Certified Doulas and Advanced Mentor
with Birthing From Within®
Certified in Prenatal and Postpartum Bodywork
Rhythm of Birth doulas are passionate about empowering women to give birth, having supported over 200 families!
We would love to meet you!
We work together to support you during pregnancy and share call to ensure you have the best support during your birth. You will meet two of us during the initial interview.
Images by: Chelsea Anderson Photography
Shalene Massie; CD, CBE
Shalene is a wife, mother of 2 girls, certified Doula and Childbirth/ Postpartum Educator. She has been mentoring parents since 2012 along their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journeys.
She is an advanced certified mentor through Birthing From Within®, owner of Rhythm of Birth, creator of Rhythm of Birth & Postpartum Journey e-courses, and lead coordinator of the NRV Birth Collective.
Lindsay Holbert; D
Lindsay is a wife, mother and doula. She has been supporting families during birth since 2018.
She is passionate about supporting women during pregnancy and birth and excited to offer support and knowledge to expectant families.
Kimberly is a wife, mother of 4, and doula. She been supporting couples during birth since 2015.
She is excited to partner with Rhythm of Birth to offer dedicated and compassionate care to growing families!
I began to hear my call to become a doula when I became pregnant with my daughter Abigail in 2008. I met a Doula and hired her to assist in my birth. As I was pregnant, I thought about the women I met living in South Sudan. I reflected upon the many women who give birth in Africa and other developing countries without the option of medicine or the care of a doctor. I am amazed by their primordial, instinctual, knowing and awareness of their bodies, moment to moment. As I support women in birth, I help to cultivate this knowing and awareness.
I received amazing support from my Doulas and my husband during both my births. As a doula and birth educator, during my second pregnancy with Sierra, I embodied the pain coping practices I teach. In active labor, in the car through a blizzard, I remained deeply present and mindful. My Doula/massage therapist supported me as my husband guided us through the snow to our home where my daughter was born in a birth pool. Through their support and trusting in God's design of my body, both my birth experiences were beautiful and empowering. I truly felt like a strong warrior in each moment.
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 look forward to mentoring you on your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey!
Catch a glimpse of my second birth on Laura Swift Photography's blog.
Living in South Sudan
Shalene's experience living in the culture of South Sudan gave her valuable insight into a woman's natural instinct to give birth and nurture her baby through the postpartum transition. Reflecting on her experiences living with her young baby in Sudan motivated her to create Rhythm of Birth and Postpartum Journey e-courses.
"I didn't have a guide or resources neatly packaged to help me prepare for labor and navigate life after birth. I wish I had these online courses to guide me to have peace of mind during labor and caring for my baby!" - Shalene
In our culture of much information, it can be confusing knowing what and who to trust for guidance and support. Through childbirth and the postpartum transition, Shalene will help you cultivate inner knowing as you prepare for birth, and nurture and guide your newborn.
My interest in doula work started in 2014 but my nature has always driven me to connect with my community. I had the honor of attending my sister-in-law's births and what I witnessed was the embodiment of strength and courage- a woman giving birth. At that moment, I knew I wanted to provide comfort, assurance, and support for mothers in their childbirth journey. All of the births I have been privileged to be a part of, though different in delivery, have always rendered me in awe. An expecting mother is the harbinger of life and I am humbled anytime I can provide support as a friend, family member, or as a doula. I was blessed to have Shalene as a doula during my birth! Being prepared and informed as an expecting mother is a significant advantage during your journey. I believe my role as a doula extends to helping a mother formulate their plan and cope with the unexpected. Every woman has a unique journey, none more prized than the other, and I will always consider it an honor to partner with you!
I attended my first birth 11 years ago while I was four months pregnant with my first child. Helping care for the expectant mother gave me so much fulfillment. In the time since, I have offered and been able to assist in many friends’ births. As my passion grew to learn and embrace doula work, my very busy teaching career prevented me from regularly pursuing this wonderful opportunity. Although I loved teaching art and yearbook for 14 amazing years, I decided to leave my first dream and move on to my next: becoming a doula.
During the birth of my 2nd child, my body began to push my baby out without me trying and without the doctor in the room. It was in that moment that I realized what our bodies are capable of. I wanted to learn all that I could to help other women harness their inner strength. Now, I have that opportunity.
Sweet testimonies from clients at an event celebrating supporting over 100 births! Please excuse the chatter in the background.
A Unique Childbirth Preparation Experience- Online Course Testimonies
"The labyrinth process surprised me with how it helped me release my fear as I anticipated labor and postpartum." ~ Tiffany, mom of 3
Postpartum Preparation- Online Course Testimonies
"These courses taught me to slow down, stay present, and really reflect on the time following the birth of my baby. I learned that there are a wide range of emotions, all of which are very real. The story of Inanna was a powerful metaphor for the psychological transition from the pre- to postnatal period. It is a reminder that I, too, will one day have a story to share about this very sensitive time in my life." ~ Holly, mom of 2
Rhythm of Birth Training:
- Birthing From Within® Mentor and Doula Certification
- Birthing From Within® Advanced Mentor Certification
- Birthing From Within® Graduation Ceremony and Training
- DONA Training
- Postpartum Depression Training
- Birth Story Listening Training
- Breastfeeding Workshop
- Claire Marie Miller, "Nurturing the Mother" Certification
- NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation)
- Midwife Assistant Apprentice
Professional Organizations and Memberships
Birthing From Within®
Nurturing the Mother- Claire Marie Miller Seminars
NRV Birth Collective-Lead Coordinator
Le Leche League- Blacksburg
References available upon request.
Shalene and Kimberly have a passion for sharing deep knowing, information, education, and support to empower you on your birth preparation journey. We would love to speak at your event/ class about the role of a Doula, our classes, and your heart preparation for your birth and parenthood. Contact us to schedule your event.
Birth Your Business
In the process of growing Rhythm of Birth since 2011, I, Shalene, have fallen in love with business, marketing, networking, creating a brand, and website/ online presence that helps my clients find me to serve them on their journey. I also have a passion for helping female entrepreneurs create a beautiful online presence and bring their passions to life to serve their clients! Visit my web design website!