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Melissa McCrumb is a DONA Trained Doula, and mom to Simon, born in Manhattan in 2015. Growing up surrounded by pregnant and breastfeeding women planted the seed that made her want to become a doula, and her own birthing experience pushed her over the edge. Melissa wholeheartedly believes that every woman should have the kind of support they need in labor and childbirth.

Melissa believes that every woman knows herself best, and knows best what she and her baby need during birth. During your prenatal appointment Melissa will spend lots of time listening to what you are looking for in your birth, but also why you want those things. This allows Melissa to tailor her support to you and enables her to provide caring, non-judgmental support during your labor. Whether you want or need an unmedicated birth, some medication, or a cesarean section, she will provide support to help you meet your birth goals. If for whatever reason, there’s a change of plans during labor she will help make sure that you are in control of those decisions.

Melissa is originally from Virginia, but now calls New York City home. She studied Anthropology at the University of Virginia and before becoming a doula Melissa worked as a community organizer. Melissa speaks Spanish and German.