I have been supporting pregnant couples during their birth in the NRV since 2012. I recently reached a milestone as a Doula of supporting over 100 couples during their birth! As a wife, mother of 2, and a Doula, I am passionate about supporting families during pregnancy, during birth, and postpartum.
A testimony from my 100th birth client, “Throughout my pregnancy Shalene helped us prepare for the labor with her classes (which help you mentally prepare for and cope with pain). During labor, Shalene was absolutely invaluable! She helped us with our decision of when to go to the hospital and provided the perfect counter pressure and support (quite literally at some points) that I needed to be able to have an unmedicated birth. The prenatal and postpartum bodywork was so relaxing and just what I needed at those times. I know that if/when we get pregnant with our second child, Shalene will be one of the first calls I make. I couldn't imagine giving birth without her support.”- Crystal Hazard
I hosted a celebration for this milestone and invited past clients I have supported during their birth. Each birth is uniquely beautiful. I am so honored to be invited into the birth space and support each family as they powerfully bring new life into this world! The celebration was held to honor each family and celebrate their birth and the mother and father as parents. Two of my past clients, Virginia Edwards of “Virginia & the Lovers” and Jaime Jones played and sang at the event. Laura Swift of Laura Swift Photography (www.lauraswiftphotography.com) took photos.
HERE is a blog post of my reflection on supporting births and a gallery of the "100th Birth".
I look forward to supportiong many more couples along their pregnancy, birth, and postaprtum journeys!