Hillary A. Melchiors PhD, MPH, CD(DONA), LCCE
Hillary A. Melchiors PhD, MPH, CD(DONA), LCCE is an anthropologist, birth doula, and childbirth educator who lives in Newburgh, IN with her partner & two children. She holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology and a Master’s in Public Health from Case Western Reserve University, and has been working as a doula and childbirth educator since 2014. She is a current member of the DONA Advocacy Committee, and manager at Doula Group of Evansville where she and 10 other doulas serve clients in Southwest Indiana, Northern Kentucky, & Southeast Illinois.
Hillary helped found The Birth Geeks, a podcast by and for childbirth professionals as well as the Southwest Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition. She is a frequent book reviewer for both the DONA & Lamaze blogs, and has several other forthcoming publications including a chapter titled “Doulas as Witnesses to Obstetric Violence” in the edited volume Obstetric Violence (2022 edited by A.N. Casteneda & J.J. Searcy). She has presented research and professional experiences at multiple local and national conferences, as well as being featured in multiple local newspaper articles, local television appearances, and one national television debut on TLC’s 1000 Pound Sisters.
Hillary’s academic expertise, doula experience serving families, passion for pushing the doula profession forward, and experience in non-profit service are the things she is most proud of, besides her two beautiful kids and adorable dog Buzz.