Birth and Bereavement Doula
“Giving birth should be your greatest achievement, not your greatest fear.” – Jane Weideman
My name is Shawna. Amongst many titles that I am so blessed to be able to refer to myself as like daughter, sister, wife, and mother, I am also a birth and bereavement doula. A birth and bereavement doula is a support person that can serve a family for birth during any trimester and with any outcome. In addition to having training in uncomplicated pregnancy and birth, my training includes specific training with pregnancy and infant loss and NICU outcomes, as well as subsequent pregnancies after loss. I am so grateful for my training in these areas and humbled by the opportunity to journey with these very special families.
I believe birth comes in many different forms and a woman will choose the birth that she believes is the best choice for her and her child. Regardless of what your birth looks like or what the outcome is, it should be empowering and beautiful. I experienced 2 very different births with our children and it is what ignited my passion for doula work. With my son, I desired a completely natural, unmedicated delivery, but ended up with a gentle induction at 42 weeks gestation and a resulting emergency cesarean after nearly 30 hours of labor. Sadly, after exhausting all medical efforts, my son did not survive the delivery process. My husband would have been completely alone if we hadn’t been blessed with a doula ourselves. The support that was given to us by our doula and others like her was the determining factor that made me pursue becoming a birth doula myself. 15 months later, when it was time for my daughter to be born, I decided upon a gentle planned cesarean at 39 weeks. We were surrounded by the same support team we had with our first birth. After a very traumatizing birth, this one was very healing and made me realize how life-changing proper support can be whatever the birth looks like.
I am a mother of 4 children, 2 first trimester losses, a son (neonatal death), and a living daughter. I have personal experience with natural labor, cesarean, gentle cesarean, pregnancy after loss, induction, baby wearing, cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and formula feeding. I feel so honored to be able to be in such a sacred space with families and journey with them as they experience the birth that is right for them and their body.