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About Me


About Me
Hi, I'm Melissa Yates, the Kiwi Bird Doula.

I am a certified Birth Doula (ProDoula), professionally trained postpartum doula (DONA), and graduate of the InJoy Birth Doula Mentorship Program (7 month program). This extensive training has equipped me to support families in all areas related to pregnancy and birth...healthy pregnancy, labor & birth preparation and in-person support, Spinning Babies, postpartum planning (my favorite!), breastfeeding/bottle feeding, Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders, family adjustment, and much more.

I am a credentialed birth doula with the National Doula Network. I provide birth doula services for health plan members of United Healthcare Medicaid, Clear Health Alliance, and Florida Community Care. This means that YOUR INSURANCE PLAN PAYS FOR YOUR DOULA SUPPORT!  Yippee!!I live in Lake County Florida and serve families in Lake County and beyond.

Kiwi Bird Doula....I know, it's an unusual name. Click on the Kiwi Bird Story tab to learn a little about me and find out why I'm the Kiwi Bird Doula.  I know you're curious!

My Services


Birth Doula

As your birth doula, I provide educational, physical, and emotional support. We meet 2 or 3 times prenatally to prepare for labor and birth, and I'm available to you by phone/text/video chat. I come to your home to support you through early/active labor and move with you to your place of birthing to support you through baby's birth. I will come to you for one postpartum visit in the week or so after birth. We can discuss your birth, how you and the entire family are doing, and I'll help with household chores. Birth Doula fee: $750 (Discount available if you live near Tavares and are birthing at one of our local hospitals or birth center.) In the About Me section, you will see that I'm a National Doula Network Credentialed Doula. If you have United Healthcare Medicaid, Clear Health Alliance, or Florida Community Care, your insurance plan may pay for birth doula support.

Postpartum Doula

As your Postpartum Doula, I assist in the home, helping parents and other family members adjust to life with a new baby. I care for mom so that she can recover, relax, and enjoy her baby. As a mom of adopted children, I know that adopting parents can benefit from a postpartum doula as well. In whatever way a new baby enters your world, I would love to be a part of your parenting journey. Postpartum doula fees are between $16-$20 per hour, depending on travel time.

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Prepare for Postpartum Class

Bringing baby home is exciting and wonderful and HARD! Create a smoother transition into parenting by preparing for the postpartum period, also known as The 4th Trimester.

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Parent to Parent Support Group

Parent to Parent Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday mornings each month from 9-11am at the Lakeview Room of the Eustis Community Center. 601 Northshore Dr., Eustis, FL 32726 This group was formed with the intention of helping to support families in the Golden Triangle Area of Eustis, Mount Dora, Tavares, and beyond. Whether expecting your first baby or already parenting, come and ask the tough questions, find the support you need, and enjoy socializing with other growing families. Indoor play area provided for babies and preschoolers. Snacks provided.

The Kiwi Bird Doula Story


Melissa Yates

A little about me....

I grew up in Illinois and met my hubby, Craig, in college. Craig is from New Zealand. After marrying, we moved to New Zealand, where we lived for 17 years. Craig and I have 3 adult children, two sons through international adoption and a daughter through In Vitro Fertilization. In 2005, we moved to Florida to be near some of my family. I am a former home schooling mom reinventing myself as a doula, and I love walking, swimming, and being involved with my church.

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