Whether it’s your first or your fourth, every birth is unique. Having a doula present at your birth is the best way to help you and your partner achieve the most desirable birth outcome possible. Blessed Birth addresses each mother and pregnancy individually, developing a distinct birth plan and considering the intricate details that make every birth unique.
Before making a commitment, I meet with each family to understand their goals and desires around their birth experience. Once connected via phone/email, we will set up a mutually agreeable place to meet. This “get to know you” session is to ask any initial questions you may have and go over the contract.
After the initial meeting, Shannon will meet with you and your partner for an additional two sessions to go over your birth preferences plan, labor and pain management and desires, and comfort measures and relaxation techniques. She will provide materials on several topics for your information and referral.
Shannon will join you for your labor when you indicate the need for her. She will then support you continuously throughout your labor and birth, staying as long as you like, but generally at least one hour postpartum to assist with initial breastfeeding, new family care and bonding with your newborn.
A few weeks later, when you are settled in back at home, Shannon will visit one more time to talk about the labor and birth, as well as any thoughts, feelings, and feedback you would like to share. She will also follow-up with some postpartum questions and answer any of your questions about breastfeeding and newborn care.
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“Both my husband and I are so grateful to have had Shannon as our doula. This was our first child, and as such we had many ‘fears of the unknown’ and hope/expectations of help. Shannon was always amazing: always calm, yet straightforward. From explaining what the midwife was doing, giving updates to those in the waiting room, to pain management (definitely check out her TENS unit!), and physical support during contractions, she was awesome.”
“I don’t have enough words to describe Shannon and what she meant for us. When I was looking for a Doula to help me with my VBAC I didn’t know what to expect… Shannon is beyond any high expectations and I was truly blessed and lucky she was there for us. She has an amazing personality, she is super professional, very knowledgeable, organized and most importantly she makes you feel secure. Both my husband and I felt that we were in great hands, we didn’t know how we would have done without her. She was there for me 100%, guiding me and truly caring. I wish everyone could have someone like her by their side at birth.”
“I was so happy we were able to find Shannon! We found her services to be invaluable. She was amazing in all aspects. She never left my side and was able to help with pushing so my husband could concentrate on being there to support me since he wasn’t comfortable with being in the hospital. I couldn’t have imagined going through everything without her! I would highly recommend her to anyone!”
“For any husband who hasn’t been talked into the use of a Doula, I highly recommend Shannon. It made everything easier for my family.”
“In addition to being extremely easy to reach with questions before, she FAR surpassed my expectations of a doula on delivery day. She helped me labor at home for several hours minimizing the pain physically, encouraging different positions to move things along, providing a sense of calm and understanding that I found extremely helpful and supportive. ”
“My husband and I were blessed to have Shannon as our doula for the birth of our first child. She had a bag full of tricks that were super helpful in reducing labor pains. We chose Shannon to be our doula because upon meeting her we could immediately connect with her warm, open energy. She was calm in intense situations and always had useful advice or was there providing comfort. My husband said “he couldn’t have done it without Shannon, she was a great teammate and took good care of my wife and me.” Shannon is a wonderful Doula! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to any of my friends!”
“In addition to being extremely easy to reach with questions before, she FAR surpassed my expectations of a doula on delivery day. She helped me labor at home for several hours minimizing the pain physically, encouraging different positions to move things along, providing a sense of calm and understanding that I found extremely helpful and supportive.”
“I ended up having an emergency c-section as my son was in distress. I was scared as I could hear his heart rate dropping and the nurses were trying all different things to get it back up. Through that Shannon was a calming presence rubbing my forehead and talking me through it. I would never have another birth without Shannon by my side. Regardless of the difficult outcome, I loved my experience with her and would recommend her services to anyone.”
“Shannon was amazing! She made our dream birth possible. She was so calm and comforting throughout the entire experience. Her techniques and guidance made it possible for me to follow through with my natural birth. She was also so great with answering any pregnancy questions either I, or my husband, had. I plan on having her around for any future births I have!”
“Shannon made us feel comfortable about all our birth plans. She was an amazing support before, during, and after our son’s birth. She was always available to answer any question we had. When Shannon found out I was in labor she came to the house and helped us labor at home for several hours. She made me feel very comfortable during labor and birth and helped my husband be the best coach he could be. Shannon was great at creating relationships in the hospital with the nurses and doctors and with my family and friends. We are so happy we found Shannon and are more than happy with the services she provided. We would recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.”
“If you are considering using a doula for your birth, you absolutely should do it and you should hire Shannon! I didn’t have a doula with my first birth and regardless of the ways I prepared; I found it to be incredibly scary, painful, and confusing. I had support from family but I needed someone who could help me through the pain, help move things along faster, and explain the terminology the doctors and nurses were saying so I could make informed decisions. Shannon was completely supportive of aiding me to have the birth I wanted.”
“Shannon was an unwavering, positive emotional support for my husband and I during my pregnancy, labor/birth, and postpartum. I’m so glad we decided to hire her as our doula. We chose Shannon because of her warm, calm, positive demeanor. During my long labor, Shannon was present and available to give my husband needed breaks and support me during contractions. She used acupressure points to help ease my nausea. When I became overwhelmed or scared, Shannon was unconditionally supportive, calm, and motherly. She was always available to support me in any way I desired and was NEVER over-involved, pushy or opinionated. I highly recommend Shannon. We are so glad we had her support!”
“Shannon met with me several times during my pregnancy and was very attentive. Shannon would follow up with me after my doctor’s appointments and made me feel very supported throughout my pregnancy. I can honestly say that my delivery went exactly how I wanted thanks to Shannon. She supported me through every contraction to the last push. I cannot have imagined giving birth without Shannon’s guidance and help. I would strongly recommend Shannon to any expecting mother. She genuinely cares and it truly reflects in the service she provides.”
“I was so happy we were able to find Shannon! We found her services to be invaluable. She was amazing in all aspects. She never left my side and was able to help with pushing so my husband could concentrate on being there to support me since he wasn’t comfortable with being in the hospital. I couldn’t have imagined going through everything without her! I would highly recommend her to anyone!
“Shannon is not only highly professional, accommodating, and genuinely kind, but she is knowledgeable and takes sincere interest in her client’s needs and wants. Shannon understood the extra special care I would need as a VBAC patient. Shannon provided non-biased data that helped me reach some difficult decisions and was by my side when we went in for a consultation with the doctor and midwife to discuss a possible repeat cesarean. I was scared as I felt my dream birthing experience slip away. Shannon was there to comfort me, encourage me, and helped me sort through my options. Shannon is attentive, reliable, and simply a joy to be around.”
“Shannon was a godsend during the birth of my son which ended up being induced two weeks early due to high blood pressure. From our first meeting to our postpartum follow up Shannon was informative, available, and most of all she made me feel at ease at all times. During labor Shannon was attentive, encouraging, and helped me stick to having the natural birthing experience I was hoping to have.”