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Shannon-Tara Ames

Great Beginnings Doula

Website: http://greatbeginningsdoula.ca

Phone: 250-801-6575

Birth Fee: $875 to $1000

Fee Details: I like to meet potential clients and work out a fee that is agreeable for all of us.

Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 80 births attended

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Am available to be with you throughout labour & a couple of hours after birth to assist with breastfeeding. Will come back to hospital within 24 hrs to assist with breastfeeding and anything else you may need.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Early childhood education certified

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • CPR Certified - St. John Ambulance

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Babywearing education
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Infant massage education
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • TENS units rental

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Westbank, BC
Travel Range: 30 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: Nil

Client Testimonials for Shannon-Tara Ames

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Dana B

Hiring Shannon-Tara as our doula played an integral part in creating the birth that my husband and I both hoped for. She was knowledgeable, calm, and supportive to us both and provided us with tools and strategies to use before, during and after the birth of our son. She helped me feel confident and in control during the entire process, which was extremely empowering. I would happily hire Shannon-Tara to be my doula again!

Posted 4/26/2017

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Miranda Holly

My husband wasn't on board with hiring a doula for our first child, as he didn't understand their role, and assumed the midwife would play a bigger part during labour.  After meeting Shannon-Tara, he was totally on board!!  She was understanding and compassionate, as well as professional and educated.  She went out of her way to explain things, and answer our questions. 

My birth was pre-term, and we debated calling Shannon-Tara right away.  But we are glad we did!  If it wasn't for Shannon-Tara, we would have been in labour and delivery alone, with only nurses checking in every 15mins!  She took control of the situation when I was 9cm, and requested the nurses call the Dr and Midwife back.  And even while I had to wait 45mins for everyone to show up before delivering, she was calm, kept me and my husband focused, and reassured us. 

She stayed with us after the baby's birth and helped with breastfeeding, as well as returning the next day to ensure we were doing ok in the NICU.  She was able to answer questions in the days following via text messages.  She also was vital in helping me recover PPD by explaining all the things my body was going through, and that it was totally normal! 

I am currently pregnant again and would hire Shannon-Tara in a heartbeat, except we moved 12 hours away!!  We have another doula for this birth planned, as I felt she was the greatest comfort during labour for both my husband and I. 

Posted 3/28/2017

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sheena dionne-irwin

Shannon-Tara was an amazing doula. She connected with us right away and created a comfortable and open environment. She helped us through our first pregnancy and if I hadn't moved, no questions asked I would have begged her to be there for my second as well. Shannon-Tara is compassionate, empathetic and very professional. I went through an induced birth with 20+ hours of labour and ended up with an emergency c-section, which was my biggest fear but my partner and I talked everything through with Shannon-Tara and I went in feeling completely calm. We then had some complications to deal with and also had major latch issues. Shannon-Tara made sure I knew she was there to give me support, guidance, educated answers and suggestions without swaying me any one way. We will forever be grateful for our amazing experience with Shannon-Tara. I would recommend her to anyone in any birthing situation!

Posted 3/27/2017

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Elsa Wellwood

From the very beginning when my husband and I first met Shannon-Tara near the end of my first trimester, we immediately had a good vibe about her and could easily tell that she was very experienced, professional, knowledgeable and had a wonderful passion for her work as a doula. 

As my pregnancy progressed, Shannon-Tara met with us regularily and was a wonderful source of information and support throughout.  Shannon-Tara took the time to get to know the fine details and philosophy of our birthing wishes.  She went well above and beyond our expectations, taking the initiative to join us while we took a series of hypnobirthing classes which further demonstrated her total dedication and commitment to ensuring that our birthing wishes were respected and upheld and that we were all on the same page going into the birth of our baby girl. 

Once in labour, Shannon-Tara was present as a steady and calm voice of reassurance, love, and compassion.  She assisted both my husband and I tirelessly by helping me to feel comfortable, nourished and hydrated as well as providing moral support to my husband and I while we ventured through our labour as a solid team.  Post-partum, she visited us in the hospital and at home and provided support and assistance with breast-feeding as well as some invaluable tips to assist us in our transition to parenthood.

We would recommend Shannon-Tara with the highest of regard to anyone who is looking for that special person to support them during such an important transition in their lives.  It was truly an honour for us to work with her and we would hire her again in a heartbeat! 

Love from Elsa, Chad and Naomi   

Posted 10/10/2016

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Bria Young

Shannon-Tara was great. She gave us lots of suggestions for dealing with early labour and back labour. Her help with breathing made contractions significantly easier. Being able to call on her in the middle on the night to come to our home was invaluable. We ended up having a c-section, and Shannon-Tara was there to support us before and after.

Posted 9/20/2016

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