Melissa’s earliest memory of delighting in the birth process was as a child visiting the Science Museum. She remembers watching videos, one of a mother dancing in her labor room, another surrounded by her young family, while another escaped into a birthing pool to focus inwardly. It was not until Melissa became a mother herself that she realized just how empowering the birth space can be.
Melissa & her husband, Matthew, live on the South Shore with their four children ranging from age 7-14. They enjoy doing life with their extended families, friends and church community.
A passion of Melissa's is photography. Over the past two decades photography has allowed her entrance into people’s lives. It was while photographing a friends birth experience, that she began thinking about how she could return to the birth space with practical tools to support laboring mothers.
As a doula, Melissa desires to bring calm and compassionate care to mothers while they experience one of the most intense yet miraculous mysteries of life.
From an early age, Rophe was drawn to birth work and the beauty of the experience. Rophe is passionate about advocating for couples and giving them the education they need to make informed decisions to take charge of their births. She believes strongly in the beauty and strength of a women's body and its intended design for birth.
When attending births, Rophe brings her experience of endurance sports into her work. The notion that our bodies are created for more hard and holy things than we often realize. Rophe finds purpose in supporting mothers in their journey to find strength and the ability to do hard things with dignity and peace
Pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding have always been a welcomed conversation. Through her own, and very different, children's births, Rophe's passion for helping mothers during this sacred experience find their voice and dignity was ignited.
Rophe has three children, she is an avid runner & triathlete. Her and her husband, Paul, have treasured their birth experiences and the balancing act that parenting brings into their worlds.