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Meet Melissa Colatosti of Your Voyage Birth Services

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa Colatosti.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
After learning so much about birth options during my own birth and breastfeeding journeys I felt lead to help other moms to feel as supported to find their own path. I looked at all of the ways that women can get support during the childbearing year and quickly realized that being a labor doula and breastfeeding counselor was the best fit for me. I trained through Childbirth International and began to reach out to other doulas in the Atlanta area so that I could learn from them. It did not take long for me to feel right at home during all types of births from natural homebirths to medicated hospital births and everything in between. Later I added being a postpartum doula to my services because I recognized how important it is for moms to have that continuity of care during the entire pregnancy experience. In August 2017 I will also begin offering childbirth education classes to help women and their partners learn even more about the choices that they have about their bodies and their babies during pregnancy and birth.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The process of learning how to run a business while learning to be a doula and breastfeeding counselor has not always been easy. I have been very fortunate to have several friends that have gone before me. They have been happy to share their experiences with me to help me learn from their mistakes and successes.

Please tell us about Your Voyage Birth Services.
I offer individualized support for women and their partners during pregnancy, birth, and beyond. I do not promote any specific methods of birth, infant feeding, or parenting nor am I a medical provider. I am someone that helps and encourages parents to seek out evidence based information and ask questions to make informed decisions that are best for their unique circumstances and desires. I am a cheerleader, a shoulder to cry on, a source for information, a listening ear, a masseuse, a friend experienced in all things “birth”, the nonjudgmental support you wish your sister, mom, or mother in law would be, etc. In short, I bring “the village” back to the childbearing year. I feel very committed to keeping in touch with mom’s long term to make sure that they never feel like they are going through their parenting journey alone.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I started over I would have started sooner. For several years I wanted to begin this work but felt that I could not because I have young kids. Now I see that with the right family and friend support it is possible to fulfill your passion no matter your circumstances.

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