Hello, my name is Melissa, I am the owner and founder of As You Wish Midwifery.
There has been something inside of me that has loved birth and all things around it since I can truly remember. In kindergarten I told my teacher I wanted to be a “baby deliver doctor”. I grew up in California and spent most of my time on my dads families almond farm in Modesto. It brought me so much joy and it gave me my first awareness to all the things our Earth can supply. So much of that childhood core memory has now connected me to my loves for herbs, oils, and the holistic side of our bodies and its capabilities as we were created. I was a young momma and now have 10 homeschooled, sport loving, beautiful kiddos who are my entire world. Eight of my babes were birthed from my body and two are our amazing foster babies that we have adopted. I am married to the man of my dreams who stands by my side as I pursue my callings. I worked as a medic and labor and delivery nurse in LA, and became a doula during this time as my true love for birthing, pregnant, and postpartum women came bursting out of me! I felt at home but eventually figured out that my place wasn’t in fact in the hospital, it was just that, at HOME. Women are amazing and I truly feel we were never meant to do any of life alone.
As You Wish Midwifery is a business created and supported by women for women. The word midwife means “with woman”. A midwife is a trained health professional who helps healthy women during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and in the time after the birth of their babies called postpartum. Our midwives exclusively offer home birth with in office prenatal appointments and both in home and in office postpartum appointments. We cater to women’s health in both their mental and physical capacity with resources to guide our community in many other areas. Our goal is to have you consider us family by the time you bring your baby earthside because that's exactly how we feel once you walk into our office for that initial consultation. We want to be a place where you can walk in, kick off your shoes, exhale and share your pregnancy journey and plan for home birth with us. A place where you can laugh, cry, feel safe, and feel loved every item you see us. We want to assist and create your dream birth and guide it to unfold in whatever way your baby and body choose to come home together. Our goal is to give you and your family the attention and knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your pregnancy and your labor. We feel that you can’t know enough and be prepared enough for your big day. We believe in your body and what it was designed to do. We believe in the power of women and the strength of both our body and minds in which we have been gifted through our creation. We are so excited to work with you someday and if we sound like a good fit feel free to get in touch with us to schedule your initial free consultation. We can’t wait to meet you!
“There’s not enough good things I can say about Melissa! She was exactly who I needed at my birth. She listened to all my concerns, gave me space to allow my body to do what it needed to do while still knowing exactly when to lend a gentle touch or word of encouragement. Her passion for this work and helping mothers clearly shows. Thank you so much for being with me and helping me birth my baby.”
“Melissa’s energy at my homebirth was so calming and made me feel safe! 2nd baby but first homebirth so I was a little nervous. However, she took care of me and baby thru every step of the way allowing me to relax. This woman takes bedside manner to a whole another level. She also encapsulated my placenta, made art with it and made a cute heart with babies umbilical cord. This wonderful souls strength made moving me from tub to bedroom a walk in the park. I highly recommend Melissa to assist in your most empowering experience yet!”
“When I think about the way Melissa was present before, during and after the birth of our daughter at home, I remember how positive, supportive, knowledgeable, professional, respectful and prepared she was. My husband was especially relieved that she had a nursing background. I was especially struck by her confidence in me. Melissa may be a new midwife but she has a tremendous amount of experience in the birth world. I felt simultaneously cared for and empowered in her care. She is capable and full of love for birth. I’m grateful she was there to support us during our first homebirth!”
“Thinking about what to write and the first thought that comes to mind is how many characters am I allowed this may be long! During my prenatal visits I only met Melissa once and she was very personable! Once my water broke I was in communication with the team on and off for several hours! At the last check in of the night Melissa came with her warm and calming presence. We recorded the birth and as I watch the videos I’m in awe at how encouraging and motivating she was during the most difficult thing I’ve ever done! I would recommend her 10x over!!! Having her on your birth team means your little one will enter into such a beautiful space!”
“My birth experience with Melissa was incredible. She was encouraging, supportive, and listened to me. I felt comfortable with her from the moment I met her! She even helped and supported me through my quick hospital visit for stitches after giving birth. I loved having her at my birth!”
“After getting pregnant with my first child, I realized that I was absolutely terrified of giving birth to a human being. The world makes women think it is inevitably a terribly painful and traumatic experience. IT’S A LIE! I can honestly say that it was the most amazing experience of my life and I truly credit all of it to Melissa. She always made sure my worries were taken care of during my pregnancy and when it came time to deliver, she was at my side every step of the way. There’s no one else I trust more with mine and my baby’s health”
“Melissa is such a gem. I’ve been to births with Melissa attending as the midwife and some without her there. The ones she attends to are my favorite to experience when it comes to watching how the Mother is treated by her delivery community.
Melissa is full of such wonderful, spiritual ,and positive energy. It really is something so special to witness. The way she calmly talks to you through your contractions, the reassurance she gives you. The help she offers, the advice she gives, and the way she advocates for you is what every delivering mother deserves. She’s so good with the surrounding family and I will always be so grateful for the births I get to doula with Melissa as the midwife.”