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 melissa@santacruzbirthdoula.com or text 408-205-1986.

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Services
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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I had a lot of negative emotions centered around my first delivery. Melissa talked me through them, listened and asked the right questions. We came up with a birth plan that I felt comfortable with.

When the time came for me to be induced, Melissa was so on top of everything-- she took photos and video of the experience, she brought me a diffuser with essential oils, calming LED lighting, music, and gave me mini massages while she kept rooting me on.

What resonates with me the most about Melissa is her genuine compassion. She made me feel taken care of, validated, and supported.