[dou·la]

mother helper;

a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a person before, during and shortly after childbirth to help achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.

 

Meet the Doula

Melissa Kerce
she/her/hers

Birth found me at the young age of 7 while flipping through the Discovery Health Channel. I revisited this passion at the age of 21 at my first doula training and know full well that my purpose lies here; in your empowerment.

I have seen and know that birth can be wild, unpredictable, joyous, overwhelming and everything in between. These feelings can be compounded by the stress of life and unforeseen challenges. As your doula, I am here to support you through whatever the circumstance may be.

I am a trained DONA doula, ACSM Exercise Physiologist, and bring a calming yet evidence based spin to leave you feeling emotionally and physically supported throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum experience. I also provide trauma informed yoga and fitness because preparing and recovering from birth is serious business! :-)

I have witnessed over 20 incredibly powerful people transform during their vastly different birth experiences. I am skilled in supporting you in a hospital birth, home birth, birth center, VBAC, cesarean, and unmedicated birth setting. Whatever you decide, it is your choice and it is beautiful!

This is the time to #treatyourself and invest in you and your baby's health. Hiring me as your doula will help you do just that!

 

My Services

I am committed to creating an inclusive environment for all birthing people. If you have feedback as to how I can better achieve this, please contact me below. :-)

Birth Doula Services

home birth, hospital birth, cesarean, VBAC, birth center birth. it is yours, and it is beautiful.

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Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga + Fitness

because you deserve it!

 

Testimonials

From real families with real birth experiences.

Thank you so much for everything you did for us. Your amazing support throughout my labor was essential, and I truly do not think I could have done it without you. We are so thankful you were there to help us through the craziest day of our lives! You are truly amazing at what you do.

Sierra + Matt

My husband was very skeptical of having a doula for the birth of our daughter. He didn’t fully understand what the purpose was, and how we would benefit from having another person in the room. I was in labor for 44 hours, and Melissa was there every step of the way. She was very hands on with back compressions and did everything in her power to try to make me comfortable. She encouraged and supported my decisions & wishes, even if the doctors/nurses were trying to sway me otherwise. Every time we talk about the birth of our little girl, my husband raves about Melissa and how we MUST have her alongside us for our next baby.

Kacie + Billy

 

Contact

Currently serving Jacksonville, FL. Duval, Nassau, Clay and St. Johns counties. 

*I accept Medicaid at no cost to you. Send me an email to be referred! 

*Sliding scales are and will always be available!

There is no such thing as a stupid question! Submit a request to schedule a free consult and expect a response within 48 hours.

 

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