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Mesa Birth Founder

Melissa Gonzalez, LCCE, CD(DONA)

With many years of experience as a birth professional (and a mother!), Melissa Gonzalez, LCCE, CD(DONA) has a passion for all things birth and a talent for connecting with all different kinds of people. She loves to help parents learn everything they need to feel more confident and enjoy all the amazing changes that take place during the childbearing year.

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Melissa has been a DONA-certified labor doula since 2008, a Lamaze-certified childbirth educator since 2010, a certified placenta encapsulation specialist, and  a trained postpartum doula.  She is also a certified Happiest Baby on the Block educator and is trained in Hypnobirthing Support Techniques for Birth Professionals. She volunteers her time as Illinois State Representative for DONA International and is a member of the Board of Directors for Breastfeed Chicago.  In her free time (and often while attending one of her children's sporting events) she enjoys reading and knitting, seeing movies with her honey, and staying active with a combination of dog-walking, yoga, and swimming. 

Melissa worked as a marketing executive in the cable TV business in New York City before her children were born, and often uses her skill as a professional communicator when working with new parents and their care providers.

She lives in Lombard, Illinois, with her husband Michael and their two school-age boys. Everyone in her family loves babies.