Melanie Corrigan, maven of Turtle Moon Birth, is a mother and has been a doula since 1998. As a doula, she provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint and assistance in getting the information a woman needs to make empowered decisions through any reproductive experience. Lyla Moore, Turtle Moon Birth’s apprentice doula, is serving Turtle Moon Birth as back-up doula and/or ‘doula-in-a-pinch’ when Melanie is unavailable.
Both Melanie and Lyla bring the doula model of care to the full spectrum of pregnancy experiences. They not only lovingly care for women and their partners/families during the childbearing year, but also provide grounded, heart-centered support to honor abortion, miscarriage and stillbirth.
Doula Care with Turtle Moon Birth includes the wealth of Birthing From Within™ wisdom and processes as Melanie has been a Birthing From Within™ Mentor since 2002 and no longer teaches these classes.
Consulting & Concierge Services
for the childbearing year
Melanie provides in-depth consulting/concierge services for the childbearing year. With 15 years experience in the local birth community, Melanie is well-versed in what Sonoma County has to offer expecting parents.
Whether you are in a decision-making process regarding which birth place or provider to choose or which class to take for labor and birth preparation, Melanie can guide you in making choices that reflect your authentic self. Along with her consulting & concierge service, she offers mindful support, practical wisdom and food for the soul.
It is Melanie’s heart-felt intention that all couples who hire her for consultation & concierge services will not only be guided to services that meet their needs, but also deepen their connection and form a strong team that works well in labor and beyond. She uses a variety of modalities to help moms and their partners explore their beliefs, their stories and uncover their innate wisdom in making heart-centered & embodied choices for their childbearing year.
Massage for Mothers
Prenatal, Labor & Postpartum
Massage through Turtle Moon Birth is informed by Melanie’s felt-sense as a woman, a mother and almost two decades of supporting and loving women and their families through the transformation of the childbearing year.
Her intuitive touch and grounded presence alleviate the aches & discomforts of pregnancy for women whose pregnant bodies are doing the profound work of gestating another human. Labor massage calmly facilitates the needed hormones and eases muscular tension, helping to decrease the intense sensations of labor and surrender to the process. Postpartum massage helps address muscle tension & pain held over from labor and birth, upper back issues from breastfeeding and speeds all around recovery from birth.
Melanie also offers massage to encourage labor for those at their 40 week mark or beyond and facing potential induction or loss of a home birth option. Cesarean recovery massage is an option she will be offering by 2019.
Meet Melanie Corrigan
Birthing From Within™ Mentor & Educator • Certified Doula
Sebastopol / Santa Rosa
Melanie fell in love with supporting women and their partners after her first doula training in 1998. With guidance of open-hearted midwives, she developed her philosophy and skills in tending families during birth. Inspired by midwifery and her study of human potential, she quickly developed a passion for mentoring expectant parents during their childbearing year. This passion was further solidified when she met and trained with Pam England, author and creator of the birth preparation method Birthing From Within™.
Melanie’s graduate education, an adjunct program of the World Indigenous Science Network, began a passionate inquiry within her: how does an individual take on the necessary healing in our disconnected, western culture? An industrial culture with profound imbalance that worships the intellect and fierce independence over interdependence and the wisdom of the heart. She found, in conversations with tribal elders about western culture, the dialogue would inevitably include not only these aspects of disconnection, but also the enormous impact of forgetting ancestral wisdom . . .