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Doula Services &

Childbirth/ Postpartum Courses

Certified through Birthing From Within®

"Dancing to the Rhythm of YOUR Birth!"

Images By: Laura Swift Photography

Congratulations on your journey to birth and parenthood!  I, Shalene Massie, invite you to explore the services Rhythm of Birth offers as you embark on your journey. Rhythm of Birth provides Doula services, bodywork, and childbirth preparation classes to pregnant couples and single moms in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford, Roanoke, Salem, Floyd, and surrounding areas of Virginia.  Rhythm of Birth supports couples regardless of where (hospital, home, birth center) or how they plan to give birth.  I believe every woman has the strength and knowledge within herself, and with the help of her birth team, to give birth mindfully and beautifully.  Birth is an amazing and mysterious journey that a woman remembers the rest of her life.   I would be honored to support you on this journey!

The word "Doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, spiritual,  and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.  We know that for centuries, women had the support and nurturing care of other experienced women to help them through their birth process. Birth Doulas provide this valuable service for the benefit of women and their husbands.  

 

 

 

I invite you to expand your understanding and beliefs about birth during this class and your personal preparation.  Clients describe Rhythm of Birth classes as informative, thought provoking, engaging, empowering, and comforting.

"I have worked with many professionals over the years. I've worked with nurses, students, midwives, physicians and doulas. I have had the pleasure of working with those who get the beauty and sanctity of that space in that time. Unfortunately, I've also had the opposite experience. Shalene gets it. She is a creative coach, a loving comfort and a constant source of inspiration during the birth experience. Her singular focus in prenatal care, birth, and the postpartum period is her clients, their babies, and families. She is kind, supportive, gentle and respectful of the needs of the mom and family."- Dr. Roberts, OB

Postpartum Journey

Rhythm of Birth support goes beyond the birth! You're likely spending a lot of time on your pregnancy and birth plan. But preparing for the time after your baby is born is equally as important! Learn about the Postpartum Journey e-courses HERE.

"I felt completely safe & supported during my labor experience & had a successful VBAC! I would definitely recommend Shalene to any mother seeking out Doula support!"- Andrea Flynn
Visit Laura Swift Photography for Andrea's healing birth story with Rhythm of Birth.

Visit Laura Swift Photography for Andrea's healing birth story with Rhythm of Birth.

To read Andrea's full VBAC testimony, click HERE.

"As a midwife, it is my heartfelt wish that all women feel empowered, well-informed, and in control of their health and of the care they receive. Research shows having a doula with you during your childbirth improves outcomes and increases satisfaction with your birth. From my experience as a midwife, I completely agree:  Having the support of a great doula really seems to elevate the childbirth experience for women and their families. I have had the pleasure of seeing Shalene at work with many families over the years, and I can say without hesitation that she is truly an exceptional doula. She is so kind, steadfast, and professional! She is truly dedicated to helping women and their partners have a positive birth experience. She values helping families make informed decisions and she creates a gentle space for the laboring mother to do the hard work required to give birth. I find it very easy to communicate with Shalene, and I respect her tireless work, careful preparation, strong knowledge base, and her whole-hearted dedication to her clients. She takes her role seriously and approaches this work, what I feel is her calling, with patience, grace, and a compassionate heart. She is a wonderful doula!"- Kristen Conrad, CNM

Visit these magazines for articles about Rhythm of Birth:  Growing up in the Valley (pg. 40) and Macaroni Kid.