Hypnobabies childbirth educator and DONA trained doula. The birth of her second child ignited her passion and has lead her to becoming qualified to help families and couples on their own journey into parenthood. She is an advocate for evidence based birth and strives to help others make informed choices for them and their families. Before The Birth Sisters came to be she graduated and worked in the field of Radiology for 7 years. She and her husband reside in American Fork Utah and have 3 beautiful boys. Melinda enjoys going on hikes with her boys, practicing yoga, reading birth/parenting books, and eating any kind of dark chocolate.
- DONA International 2014
- Utah Doula Association Fall Conference 2015
- Hypnobabies Instructor Certification 2016
- Perinatal Professionals Conference with Penny Simkin 2016
- Becoming Dad certified 2016
My passion for birth came after having the honor of supporting my sister in the birth of her second baby. It was the most peaceful and spiritual event I have witnessed. From this experience I learned that a woman’s body is extremely capable and amazing. It made me look forward to giving birth myself.
It wasn’t until after an amazing experience with the birth of my daughter, having both my husband and sister by my side, that I realized the significance of having continuous labor support for both the mother and her partner. I fell in love with the birth world and knew this is where I needed to share my talents and passions.
I believe when women know their options and have a support system they are empowered to make informed decisions that are best for her and her baby. I love being able to support my families in their own journey.
In 2014, I completed training with DONA International (Doulas of North America) to become certified doulas. Since then, I have received training in Hypnobabies, Hypnobirthing and Rebozo Techniques. I recently completed a 12 week Advanced Doula Training where I had the privilege of apprenticing with some of Utah’s most experienced doulas. I also had in depth training on various topics such as: High-risk pregnancies and Complications, how to recognize and support a survivor, VBACs (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), Multiples, and Breastfeeding classes taught by an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). Currently I am working to complete my ADT (Advanced Doula Training) Certification with the Midwifery College of Utah.
When I’m not supporting a mother and partner on their exciting birthing day I’m either enjoying my other passion doing hair as Stylist at Meraki House Salon or spending time with my cute little daughter and family.
Sherri Gunn, RN, IBCLC
An international board certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice in Farmington, Utah. She has been a registered nurse since 2002 with her specialty being Maternity and Neonatal Intensive care. She became a Lactation consultant in 2012 and consulted in the Utah Valley Regional medical center NICU, and now consults for the Lakeview hospital in Bountiful. She and her husband live in Farmington and enjoy being weekend farmers. She is the mother to 4 incredible children and having 2 csections and 2 vaginal births she has experienced it all. She breastfed all 4 of her children each with their own challenges. She is passionate about helping new mothers and babies find success on their own breastfeeding journey.