Melanie L. Kitchens
Childbirth Education Faculty
Services Offered: Breastfeeding Support, Childbirth Classes, Labor Support, Newborn Care Classes, Teen Support, Waterbirth Support
Certifications: Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Labor Doula
Location: Longview WA United States
I became a CAPPA certified Labor Doula and Childbirth Educator in 2009 as I saw a need for more support and education in my region. I was introduced to childbirth education by the single educator at our local hospital. She was interested in having more certified educators available to cover for her as needed. As this mentor has moved on to another position, I know find myself in her shoes. As a 20 year Home School veteran, I enjoy the opportunity to educate new mothers, fathers and grandparents as they learn about the birthing process. Birth education is a key component to a woman’s success in her birth and a life skill for her role as a mother. I also work as a private Labor Doula and have attended births in homes, midwifery clinics, and several different hospitals in my area. I am thrilled each time a new baby is brought into a family. I find birth work to be an extremely rewarding career. Childbirth Educator for PeaceHealth St. John’s hospital. Planning committee, Cowlitz Birth and Family Wellness Fair 2016. Several instructional volunteer positions. AA – 1990, Certified Childbirth Educator & Labor Doula 2009. Currently teaching Preparing for Delivery classes at local hospital. 30 years of education experience as a Home School Mother to 5 children along with teaching in public schools, junior college, and in several co-op and community settings. American Heart Association Instructor in Heartsaver Pediatric & Infant CPR/First Aid and Basic Life Saving (BLS).
CLD Certification Number: 2009-183, expires September 12, 2021
CCCE Certification Number: R08-2015154, expires September 12, 2021