Founder & Owner, Certified Labor (Birth) Doula, Certified Postpartum Doula, Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Postpartum Placenta Specialist, Mother Roaster, Spinning Babies Trained
Welcome! I am so glad you are here.
I’m Melinda Britton, Owner and Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula at Doulas of Marquette. I have been a doula since 2010, serving Marquette and surrounding counties. After seeing firsthand the increased need for quality doula services, I created Doulas of Marquette in 2015. I am proud to note that Doulas of Marquette is the first collaborative doula group in the entire UP! My doula journey and business began when my daughter was one, and we welcomed two sons after her. Raising babies, along with a business all-in-one, has not been easy, but they are my “why”. They remind me daily of why the work we do as doulas is important and irreplaceable.
Prior to becoming a doula, I attended Northern Michigan University (Go Wildcats!) and graduated with a Bachelor of Electronic Journalism and Sociology. Through mentorship from the late Professors Ira Hutchison and Louise Bourgault, my focus started to turn to women, children, and mental health in my latter years at NMU. If I wasn’t a doula, I often say that I would be a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) specializing in maternal/paternal mental health, especially around the childbearing years. It’s a huge passion of mine – personally and professionally.
As the owner of Doulas of Marquette, I wear a lot of hats. While most days you can find me working behind the scenes doing a lot of administrative work, my truest passion is in supporting our clients, building relationships with the team at DOM, and pursuing continuing education. I love to learn, teach, and share resources with our community so that we not only help make birth and parenting better for each of our clients, but for our community as a whole.
When I’m not working, I can be found spending time with my husband, Phil, our children, Zemi, Kiah, and Aza, and the sweetest puppy ever, Lulu. As a family, we love exploring and living in the UP. Our favorite adventures are beach days at Mother Superior, fishing in inland lakes, and winter hikes in the woods. I also love sitting down with a cup of tea, enjoying some peace and quiet; if it’s around a fire and with a friend, even better.