Certified Doula and Advanced Mentor
with Birthing From Within®
Certified in prenatal and postpartum bodywork.
Shalene is passionate about empowering women to give birth, having supported over 100 families as their mentor and/or doula.
I began to hear my call to birth work 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 would be honored to embark on this journey with you!
Catch a glimpse of my second birth on Laura Swift Photography's blog.
I have a passion for sharing deep knowing, information, education, and support to empower you on your birth preparation journey. I would love to speak at your event/ class about the role of a Doula, my classes, and your heart preparation for your birth and parenthood. Contact me to schedule your event.
- Birthing From Within® Mentor and Doula Course
- Birthing From Within® Advanced Mentor Training
- Breastfeeding Workshop
- Claire Marie Miller, "Nurturing the Mother" course