DOULAS OF MARQUETTE’S STORY:
For years, Melinda Britton, Owner of Doulas of Marquette, was a solo doula through Birthed in Joy, Doula Services LLC. Through years of being on-call, working alone, and without having a strong support system, she came to realize that something needed to change. Marquette County families, and families throughout the entire Upper Peninsula needed a doula model that was sustainable. That her own family needed her to be present more, and that’s when things started to shift.
Melinda had always believed that every family needed the security that whoever came to their birth would know them, and had been part of their entire journey. She would come to discover a new, and better way to provide that support. A model where doulas work together in teams, all under the same umbrella, rather than the previous model which involved being separate with random backup doulas, or no backup doula at all.
In August of 2015, after over five years of Melinda being a solo doula, Doulas of Marquette LLC was born!
As strong and secure systems were put into place for families with the new team model, relationships with medical providers started to solidify too. Melinda is proud that her team has great working relationships with local care providers, and that many collaborations have come out of working respectfully with each doctor, nurse, and midwife. You can often hear Melinda saying that she “loves breaking the mold of old doula stereotypes” including doulas having an agenda, doulas supporting only certain types of birth, or doulas that undermine providers.
Melinda and the Doulas of Marquette team have raised the bar for not only doulas locally, but for what your family can expect from hiring a doula for your birth.
So now you know a little bit about the Doulas of Marquette story.
What about your story?
We would love the opportunity to hear about your story, and your desires for your pregnancy, birth, and early parenting. It will be a story you will tell again and again, so let’s make it a supported one!
Owner/Founder, ProDoula Certified Labor (Birth) Doula, ProDoula Certified Postpartum Placenta Specialist, ProDoula Certified Postpartum Doula, ProDoula Certified Childbirth Educator
Affiliated Doula, ProDoula Pre-Certified Labor (Birth) Doula, and Birth Consultant
Affiliated Doula, ProDoula Certified Labor (Birth) Doula, and Birth Consultant