Susan Desmarais


Susan Desmarais is a counselor who specializes in working with women and families who experience miscarriage, neonatal death, medical termination of pregnancy, and stillbirth. After Susan retired from working as a bereavement counselor, she chose to offer this specialty as it is dear to her heart.

Melissa Harding, RN
A Labor & Delivery, Postpartum RN for 10 years, childbirth educator for 7 years, and mother and baby yoga instructor for 2.5 years, Melissa first began supporting women during birth in the 1990s while obtaining her Sociology and Women’s Studies BA in North Carolina.  She later went on to complete nursing school in Oregon and moved to Martha's Vineyard in 2007.

Breastfeeding Cafe

Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am at the YMCA
In collaboration with the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, the YMCA will be hosting a weekly breastfeeding support group for mothers and expecting women who are interested in learning more about breastfeeding. Open to all community members.

Jan Saunders

Vineyard Community Midwives - Traditional Home Birth Midwifery Care & Doula Services

Jan Saunders, Traditional Independent Midwife, Doula, Pregnancy Massage Therapist, Healer & Infant Massage Instructor has had the privilege and honor to be involved, supporting families with their births, in one capacity or another for the majority of her adult life. She feels that it is a gift to be allowed to support women, in all their strength and beauty, and to participate and witness this sacred event we call birth. Currently, Jan works in private practice, as both Doula and Home Birth Midwife serving the community of Martha's Vineyard and considers herself very lucky to do so. She offers short term counseling (in person or via Skype) for those who seek healing after traumatic or difficult birth related experiences. In addition, she has a small massage and bodywork practice offering pre & perinatal massage, as well as energy healing/cranial sacral bodywork. For those seeking support who do not live on the Vineyard, she offers Pregnancy Coaching via phone or Skype.

Lila Fischer, CPM

Rosehip Midwifery Martha's Vineyard

Lila Fischer has served women and families on the Vineyard since 2010. She was trained at Maternidad La Luz Midwifery School in El Paso, Texas. She apprenticed with renowned Mexican midwife Angelina Martinez and Nantucket midwife Sybille Andersen. She then served at Mother Health International, Uganda. She opened her homebirth practice in 2014. Lila loves working with mothers and babies.