MEET THE BIRTH JOURNEY TEAM
MEET MELISSA MAYO
Head Midwife, CPM, LDEM
I am a wife of 40 years to an amazing husband and the mother of two now-grown children born into the hands of midwives. The care I received with my babies influenced me to pursue birth work. I trained first as a childbirth educator, attended births as a doula, certified as a lactation consultant, and then became a midwife through the apprenticeship model in Alaska.
I’ve been involved with birth since 1981 and attended my first births as a student in '82, becoming a midwife soon after the state passed the law in '92 providing a midwifery board and an avenue to be a midwife in Alaska. I moved to Utah in 2001 and continue to enjoy serving families as a midwife now more than ever.
I savor the memories of being grandmother, mom, and midwife simultaneously at the births of my grandchildren. These were pinnacle experiences in my life that have fueled my passion to provide competent and compassionate care to those seeking guidance on their birth journey. I am honored to be a part of such a special time in your life and work to create a space that is peaceful and respectful. I believe that in a vast majority of cases, out of hospital birth provides the most comfortable environment for women to labor as well as the most gentle and safest welcome for baby.
To learn more about my experience or my services, feel free to contact me by email at or by phone at (801) 590-8980.
EXPERTISE & TRAINING
Melissa Mayo, LDEM, CPM
Like all Licensed Direct Entry Midwives I am a Certified Professional Midwife. Up to present time I have maintained all continuing education requirements to be licensed in Alaska and Utah which means holding certifications in:
Life Support for the Healthcare Professional
Group B Strep/Antibiotic Therapy
I practice with the core belief that pregnancy and birth are conditions of health and wellness, but strive to keep skills sharp to manage pregnancy and birth emergencies by participating in courses such as:
BEST Birth Emergency Skills Training
Biodynamic Resuscitation of the Newborn
Always being a fanatic for all things birth I became certified in but did not keep current as:
Lamaze Childbirth Educator
Birthing From Within instructor
Doula of North America
Lactation Consultant through a local hospital
Desirous of meeting the needs of women through their birth and breastfeeding journeys, I am proud to announce I am now certified as an IBCLC, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and enjoy using my training to nourish the breastfeeding relationship in those early moments and days after birth.
MEET OUR TEAM
Who can I expect to meet in my time at Birth Journey?
From the moment you walk in the door, helpful and friendly faces are here to take care of you and your whole family. During the course of your prenatal care you will meet the entire staff.
Ashleigh is a student midwife, currently studying at the Midwives College of Utah. She began working in the birth industry while living in Reno, Nevada, where she attended doula training before moving to Salt Lake City to begin school. She looks forward to providing compassionate and informed care for all mothers and families.
Nicole is our office manager and comes to us with experience in healthcare and office management. She brings great organizational skills to our office, which she learned partly by living in a tiny house with her husband and two dogs. She is new to the midwifery world but has profoundly enjoyed being a part of it thus far. She looks forward to meeting and learning more about this amazing community of influential woman and their families.
WE ARE NOW LICENSED!
Birth Journey Midwifery is now a State Licensed Birth Center!
This opens the door to increased insurance reimbursement for our clientele- a major concern for many who find themselves expecting a new baby. We desire to make midwifery care accessible and affordable to more and more families, and are proud to announce this big step.
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.