Melissa Chappell, aka “Raw Melissa”
Melissa is a childbirth educator and a DONA Certified Birth Doula Trainer who offers a handful of trainings each year to individuals who feel the “pull” to become a professional birth support person, aka Doula.
In her own words: “Hello! I’m a Certified Birth Doula and Birth Doula Trainer with DONA International. I’ve attended many births and taught hundreds of expectant couples in childbirth classes. I have also trained many, many beautiful woman to be birth doulas. Birth is a beautiful and powerful event in every woman’s life, no matter how she chooses to do it. My goal is to support “my moms” in every way I can, even if I wouldn’t necessarily make the same choices, because women are smart and intuitive and they know what’s best for themselves and their babes.”
Midwives College of Utah
Anyone who knows Kristi Ridd-Young would say that one of her passions in life is helping others have freedom of choice based on the understanding of all available alternatives. Since beginning her perinatal education career over 25 years ago, Kristi nurtures the innate strength and courage that lies within every individual throughout every stage of life. Instead of giving knowledge to you, she helps you find it within yourself. Kristi has a degree in public health administration, previously practiced as a midwife, is a certified childbirth educator and DONA-approved birth doula trainer.
She is currently the president of the Midwives College of Utah and an adjunct professor at Salt Lake Community College
Kristi has been mentored by many of the leading experts in the field of midwifery, but, most of all, she credits her own experience as a mother of six children, seven stepchildren and eleven grandchildren for much of the life-wisdom and knowledge she shares
The Nurturing Place is an appropriate name for her personal business which has educated more than 600 couples and over 700 doulas since its inception. She recently taught the first ever doula training in Kuwait. Several years ago, Kristi created a line of natural body care products at www.thebodybliss.com. The Belly Bliss products were developed especially with midwives and moms in mind. In her spare time (which is more sparse than it should be), she loves to read, practice yoga, hang out with her children who are great adult friends, and see the beauty of the world’s most curvy roads on a Harley
Kristi’s philosophy can best be summed up in her own words, “I am passionate about birth and the future of midwifery. It is my firm conviction that every woman should be able to birth with whomever and wherever she chooses while being fully supported in a protective cocoon of love, honor, and respect.”