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Shannon McKenzie

Joyful Journey Doula and Childbirth Education

Website: http://www.joyfuljourneydoula.com

Phone: 847-400-7595

Birth Fee: $650 to $1200

Fee Details: Hospital birth fees typically range from $750-1100 (Homebirth fee is typically $650-750); Please visit my website to see more information about pricing, or contact me at shannon@joyfuljourneydoula.com for more information or to set up a free consultation!

Birth Doula Experience: 10 years and 55 births attended

Doula Training

  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), November 2009
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association)

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Experienced breastfeeding mother

College Education

  • BA/BS
  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Twins
  • Vaginal breech birth
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Parenting consulting
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Stillbirthday Bereavement Doula
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Languages spoken: English;

Client Testimonials for Shannon McKenzie

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Sofia Masri

We took classes with Shannon and she was also our doula. Both experiences were wonderful. She's knowledgeable, caring, compassionate, and supportive. I used everything she taught us when I was in labor. It was all extremely helpful. Towards the end of my 16 hours of labor, I really felt as though I couldn't continue. Shannon gave me the encouragement I needed to keep going and have the birth experience that I had hoped for. She was an integral part of the best day of our lives. We can't thank her enough!

Posted 12/8/2012

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Erin Fallis

As a registered nurse, I knew from my research and education that the best way to bring my child into this world was to have a labor and delivery surrounded in peace, tranquility and love. I knew that the best way to accomplish this was through a natural childbirth. Knowing that doulas really are a fantastic help in accomplishing that goal, my husband and I chose to have Shannon as our doula. Words cannot describe how much Shannon's support, wisdom and advice helped both myself and my husband. From me freaking out about failing my 1 hour oral glucose test to her love, support ,and encouragement though a 29 hour labor, Shannon has been a constant strong partner throughout my whole pregnancy. My first meeting with her, I felt as if I was having a conversation with an old friend and she helped me with my goals for what type of prenatall care and delivery that I wanted. From that conversation, I came to the conclusion that to get the care and delivery I wanted, I needed to switch my care to midwives. Shannon referred me to the midwives who delivered my baby. I truly believe that all my wishes for the birth of my baby were accomplished because of the midwives that Shannon referred me to. In essence, I owe a great deal to Shannon for being an advocate for the type of labor and delivery I wanted, and I truly believe that without her wisdom and advice the birth of my daughter would have not have turned out as perfectly as I had imagined. Shannon is fantastic, and I would recommend her whole-heartedly for anyone who is looking for a supportive, knowledgeable, and caring doula who will be supportive in any decision you chose to bring your child into this world.

Posted 11/1/2012

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Kristin Sanchez

Shannon sat with me and supported me through the hardest part of my birth experience.  She held my hand and helped me to work through the contractions.  She was a great source of motivation and support.  She created a wonderful relaxing environment.  Shannon helped my husband to be a great partner for me as well.  I would recommend Shannon to anyone looking for a supporting, caring, wonderful doula. 

Posted 3/5/2012

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Olivia Stabile

I cannot say enough thanks for the blessing of having Shannon McKenzie as my doula!

My pregnancy journey was an amazing one. I met Shannon as a referral through my midwife and we started childbirth classes with her. Shannon was so knowledgeable, patient, and caring, we knew we wanted her present at the birth as well. We were so excited to have her as our doula and when we finally decided to have a home birth instead of hospital, we were glad she would be there. I went into labor Sunday August 29th and my darling son was born Tuesday August 31st. It was the hardest experience of my life and I think one of the hardest births for the staff! My labor was very long and very painful and I was dilated only to 6-7cm for a long time. Shannon was there for me through every second. Always patient, loving, supportive, and incredibly strong, I don't know that I could've done it without her. My back labor was excruciating and she used her strength (physical and emotional!) to press on my lower back for hours and hours. In the shower, the birth tub, the bed, she was always by my side. During delivery she coached, soothed, and held legs. Through the tears, of pain and joy, she stood like a rock. My husband was there for me every step and having Shannon made it easier for him as well. He was able to take a break from the intense emotional journey. She was totally amazing!!!

I would recommend Shannon to everyone! Whatever type of birth experience you desire, Shannon will be an invaluable asset for both you AND your partner. I consider her a lifelong friend with a very special place in my heart.

 

Posted 11/22/2010

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Melissa Dimitri

Shannon played an invaluable role in the birth of our daughter.  She was simply amazing.  Shannon was extremely knowledgeable, resourceful, confident, and intuitive during the birthing process.  She got along great with the medical staff and really worked as a team to help achieve the best outcome possible.  She was also extremely nurturing and compassionate throughout - making sure I was confortable, encouraging me when I got tired, supporting me when my resolve wavered, getting food for my husband when he couldn't leave my side, etc.  She also created a very calming and peaceful environment not only for me, but for everyone in the birthing room.  Quite simply, I don't think I could have labored naturally for as long as I did without Shannon's help.  She also kept us calm and helped keep us informed when our birth ran into some complications. 

I truly believe it was Shannon's skill and encouragement that led to my baby being born with minimal side effects, despite an emergency c-section.  I never would have gotten as far as I did with minimal medication without her, and I can't thank her enough for that.  I would not hesitate to recommend Shannon to anyone looking for a doula!

Posted 6/19/2010

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Beth Thomas

We couldn't have asked for a better doula than Shannon McKenzie.  She was such an integral part of helping us acheive the natural birth we wanted, from the Advanced Comfort Measures class we took with her, to her recommending the Hypnobabies birthing program to her support during the pregnancy and during our daughter's birth.  I felt comfortable contacting her at any time with questions or concerns and she always responded quickly, and I loved that she visited our house before the birth so she'd know exactly where to come and what to expect when I called to request her assistance during labor.  Our daughter's birth unfolded rather quickly once true labor began and we had to make a last-minute switch regarding the hospital where I delivered; Shannon remained calm and supportive and was such a calming influence on me during this crazy time.  She was with us every step of the way and was so positive and reassuring...and she came to visit at home the next week with delicious homemade soup in hand!  Quite simply, Shannon McKenzie is a fantastic doula and I highly recommend her. 

Posted 6/9/2010

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Katey Rybski

Shannon served as my doula for the birth of my son in March, 2010. Because I planned to deliver with an epidural, I hadn’t considered using a doula until late into my pregnancy. When I met Shannon, and she explained all the resources that she could offer, I realized how helpful she could be. I am incredibly grateful that I ended up working with Shannon. During my last weeks of pregnancy, she offered wonderful advice on preparing my birth plan, methods to stay comfortable, and as I went past my due date, she helped to keep me calm, and gave me exercises and tips on how to encourage the onset of labor. Her knowledge and skills helped me to be more prepared logistically for my hospital experience when I was finally induced. As a first time mother, going into labor is one of those things that you have no idea what to expect. Shannon helped me to be as prepared as possible for what I was about to go through. Her support and reassurance during my 25 hour labor was more than I could have asked for. Not only did she offer support that helped me manage the pain (since I didn’t get my epidural until late); but she was a wonderful support emotionally as well. When I was at the point I didn’t think I could keep going, Shannon knew exactly what to say and do to push me through that helpless feeling. When I delivered my baby, aside from my doctor and nurses, I was surrounded by family – my husband, mother, and aunt. And at that point, Shannon was as much of a member of my family as the rest of them. Her caring and support reached beyond just me – she was wonderful with my husband, mother, and aunt as well. And once I was settled in at home, Shannon offered advice on breastfeeding, sleeping, and caring for our baby. She even stopped by with a meal for my husband and I and a gift for our son. She was such a calm and caring presence through the whole process – I can’t imagine having gone through it all without her.

 

Posted 5/17/2010

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