Melissa Harrell, Ph.D. - Birth and Postpartum Doula

Birth and Postpartum Doula

I am a birth and postpartum doula serving Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties. My holistic services draw on the doula tradition combined with scientific research, evidence-based practice, yoga, and mindfulness. Contact me at or text 408-641-0308.


During the Covid-19 outbreak, doula care is more critical than ever. Learn about the ways a doula can help you have a comfortable, safe, and empowered birth, even in the midst of Covid-19.

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Birth and Postpartum Doula Services

My doula services are designed to support you on all levels - heart, mind, and body. Find out more about what I offer during your pregnancy, labor and delivery, and after your little one arrives.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Everything you want to know

Did you know that people who use doulas have a lower rate of c-sections, faster labors, and are more satisfied with their birthing experience? Find out more about doula care, my philosophy, and the services I offer.

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Melissa Harrell, Birth Doula

About Me
Heart, Mind, Body Integration

Integration is my full-time job. I draw on my expertise as a doula, researcher, yoga and mindfulness teacher, and mama to provide intuitive and evidence based support.

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Thank you so much Melissa. You were an angel and so patient with us through a crazy long labor.

- LL

What resonates with me the most about Melissa is her genuine compassion. She made me feel taken care of, validated, and supported, and it is clear that she is well-suited for being a doula. I highly recommend her.

- AR

We are so thankful you were part of Olivia's delivery - I don't think I would have had the confidence to have approached delivery without your incredible coaching.

- JZ

We're extremely grateful for our amazing experience with you!! Your knowledge, environment created and your kindness are well much appreciated. Glad we had you for the best moment of our life. You rock!

- CM

Thank you again for not only your Doula help but for your kindness and support to all of us!

- LV

This is my first baby, so I was so nervous and really scared for what was to come. Then I had Melissa as my doula and she was amazing. She was there helping me through everything. She helped me with my birthing plan and helped me a lot with getting me through my birth and contractions. Without her, my mom and my boyfriend and myself wouldn't have known what to do and we would have been super stressed out, thank you Melissa for all you did for my family and for me.

- GF