Holistic Midwifery Care
for birth at home or at the birth center
Every woman deserves to be respected, supported, educated and cared for during the birth of her children.
Pregnancy and birth are an amazing and special time in your life. One that you get to experience only a few times ever. As your midwife, I want to walk with you in this journey, and help you have the best possible experience by providing clear informed choice. I provide complete compassionate care throughout your pregnancy, birth, and during the postpartum period for your family. In addition, I provide preconception, breastfeeding and well woman care. Serving home birth families in the greater Santa Clara County and south to San Benito County, as well as families at Casa Natal.
My name is Melissa Dean and I began my career in the field of birth work as a doula in 1997, with the birth of my best friend's daughter. After that, I realized that I wanted to make this my career. After serving hundreds of families for 10 years, I realized that I wanted to be able to make more of a difference. I chose to go to midwifery school, attending National Midiwfery Institute, and working in a traditional apprenticeship program. During my apprenticeship I had the privilege to learn from Veronica Wagner, Lin Lee and several other very experienced and respected local midwives. I am licensed by the State of California Medical Board, and certified with the North American Registry of Midwives. I have witnessed the miracle of birth in many ways throughout my career, and feel that every woman is entitled to birth the way that she finds best. And, that birth outside the hospital is a beautiful and safe option for low risk women.
When you choose care with a midwife, you will receive hour long prenatal visits each month, following the midwifery model of care. Which includes monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle. Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support. Midwifery care is uniquely nurturing, hands-on care before, during, and after birth. Midwives are health care professionals specializing in pregnancy and childbirth who develop a trusting relationship with their clients, which results in confident, supported labor and birth.
I am very happily married, and have four wonderful blessings in my life that are my children. They range in age from 17 to 26. In addition to supporting families with their birth, I enjoy traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.