Doula Services and Childbirth Classes

Certified through Birthing From Within®

"Dancing to the Rhythm of YOUR Birth!"

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!

"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

"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

"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

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

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

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

Class Schedules

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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! Rhythm of Birth clients get access to Postpartum Journey e-course, live calls, secret Facebook page, and postpartum support team for a year postpartum.  A special client coupon code will be given upon registration.  If you are not registering for Doula support or a workshop, feel free to join the Postpartum Journey e-course and get the support you need for a year postpartum for 12 monthly payments of $26!  Learn about the e-course HERE.