Doula Support & Care
As a trained professional who guides and supports families during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum care I have received training about emotions and mental health, and can help birthing individuals find additional resources for mental and physical health needs during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. My goal as a doula is to help families feel supported and informed throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period.
Check out the services I offer below to see how I am ready to support you!
Birth and Postpartum Care Available
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Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your baby! As your Labor Doula, I am here as your birth companion. I have formal training in labor and birth support. I will provide unbiased, compassionate, evidence-based information, emotional and physical support throughout the labor process. As your doula, I am not part of your medical team; I am part of your support team. It is an honor to walk beside you on this journey!
Starting at: (Payment Plans Available)
Birth Doula Package
This is a meet and greet! This is where we’ll talk about the kind of birth you’re wanting and tell you a little bit about myself. This meeting is important for both of us, because it is important to feel comfortable with each other, but most importantly being comfortable with me as I am going to be with you during a momentous time in your life. There is no obligation or pressure to commit.
2+ Prenatal Visits
These visits are so important to have for both mama, partner, and myself. During these visits we will talk about your birth preferences, your concerns, fears, wishes, what relaxes you, what doesn’t, coping skills, labor comfort measures, practice different positions for labor and birth. I want to assure that you feel educated, informed and supported throughout your entire prenatal experience.
Phone & Email Support
I am available by phone, text and email Immediately after signing the contract. I am always there for my clients to answer any question that might arise during the course of your pregnancy. Also offer resources and referrals as requested.
24/7 On-Call Availability
I will go “on call” at 38 weeks until you give birth. I’ll be available and ready for whenever you go into labor and request my support. I am always there to answer any questions that might arise during the beginning stages of labor. Though I do not provide any type of clinical care, I am knowledgeable in many medical aspects of labor and delivery. As such, I can help you gain a better understanding of the procedures and processes in late pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
Dedicated Labor Support
My unbiased and wholly dedicated labor support is tailored specifically to you and your birth wishes. As you labor, I take on a supportive, informative and encouraging role to help you fulfill your specific birth desires. It is my goal that you experience a positive and healthy birth, whether at home, birth center or in hospital, unmedicated, with epidural, VBAC or cesarean. I will be with you and partner the entire time.
For up to 2 hours after birth, I will spend some time helping you begin the breastfeeding process and encouraging bonding between you and your new baby. I am happy to help you and baby get to know each other, as well provide any other support that may be needed.
1+ Postpartum Visits
Directly after birth and once you arrive home, I check in on you, your partner and your baby’s well-being and ask that you reach out with any questions or concerns. As trained and certified Postpartum Doula, I am versed in postpartum health as well as newborn care and are happy to help in any way I can. I can also provide you with several resources and are happy to connect you with professionals such as pediatricians, lactation consultants, chiropractors, etc. or provide you with fully comprehensive postpartum doula services.
Studies have shown that women who have social support during the postpartum period tend to have less postpartum depression, breastfeed for a longer duration, and make a better adjustment to parenthood. The care and support I will offer you is based on you and your family’s individualized and specific needs.
Postpartum Doula Package
Nurturing Care for Mom & Baby
Actually sleeping when the baby sleeps…enjoying a warm, home-cooked meal with a newborn… I can make that happen! “Mothering the Mother” is what I do best. As you acclimate to your new role, I look after you, your family, and your baby’s well-being with a watchful, unbiased and nurturing eye.
Breastfeeding Education Assistance
However you choose to feed your baby, I will support and encourage you. If you choose to breastfeed, I can use my knowledge and expertise to help you ease into the process of successfully nourishing your baby.
Practical & Emotional Support
As your body heals, I am sure to provide you with anything you need to feel comfortable and rested. As you recover from childbirth and your experience, I am emotionally available to you to support you as you process your emotions and feelings as a new parent.
Support with Household Rhythm & Function; Creating a Calm Environment
I want to make sure that your household feels supported and calm as you welcome a new addition to the family. With my reassurance, guidance and tools, I can help you and your family adjust smoothly and peacefully.
Errand-Running, Assistance with Getting to Appointments, Light Household Maintenance, & Meal Prep, Newborn Care and Educating the New Family in Mother Care
As you heal, I want to make sure that the daily tasks that make our lives run smoothly are taken care of. I will encourage and support partner, and also teach you to give yourself a break. I will draw from my experience of nourishing the body postpartum to prepare healthy and healing meals for you and your family. I will help you run errands and help you get to your or baby’s doctor’s appointments, so that you can feel wholly supported and accompanied.
Caring for & Supporting Older Children While Transitioning Into Becoming Big Brothers or Sisters
As you bond with your baby, I will make sure to help your other children adjust to their roles as older siblings. I also take care of baby when you want to assure some bonding time with your older children, so that they can feel comforted and balanced through the transition of welcoming a new baby into their lives.
Over Night Support
Specialized overnight care honoring your family dynamics when the lights go out so the entire family can find ease and get better rest
Client Love Notes
I am so grateful for having Shannon as my postpartum doula. She was there for me when I had doubts and concerns and gave me really good advice on what to do. I look forward to having her as my doula for my second child as well. I am highly satisfied with her service. She was very friendly and we were able to communicate with no trouble.
As a mother of one adopted son (who is now 3.5 year’s old), I thought we would be fully prepared for our second newborn adoption. However, when we received the phone call from the adoption agency stating the birth mom who had chosen was expecting TWINS due in less than three months, I immediately felt overwhelmed and knew I needed support.
From the moment we met Shannon, we knew we could trust her, and she was the perfect fit! Shannon’s warm, gentle, and intelligent personality provided us with great comfort from day one. Professionally, she is incredibly experienced and has a wealth of knowledge. Being a mom of twins herself, Shannon provided me with guidance and advice up until the babies were born and was a part of the in-home care team immediately after the twins came home from the hospital (after spending time in the NICU due to their premature delivery). Having premature babies was a struggle within itself however with Shannon by our side every step of the way provided great security and peace of mind (and sleep!). Shannon assisted us in overnight care for 12 months and by the end of our time with her, Shannon had established routine feedings, naps, baths, playtime, etc. leaving us feeling confident and experienced parents of twins.
It is with great pleasure that we recommend the services of Shannon at Holding a Mother’s Hand. We could not have done it without her, and she is always welcome in our home.
Shannon was our doula throughout my first pregnancy and birth. She was so caring and gave great advice and information on evidence-based techniques during my pregnancy to make it easier. When I went into active labor, she met me at my house and began giving so much support. I chose a natural birth in a birthing center, and she provided a lot of encouragement. I don’t think I could have done it without her! I remember saying that I couldn’t do it anymore a few times, and she was an additional voice telling me that I could. Baby was OP throughout most of my labor, and she had great techniques to try to get her to turn over the right way. We hope to work with Shannon again in the future when we are ready to expand our family!