Birth Fee: $1250 to $1750
Postpartum Rate: $45
Fee Details: Half of my fee is due at contract signing the other half at 36 weeks. My basic birth doula package includes either a group prenatal appointment or a private prenatal, birth plan consultation, 4 week on call period, and one postpartum visit. Higher cost packages include built in postpartum hours, and a couples childbirth education session. I do offer payment plans, online payments and discounts for low income and military families. Please contact me for details on rates based on needs.
Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 30 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 4 years and 15 families served
Clients per Month: 2 to 5 births and 2 to 4 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: No smoking, light housework only.
I have worked with several of the womens shelters in our areas and offered my services with several local crisis pregnancy centers. I have connections within the military world and have helped some military families with their births as well.
Languages spoken: English
Shannon provided excellent care and birth support to myself and my husband during the labor and delivery of our first child. We were nervous about having our child in a standard hospital because I wanted a natural birth and was aware of the hospital's high C-section rate and low rate of unmedicated births. Shannon made it possible. Though my labor was very difficult and painful, she supported me with great pain management techniques that helped me successfully have a natural birth. She was also a great support to my husband, who would not have otherwise known how to assist me during labor. I highly recommend Shannon and Nova Birth Services.
This is my second labor and my first ended in a c-section. I never thought I would need a doula besides my Obgyn and nurse in a hospital environment. However, during my first labor, both my husband and I were at our wits end in the L&D room, none of my then-provider and nurse were "there" to support me and I was helpless and unable to push out the baby under strong norcotics. This time around, I wanted someone, other than my spouse, doctor and nurse, to be my advocate and champion for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and who supports me both emotionally and physically before and during labor. I found Shannon, she gave me encouragements/ideas and sometimes a benefit of doubts too that help me think clearly on what exact birth/labor experience that I desire. On my induction day, Shannon was with me the entire time, as contractions got unbearable with Pitocin and a broken water, Shannon was there to support, soothe and coach me through each contraction. She helped me stay strong when I was weak and I probably couldn't have done it without an epidural (I had it last time) if I didn't have additional emotional and physical support from her during those painful moments. Basically, I couldn't have pulled it through without her. Now, I had a successful VBAC and couldn't be happier! Thank you SO much, Shannon! I wish I had you in my first labor experience.
Shannon was the Doula when my second son was born and I can’t say enough great things about her! She helped me have the labor and delivery that I wanted, respecting all of my wishes, and advocating for me throughout the pregnancy and the labor and delivery! She was such a great support before, during, and after my beautiful son was born.
I did not have a Doula when my first child was born. Being in the medical field myself I thought I knew most of the interventions and alternatives so I planned to advocate for myself. But when you are in labor it’s very hard to speak up for your wishes especially when you’re in pain, scared, or overwhelmed, all of which happened to me. I was hesitant about getting a Doula for my second child but we decided that the cost was worth it after having such a rough experience when my first child was born. And I could not have been happier about the choice of doulas, Shannon was my primary and Andrea backed her up. Both were so helpful and supportive during my pregnancy, they were there to help me plan and keep me calm.
After my second son was born I felt overjoyed and empowered! I can’t stress how much better I felt emotionally and physically!!! I was able to bond and enjoy time with my baby and it was absolutely beautiful. I have Shannon to thank for giving me the pregnancy and delivery I wanted!
So even if you don’t want a natural birth, whatever choice is right for you and your baby. I would highly recommend hiring the NOVA Birth Services and can personally highly recommend Shannon!
I loved working with Shannon and if I ever need a doula again I will be sure to work with her. Shannon is very personable, knowledgeable and relaxed. I loved just chatting with her and learning from her. She takes the time to get to know you and is there for you during your pregnancy, birth and postpartum days. She even helped me find a new doctor in my third trimester. Her passion for what she does is evident in the fact that she holds free motherhood support meetings monthly. She does not push any sort of agenda on you...she is a caring, lovely woman who seeks to serve others. I consider her a friend and I am thankful that she made my delivery such a positive experience.
Shannon Matthew's has a beautiful light to her. I knew as soon as I walked into the room that she was the one God chose to be my doula. Energetically I was drawn to her kind nature and her wisdom. I mean the woman knows her stuff. During my pregnancy she was very supportive and practical. The doctor told me I would have to have a cesarean due to my baby's position. He was still breach at 40 weeks. I was beyond upset. Shannon helped keep me calm during this entire process. She was so reassuring and comforting and even came to my doctor's appointment with me.
Well the day came for the scheduled c section. Shannon showed up on time to the hospital with her smiling face and her grace. I needed that ! The father of my child was panicking she helped calm him. Through the whole process she was there. I insisted on her being with me because she helped calm my nerves which were scattered all over the hospital. I can't thank her enough !
Our bundle of boy came weighing almost 7 pounds and we celebrated with tears and joy. After the operation she continued to stay and check in with me. Once I was discharged from the hospital 2 days later she followed up and came to see how baby and I were doing.
To this day Shannon still follows up with us and I can't thank her enough for all that she did. If I had to do it all over again I would do it with HER by my side. THANK YOU SHANNON ! BEST DOULA EVER !
Getting to have Shannon at my birth was amazing. I had made a commitment that I wanted a natural labor and birth. My husband and I had had fertility issues and when I was about 3 months pregnant he was diagnosed with a terminal kidney disease. This means we may not be able to have more children. I wanted to feel and expereince everything with my husband since we weren't sure we would get this experince again. I went into labor 2 weeks early and it was a whirlwind! I began making my calls to my husband, my family and to Shannon. My doctor knew how important it was for me to have my doula with me for the birth so as requested, she simply kept an eye on me in my early stages of labor and I kept in contact with Shannon over the phone. Shannon arrived a few hours later with her big bubbly personality and huge smile and warm hugs! It was a welcome relief! We realized as I transitioned that my baby was OP (face up) and things got extremely intense and extremely painful. Shannon kept me and my husband calm and focused and gently reminded me why I chose this route. I know if it hadn't been for her encouragement, I would have not have stuck to my birth plan since the labor and pushing was very long and much more emotional than we anticipated due to the babies position. After an hour and a half of hard pushing our baby girl arrived!! Shannon remained with us in the post delivery days with some check ins and lots of help nursing. She helped us start our nursing jorney off strong, and it has continued strong, thanks to the foundation and help she gave in those vital few weeks after delivery. Shannon has a natural caring personality. She is able to incorporate gentleness and tough love, with well timed jokes, to keep you both focused and distracted. This makes her approach to labor and delivery truly unique and hard to find. She is like the sister you never had, but always wanted!
I met Shannon when I was 38 weeks pregnant with my first baby, the day that I found out my baby girl was breech. Right away, she provided me with comfort and support. Like most moms-to-be, I had pictured what my labor and delivery would be like, and I had not thought of the possibility of a cesarean. She did not give up hope for me to be able to deliver vaginally, and she was so full of resources about breech babies. She provided me with many methods and techniques that are known to be successful to try to turn the baby, rather than just scheduling a c-section immediately as the doctors suggested. There were home remedies and acupuncture, along with the external cephalic “version” procedure. She was very knowledgeable about the version, including the risks, and helped me to be able to make an educated decision on whether to have this procedure, which I ended up doing. After giving it every attempt that we knew how, I came to terms with having a c-section, as the most important thing for all of us was to get the baby here safely, and keep me safe, no matter how my daughter arrived. As I was preparing mentally and physically for the surgery, Shannon helped ease my fears by sharing options with me and educating me on what I could expect. She let me know there were still options and decisions for me to make surrounding my daughter’s birth, even though my birth plan was out the window. On May 25, 2018, my baby girl arrived safely and that’s what mattered most!
Shannon was a lifesaver after my first daughter was born. She saved my breastfeeding relationship with my firstborn. Without her, I would’ve had to bottle feed (which is fine, but wasn’t My first choice). I was literally minutes away from giving up, after trying to nurse her for a week, without any luck When Shannon showed up at my house. She went above and beyond, as she always does by calming my nerves, bringing a nipple shield and baby gifts, but best of all within minutes my baby was nursing. I cannot recommend Shannon enough. If you’re looking for a kind-hearted, down to earth yet extremely knowledgable miracle worker, Shannon is your girl!
Literally had the best birth!!!! Shannon was amazing and was able to keep the whole room calm as we were in the process of delivering my son. As a first time momma I had no idea what was happening or what I would need to do but with Shannon and my midwife they were able to take me through every step I needed to take and everything I would need to prepare for! My son came after only around 40 minutes of actual pushing, and after I had him Shannon was still there to help me figure out nursing and to make sure I was adjusting. Shannon was the best doula ever!!!! I think everyone should use her! Whether you’re a first time mom or on your 4th. Shannon is the greatest. She prayed with us before i started pushing, and I believe that if anything major were to happen that Shannon would have stepped in and helped us make an eeducated decision! Thank you so much Shannon!!!
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