The birth of Melissa’s first daughter was an empowering and life-changing event after her recovery from a serious horseback riding accident. The support she received from birth doula and mentor Jennifer More inspired her to provide support to other laboring women. Melissa is committed to her true passion and resulted in her founding Stork & Sprout to provide professional expertise through the parenthood transition. Melissa believes a woman’s childbirth experience is most powerful when combined with the physical, informational, and emotional support of a doula. She respects the unique characteristics of each woman, recognizing that each individual will have their own concerns, fears, and/or goals. As such, Melissa is committed to providing non-biased support to all types of births. This philosophy extends beyond the birth and into the postpartum period.