I believe that the way an individual is treated during childbirth (how they feel they are listened to, validated, and respected) has an enormous impact on their transition into parenthood. As a doula, my values are rooted in intersectional reproductive justice. Every new parent deserves to feel that their voice is heard, that their identity is seen and valued, that their holistic wellness is prioritized, and that they will receive continuous, individualized, compassionate care during one of the most important moments of their lives. I am happy to support familial units of all kinds, and I am especially dedicated to providing for LGBTQ+ identifying people and families. As of 2021 I have attended 64+ births and have previous experience with VBAC, single parents, addiction recovery, postpartum mood disorders, high-risk, cesarean, induced, and unmedicated births. When I’m not attending births, you can usually find me at one of my favorite coffee shops, strolling in the park with my wife and dog, or knitting a cozy scarf that I have definitely been working on for over 4 years.
“Shawn was dour doula for our first baby born in August 2019 and she was wonderfully supportive of our transition to parenthood at each stage. She prepared us for decisions we may need to make during labor so we had a tentative plan for many situations. This put my mind at ease. Then, when I was worried 5 and 6 days past my due date she patiently listened to me and reassured me about my induction. During labor she was very supportive of both myself and my husband especially when labor handed us another unexpected, slightly scary curveball. I think her presence and support helped me handle the surprises with confidence and ultimately made the experience a very positive one when it potentially may not have been. She worked collaboratively with the hospital staff throughout and was very helpful in establishing breastfeeding just after birth. Shawn was also invaluable to us during the challenging postpartum period. She was available for quick questions and incredibly reassuring during visits. She also had a wealth of tips, tricks, and resources for us so we didn’t need to find them ourselves when we were tired and weary.Throughout Shawn was exceptionally warm, caring, responsive, and punctual. We are so happy we chose to bring her into our transition to parenthood. After our time with her she felt like a close friend. Shawn seems to genuinely love this work and it shows. We would fully recommend her to anyone looking for a birth or postpartum doula.” – K.R
“Shawn was our doula for our first baby, and I am so happy we had her there! My husband and I interviewed her, and were impressed by her warm and caring personality, and her thoughtful approach for childbirth. We enjoyed meeting with Shawn twice prior to the birth of our daughter – she talked through how she’d work with us and the stages of labor. We felt calm and prepared going into such a big life event. During labor, Shawn was an amazing support to us – she had creative ideas for how to deal with contractions, and was caring and loving as I labored in a hospital birthing tub as well as in my birthing suite. Her support allowed for my husband to rest/take a break, and for me to feel like I had a close friend guiding me through the birthing process. Shawn worked well with the midwife and the 2 nurses, who I think appreciated the extra support and knowledge she brought to the day. After our daughter was born, Shawn was there to help with learning how to breastfeed and capture our first moments as a new family via camera. Since the birth, Shawn has visited us twice and even watched our baby as we went out for dinner – greatly appreciated as new parents! I cannot recommend her enough – she is a knowledgeable, loving, and thoughtful woman who can help make your birthing experience as meaningful, empowering and respectful as possible. She’s simply the best!” – L.O.
“I’m remiss in not following up with you to tell you just how wonderful Shawn was pre- and post-partum. What an absolute joy she was to have in our lives — she made the entire process way easier and was a rock solid support for us!” – C.B. Fall 2021