DONA Trained Birth Doula
Shannon has been loving on mothers and babies for many years. Her love of child development started young when she spent 7 years studying and doing projects for kids and families as part of her child development courses. She loved babies even before she understood or experienced birth herself. She later became a nanny for a 6 week old baby and her love of children grew.
In the early 2000’s Shannon married her husband and best friend David and they began a family of their own. Shannon’s pregnancies were not as she hoped. She developed Hyper-Emesis Gravidarum and spent much of the time fighting for her life and care. She was unable to continue care with midwives as she was considered high risk, and that was incredibly difficult because her natural goals were no longer possible. She learned the need for information, flexibility and understanding patient rights as she learned to advocate for herself, her desires and her needs during her pregnancies and deliveries. 4 times she had precious little ones, and 4 times she was deathly ill and fighting for good care. She was far from home and far from family and connections that many have. She didn’t even know that doulas were a thing. She struggled through the early months of nursing and parenting 4 kids under 5. Those were days full of joy and tears.
Spring forward 8 years, and Shannon meets with several mothers in the community who were pushing strollers or carrying small ones. When she would walk up and ask how they were doing, the women would cry, hug and talk for hours. And that is when Shannon realized there was a need in the community. Women needed somewhere to talk, somewhere to share, somewhere to ask questions and be supported. That is where the New, Expectant and Expecting Again Support group was born. It meets in homes and community centers in and around Chantilly and serves moms from all backgrounds and stages of life. Some just need friends, some need support and education. This group became a free resource for care and love that many were seeking.
After that, Shannon was asked to attend several births by friends and family members. She was also called upon to help with nursing issues and early birth issues from friends in Virginia and Maryland. After her first couple of births she realized she absolutely loved caring for women during labor and helping them get a confident start those first few weeks with a new baby. A friend from a church ladies group told her. Shannon you need to be a doula. And she listened.
After taking new Child Birth Education classes, DONA Doula training and breastfeeding classes and working with other local birth workers to learn and expand her understanding of Evidence Based Birth and good practices she launched Nova Motherhood Services.
Her goal is to provide moms with education and support and quality care so that they learn what they need to about birth so they can properly advocate for themselves during the process. She doesn’t care if you want to go all natural, or if you want to feel no pain whatsoever, her goal is to support and inform you so you get to make well reasoned choices about your birth experience.
Pregnancy and birth don’t always go as we want or expect, but Shannon will be there to comfort, calm and encourage you just when you need it.
One client said, “She’s like the sister you always wanted.”