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Melanin Milk was birthed by a passionate, progressive and experienced black doula & mom who believes every birthing person should have a fully-supported and empowering pregnancy and birth experience.
Families and birthing come in all types, sizes and colors. Breastfeeding is not just a "mom" thing and not all pregnant folks identify as a cisgender, heterosexual and female. Hence, the language used in our birth work and on this site will remain as inclusive as possible at all times. Birth is also a dad, partner, and family event, so we will work with anyone who wants support.
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Chardá Bell is a mom of a blended family with 2 birth & 3 bonus.
Certified Lactation Counselor and Educator, Full Spectrum Doula, Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Parent Educator and IBCLC exam candidate
NOT ACCEPTING NEW DOULA CLIENTS.
LACTATION + BIRTH PLANNING ONLY
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Dr. Shani Cooper, LAc, DACM is a Naval Veteran, Licensed Acupuncturist and Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She is also a Black female, mom, and doula! How can you not want to have all of your wellness sessions covered with this amazing woman?!
I go to her for keeping my body in good working order and as a stress reduction tool. I highly recommend her to anyone who is pregnant, trying to get pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant. She works wonders on moms in their fourth trimester looking for some holistic and alternative care methods to recover from birthing whether traumatic or not.
Not Currently Accepting New Clients
We have a la carte & package pricing, and offer sliding scale fee based discounts based on income for birth doula work. We are a Jennie Joseph National Perinatal Task Force designated Perinatal Safe Spot for Marginalized families. Black, Brown, LGBTQ+ are safe and welcome here!
Currently Not Accepting New Clients
Assisting families within three months after birth (known as the fourth trimester). Our job is to integrate this new tiny human into the family and help the family manage during this transition. We provide support, not only to the person who gave birth but to partners, siblings, and other family members. This period of time can come with many unexpected challenges and having someone around to provide support and guidance can be #worthit
Not Currently Accepting New Clients
Many parents ask, should I bring my children to the birth? If I do, who will watch them if things are too intense? Are they allowed to be at the hospital? What will they do? For parents that decide not to bring siblings to the birth, who will be able to drop what they are doing in order to watch them? A Sibling Doula can be the solution for your family. Many families, having a new baby are without trusted family members living locally or even a babysitter who is willing to be “on call” for an extended time while you have your new baby. We will stay with your child at the birth until new baby has arrived!
Consults can be booked here, like a birth doula for your chest/breastfeeding journey. We will assist you with your goals and help you evaluate them over time, like your favorite sister who breastfed 100 babies! Referrals made for clinical support as necessary, we recommend San Diego Breastfeeding Center.
Fertility & Family Planning Doula
The support of a fertility doula can help you with the holistic, emotional and informational support along your journey to conception. Whether, you’ve just begun trying, you’ve just received an negative fertility diagnosis, or are doing IUI or IVF. We can support you through preconception to postpartum. Give yourself and your baby the healthy start you both deserve. Preconception wellness packages are available for ongoing care. In addition, we provide guidance and support on family planning options.
We make pregnancy, birthing & chest/breastfeeding a relaxing and fun experience!
If you're looking for a doula training or lactation consultant, let's chat!
*I'm not accepting new birth or postpartum clients at this time.
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