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I met Shannon about two weeks before my due date. I had no idea how much I would need a doula, but the idea of one sounded great!! Shannon made me feel super comfortable right from the start, I knew I could trust and rely on her. She was always available with information and helped me prepare as I approached my due date.
Although this was my third child, his arrival turned out to be nothing like my others. I ended up delivering 11 days after my due date. During that time Shannon helped me prepare to talk to my doctors about not being induced and for having an intervention free delivery. When I finally went into labor she was with me to help breakdown what the doctors were saying. She helped me know my rights and that I had a voice in my labor and delivery.
The first hospital visit I wasn't dialated very far so I opted to go home. Shannon helped me stand my ground when the Dr. tried to use scare tactics about my babys size and they wanted to just do a cesarean. I went home to labor with Shannons support and comfort. That same day we did go back to the hospital and I was admitted. She stayed with me the entire time and helped me stay focused and calm. It was a very long labor but she stayed with me and was a huge support to my husband and I throughout the whole process. She is an amazing person, and helped me achieve everything I wanted out of my labor and delivery. I am so grateful!!
"I felt so empowered! Having you here really kept my focus. I remember with my other babies the contractions kept getting more and more painful, but this time, they were uncomfortable, but never seemed to get worse!"