Doula Services & Childbirth/ Postpartum Courses

Certified through Birthing From Within®

"Dancing to the Rhythm of Your Birth!"

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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!" ~ Shalene

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. 

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Preparing for Birth & Postpartum

I know you are excited about being pregnant and preparing for your birth! However you plan to birth, being prepared mentally for labor and the unexpected; exhaustion, medical interventions, and difficult decisions that arise is crucial to experiencing peace and embracing your birth and postpartum experience.

It is so important to prepare for labor AND prepare for life after birth.  You can begin preparing during pregnancy to minimize the risk of postpartum depression and experience postpartum peace, joy, and. . . bliss as you are caring for your baby. Here is a little secret, the postpartum period is NOT defined as a disorder or disease.  It is not just the first 6 weeks after your baby is born.  It's about the transition after birth AND navigating the early years with your child.  It is crucial to have guidance, a plan, and support during pregnancy, birth, and through the toddler years!

From the comfort of your home, you will feel 100% ready for your birth and transition with your baby. Explore the online Childbirth and Postpartum courses I offer.  Click the image above. 

 

"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

 

 

"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

 

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 Rhythm of Birth & Postpartum Journey e-courses 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 is 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!" ~Kris Conrad, CNM

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