Hi my name is Melissa Keil. Helping babies come into the world safely and helping parents through the pregnancy & Birth journey gently is my passion!!
I am a DONA Certified Birth Doula specializing in home water birth with a Licensed Midwife present, a Postpartum Doula through Childbirth International, An Affiliated Bradley Method® Childbirth Instructor,a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist and a Birth & Maternity Photographer
**I am also a Childbirth Professional who is certified in Acupressure for labor support to help facilitate less pain during labor and to better the Mother's experience and to help promote a natural childbirth**
"Relaxation is imperative to a smooth birthing process . If you are tense or terrified that can stall the labor . Preperation for birth can help you to relax and trust your body to do what it was meant to do."
Serving your needs from the beginning of pregnancy to the beginning of parenthood in The Inland Empire, Orange County, San Bernardino County and parts of Los Angeles County.
Many who go into childbirth prepared report a more positive birth experience, reduced levels of pain and an increased bond between themselves and the baby. They also report it gave them more confidence. Also, statistics show less incidence of interventions including cesareans and pain medication in labor and better all around results!
Though every class has a specific topic which is covered in detail, each class will also cover nutrition, exercise, positive communication, and coaching. A different relaxation technique will be demonstrated and assigned for practice each week. Classes may also feature a video presentation. My classes are fun and informative. It's also fun to come and make freinds. I have up to 8 couples in each series.
Class 1. Introduction to The Bradley Method
This class deals with the history of The Bradley Method, its philosophy and goals. It is a time to get to know us and the members of your class. During this class, we will begin to study things you can do to keep yourself healthy and low risk during pregnancy. We will introduce important pregnancy exercises and we will lead discussion of how to handle pain and give a lesson in how to avoid unnecessary pain in labor.
Class 2. Nutrition in Pregnancy
The primary focus of this class is on nutrition. We will discuss good nutrition during pregnancy so that you will understand which nutrients are important and what quantities are necessary. We will you to evaluate and suggest ways to improve it if necessary. We will also review the pregnancy exercises and discuss: sex during pregnancy, breastfeeding and continue studying what you can do to stay healthy and low risk during pregnancy.
Class3. PregnancyDuring this class, we will discuss the many changes your body goes through during pregnancy. We will focus on anatomy and physiology as well as common discomforts and how to handle them naturally. This is helpful for the coach as it makes him more aware and therefore more understanding of these changes. We will also begin to discuss some of the many choices you face regarding labor and birth.
Class 4. The Coach's Role
This is the first of two classes that focus on pregnancy and childbirth from the coach's point of view. In this session we will discuss: coaching during pregnancy, the importance of natural childbirth, bonding, and the father's role in breastfeeding. We will conclude our study on staying low risk during pregnancy and discuss drugs and birthing myths.
Class 5. Introduction to First Stage Labor
This class is on how your body works in first stage labor. We will cover anatomy and physiology of first stage, stressing our respect for the natural process and examining the built-in safeguards for you and your baby. We will teach basic coaching techniques and instruct you on how to practice together. Standard hospital admitting and prepping procedures will also be covered.
Class 6. Introduction to Second Stage Labor
This class is on how your body works in the second stage of labor. We will cover the anatomy and physiology of second stage labor stressing our respect for the natural process and examining the built-in safeguards for you and your baby. We will discuss the importance of the natural alignment plateau and the fetal Heimlich maneuver. Basic pushing techniques and second stage positions, as well as the coach's role, will be covered. Third stage will also be discussed briefly.
Class 7. Planning Your Birth
Class seven covers consumer information and how to make a birth plan. We discuss: what your choices are, the importance of evaluating your feelings and listing your priorities, and meeting with your medical team to discuss your choices in a positive way. There is also a first stage labor rehearsal in this class.
Class 8.Variations and Complications / Postpartum Preparation
This class covers two units of information. We cover various complications including cesarean surgery discussing: how to avoid these problems if possible, how to evaluate whether it is necessary to intervene, and how to handle interventions that become necessary. We also cover information on taking care of yourself after your baby is born.
Class 9.Advanced First Stage Techniques
This class is filled with advanced coaching techniques dealing directly with the challenge of handling first stage labor. We will go over the First Stage Study Guide so that you can be sure you are well-prepared. We will also have a labor rehearsal and do some role playing.
Class 10.Advanced Second Stage Techniques
This class begins with an advanced labor rehearsal which helps to pull together all of the information you have learned so far. We will also cover the Second Stage Study Guide to be sure that you fully understand and are prepared to handle the second stage of labor.
Class 11.Being a Great Coach / Are You Ready?
At this point we will go over the B.E.S.T. techniques for labor and birth as a comprehensive review of the most important points you will use while in labor. This class also covers information for coaches on how to handle the challenges they will face in labor. Emergency childbirth will be discussed, just-in-case the baby comes before you get where you're going. We will also participate in an intriguing discussion on the theory of "what is labor" and why it is so different for each woman and even for each pregnancy.
Class 12.Preparing for Your New Family
The last of our twelve week series begins with an advanced labor rehearsal. We will also discuss the concluding chapter in your student workbook which is titled "Your Labor and Birth". We will also cover: newborn care, mothering, fathering, breastfeeding, how to handle a crying baby, and adjusting to the many changes you will face during this time.
As a Southern California DONA Certified Birth Doula I provide
A Doula provides continuous support for the "parents to be", verbal encouragement to keep going, praise and feedback, re-assurance that what is happening is normal, and acknowledgement of her and her labor. A Doula explains what is happening to the mind and body throughout the labor to the woman and her partner.
A Doula provides Comfort measures. IE: positioning, massage, vocalization, counter pressure, birth ball techniques, use of water (tub/shower), walking, positioning and other non-medicated comfort measures if that is the womans desire.
*If you are planning on having medication for your labor or if you are having a planned c-section I support your wishes and needs as well and will still be there for your for support.
A Doula provides assistance to families in putting together a birth plan, advises the family of thier options, gives explanations of terms and procedures and explains possible alternatives.
A Doula will interpret the woman's wishes to the medical staff and act as a liason for better communication .
As a Doula I do not take the place of the partner rather I work with the partner to give much needed encouragement, support, re-assurance and explanations of what is happening to the woman as the birth progress's and explanations as to where she is at in the stages of labor and that things are progressing normally. I work with the partner in the delivery room or at home and explain at the time how the partner can be of assistance to the mother and how to be involved at her comfort level.
My services include two prenatal visits prior to the birth to get to know eachother better and to discuss your needs and wishes for birth. Many times I help the couple discover needs and wishes they didn't even know they had. Basic childbirth classes are included in these visits along with the the formulating of the birth plan. My more in depth Bradley Method© Classes are available for those who wish to have more preparation time.
Immediate Postpartum and Breasfeeding Support~
As a Doula I Initiate and encourage immediate bonding and breastfeeding support immediatly after the birth while still in the delivery room. I also include one postpartum visit to your home within 5 days of the birth to make sure all is going well and to help you with any other or postpartum issue's you may have including breastfeeding. I also take the time to talk to you about your birth experience and to answer any questions you may have about the experience.
Other Benefits of Having a Doula including reduced C-Section rates~ Statistics show that having a Doula results in shorter hospital stays, less requests for epidurals, reduced duration of labor, reduced narcotics and Pitocin, reduced use of forceps/vacuum , c-section, episiotomy ( I have a 100% no episiotomy rate to date with my clients) and lower rate of complications over all. I also provide support for women that are having a vbac(vaginal birth after cesarean.)