Melinda Martin-Burgess
  Hi! What shall we call you?   Melinda…my best Moons call me Moon.   Where are you from, and how did you make your way to where you are now?   I’m from right here! It has always felt right to be here so I never left and don’t think I ever will.
  What do you do that you love?   I have finally found what I love to do! I am a Doula. The greatest thing about that is I get to spend time with powerful, beautiful, amazing women and watch them become mamas! I love knowing that because my journey as a Doula is just beginning that I get to dedicate my life to this passion. I can’t wait to learn as much as I can about the magic of pregnancy and birth and most importantly be an advocate for women and families.          What inspires you to get up in the morning?   Mr. Alder Elliot Supermoon.  This face is the coolest thing to wake up to its hard to resist no matter the time or the amount of wine consumed the night before…
  How and where do you find inspiration throughout your day, and what has that inspiration compelled you to do in your life?    I find most my inspiration these days comes from within myself. I have family to live for. My happiness makes them happy we are a team and I need to be my best me to make life awesome! If that’s what I need to do ill do anything it takes!   What challenges have you met in chasing that inspiration?   The first time I looked at this the answer was time. This time it is balance. Finding the perfect balanced equation on family time, work time, and me time is so difficult. Most the time sacrifice is made in the me time department, which has been a hard adjustment to make, and includes some very important people. For that I am sad and I hope to soon find a more balanced life.   Who do you have a girl crush on (you don’t have to know her, she doesn’t even have to be alive)?   Pregnant woman…so natural so beautiful. 
  If you had the opportunity to ask her anything, what would it be?   What are your fears?   Who/what is your “spirit animal” (who or what exhibits characteristics you would like to embody? This could reflect the person you are today, or the person you might hope to grow into).   I’m definitely a mama bear probably a brown bear but I would be a nice bear I’d spend most of my time relaxing by a stream in the wildflower fields with my cubs or catching salmon with my husband bear.    What’s a fantastic piece of advice you have been given in your life, and who gave it to you?   Sweet husband always says…”sometimes you have to eat a s@!% sandwich but when you do just take big bites” This always makes me smile, take a deep breath (hopefully not of the s@!% ) and face the challenge!
  What book have you read in the last year that you love?   Birthing From Within by Pam England -best birth book ever! I would love to  WILL become a birthing from within mentor someday!  UPDATE ALERT. I did it. I’m doing it. In March I will be traveling to the beautiful Vancouver B.C. to attend a training to become a Birthing From Within Mentor. It feels really good to follow this dream and it’s really not that hard to do. It makes me think that when the decision is a hard one to make it might not be the right one because when you know, YOU KNOW!   Who is the person in your life that helps fuel love and creativity, and how does he or she do so?   I think that it’s just deeply rooted in my soul from that sweet mother earth mama of mine.   What do you have in your pockets right now?  My cell phone (I’m on call for a birth), a few cheerios I picked up off the floor, a bobby pin, a cork and a grocery list/crafting day supply list.   What do you love most about being a woman?   HOLY COW! So much…I’m going to have to go with the Uterus.  IT IS AMAZNG and strong and it should be bragged about!
  What challenges have you encountered in your life that are linked to your gender?   No man will ever truly understand the pain of childbirth/mothering and why we are so strong!   Do you consider yourself a feminist, and how do you define what that means?   I suppose so…Part of my role as a doula is to give support and be an advocate for women. I hold this commitment deep in my heart and will do anything to help women have their voices heard and feel strength in doing that. I don’t really need that label though to each their own. Peace is my path.   Do you have a website or blog that you would like to share?   Yes I do thanks for asking. Mamamoondoula.com please tell all your soon to be mama friends.   Tell me something pretty. A quote, a lyric, whatever it is that inspires you.   Relax. Breathe. Feel the earth beneath you. Do nothing extra.
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