Birth Fee: $650 to $850
Fee Details: Besides being a certified birth doula, I am also a breastfeeding counselor and a Hypnobabies Childbirth Instructor. Fee includes 2 prenatal visits before birth, on-call 3 weeks before and 2 weeks after due date, labor and birth, and a visit 1-2 weeks post partum including a full breastfeeding consultation. Available for calls and emails during pregnancy and post partum. Please go to my website for more detailed information.
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 170 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Treasurer of Central Iowa Doula Association, Mercy Volunteer Doula, Iowa Breastfeeding Coalition member, ICAN member
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Adel, IA
Shannon Lee is one of the kindest and most knowledgeable Doulas in Des Moines. She’s also a hypno Doula which is huge where I’m from in Chicago, but people are just catching on to Des Moines. Hypnobabies was such an amazing program for me to release fear, cope with pain, connect with baby, and w/a change of plans. Shannon is reliable and caring & I would definitely work with her again!
After experiencing difficulties with an epidural with my first birth, I knew I wanted a natural birth with my second child. I am so grateful that I found Shannon! She is so kind, knowledgeble, and professional! She explained to us the services she provides as a Doula and helped us to think of so many things we wouldn't have been aware of or thought to ask prior to our delivery. She answered all our questions along the way and made us feel so comfortable having her in the labor/delivery room with us! She was able to help keep me calm in such a gentle way and my husband was right there by my side the whole time too. Her support was absoutely essential to help me through a natural birth and I am so glad she was there! She is such a lovely person and if we decide to have another child, I will definitely be calling Shannon again!
Shannon is a wonderfully positive person. She provided me with resources throughout the pregnancy. We couldn't have made it through labor without her. Shannon is a great resource after birth as well with support particularly for breastfeeding. I am happy to recommend her to anyone seeking a doula!
Finding out I was pregnant with my first and knowing I wanted a natural birth, a doula was an absolute must. I met Shannon by chance, and I can't say enough how lucky I was to have met her. Her knowledge and experience truly showed. She was fantastic throughout the pregnancy and even more so during labor, delivery and the following few days after. She was invaluable to my husband and me, keeping us calm and feeling confident in our decisions. She always made herself available for questions and had the best advice. I would recommend her a thousand times over. I had a very successful drug-free birth that I couldn't have done without her!
We had a wonderful experience with Shannon for the preparation of the birth of our daughter. Shannon was knowledgable, kind, encouraging and helpful when we met before the birth, as well as during my labor and birth. She was also very helpful post-birth, especially with nursing. We are so happy that we had the chance to get to know her, and for her support!
When my husband and I found out we were expecting out first, we knew we wanted to work with a doula. When we sat down to talk with Shannon, we knew she was the right fit for us. She immediately understood both our concerns with labor and delivery and understood the type of experience we wanted to have. We knew we wanted to have the most natural birth possible, Shannon brought a sense of calm to our labor process and encouraged me to trust my body to do what it was made to do.
When I was hospitalized for complications a few weeks before delivering, Shannon was available to reassure me that everything would be alright. She continued to be available for us in the weeks and days leading up to our delivery date, and never made me feel like my questions or concerns weren't important. The day I went into labor, Shannon arrived as soon as we asked for her assistance. She stuck with us as labor progressed and helped me labor at home as long as possible. My husband and I relied on her immensely throughout the process. She kept track of my contractions so my husband was able to help me get through them. She offered suggestions on ways to ease the pain from the contractions and make me as comfortable as I could be. Once we were at the hospital, Shannon was an advocate for my husband and I to make sure our birth plan was followed. During our prolonged pushing, Shannon was right by my side with peppermint oil to help with my nausea and cold compresses to help keep me cool. Shannon also took beautiful photos of our delivery to help us remember the day.
After our daughter was born, Shannon offered instruction and support with breastfeeding while we were in the hospital as well as once we were discharged and I was struggling with breastfeeding. My husband and I look forward to working with Shannon again if we have another child in the future.
Shannon provided calm, knowledgeable support and presence at our son's birth in July. This was our first birth experience and we wanted help staying as calm as possible to allow my body to do its work. With Shannon's support the intensity of labor was more manageable and therefore wonder-filled. And she did so quietly. I'm grateful that while Shannon is knowledgeable, she doesn't seek to prove it or talk all of the time. This allowed the experience to be guided by us and be the sacred moment that birth is.
I was afraid that having a stranger at my bedside during labor would make it less special and it might have if someone had a different way of being than Shannon. She was gentle, present, focused, willing, knowledgeable and kind. She provided information without overwhelming us. She allowed my husband to be the primary coach for me, and the experience brought us closer still. She offered verbal support and guidance as needed, as well as physical support. She pushed on my sacrum for HOURS. It was pain relieving for me, though doubtlessly challenging for her. I kept worrying she might stop, but she didn't. Though I was a new person in her life, she was completely present and focused on my process. Her support alongside my husband helped me feel safe and calm during a vulnerable experience. We shared a birth experience that I feel proud of and treasure. Thank you, Shannon!
My first birth experience was rather difficult for me to process - an unexpected c-section under general anesthesia. But the hardest part was that no one at the hospital could really talk me through what happened. Shifts changed, doctors were busy, and questions were passed on to the next person. I never seemed to get answers. So when I got pregnant again, I decided to really try to take charge of my experience and attempt a VBAC. A major way that was accomplished was by hiring Shannon as our doula. From early on, she responded quickly and thoughtfully to any questions or concerns. She never seemed like we were burdening her or asking stupid questions. She was comforting and ready to help. I called Shannon when I was experiencing early labor, and she made herself available to us all day. My first call was around 8-9 AM and our son was born at 12:53 the next morning! She stuck with us the whole time and didn't leave until things were all settled in the wee hours of the morning. Even though I knew my husband would be a good support, it was so valuable to have someone else there with experience in labor and the hospital - someone always there but just involved when needed. I felt more confident requesting things or refusing things when she was present. The nurses were great, but it really felt like we had someone "on our side" that knew us - and knew what I was like when I wasn't in pain - HA! She was able to explain what was going on when nurses weren't there. She took pictures right after the birth. And finally, she was able to provide what I personally needed - someone to talk through what happened and help me process things after we brought our boy home. I would highly recommend having a doula present - and Shannon was a great fit for us!
Shannon added so much calm and comfort to our birthing experience. She was very much available for prenatal questions, during the onset of early labor and for postpartum/breastfeeding support. We were truly blessed to have her there. Her massage techniques were extremely nurturing and effective during contractions and her use of the Rebozo was invaluable in helping reposition the baby and relieve my back labor. She helped to keep me grounded and informed as labor progressed. She was a great advocate in the delivery room by making sure the staff we needed was present. To top it off, she took beautiful photographs that perfectly capture the moment of our son's birth. We could never thank her enough for being a part of our ideal birth experience.
Shannon was our doula for the birth of our son a few months ago. We decided early on that we wanted a doula present for the birth of our first child. We interviewed a few people and right away we connected with Shannon. Her personality was a great match for what we were looking for. We met with her a few times before the delivery which helped us prepare for what to expect and create a birth plan, etc. She answerd our questions and put us at ease. My delivery ended up being very long and difficult and Shannon was there with us the entire time. She helped my husband and I to feel comfortable. She got along great with my doctor and the hospital staff. She came to visit us in the hospital after the birth as I had an extended hospital stay and then came to visit us once more when got home. We can't thank her enough for all that she did. She truly made our experience so much better under the circumstances. We would absolutely recommend her to anyone wanting a doula.
My husband and I were blessed to have Shannon as our doula. This was my first baby, and Shannon was there before, during, and after the birth to educate and encourage me. She helped me develop a birth plan and provided tips on how to keep myself comfortable and get the baby positioned correctly in my last weeks of pregnancy, including stretches, aromatherapy, and relaxation techniques. During labor, she was invaluable. She worked really well with the nursing staff to get me what I needed, and she was prepared with a lot of tricks to ease labor (like hot/cold packs and peppermint aromatherapy that really helped my nausea!). My husband was able to be there to support me and offer encouragement and we both felt relaxed knowing that Shannon was there as our birth expert when we had questions or needed advice. After we got home from the hospital, she visited to make sure we were doing well (both me and the baby) and help with breastfeeding. Overall, the birth of our first baby was a great experience, thanks in large part to Shannon.
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