peace the entire time. -Briyoure B.
~Melissa Hall is not only an exceptional doula, who I've had the honor of working alongside with my birth photography work, but she has also started offering this amazing pampering package for new mamas and women who simply need a little TLC.
I'd like to clarify that I didn't just have a baby. In fact, I'm about to send my first born off to college. Mix that with the stresses of a blended family and hashimotos ...this mama was definitely in need of a little tlc.
Melissa went above and beyond.
She comes to your home. She sets up the spa area and the scent of lavender quickly infuses your room and begins calming your spirit.I enjoyed a honey milk bath; a lavender warm wrap (felt like I was literally being hugged by warm lavender from my head down to my toes) while she prayed over me; and lastly did a "belly bind" even though I hadn't just had a baby, because it also helps support your back (I have scoliosis). When my appointment was over, I felt completely relaxed, stress free and ready to tackle the rest of my week. Thank you Melissa for offering such a wonderful service to not only new mamas, but ALL women who need a little pampering. And thank you for praying over me. -Mary M
~Melissa Hall is amazing!! She was my doula and has been a longtime friend. She is so peaceful and carries the presence of the Lord with her. She isn't afraid to pray and share scripture over you. She helped me to relax and release my fears I didn't even realize I had as I was almost 3 weeks past due she came and comforted me, encouraged me, prayed with me and over me and let me let all my fears out and helped me to believe in myself and know we were ok and were going to be just fine and make it through. LOVE HER!! -Alecia H.
~Melissa is incredibly sweet and gentle. She was very helpful during the birth of my daughter, offering different positions and tools to ease the the process. She stepped aside when I needed some rest, but was always there when I needed her! She was very encouraging the whole way - I don't think my daughter would be here without her! -Cristina W
~We were looking for a Doula that would be there for us at all stages of the pregnancy and birth. She helped us prepare for different scenarios by providing literature, DVDs, and in home meetings before the birth. She really put our minds at ease. -Valerie N
~Melissa possesses all of the tangible and intangible qualities that you will look for and that you hear about in the best doulas.....no doubt. I think, for me, a less overt strength of hers is her ability and willingness to be intrusive. This may sound odd at first, but for those of you that are more introverted or private or shy this quality is integral to the pregnancy and birth experience. Melissa routinely would call or text my wife, Natalie, to see how she was doing and if she had any questions. Not only that, she would ask probing questions about what Natalie was experiencing, and, of course, have an answer (or a place to find an answer) for any and all concerns we experieced. So, her intrusiveness is a necessary one and a kind and considerate one, and it's the lasting impression Melissa left with me; it's the one I most appreciated. -Joshua V
~Melissa Hall is an incredible doula. I couldn't have gotten through my twin pregnancy without her expertise! It being my first pregnancy, and being high risk at that, I had many questions come up through the trimesters. I was able to text and call Melissa with all of my questions and concerns and recieve a very prompt knowledgeable response. She loaned both my husband and I many books to help us prepare for birth and the first few weeks at home with the twins. When we had to schedule a last minute c-section, after months of planning on a natural birth, Melissa sent me tons of great information on c-sections and was very encouraging as I adjusted my expectations for the twin's birth. The day the babies were born she was at the hospital bright and early to support us. Having her in the c-section was invaluable. She was able to stay with me at the operating table while my husband went to be with the babies. She held my hand and encouraged me just the way I needed. I very highly recommend Melissa!! She is smart, kind, honest and just a sweet friend to have during such an huge emotional experience! -Natalie V