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Melanie’s Story

I fell in love with Birth while having my own babies. 4 in 5 years. Each of their births were different, transformative, important. I learned a lot about myself while birthing my kiddos: 1) that I was stronger than I ever imagined; 2) that my body was full of magic; and 3) that my whole purpose in life was to support other people through this highly intense experience. My budding career in fashion and art flew out the window and while raising my rapidly growing family, I trained to become a Certified Childbirth Educator, Lactation Counselor, and Certified Professional Birth Doula.

 

I began teaching A Brighter Birth CBE classes out of my living room in 2008, with my 3rd baby sprawled across my lap or strapped to my back. After my 4th was born in 2009, I decided to put my Doula Certification to work and started attending births. Since then, I’ve attended close to 300 births, taught near 2000 families and have counseled many, many women with breastfeeding challenges. I’ve also facilitated CenteringPregnancy prenatal appointments alongside Midwives and Obstetricians, further allowing me insight and understanding of birth in a hospital setting.

 

As a Mother to 4 of my own, and within a blended family of 8, I understand what new and seasoned parents want in pregnancy, labor, birth and beyond. Meeting people where they are is one of my gifts, but respecting their individuality and finding what they truly need to feel safe while giving birth is my mission. I want every person I work with to LOVE their birth experience.

I trust the physiology of labor and birth… I trust women.

“Melanie was born to be a doula. She’s incredibly intelligent, patient, strong, and a fantastic listener. With just a few short questions, she was able to grasp the type of birth experience we wanted, never impeding with judgement or alternate beliefs. She knew when to be strong; she knew when to be gentle; she knew when to step back, and; she knew when to step forward – all without instruction, allowing me to labor. I cannot promise future clients that she can provide you with the exact labor experience you want (no one can!), but I can promise, without hesitation, that you will be SO grateful Melanie Headley was in the room while you were laboring your child into the world.” Doula client

“Melanie was born to be a doula. She’s incredibly intelligent, patient, strong, and a fantastic listener. With just a few short questions, she was able to grasp the type of birth experience we wanted, never impeding with judgement or alternate beliefs. She knew when to be strong; she knew when to be gentle; she knew when to step back, and; she knew when to step forward – all without instruction, allowing me to labor. I cannot promise future clients that she can provide you with the exact labor experience you want (no one can!), but I can promise, without hesitation, that you will be SO grateful Melanie Headley was in the room while you were laboring your child into the world.” Doula client

Childbirth Education

Special Treat For ABB Birth Doula Clients -> Take 10% off all Classes!

A Brighter Birth Childbirth Education is based on the age old concept that Birth is Normal. We promote and endorse the idea of women’s bodies working naturally, intelligently and efficiently while understanding that every birth is different. Our resounding message is, “Birth is a Mystery until your baby lands on your chest”. We want to help you uncover the facts and prepare you for anything.

 

We firmly believe that an empowered birthing experience comes from being an active participant. Loving your birth is rooted in how you were made to feel on that day- was your voice heard? Were you in control of your body? Was your permission given for anything done to you or your baby? Was your partner included in each and every conversation? Were you supported every step of the way? Did you feel safe? The ABB method focuses on partner support, choosing the right birth team for you and building skill with tools and wisdom to enhance your experience and to feel as ready as you possibly can to bring your baby earthside.

“Before she even introduced herself, I knew Melanie was exactly the doula we needed. She carries with her both a grounded presence and divine connection that empowers the entrance of new life. Her fearlessness and sincerity present themselves in a manner which allowed my husband and I to experience victory and healing through a natural vbac, after a previous c section and infant loss. Melanie is dynamic in that she balances the spectrum of leadership and servanthood, attuning to your family’s needs at any given moment. I left my first meeting with her with the realization that her immense skill would fuel our highest good. With full confidence, I recommend Melanie Headley.” Doula Client/Student

“Before she even introduced herself, I knew Melanie was exactly the doula we needed. She carries with her both a grounded presence and divine connection that empowers the entrance of new life. Her fearlessness and sincerity present themselves in a manner which allowed my husband and I to experience victory and healing through a natural vbac, after a previous c section and infant loss. Melanie is dynamic in that she balances the spectrum of leadership and servanthood, attuning to your family’s needs at any given moment. I left my first meeting with her with the realization that her immense skill would fuel our highest good. With full confidence, I recommend Melanie Headley.” Doula Client/Student

The 4 Week Series $265:
  • 12 hours of Childbirth Ed, broken down into 3 hour classes over the course of 4 weeks
  • Thursday evenings 6-9pm
  • Sunday afternoons 2-5pm
  • Recommended for First Time Parents and VBAC Families, but not limited to
  • A fun, interactive, relaxed way of learning. Using multiple sensory techniques to engage the learner, the way YOU need to grasp the information #abrighterbirthcbe
  • Real Birth Stories- ABB alumni share their own birth experiences
  • This class focuses on the Physiology of Birth, the Why’s, What’s, How’s, When’s of Labor, Using your 5 Senses Wisely, the Hormonal Structure of- Labor, Birth, Breastfeeding, and the Postpartum Phase, Comfort Measures, Coping Techniques, Patterned Breathing, Counter Pressure, Labor Positions, Acupressure for the Laboring Woman, the Partner’s Role, the Doula’s Role and How to be your own Advocate. Common Interventions- how to avoid them, what to try instead, and when they become medically necessary. Preparing to Breastfeed, the Latch, the “Schedule”, the Normal Challenges of Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding Support. The First Week at Home with your Baby, your Partner and your “New Normal”.
  • Access to a well honed list of local RVA Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding Resources
  • Packet of ABB Educational Materials Provided
  • $265 per couple

A Brighter Birth Wham Bam Workshop $150:
  • A One Day Workshop, 4 hours long from 1-5pm
  • A very condensed version of the 4 week series
  • Recommended for families who have experienced a birth before, but not limited to
  • This class will prepare you for What to Expect in your Birthing Location and How to Use the Acronym B.R.A.I.N to Help you Make Decisions. Choosing your Birth Team Wisely, Coping Techniques and Comfort Measures, Labor Positions, Hands On Counter Pressure/Acupressure for the Laboring Woman, and How to Prepare for Breastfeeding Success and the Postpartum Phase
  • Access to a well honed list of local RVA Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding Resources
  • Packet of ABB Educational Materials Provided
  • $150 per couple

Private ABB Classes $195:
  • Either Childbirth Ed or Breastfeeding Classes in the comfort of your own home or in ABB’s centrally located office
  • 3 hours long, date and time TBD by YOU
  • Access to a well honed list of local RVA Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding Resources
  • A packet of ABB Educational Material Provided
  • $195 per couple

A Brighter Breastfeeding Experience $125:
  • A One Day Workshop, 3 hours long
  • Learn the Ins and Outs of Breastfeeding from ABB’s Certified Lactation Educator, Sarah Cole and Certified Lactation Counselor, Hunter Moore
  • Topics like: Supporting your Baby’s Instincts, Milk Composition, Working on your Latch- that first time, and every time after, Avoiding Sabotage, How Do I Know My Baby is Getting Enough?, What is a Good Breastfeeding Schedule?, What Positions Should I Use?, Why Does it Hurt?, What Does a Good Latch Look Like?, Learning your Baby, How Often Should I Feed My Baby?, How Can My Partner Help?, What is a Clogged Duct? Mastitis? Thrush? Cracked Nipple? Bruised Nipple? Bleb?, Breastfeeding in Public, Going Back to Work, Finding your Tribe, Supply and Demand, Safe Milk Storage and more…will be covered.
  • Access to a well honed list of Breastfeeding Support Resources
  • $125 per couple

Doula Services

A Doula is there for you. She prepares you prenatally through discussing nutrition, exercise and education. She helps build your confidence. She normalizes the process and the experience. She holds the space. By creating a calm environment with dim lighting, soft sounds, counter pressure and massage, you are more likely to labor well and efficiently. She brings you amazing, cold things that smell good. She shows your partner how to press on your back, your feet, your hands. She explains what is happening. She explains to your partner what is happening. She reminds you of your goals. She reminds you again. She encourages you. And your partner. She guides you, she listens, she believes in you.

Birth is a mystery until your baby lands on your chest.

Unfortunately, you can’t control how this day will take shape; how your body will respond to the hormones of labor, how you will react to your body’s way of working or even how your baby will cooperate with the labor you create…the only aspect of your birth that you can truly control and plan… is your Birth Team. The people who will hold you up, reassure you, support and care for you…a team that you trust, a team that YOU choose.

 

This decision is the most important one you will make around your birth experience. Partner, Birth Location, Medical Care Provider and Doula- this is what makes up your team. I believe in YOU, in your individual goals and desires around this special day. I work with you prenatally, through Birth Consults, Childbirth Education, Breastfeeding Education, Doula Visits, and more to prepare you for all of the mysteries that may unfold. There might not be a way to control your birth, but there are certainly choices you can make to ensure that the day your baby is born you are surrounded by safety, joy and trust. I want you to LOVE your birth.

Having a Doula present for your birth can…
∙ Offer you a Consistency of Care
∙ Lower Cesarean Section rates by 60%
∙ Heighten your likelihood of a Vaginal Birth
∙ Facilitate Early Bonding with your Baby
∙ Increase your Breastfeeding Success
∙ Decrease Postpartum Depression
∙ Enhance your Birth Experience

Birth is a mystery until your baby lands on your chest.

Unfortunately, you can’t control how this day will take shape; how your body will respond to the hormones of labor, how you will react to your body’s way of working or even how your baby will cooperate with the labor you create…the only aspect of your birth that you can truly control and plan… is your Birth Team. The people who will hold you up, reassure you, support and care for you…a team that you trust, a team that YOU choose.

 

This decision is the most important one you will make around your birth experience. Partner, Birth Location, Medical Care Provider and Doula- this is what makes up your team. I believe in YOU, in your individual goals and desires around this special day. I work with you prenatally, through Birth Consults, Childbirth Education, Breastfeeding Education, Doula Visits, and more to prepare you for all of the mysteries that may unfold. There might not be a way to control your birth, but there are certainly choices you can make to ensure that the day your baby is born you are surrounded by safety, joy and trust. I want you to LOVE your birth.

Having a Doula present for your birth can…
∙ Offer you a Consistency of Care
∙ Lower Cesarean Section rates by 60%
∙ Heighten your likelihood of a Vaginal Birth
∙ Facilitate Early Bonding with your Baby
∙ Increase your Breastfeeding Success
∙ Decrease Postpartum Depression
∙ Enhance your Birth Experience

“We are so glad that we found Melanie and asked her to join our journey to and through birth. We first met Melanie when we interviewed her to be our doula. We found her real, approachable, non-judgmental, fun yet calm. Of course, Melanie is knowledgeable in all things birth – being a mother of four has certainly helped her with that. We were looking for a combination of smarts and the right personality; she was the perfect match for us.” Doula Client/Student

“Melanie was a dream to work with! Having taken her birth class, my husband and I felt incredibly comfortable with her. She was available to us at any point, and was at the hospital in what felt like no time when we needed her. Having Melanie as part of our support system definitely played a pivotal role in helping us have the amazing birth experience that we did.” Doula Client/Student

I have helped nearly 2000 families on their own journeys into parenthood, each of their stories have shaped my unique outlook on birth.

I became a doula because I know how important it is to feel safe when bringing your baby into the world. And what it takes to feel comfortable in the most vulnerable + powerful time of your life. I also know the magic that is birth and attending one is always an incredible honor- one that I take extremely seriously. I work hard for you to have the experience that you hope for, while preparing you and your partner for whatever twists and turns there may be.

 

Partner supported birth is at the core of my belief system, therefore, my role is NOT to take over for your partner, rather to enhance their ability to care for you. Facilitating that relationship is an integral piece of my work as a doula. In fact, I have been told that my presence at a birth has been a greater relief to the partner, taking the brunt of “labor Coach” off of their shoulders and enabling them to do what they do best, and what they are truly needed for in labor— to Love their laboring partner through it.

“Melanie was meant do exactly what she is doing – mentoring and educating people on the full birthing experience. And she does so with the warmest heart and unparalleled grace.” Doula client

Doula Package $1100:
  • Free consultation by phone or in person to see if we’re a good fit.
  • Signing of contract/half the Doula fee is due
  • Two prenatal visits. The 1st is a group appointment with my Doula Partners, held in the ABB office every 1st Tuesday of the month from 7:30-8:30pm, usually around your 34th week pregnant. The 2nd meeting is typically in your home, or an agreed upon location around your 37th week pregnant. The 2nd half of the fee is due at this appt. During these visits we’ll get to know each other better and simply, talk birth. I want you to go into your birth feeling confident and ready, we’ll figure out together what that means for you. We’ll discuss birth options and your vision. We can also work on labor positions, pertinent topics to your pregnancy, fear release, and comfort measures—the goal being to fill your “tool box” with different comfort items for you in labor, creating that confidence and fostering the belief that you can do anything.
  • A fine tuned, hand crafted list of local resources offering ALL kinds of services pertinent to pregnancy, labor, birth, breastfeeding and beyond.
  • A Lending Library of books, articles, A Brighter Birth handouts/lists, videos and more…
  • I am on call for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until you give birth to your baby. I want to hear from you with all the “is this normal?’s” and the “is this it?’s” That’s what I m here for. I want to hear about each of your 3rd trimester prenatal appts, screenings, ultrasounds. I want to hear when you’re 41 weeks pregnant and OVER IT. Seriously, call me, we’ll chat. I’m also available for phone calls/further consults or lactation appointments after your baby is born.
  • I’m also trained in Acupressure for labor, anxiety, strengthening contractions, pain relief, and pushing.
  • One postpartum visit in your home, typically 3-7 days after the birth. We will process the birth together, swoon over your precious baby, work on breastfeeding, discuss new baby care and I will make sure you have all the resources you need to succeed as a new parent/family.

Lactation Counseling

In Home Lactation Counseling $75:

I hold a CLC, Certified Lactation Counselor certification, from The Healthy Children’s Project. I exclusively practice by making home visits. In your space, on your time. I’m a stickler for brand new parents lying in, taking it easy at home, after their baby is born. So no rushing into my office, let me come to you.

 

Our appointments include an hour long counseling session in your own home, where you feel most comfortable, and where you will be nursing most often + a follow up consult phone call to see what’s working.

  • Whatever the challenge is that you’re experiencing, we’ll talk it through and come up with a plan together that fits your needs, and that is easy to implement.
  • Sore, cracked, bruised nipples? I will show you how to bring baby on to get the best latch, and how to sustain it. And talk about how to heal.
  • Going back to work? We can figure out a pumping schedule, and supply storing system.
  • Just need some reassurance that everything is working? I can help.
In Home Lactation Counseling $75:

I hold a CLC, Certified Lactation Counselor certification, from The Healthy Children’s Project. I exclusively practice by making home visits. In your space, on your time. I’m a stickler for brand new parents lying in, taking it easy at home, after their baby is born. So no rushing into my office, let me come to you.

 

Our appointments include an hour long counseling session in your own home, where you feel most comfortable, and where you will be nursing most often + a follow up consult phone call to see what’s working.

  • Whatever the challenge is that you’re experiencing, we’ll talk it through and come up with a plan together that fits your needs, and that is easy to implement.
  • Sore, cracked, bruised nipples? I will show you how to bring baby on to get the best latch, and how to sustain it. And talk about how to heal.
  • Going back to work? We can figure out a pumping schedule, and supply storing system.
  • Just need some reassurance that everything is working? I can help.

“I had a very difficult time breastfeeding. I honestly believe that I would not still be nursing today without her support and guidance. She empowered me to keep going and was available whenever I needed her in those first few weeks to listen, provide support and offer advice. Melanie is knowledgeable, compassionate, and caring. I cannot recommend her highly enough.” Doula/lactation client

Birth Consulting

Birth Consultations $50:

Are you pregnant? Congratulations! Welcome to an entire underground world that has been growing and expanding, shifting and evolving, waiting for you. The world of birth can be overwhelming. There’s a lot. Hospital or home? Doc or Midwife, or both? Doula? What classes will you take? Induction? Epidural? Hydrotherapy? Breast, bottle or both? What are you reading? Are you exercising? How is your diet? What is your postpartum plan? What will you do with your placenta? Do you plan to pump at work?…..Aaaarrrrggghhhh! (Where’s that face smacking emoji?) Let us help. Sit down OR pick up the phone with one of the Collective’s Professional Birth Doulas to help you find the answers to all these questions and more. You’ll receive a personalized checklist to get you started + TONS of RVA local resources to maintain your birth flow and help make that impending birthday a little easier.

“Melanie Headley is an angel. My wife and I believe that not as a comparison, but as an absolute truth. Melanie has so much love in her heart, and the unique ability to express that love through her caring work. Speaking from the perspective of the husband throughout the pregnancy and into the actual birth, I can say with absolute certainty that the entire process was not only “easier”, but illuminating because of Melanie’s work in the class and in the hospital. Her presence is always calming, reassuring, nurturing and positive. We feel so blessed to have had Melanie’s presence, both physical and spiritual, with all of us in the room when our daughter was born. She made friends for life with all three of us because of the angel that she is, and the way she lives her work. We would strongly endorse Melanie’s Brighter Birth class, as well as her doula expertise to any family focused on having a meaningful birthing experience.” Doula Client Partner/Student

“Melanie Headley is an angel. My wife and I believe that not as a comparison, but as an absolute truth. Melanie has so much love in her heart, and the unique ability to express that love through her caring work. Speaking from the perspective of the husband throughout the pregnancy and into the actual birth, I can say with absolute certainty that the entire process was not only “easier”, but illuminating because of Melanie’s work in the class and in the hospital. Her presence is always calming, reassuring, nurturing and positive. We feel so blessed to have had Melanie’s presence, both physical and spiritual, with all of us in the room when our daughter was born. She made friends for life with all three of us because of the angel that she is, and the way she lives her work. We would strongly endorse Melanie’s Brighter Birth class, as well as her doula expertise to any family focused on having a meaningful birthing experience.” Doula Client Partner/Student

Meet The Collective

A Brighter Birth is a Collective of hand picked, heart curated local, women.

Owners of their own birth service oriented businesses with the same philosophy around supporting families from fertility to postpartum. We all work together, creating a safe and sacred one stop shop for women and families to meet all of their needs during their reproductive phases. Our focus is on our clients’ experience. Adapting our services to meet their needs, ultimately facilitating an empowering transition into parenthood.

 

Each of these local businesses are strongly endorsed by ABB. Look out for special deals and pricing when bundling some of these services together!

Melanie Headley

Owner/Operator of A Brighter Birth. Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator and Lactation Counselor for ABB. Mama to 4 little people, lover of food, art, music, fashion, yoga and ALL things birth. I stumbled across A Brighter Birth when I was pregnant with my first kiddo 15 years ago. It was the only out of hospital CBE class of it’s kind, taught by the fabulous Chris Dewilde. My partner and I utilized every.single.tool we learned during our 46 hour birth experience, helping us feel empowered and confident in making decisions and working together. I was honored to take the class over in 2008 and began teaching out of my own living room (hiding all of my family’s crap upstairs and sending my 4 babies out of the house every week!:)

Hunter Moore

Birth Doula/Childbirth Educator/Lactation Counselor for A Brighter Birth. Hunter Moore is a toLabor trained professional birth doula who calls Richmond home after almost 15 years here. Hunter is also a VCU alumni with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and years of experience in fashion and merchandising. It wasn’t until after the birth of her own daughter that she realized how support and empowerment from community could successfully impact the journey to motherhood. A quick career shift has allowed Hunter to settle beautifully into her true calling of supporting local mothers and families through educated and empowered birth. As a working mom herself Hunter finds such joy in applying her own life experiences to her life work now through birth work.

Hunter Moore

Birth Doula/Childbirth Educator/Lactation Counselor for A Brighter Birth. Hunter Moore is a toLabor trained professional birth doula who calls Richmond home after almost 15 years here. Hunter is also a VCU alumni with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and years of experience in fashion and merchandising. It wasn’t until after the birth of her own daughter that she realized how support and empowerment from community could successfully impact the journey to motherhood. A quick career shift has allowed Hunter to settle beautifully into her true calling of supporting local mothers and families through educated and empowered birth. As a working mom herself Hunter finds such joy in applying her own life experiences to her life work now through birth work.

Jheny Cubero

Birth Doula/Placenta Encapsulator for A Brighter Birth. Originally from Los Angeles, Richmond is now home. Jheny’s interest in Birth Work developed through her own pregnancy and birth 3 years ago. Her son, Bronco, was born with the support of her Partner, Brad, her Doula and Midwife. Experiencing birth from that perspective awakened a need to learn more. She found her way to The Farm, Ina May Gaskin’s longstanding birthing center/commune, to attend a training in Labor Support…and that’s all it took. Jheny decided to enter nursing school to eventually become a Midwife, which is where she is currently. ABB is lucky to have her on the team while pursuing this incredibly important journey to Midwifery. Jheny is directing her focus on Doula Support and Placenta Encapsulation now…but will be adding Lactation Support and Childbirth Education to her skill set this year. Jheny’s humble demeanor, quick wit and heart of gold shines through in all that she does.

Phone: 267-322-9073

Sarah Cole

Postpartum Doula/Breastfeeding Specialist/Educator for ABB. Mothering isn’t something we were ever meant to do alone.  From pregnancy to postpartum, Sarah is passionate about bringing back personal woman to woman supportive care. Sarah is a mother of 4 boys ranging in ages from toddler to tween and has spent nearly 7 years of her life breastfeeding.  With these boys as her first teachers, wise women as her mentors, and breastfeeding and postpartum doula training, Sarah provides non-judgemental, compassionate support to new families. In addition to being a CAPPA trained postpartum doula, Sarah is a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist and is currently pursuing her 200h yoga teacher training (Beloved Yoga), and labor doula (ToLabor) certificates.

Sarah Cole

Postpartum Doula/Breastfeeding Specialist/Educator for ABB. Mothering isn’t something we were ever meant to do alone.  From pregnancy to postpartum, Sarah is passionate about bringing back personal woman to woman supportive care. Sarah is a mother of 4 boys ranging in ages from toddler to tween and has spent nearly 7 years of her life breastfeeding.  With these boys as her first teachers, wise women as her mentors, and breastfeeding and postpartum doula training, Sarah provides non-judgemental, compassionate support to new families. In addition to being a CAPPA trained postpartum doula, Sarah is a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist and is currently pursuing her 200h yoga teacher training (Beloved Yoga), and labor doula (ToLabor) certificates.

Kate Thompson

Birth and Family Documentary photographer for A Brighter Birth who believes that life is about relationships. Listening to and getting to know her clients is essential to the creative process, and allows her to make honest photographs that broaden our emotional repertoire, encourage nostalgia, and show the importance of slowing down and being present. She’s inspired by the art that exists in genuine moments of connection between people and feels passionately about empowering families with photography that tells their story.

www.bettyclicker.com

Megan Baker

Massage Therapist for A Brighter Birth. Megan Baker holds a B.A. in Dance from Radford University and has been teaching ballet and modern techniques for ten years.  She is a graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington, D.C. and has been practicing bodywork since 2013. She is delighted to bridge the arts of dance and bodywork, using her experience with movement and teaching to practically address functional issues in the body.  By combining Swedish and Deep Tissue massage techniques with kinesiology and functional assessment, Megan contributes a client-centered experience that provides the individual with heightened body awareness, improved flexibility, greater range of motion, and mind-body balance.  Integrating elements of stretching, reflexology and myofascial release offers the client a well-rounded bodywork experience.  Megan is also certified in Prenatal Massage and highly recommends soft tissue work for the expectant mother!  She is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.

Megan Baker

Massage Therapist for A Brighter Birth. Megan Baker holds a B.A. in Dance from Radford University and has been teaching ballet and modern techniques for ten years.  She is a graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington, D.C. and has been practicing bodywork since 2013. She is delighted to bridge the arts of dance and bodywork, using her experience with movement and teaching to practically address functional issues in the body.  By combining Swedish and Deep Tissue massage techniques with kinesiology and functional assessment, Megan contributes a client-centered experience that provides the individual with heightened body awareness, improved flexibility, greater range of motion, and mind-body balance.  Integrating elements of stretching, reflexology and myofascial release offers the client a well-rounded bodywork experience.  Megan is also certified in Prenatal Massage and highly recommends soft tissue work for the expectant mother!  She is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.

Humble Haven

Yoga Partner with A Brighter Birth. This beautiful studio, located in the heart of the city, off of the historic Shockoe Slip, offers Prenatal, Restorative, Vinyasa, Hot Power and many more styles of yoga for the pregnant and non pregnant person.

Prenatal Class Description: 

For the expecting mother and those desiring to be mothers, this practice is a wonderful way to nurture your body – both to prepare to conceive or prepare for labor. These unique classes are specifically sequenced to offer a safe and effective practice designed to both strengthen and relax the body through a combination of breath and body movement and meditation. Within this class, you will find a safe, supportive community for mothers to share in this experience together.

Prenatal classes are unheated and 75 minutes. All women at any stage of pregnancy and those looking to conceive are welcome.

Instructors have specific prenatal training with an additional 85 hours of prenatal certification.

Kelly Sherman LAc, CHN

Acupuncturist, Holistic Nutritionist, Astro-Empowerer

Kelly’s road to becoming a natural medicine practitioner started in a similar fashion to that of many others- with various, seemingly unrelated issues effecting the body, mind, and spirit that the standard treatment of care was not effectively addressing…let alone healing!! Now, as an acupuncturist, her mission is to first and foremost empower her patients with the understanding and tools needed to regain their health- from the foundation, up! Through a combination of acupuncture and other traditional therapeutic modalities as well as nutritional and supplemental therapy in conjunction with seasonal lifestyle counseling, Kelly provides full-spectrum, holistic health care with a focus on digestive, reproductive, and mental health. Currently pursuing the Professional Training Certification in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage, she will soon be adding these therapies to her practice to even further focus her efforts on supporting women’s health- pre-natal to postpartum and beyond! True to her mission of fostering personal empowerment, you can also find her utilizing her favorite tool for cultivating self-awareness, Astrology, in both the class setting and personal one-on-one readings.

Kelly Sherman LAc, CHN

Acupuncturist, Holistic Nutritionist, Astro-Empowerer

Kelly’s road to becoming a natural medicine practitioner started in a similar fashion to that of many others- with various, seemingly unrelated issues effecting the body, mind, and spirit that the standard treatment of care was not effectively addressing…let alone healing!! Now, as an acupuncturist, her mission is to first and foremost empower her patients with the understanding and tools needed to regain their health- from the foundation, up! Through a combination of acupuncture and other traditional therapeutic modalities as well as nutritional and supplemental therapy in conjunction with seasonal lifestyle counseling, Kelly provides full-spectrum, holistic health care with a focus on digestive, reproductive, and mental health. Currently pursuing the Professional Training Certification in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage, she will soon be adding these therapies to her practice to even further focus her efforts on supporting women’s health- pre-natal to postpartum and beyond! True to her mission of fostering personal empowerment, you can also find her utilizing her favorite tool for cultivating self-awareness, Astrology, in both the class setting and personal one-on-one readings.

Luna Aesthetics & Spa

Aesthetics and Spa partner with ABB

(A Self-Care DREAM) Owner of Luna Aesthetics and Spa/Master Esthetician and Educator, Chelsea Martin has been an Esthetician since 2008. Over the years she has found that simply having a conversation about the skin and how it works, brings the best results. The skin is our largest organ and connected to every part of our body and she believes it should be treated that way. Chelsea has worked in every realm of skincare, from medical to plant-based and everywhere in between. In 2016, she started teaching Esthetics and started her own independent practice. In 2018, she opened Luna Aesthetics and Spa to create an environment that women could feel taken care of and safe while still providing completely customized and results-driven skincare. Working with women before, during, and after their pregnancies has become her passion. There are so many products out there and its important to know what is truly safe yet still effective to use during this time. Watching the skin change on the surface as the body changes internally is an exciting journey and she is grateful and excited to be a part of it with her clients.

Heather Tobey

Nutritionist for A Brighter Birth

Heather Tobey is a Richmond native, Virginia lover. She earned her Master’s of Science in Nutrition from Logan University and is the nutritionist of Wild Glow Nutrition. In her studies, she was drawn to women’s nutrition, particularly pertaining to eating disorders, hormone imbalances, prenatal care, and postpartum support. In her work, she supports women in all phases of their relationship with food, teaching them to love their bodies through healthful nourishment utilizing Intuitive Eating principles. Heather is passionate about walking alongside pregnant women to support their specific nutritional and supplemental needs, as well as the needs of the baby. Whether you are experiencing a healthy pregnancy or one with complications such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, or multiple births, Heather will be there to guide you through it all. Heather is currently working toward her hours to become a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) and a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN). When not working with clients, you may often find Heather running along the James River, adventuring with her dog Indy, cooking up beautiful meals with friends, or singing Avett Brother songs.

Heather Tobey

Nutritionist for A Brighter Birth

Heather Tobey is a Richmond native, Virginia lover. She earned her Master’s of Science in Nutrition from Logan University and is the nutritionist of Wild Glow Nutrition. In her studies, she was drawn to women’s nutrition, particularly pertaining to eating disorders, hormone imbalances, prenatal care, and postpartum support. In her work, she supports women in all phases of their relationship with food, teaching them to love their bodies through healthful nourishment utilizing Intuitive Eating principles. Heather is passionate about walking alongside pregnant women to support their specific nutritional and supplemental needs, as well as the needs of the baby. Whether you are experiencing a healthy pregnancy or one with complications such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, or multiple births, Heather will be there to guide you through it all. Heather is currently working toward her hours to become a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) and a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN). When not working with clients, you may often find Heather running along the James River, adventuring with her dog Indy, cooking up beautiful meals with friends, or singing Avett Brother songs.

Suzy Brockmann/Pan Natural Goods/Product Maker

Stemming from an overgrown hobby of formulating herbal remedies with what was growing in her backyard, Suzy has refined her homemade creations into a line of small batch self-care products known as Pan Natural Goods. Her company is continually evolving and now in her 5th year of business, Suzy is preparing to launch a full line of postpartum products for mother and baby inspired by her recent journey into motherhood. Using her knowledge of herbs and plant oils coupled with her personal experience of childbirth, Suzy has developed intentional products aimed to support new mothers and their babies. Suzy believes that through treating our bodies with what is offered from nature we are able to fully reap the benefits of our innate ability to self-heal. As a graduate of A Brighter Birth childbirth class, she is thrilled to be part of the collective and to be able to craft her goods within those same walls!

Classes | Events

Jan. / Feb. 

1 Day Workshop: $150/couple
1/19 from 1-5pm

4 week series: $265/couple
Thursday 4 week series
begins 1/10 – 1/31 6-9pm

 

Sunday 4 week series
begins 1/13 – 2/03 2-5pm

Feb. / Mar. 

1 Day Workshop: $150/couple
3/02 from 1-5pm

4 week series: $265/couple
Thursday 4 week series
begins 2/21 – 3/14 6-9pm

 

Sunday 4 week series
begins 2/24 – 3/17 2-5pm

 

Breastfeeding Course
Wednesday Feb. 20, Mar. 20
6-9pm

Apr. / May

1 Day Workshop: $150/couple
4/07 from 9am-1pm

5/11 from 1-5pm

4 week series: $265/couple
Thursday 4 week series
begins 4/11 – 5/02 6-9pm

 

Sunday 4 week series
begins 4/07 – 5/04 2-5pm
*no classes on Easter*

 

Breastfeeding Course
Wednesday April 17, May 15
6-9pm

Jun. / Jul.

1 Day Workshop:$150/couple

6/08 1-5pm

7/13 1-5pm

 

4 week series:$265/couple

Thursday 4 week series
begins 6/06-6/27 6-9pm and 7/18-8/08 6-9pm

Sunday 4 week series
begins 6/02-6/23 2-5pm and 7/21-8/11 2-5pm

 

Breastfeeding Course:

$125/couple

Wednesday Jun.19 & Jul. 20 6-9pm

Aug. / Sep.

1 Day Workshop:$150/couple

8/10 1-5pm

9/14 1-5pm

 

4 week series:$265/couple

Thursday 4 week series
begins 9/19-10/10 6-9pm

Sunday 4 week series
begins 9/22-10/13 2-5pm

 

Breastfeeding Course:

$125/couple
Wednesday Aug.21 & Sep. 18
6-9pm

Sep. / Oct.

1 Day Workshop:$150/couple

9/14 1-5pm

10/12 1-5pm

 

4 week series:$265/couple

Thursday 4 week series
begins 9/19-10/10 6-9pm

Sunday 4 week series
begins 9/22-10/13 2-5pm

 

Breastfeeding Course:

$125/couple
Wednesday Sep. 18 & Oct. 16
6-9p

Nov. / Dec. 

1 Day Workshop:$150/couple

11/9 1-5pm

12/14 1-5pm

 

3/4 week series:$265/couple

Thursday 3 week series
begins 11/7-11/21 6-9pm

Sunday 4 week series
begins 11/3-11/24 2-5pm

 

Breastfeeding Course:

$125/couple
Wednesday Nov. 20 & Dec. 18
6-9p

Melanie was meant to do exactly what she is doing – mentoring and educating people on the full birthing experience. And she does so with the warmest heart and unparalleled grace.” Doula client

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