Meet Our Team
Melanie Patrick is a CAPPA Certified Labor Doula, a trained Bereavement Doula, and CAPPA trained Postpartum Doula.
While she supports families who choose to birth using a variety of methods, or no particular method, Melanie is a Hypno-Doula; trained and experienced in both Hypnobabies® and HypnoBirthing®. Her advanced trainings include: Holding Space for Pregnancy and Loss, Spinning Babies techniques, Rebozo for relaxation and comfort, Massage for Birth, and TENS usage in labor. She has additional training in helping families get Evidence Based Birth care, and providing support for LGBTQI families. Melanie brings a calming spirit to her clients while helping them navigate through pregnancy, birth, and their early days as new parents. She has experience with couples, single parents, LGBTQ families, advanced maternal age, IVF, multiples, supporting surrogate families, VBAC & VBA2C, high risk births, families who have experienced loss or who are expecting a loss, and is available to provide faith-based support to those who request it. Melanie attends births in Durham and Chapel Hill. She loves knitting, baking, jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with her family. Read more about Melanie's training and experience here.
Kallyn (Birth, Sibling & Postpartum Doula and Photography) is a DONA International certified birth and postpartum doula, trained Hypnobabies® Hypno-Doula, a sibling doula and a professional photographer.
She has worked with a range of clients from the age of 15 into their 40s. She believes as a doula and a documentary photographer that it is a privilege to protect the space around a birthing person for them to feel safe, secure, seen, heard and loved, so they can concentrate on birthing in their own powerful way. In addition to the work she does with families, Kallyn runs a photography business with her spouse, Alex, is a chicken mama to six adorable hens in addition to taking care of their two expressive Bahamian Potcake pups and very demanding black cat. Kallyn sees the beauty of art in most everything, loves digging in the dirt (because growing things is fun), listening to a good story, playing music at all times while dancing to it, being with good friends and eating out (a lot!) in Durham. Read more about Kallyn's training and experience here.
Carrie (Postpartum Mood Support Specialist) is a CAPPA certified postpartum doula and perinatal mood support specialist.
After the birth of her first child, Carrie decided to make the switch from the non-profit world to a career as a doula. As a postpartum mood disorder survivor herself, Carrie is passionate about caring for women during the postpartum period. Having completed Postpartum Support International’s Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care training, Carrie is uniquely qualified to care for parents struggling with postpartum mood disorders. She serves as a state coordinator for Postpartum Support International and facilitates online and in-person support groups in our community. Carrie lives with her husband, son, daughter and woofer in Carrboro. She enjoys hiking, traveling and eating biscuits. Read more about Carrie's trainings and education here.
Erin (Birth Doula) is a birth doula, trained with DONA International.
She received her BA in Psychology from Truman State University in 2008 and began a human resources career in the US Army after graduation. Erin's HR background combined with her love of the birthing process (which started after seeing her first birth at age 12) allow her to provide support to women and families; truly getting to know them while gaining an understanding of their birthing goals. She believes it is a privilege to offer encouragement and empowerment while providing physical, emotional and informational support throughout the process. Erin lives in Fuquay-Varina and loves spending her free time with her family, at the gym, or playing competitive volleyball.
Michelle (Birth and Sibling Doula and Placenta Specialist) is a DONA certified birth doula, and PBi certified placenta specialist.
She has a degree in Anthropology from Missouri State University and decided to pursue a career as a birth doula after the birth of her third child. Michelle is also a certified Hypno-Doula, trained in Hypnobabies®. She is passionate about helping families navigate through the myriad of choices presented during pregnancy and childbirth. She lives in Durham with her husband and four children. Michelle and her family pursue a natural and healthy lifestyle, that includes raising their own chickens; and Michelle has just recently completed her first half-marathon. In her spare time, Michelle is a cake artist and enjoys sewing (ask her about baking your baby's first birthday cake!). Michelle is currently on maternity leave and not accepting additional clients at this time.
Logan (Postpartum Doula) is a DONA trained postpartum doula working diligently toward her certification.
She has a degree in Broadcast Communication from Lynchburg College in Virginia, but realized she had a knack for helping with babies and families at an early age. She grew up on the coast of Virginia near the Chesapeake Bay, and now lives in a cute little house in Chapel Hill. In her spare time she enjoys pilates, hanging out with friends and family and sailing whenever she gets the chance.
Lauren (Birth and Postpartum Doula) is certified as a birth and postpartum doula through Doula Trainings International, is rebozo certified in the Gena Kirby Method, and is a trained Hypnobabies® Hypno-Doula.
She is honored and delighted to be with parents throughout pregnancy, birth, and their transition to a larger family. Lauren's nurturing, mindful approach to caring for her clients (as the whole people they are!) is shaped by her parenting experience, as well as her graduate and doula education. Lauren has been trained in facilitating a true team around the birthing person. She loves helping her clients connect with each other, their baby, birth team, community, and especially themselves. She also deeply values offering all families unbiased, culturally competent care. When not doula-ing, Lauren is usually reading or listening to something — books, articles, audiobooks, podcasts, and of course music. She is also a Farmers Market regular; loves cooking and eating with family and friends; and enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband, son, and dog. Read more about Lauren's training and experience here.
Abigail (Birth Doula) is a DONA International trained birth doula, trained MindBody Centering Yoga Therapy instructor, and experienced in a variety of healing arts such as nutrition, meditation, and bodywork.
Like sunlight, Abigail’s genuine warmth and compassion flow effortlessly into holding space for another. Always a healing force in her life, Abigail takes lessons from nature on how we feed, how we move, and how we care for our bodies. Through studying yoga therapy and later obtaining her BA in Psychology, she learned of the transformative and empowering qualities of being seen, heard, and supported. For Abigail, being a doula is an integration of passion and purpose. She offers exceptional care and support to families of every dynamic. Other interests in her life include a love to run and hike through forests, reading, studying plants, herbs, dancing, crafting, eating dark chocolate, making music with friends and snuggling her beloved cats. Read more about Abigail's training and experience here.
Genevieve (Birth Doula) is a DONA International trained birth doula.
She has a degree in Sociology and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality studies from Wesleyan University and developed her passion for the field while working as a Peace Corps volunteer at a maternity clinic in Benin, West Africa. As a doula, her philosophy is to be a source of compassionate emotional, physical and informational support for her clients. Her goal is to help her clients experience births in which they feel confident and well cared for. Genevieve enjoys hiking, movies, and good Mexican food. She lives in Fayetteville with her husband and cat. Read more about Genevieve's training and experience here.
Aleyda (Birth Doula) a DONA International trained birth doula and a Spanish language interpreter/translator.
She has a degree in Applied Science as a Spanish Community Interpreter and became a doula following the births of her own children. Aleyda is passionate about helping families feel powerful and respected, and helping them achieve their vision for birth, whatever that may mean to them. Born in Mexico, she now lives in Johnston County with her husband and two children. She admires Frida Khalo because she is an inspirational and empowered woman. When she has free time, she loves to read, do her make-up, work on DIY projects, snuggle her children, dance, laugh, and go with the flow of life. Read more about Aleyda's training and experience here.
Aleyda (Doula de Parto) entrenada por DONA International y una Interprete/traductora de español.
Tiene una licenciatura en Ciencias Aplicadas como una Interprete Comunitaria de español. Se convirtió en una doula después de dar a luz a sus propios hijos. A Aleyda le apasiona ayudar a las familias sentirse poderosas y respetadas, y le gusta ayudarles obtener su visión de parto, sea lo que eso signifique para la familia. Nacida en México, vive ahora en el condado de Johnston con su esposo e hija e hijo. Ella admira a Frida Khalo por que es una mujer edificante y libre de pensar y actuar. Cuando tiene tiempo libre, ella ama leer, hacer su maquillaje, hacer proyectos de mano, acurrucar a sus niños, bailar, reír, e ir con la corriente de la vida.
Vanessa (Birth Doula) is a DONA International trained birth doula.
She believes in empowering birth experiences for all parties involved, supporting families of all shapes, sizes, colors, and identities. Vanessa believes in supporting her clients through nurturing comfort and working through honest and direct communication so as to advocate for families before, during, and after labor. Endlessly curious and passionate about birth, parenthood, and children, she is constantly looking for new ways to support families, as both needs and identities shift and evolve. Originally from Miami, FL, Vanessa lives in Durham with her husband, Tom, her son, Jackson, and her dog, Moe where you can find her in the kitchen, with her nose in a book, or outside. The only thing better than the coffee she makes, is her brownies. Vanessa is also fluent in Spanish and French languages, as well as conversational in Haitian creole.
Lorraine Rocco, IBCLC (Lactation and Infant Feeding) is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Registered Nurse
Lorraine has extensive experience assisting families during the childbearing year in various settings. She is thrilled to be working with Emerald Doulas and supporting families in this community. Lorraine aims to be of service to new parents and understands that the true expert on how to approach any challenge during this phase is you! She is here to simply advocate, guide, help you uncover your own answers and provide information as needed. When she is not being of service, Lorraine enjoys spending time with her own family and friends at home or in the outdoors. She likes to sing and garden and is a very lazy, s l o w knitter.
Jody Mitchell, BA, IBCLC (Lactation and Infant Feeding and Postpartum Doula) is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Postpartum Doula
She has a Bachelor of Arts in English. After challenges learning to nurse her first child, Jody felt compelled to help other parents struggling with nursing, and made a goal to become an IBCLC. One of her greatest passions is assisting parents with nursing and helping them to discover their own inner knowledge regarding the feeding and care of their infants. A DONA trained postpartum doula, Jody finds great joy in providing understanding and compassionate care to families during the 4th trimester. She celebrates diversity and enjoys learning about other cultures. She is married, has two boys, a dog and a cat. Besides her treasured family, other loves include; music, nature, reading and potato chips!