Hello. My name is Shannon and I am very excited you are exploring the option of hiring a doula! Thank you for viewing my profile.
I am very passionate about birth and especially women knowing their options and feeling comfortable with the choices they have made. Most importantly, I want to help women feel like they had a wonderful birth experience, even when the unexpected things happen that didn't quite match the birth they imagined.
In my own children's births I experienced the typical hospital setting with an epidural, an unplanned unmedicated birth and 2 planned unmedicated births; one using Hypnobabies training and the other using Bradley Method. Before the unplanned unmedicated birth, I would have never imagined having a baby without an epidural. That experience completely changed my understanding of my body and what women are truly capable of. I completely respect a women's need to feel safe during childbirth and know that many times that does involve medication and other birth interventions. I would love to support you in any choices and options you decide are best for you, your partner and your baby.
I would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have about me and my services.
Karina is an avid doula in the height of her life's passion. She is in her element when, after weeks of preparation and education, she sees a mother and her partner share a secret, knowing look of shimmering emotion that shows all their hard work paid off, in one of life's most precious moments. Baby's first breaths This moment is further enhanced for Karina when mother's partner has been encouraged and taught how to help and has been a key element in the pregnancy and labor process, without which things may have turned out much differently. Karina feels very strongly about being an advisor to birthing women so they can have the birth they intend, without unnecessary interventions due to lack of knowledge.
Karina's goal as a doula is simply to improve birth – by helping to reduce physical and emotional trauma, by empowering mother through knowledge and practice, and to advocate for safer birth experiences led by mother's own body.
Karina has personal experience with delivering un-medicated as well as via surgical birth and knows that regardless of circumstance, all births can be beautiful. Karina also has personal experience with high risk pregnancy and can skillfully educate on things that others may not have reason to know.
I am a DONA trained doula, currently working toward certification. I am also a wife and mother to three amazing kids. I love the miracle of pregnancy and birth, and feel honored to help women bring their children into the world. My long-term goal is to become a certified nurse midwife.
Hello! My first experience being pregnant and giving birth nine years ago was transformative, empowering and awakened a passion in me. I love learning about birth and feel called to this beautiful work. I believe birth is powerful and so are women! I am passionate about helping families feel supported and empowered to have a positive birth experience.
A little more about me: I am DONA trained and VBAC Link trained. I have had four beautiful births, two in the water. I homeschool my kids and love reading, hiking, yoga, and being in nature.