Blooming Water Lilies
New Braunfels, TX Service range 75 miles
$975 to $1550
$25 to $40
$975 to $1550
$25 to $40
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Standard Overnight Doula Care $200.00 / Night 10pm – 6am
New Braunfels, TX Service range 75 miles
My husband and I recently moved to New Braunfels and I was already 18 weeks pregnant with our first baby. We didn’t have any knowledge of what we were doing, who to have as our OB or where to have her. After selecting a from reviews online we were less then pleased with who we had found. I got then reached out to Facebook and asked where I should begin. So many people recommended Shelby and I now can see why they did. After my first meeting with her I knew it was meant to be. We moved here for so many more reasons then we initially thought. God knew what he was doing when he placed Shelby in view.From there we decided to switch to an OB that she recommended, which became another huge blessing in this process. We decided to go to her childbirth series classes. The knowledge we gained was soothing, resourceful and so enjoyable to learn.I even got my placenta encapsulated, which was something I never thought of but has reaped so many benefits. The support, knowledge and overall serenity we received was priceless. I was able to birth at home all the way until I had the urge to push, then we headed to the hospital. She was along side us every step of the way, helping me find my voice in matters I wouldn’t have spoken up in otherwise. We got to the hospital, immediately went to our room and an hour and a half later our bundle of joy came. With Shelby’s guidance I was able to labor at home, deliver all naturally, and my husband was able to feel supported in the process as well, which was huge! If Shelby wasn’t in the picture things would have been so different. I can’t stress enough how incredible she was! Thank you Shelby for the best birthing experience and for being along side us every step of the way. We are so blessed to have had you walk this journey with us. We can’t wait for our next one and to have you along side us again.
Love and Blessings,
Michael, Carie and baby Scarlett.
My wife Teresa and I had the pleasure of working with Shelby as our doula, childbirth educator and midwife through our first pregnancy. Being pregnant for the first time I was insecure about how best to care for my wife, especially during labor. I had heard many horror stories about how helpless it feels to be a husband watching your wife go through the pain of childbirth. Above all else, I wanted to be able to take care of my wife and our daughter through pregnancy and birth. We heard about doulas, and specifically about Shelby, from close friends who had worked with her in the past. We decided to sit down with Shelby for an initial meeting to get more information, and a few days later decided to hire her as our doula and childbirth educator. Through Shelby's care and class, I received great confidence in my role throughout pregnancy and birth, and my wife gained confidence in her body's ability to deliver a child naturally. When it came time for the birth I knew how to support my wife through her pain, and she knew how to listen to her body and the baby. Shelby was with us every step of the way, including several home visits before and after pregnancy. We were blessed to have been cared for and educated by Shelby throughout our pregnancy and birth.
I had never even heard of a "doula" before I met Shelby. Now I am totally convinced that we need a doula at EVERY birth, no matter where it takes place. Shelby was amazing, and she put me at complete ease during the entire process: learning what was going to happen through her classes, providing feedback leading up to the onset of labor, being at the house at about the same time I woke up for the beginning of active labor, and the whole labor and birth process, as well as all the support afterwards with breastfeeding and all kinds of other advice. I learned a ton in her classes and felt much better about what we would be facing. We could also face some of the more difficult decisions with more information, such as home vs hospital, vaccinations, breastfeeding and circumcision. The classes also informed us about all the practical things we needed to have ready before the birth. Shelby coached me on how to help Christina, showed me how to massage her and when to stop, and communicated with the midwife so that we didn't have to. I was able to be very present during the entire labor process and not have to try to remember what the next step was. Shelby prepared the birth pool and brought food and drink as necessary. She monitored each stage as it progressed from one to the next. She provided massages and pressure herself when I got tired and needed a break.
Sheby was right there next to the midwife, showing me what to do and how to be helpful. Catching my son was the most beautiful thing in the world. I couldn't help but think in the back of my mind that cleaning up was going to be quite a chore, but when I turned around the whole house was already clean. Shelby had taken care of everything, and after she and the mid-wife left we just laid down and held our baby. Then we called her for the next six months to ask for all kinds of advice.
From not knowing what the word meant I've become an advocate for every Dad having a doula next to them.
Shelby has been such a blessing to have by our side along this journey! From our first consultation interview, I knew I wanted to hire Shelby as our doula, and we were even luckier to have been able to hire her as our student midwife for our home birth. She surpassed any expectations I had envisioned. Her compassion and heart for this field of work shines when enteracting with her. It was so comforting knowing I can still call her day or night and she is there to help in any way that she can, even if it's just to listen struggles adjusting to mamahood.
One thing I really love is that she is so knowledgeable on holistic options for any circumstance that arises. It's so refreshing to know that remedies she suggests are safe and natural!
My husband and I also took her childbirth education classes and they definitely helped prepare us! I ended up needing a csection, which was the furthest from what we had envisioned, but the classes helped prepare us for even that circumstance. Afterwards, Shelby helped me further by assisting me on processing my birth story and helped me see it was beautiful.
My husband was skeptical about hiring a doula, but even he agrees that our experience with Shelby is worth way more that we invested! There aren't enough words to thank Shelby for everything she has done for us!
Shelby is respectful, knowledgeable and an amazing listener. She's extremely professional- her methods of communicating as well as storing client information electronically was impressive to me. The visits leading up to the birth were extensive and made us feel like we were her only clients.We also had the privilege of attending her Childbirth Education classes. We had previously taken classes with our first, but my husband and I agreed that this class is the most thorough and complete in regards to all areas of having a child- no matter the setting, as well as decisions parents face in the days before and after giving birth. We looked forward to it each week!Without going into too much detail,I was at risk for complications towards the end of my pregnancy. During my last appointment, by baby flipped to breech and my doctor sent me over to L&D and prepped me for a C-section. I was adamant in my feelings of absolutely not wanting a C-section- and my baby was absolutely fine, so there was no reason at that time for a C-section. I called Shelby immediately and we discussed options which really helped me communicate more clearly with my doctor. Shelby also came to the hospital to support me emotionally even at 0cm. When she returned the next day after a successful version and beginning of induction, she is the reason I was able to stay in control during the contractions. She gave me the information and the confidence that with a low dose of Pitocin, my body would in fact take over- and it did!! I cannot say enough about the way Shelby helped guide our baby earthside. She also empowered my husband to support me, while giving us space to work together at the same time. Shelby also cared for my placenta as we chose placenta encapsulation. She again showed professionalism in her care for my placenta, the processing of it, and the delivery of the capsules.
Shelby is truly one of the most amazing women I have ever met. As a once expectant father, her knowledge and expertise were such a comfort. She has such a way in demeanor and presence that I cannot accurately describe. There was never a point that she made me feel like she dropped the ball or left us hanging. Through the whole birth process, she was there for a helping hand and kind words. My wife and I would never have been able to have the birth experience we wanted without her. Now looking back, as a father, I cannot imaging having a child without doula services to the level that Shelby brings. If you are father to be, you owe it to your child and future mother of said child to seriously consider Shelby as a doula.
Where would we be without Shelby? I don't like to think about it. We were guided to her for a reason, and we never regretted our decision of choosing her to be our Doula. Although we knew we'd be having a hospital birth, I value the intuitiveness of my body over the one-size-fits-all approach of western medicine, and we wanted our Doula to accompany us to the hospital for additional support and guidance. Shelby was the biggest supporter of both my husband and me during the emotional roller coaster of becoming parents. She played such a huge role in the outcome of our daughters birth. Without her, I know I would've panicked, given into fear, and subjected myself and my child to unnecessary medications, procedures, and side effects. Additionally, we attended her childbirth classes for six weeks and learned so much more than we ever imagined we would. We also made lifelong friends- other expectant parents-in her class as Shelby has a way of attracting very genuine people into her world. She is a mother herself, a wife, a wealth of invaluable knowledge, a doula, and a friend, and a saint. I don't know how she survived working with me! I don't consider myself a low-maintenance person to care for. I'm super type A, I ask a million questions, and I want to see all the research for myself. Through it all she never made us feel rushed during our visits together. She explained everything in detail that we'd discuss and she followed each meeting with an email recap of what we went over and references for me to read. The people in her inner circle are like-minded and a pleasure to be around. Her recommendations on everything from prenatals to pediatricians and every bit of knowledge she imparts in between is tremendously helpful.
I am forever grateful that my husband and I decided to have Shelby be our doula. We decided to hire a doula due to unique circumstances – I was moving to the San Antonio area during my third trimester without having any local family or friends, and I would be giving birth at a hospital where my birthing team would be whichever staff was working at the time. I felt an immediate connection with Shelby due to her calm tone, reassuring words, and extensive knowledge. I met Shelby the day after I moved to Texas, and I knew I did not need to meet any other doulas – she was the one for my family. While our original motivation to hire a doula was to have one familiar face in the room to provide us guidance and support, I would highly recommend Shelby to any person about to have a baby, and I would love to have her present at any birth my family is blessed with in the future.
My husband and I attended Shelby’s childbirth education course. There were new things we learned at every class, and my husband and I had deep conversations about the topics on our drive home after each class.
Shelby was absolutely indispensable during the labor and birth process. She came to the hospital quickly and gave us her undivided attention for over 18 hours, including 9 hours of pushing. She suggested many labor positions, without being pushy but with confidence that I was capable of doing this. She also provided insight to medical decisions as the labor progressed, including explaining the benefits of an intervention that a physician poorly explained to me. I cannot speak highly enough or thank Shelby enough for the support she gave to me and my family throughout our pregnancy and birth. Even after we welcomed our daughter to the world, Shelby provided guidance and support with challenges we faced.
In short, Shelby was a blessing for our family.
Once our hard sought after pregnancy dream was finally a reality, I knew I was wanted to hire a doula. I previously worked as a RN in LND so I needed someone who would truly understand the medical side of things but who would help me focus on the spiritual aspect of birthing and trusting my body. I interviewed many doulas who didn't seem to have a good grasp on my high-risk pregnancy. But when we met Shelby she covered all the facets of our concerns. She was calm, confident and knowledgeable. My husband and I both knew she was a good fit for me.
We really enjoyed her classes and it helped me to get in touch with a lot of fears that I had about delivery. She was always there for me when I emailed or text her and she had a special way of helping me relax and know everything would be okay.
During labor, our baby wasn't tolerating things well and the doctors felt that there was no chance that he would be okay to continue with contractions. I was sad and in shock, Shelby remained calm and helped us ask all the questions we needed to in order to feel comfortable that we had made the right choice. Although I wanted a natural delivery, I have no regrets or sadness about my baby needing to come by cesarean. If Shelby hadn't been our doula I don't know that I would feel the same. When they wheeled me back for delivery, Shelby sat with my husband and went over our plan. We knew the baby would probably go to NICU so he was very scared. He told me later that that moment alone made hiring Shelby worth it for him. I can't say enough good things about Shelby, she is a delightful person and you won't regret hiring her to help you with your pregnancy and birth.
To be honest when I first met with Shelby, I only wanted information on placenta encapsulation because a good friend had recommended it. I did not know what a doula's purpose really was. I called her to set up an appointment and she was available the same day. She came by and spoke to myself and my husband. She answered all of our questions about natural childbirth, doulas. midwives, hospitals, birthing centers etc...we covered it all. She spent over an hour with us fully explaining everything. By the time she left I knew I wanted and needed her by our side. I knew I wanted a totally different experience for this birth. Since we are originally from El Paso, we have no close family here with us. I really wanted to feel supported through my pregnancy and knowing that I could have Shelby there was a relief. We hired Shelby the next day! She helped me find a midwife that would be perfect for our family. We took advantage of her natural childbirth education series and felt prepared for the big day. Although I was not able to have a home birth like originally planned, Shelby was there every step of the way at the hospital. She made sure my wishes for an unmedicated birth were honored. She held my hand and got me through one of the hardest things I ever had to do. My husband will have to do his own testimonial because he swears she was hired for him. He was so confident knowing that Shelby was there for us. We were so blessed to have Shelby be a part of our journey. I highly recommend her services. I only wish we could keep her forever!! Monica Berry
Shelby was a huge part of my laboring experience. She arrived early on because I was in a lot of back labor pain. She moved my baby’s face away from my spine and provided many different massage techniques throughout the evening into early morning to help me cope with the contractions. She was a great reassurance to me and my husband, answered our every question, and acted in the calmest and most positive manner! I will definitely be sure she is at our next birth and would recommend her to everyone! She made the experience memorable.
As a first-time father I arrived with pre-conceived notions about a Doula's role. The spectrum of my prejudice ranged from mother-earth healer to a voodoo medicine woman. THey were not only wrong, but they were fuled by male pride and misinformation by our.
These notions were quickly abated in the first ten minutes of conversation with Shelby. More importantly, it removed my wife's fears - not completley but enough that she was empowered to look behind the green operating curtain and determine what was best for her. Shelby will help you managae a host of emotions while navigating you through the learning curve of giving birth. At 36 months we "fired" our OBGYN after it became evident that the hospital had a protocol much different than my wife's...a protocol meant to remove control from the mother even under ideal circumstances.
Without an advocate you may find yourself blindly nodding yes because a Doctor said it instead of speaking up about what's best for you. Shelby will help you find it.
We were blessed to have Shelby as our doula for our 3rd baby. She is a very knowledgeable and experienced doula with a kind heart. I loved Shelby from our first phone conversation! I knew I wanted her on our birth team before even meeting her.
We took Shelby’s natural childbirth classes because it was our plan to have a natural vaginal birth after cesarean. I was very determined to have a VBAC. Shelby understood this and completely supported me. Shelby met with my family in our home and was loved by all. My husband began to refer to her as “his BFF” because he was so grateful that she would be by our side and it relieved so much anxiety about the labor and delivery. My daughter really liked her and felt comfortable and prepared for the birth of her new brother.
When the big day arrived, Shelby was like an angel! I don’t think I anticipated feeling as loved and supported as I did. I was amazed at how she made me feel like I was the most important person on the planet and did everything to empower and comfort me. She gently nudged my husband at times and answered my daughter’s questions and made sure she was included. She helped me labor at home just as I had planned. She even helped my husband with his headache using essential oils! Due to circumstances beyond our control, we did end up needing another cesarean. Shelby prayed with me and then accompanied my husband and me to the OR. She had such a calming presence and I was so grateful she could be there.
After the delivery, Shelby stayed with us for quite a while as she promised. About a week a later we had a great postnatal visit and she delivered my placenta capsules and tincture. She explained how to use each of them and even brought me a special keepsake from the umbilical cord.
If you are considering hiring a doula, Shelby is the best! She has an amazing heart and is so compassionate and loving. You will have a beautiful birth with her by your side.
Shelby was essential to my labor & delivery! She was referred to us by a friend who lauded her experience & care during their home birth. Looking to have a similar experience, my husband and I hired Shelby to help with the birth of our second child. Our first birth experience was less than desirable and we looked to Shelby on how to make it more within our control. We took her 6 week course on child birth & baby basics. The classes were excellent & very important to the success of our home birth. My husband & I were very confident when I started labor & made a great team. Even with all the tools Shelby gave us prior to the birth, her presence & couching were AMAZING & key to helping me through my quick, intense labor. My husband and I agreed that we both don't know what it would have been like without Shelby's guidance. She was like a loving, gentle, mother helping me through an overwhelmingly challenging situation. In addition to the birth support, her postpartum & breastfeeding care is incredible. I love that we found her & I wish I could hire her for all my friends!
There is no price to put on a service so great!! Shelby is an amazing doula who truly delivers all she promises and more. With a thrid baby on the way, one would likely question why we would choose a doula, but having Shelby as a member of our birth team was one of the best decisions we have ever made. We gained knowledge. We developed fascinating and wonderful ways to get through some difficult parts of pregnancy, labor and delivery. We grew. Shelby instigated and fostered a healthy environment when our desires had to be redirected. She was available for all our crazy questions. Her sincere approach that was rooted in both knowledge and experience proved a beaken in our journey. We love Shelby and should we be blessed with any other sweet bundles of joy, she will be among the first people called!
Shelby Miller is a very supportive, caring, and knowledgable doula! My only previous experience with a doula prior to meeting Shelby, was hearing about one of my friends experiences going through labor without any support except from her doula. Since my husband and I had no other available support and have other children requiring different medical needs, we decided to persue a little added help for our delivery day. Initially we were attempting to plan an "as stress-free as possible" delivery in a local hospital. Shelby, with her 18 yrs of experience, was extremely well versed in ways to support our choice and offered multiple other solutions for my high risk pregnancy. When I finally realized that trying to plan a stress free hospital delivery was stressing me out the most, we looked to Shelby for guidance about a home birth. We sprung our change of plans on her when I was 39 weeks pregnant with no experience on home/water birthing. Shelby put in a good word and connected us with an awesome midwife, who was gracious enough to take a 39 week pregnant patient she hadn't treated before. In the end we were able to have a home water birth, which turned out to be one of the most peaceful and empowering experiences both myself and my spouse have been able to have. Shelby was always quick to repsond and provide guidance that brought my ever panicking mind to peace. She also aided me into different positions that completely stopped my back contractions (well worth any amount of money to me)! She is a wonderful wonderful doula and I would definitely recommend her for excellent overall emotional/physical support as well as for all labor environments.
Shelby was a light throughout my pregnancy! She helped me so much and educated me so well. She was always there for me no matter what the question or problem was, or even just to check in! She is such a special spirit, and makes amazing soup!! Thank you Shelby!!
Shelby was an indespensible source of wisdom and peace of mind for both me and my husband. She acted as an interpreter of things that doctors either didn't deem necessary to explain, or else lacked the ability to translate to the average person. I am one of those people who likes to ask the question "why?" a lot, which seemed to fluster &/or aggravate most of the medical professionals on the receiving end. Not so with Shelby; in fact, she is passionate about educating mothers on the process of motherhood and also on parents' rights and options. Her desire for knowledge is voracious and spurs her on to continue maturing in her calling as a doula. If you have question she can't answer (which becomes increasingly rare), she will seek out understanding to the furthest possible extent. Moreover, this passion paired with drive to learn has unlocked incomparable insight in many areas. A personal example of this is my special need in pregnancy: understanding and coping with hyperemesis gravidarum. Shelby researched and compiled information for me (and any subsequent clients who may be burdened by this issue) to assist me through that difficult experience. She also availed herself liberally to support me physically, emotionally and spiritually throughout my pregnancy. She even came and cooked for me and anointed me with essential oils after delivery. She is very respectful, so these things were done on request. One of my favorite things about having her in our lives was her ability to bring calm and ease anxiety in the heat of the moment. For me, as one may guess, this occurred in labor and delivery. However, for my husband, this effect took place as soon as she entered our home. She had a way of soothing his (and my) tension of not knowing what to expect. I would hands-down call on her in a future pregnancy and recommend her to anyone looking for high-quality support in their gestational and post-partum needs.
“My husband was deployed over seas and our second baby was due to arrive. Due to some unforeseen complications it was recommended that I have an elected c-section. This was not something that I wanted. Not only was my husband not here, but I also was not going to be able to have the birth that I was hoping for. The hospital recommended a doula who had been assisting women on the military base, whose husbands were over seas. There are no words which can explain the amount of gratitude to Shelby for being there with me every step of the way. She was my companion and my life line. She prepared me every step of the way mentally and emotionally. Due to the complications the baby was not able to be with me after the birth and was taken to the newborn care center and she went back and forth between me and the baby every time I asked her too so I knew what was happening and going on with my baby. She was with me through my recovery, assisted with breastfeeding and showed me positions which made it more comfortable after the c-section to nurse. The care, support and comfort she provided was invaluable to me and I didn’t feel alone even though I had no family nearby and my husband was not there with us the day our baby was born. Shelby took the time to take pictures of my family and baby and had them sent overseas to my husband. There is a light and gracefulness that flows from her and she is the perfect and caring companion to have at your side. To this day, I still refer to her as my “thicket angel,” because she was my angel in the thick of it.”
Shelby Miller was an amazing doula! She brings a life-changing experiance to the birthing process. She is incredibly knowledgeable, understanding, caring, and genuine. There is no way I would have been able to give birth 100% naturally without her. My husband agreed that he would easily have paid double what she charges for the value that she is to a birth. We love Shelby!
Shelby was my doula for the birth of my second child in 2012. She was beyond amazing. I was so glad to have her full and dedicated support when I needed someone the most. I felt at ease with her and confident in her knowledge of how the body works. She often knew what I needed when I didn't even know. That's a good doula. The business side of things was great as well. She's kind, calm, and trustworthy. I highly recommend her services.
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