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Shannon Mitchell

Exhale Birth Services


Phone: 727-667-8039

Birth Fee: $200 to $2400

Postpartum Rate: $35 to $45

Fee Details: Fees are always determined by client after discussion with the doula and are negotiable based on your financial situation for labor doula services. Postpartum doula services are $35 per hour within thirty minutes of my home, $45 per hour within an hour of my home. All clients inquiring receive a copy of fee schedule of all services, including belly casting and individualized childbirth education.

Birth Doula Experience: 20 years and 220 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 14 years and 18 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Childbirth International (CBI) - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, June 1999
  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), December 2003
  • Childbirth International, January 2012
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 0 to 6 births and 0 to 2 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: I have a 30 min travel limit for postpartum doula care at this time. I limit my postpartum doula availability because of being on call for births, therefore I am often only available for very short stints on a daytime-only basis.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I'm also an experienced homebirth midwife, LM and CPM so I love attending and supporting homebirths! I also support mothers in freebirths

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Childbirth International
  • Lamaze International
  • FOCEP Trained, Passion for Birth

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Counselor (Healthy Children)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification
  • CPM (Certified Professional Midwife)
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • DEM - Direct Entry Midwife
  • LM (Licensed Midwife)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Rebozo Training
  • I have attended DONA, CAPPA, LLL, Rebozo, Maya Abdominal Massage I, and many other trainings listed on my website

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Expected stillbirth
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Surrogacy
  • Teens
  • Vaginal breech birth
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly casting
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth Pool rental
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Monitrice services
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Washington Alliance for Responsible Midwifery Secretary (WARM) 2016-2019 ICAN of Seattle (ICAN) 2018-2019 Breech without Borders 2018-2019 Natural Birth Northwest 2018-2019 Eastside Doula Circle 2016-2019 Citrus Birth Network founder and current admin 2011-April 2015 (relocated) ICAN Volunteer 2003-present ICAN board of directors 2003-2008 ICAN of the Suncoast founder and chapter leader 2003-2008 Florida Friends of Midwives 2008 Tallahassee/Big Bend Breastfeeding Coalition 2000-2002 Tallahassee Area Doula Association 2000-2002

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Client Testimonials for Shannon Mitchell

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Kyla Page

Shannon was an exceptional source of knowledge and calm during the labor and delivery of our baby.  Leading up to our due date, Shannon took time to really understand what our goals were and she supported those goals to the fullest.  Shannon is non-judgemental, easy to work with, and available at every turn. I definitely felt like she was cheering me on during the pregnancy, and certainly during labor. I really appreciated that Shannon helped my husband find his place during our labor, so he felt like he knew what to do to best support me during painful contractions.  I also appreciated that she took photos and followed up so quickly after the birth to debrief.  Shannon would make a wonderful Doula in any birth situation!

Posted 7/2/2018

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Cassandra Tibbetts

I met with Shannon around 35 weeks into my second pregnancy. I had been terrified to hire a doula, even as a doula myself, due to my PTSD and trauma. Shannon was prompt and on time to our consult. She carried such a light, calm and tender demeanor. I felt at ease and knew she was the match for me and our birth by the end of our consultation. we could afford her fee too which was important  

Due to my situation with PTSD she accommodated me and met weekly to help me get more comfortable and to help me work through communicating with my other care providers. She always gave such amazing ideas and solutions. I always felt she was 100% on my side and made me feel consistently validated as I walked the terrifying journey through my trauma. I always felt more at peace after our appointments. Around 38 weeks I ended my care with my midwives as things were not a good fit for our birth. Shannon stood by me at supported me through our beautiful birth. From middle of the night texts through prodromal labor she always was there for me. She was a calm steady for me as I had a very hard labor. She let my own “doula brain” shut off and let me just be a mom in labor. That gave me peace and confidence to be able to birth our daughter at home without any intervention. She respected every request is made for modesty and space during my labor. She really went above and beyond to support our family in a way I never imagined possible. I walked out of my birth knowing there was someone I could trust through a birth process  that is HUGE for me As I have NEVER felt that way  

We had a beautiful birth and she still has continued to be emotional support postpartum. Showing up to check in me when I was having a bad day and responding to every text or call  I HIGHLY recommend Shannon. 

Posted 4/12/2018

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Mine Tokus Altug

Shannon made my pregnancy and birth experience a total positive, deep and touching story. She thought me and my husband all details of child birth and being a family, answered our many questions as first time parents with patience. She was on my left side during my long and unexpected labor on thanks giving day, Even though she was not on call for me on those days! My labor started on end of week 34, Shannon helped me to understand  doctors suggestions for me and for the baby. With her help I could made the hard decisions confidently. She was also a great resource for us for newborn care. She provided proven advise for newborns and clarified our confusion on many things we found on web. I can't thank enough Shannon for being such a valuable support for me and my husband. We definitely recommend her to everyone as a perfect child birth educator, birth doula and postpartum doula.

Posted 1/26/2017

Birth Availability for Shannon Mitchell

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