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Marcella DeRosa lives in Philadelphia with her husband and four children. Health and wellness are a big part of her life as she cares for her family and clients. The births of her children have deeply inspired her as a woman to play a nurturing role in the lives of other women in supporting them both emotionally and physically through the birth process.
It is her passion to help expectant families become better informed participants in their birth experience and journey into parenthood. At the heart of what she does is to support families toward their own ideal birth experience as well as decisions they make for their new family. Marcella's approach in supporting the many different expectant couples she works with is with compassion and non-judgemental care.
Marcella's Professional Developement Includes:
~Certified Birth Doula through Doulas of North America (DONA) International
~Trained Labor Doula through Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA).
~Trained in Placenta Encapsulation
~Certified Our Baby Class (OBC) Teacher/Mentor
~Familiar with Hypnobabies method of birthing
~Completed Brittany McCollum's Pelvic Bodywork and Rebozo Workshop for Birth Professionals
~Completed Marlene Baur Burke's Accupressure Workshop for Birth Professionals
~Completed Dancing for Birth Instructor Training
~Certificate in Bloode Born Pathogens for Doulas and Encapsulators with OSHA
~Pennsylvania Food Handlers Safety Course Certificate
Other than being professionally trained she draws from her knowledge and intuition from being a laboring woman and mother herself. She has had both medicated and unmedicated births as well as also have been cared for by both a doctor primarily and a midwife primarily, and have given birth in a traditional hospital setting, in a birthing suite as well as a homebirth.
She strives to give birthing people throughout pregnancy and childbirth the tools they need to empower themselves. As a doula she offers a calming presence to help suppress a moms anxieties and fears associated with childbirth. She offers informational tools such as suggested reading material, community resources and referrals to other professionals if needed to become a better informed family during the most important time in ones life.
"The whole point of a woman-centered birth is the knowledge that a woman is the birth power source. She may need and deserve, help, but in essence, she always had, currently has, and will have the power". -Heather McCue