Shannon Bacus Birth Doula Services
Bloomington, IL Service range 45 miles
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 4
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
Will attend home births with midwives (CNM), recognized by the state of Illinois.
Member of Doulas Etc. www.doulasetc.com
Packages are available. Doula Care: $1500|| Placenta Only: $325-$350 || Birth + Postpartum: Doula Care and Placenta Encapsulation $1775 || Holistic Care: Doula/Placenta Encapsulation/Tincture: $1800||
Bloomington, IL Service range 45 miles
Shannon was exactly we needed with the birth of our first babe. With complex medical history, I knew a epidural wasn’t the safest route for me. But I was so scared that there wouldn’t be anything in between to help with the pain. Shannon brought so much knowledge, a strong advocate & just a peace of mind knowing that she would be there. All the research & preparing went out the door when you are actually in the moment you just can’t think or express yourself well. Shannon knew that & was always one step ahead of me. She could tell if I need water, a cool rag, a fan, different positions or just an encouraging word. I remember getting to the hospital in the height of my pain crying “I can’t do this.” She was quick to give me encouragement & push me along. My husband who was very skeptical & frugal with money said she was worth every penny. We are so thankful for all that she did to help bring our babe into the world.
The thing that we appreciate most about Shannon was her presence at the birth. She radiates an experienced calmness that permeated throughout the entire process which made a world of difference for us going through our first birth. She was not afraid to go to battle for us when it came to our desires and wishes for our natural birth. She offered great encouragement during the birthing process and applied a stern tone as needed during moments when I needed it most. There was never any rush or hurry placed on me, just steadfast confidence and peace.
Shannon did provide us with a lot of solid information prebirth that greatly helped us make an educated decision when it came to what route we wanted to take with our pregnancy. Definitely plan to use her services again!
My husband and I are so thankful for Shannon’s consistent support as she educated and helped us to be empowered in our choices throughout pregnancy and labor. She was always a text away. We knew we wanted to have a doula for our homebirth and Shannon’s faith values aligned with ours. Her caring heart and true passion for helping women have a beautiful birth experience are unmatched. Though my labor went very very fast and there was no way Shannon could have made it to our home before my very eager little one came into this world, I have no regrets at all for hiring her to be a part of my team. Her prenatal education and resources equipped my husband and I to feel calm and ready. We would recommend the free Labor Comfort Tips class that is offered too so that you and your support person can get some hands on tips for how to support in labor. Shannon thoughtfully cared for us in the lead up to labor and took care of us so well in postpartum by checking in, processing the quick labor and birth, and following up with how baby and I have been doing. I feel like I’ve made a friend.
All of the resources and support Shannon provided during our pregnancy were incredibly helpful in preparing us to have the best birth experience we could. During labor and birth, she was very encouraging, and just having her there was so reassuring! She also took photos/videos during our birth and put together a little birth video that is so special to look back on! We are so grateful to have had Shannon as a part of our birth team, and we couldn’t recommend her enough!
You need Shannon on your birthing team! We hired Shannon for our second child’s birth. Even though we had some experience and somewhat knew what to expect, her support was incredibly helpful. She provided us great resources to help educate our decisions on all the many, many things that come up in pregnancy and birth. When we had questions she was always available to help. She is so knowledgeable and approachable. She will make you feel like she is your best friend you can share anything with. You want someone with experience and knowledge that you can trust with you when delivery day comes. That is absolutely Shannon for us and I really think you will agree.
Shannon is wonderful, she has a calming and reassuring presence. I can't imagine giving birth without her! If it weren't for her I am certain I would not have had the birth I wanted. My baby had asynclitic presentation, and her knowledge and guidance helped get him in a better position. Highly recommend!
My husband and I can’t recommend Shannon enough! She joined us for our fourth home birth when we moved to central Illinois. This wasn’t our first rodeo and almost didn’t hire a doula; so grateful we did! It was our most peaceful birth, although one of my longest labors. Shannon set the mood and saw to it that my wishes for this birth were attended to; from keeping my water bottle full, my bladder empty, my postpartum tea brewed, my music always playing, and reminding me to move or rest. Most importantly she trusted my body and the birth progress; reassuring me that all is well and never feeling rushed. My husband also felt like Shannon was a pressure release valve; allowing him to be present with me while she set the environment and supported us both. We certainly have a friend in Shannon!
Shannon was my doula for my 2nd birth. She provided education for my birth and support with questions or concerns I may have had. During labor she was there to provide a helping hand with different positions to try and just reminded my husband and myself to eat and drink. She also provided my family with such beautiful pictures and a video we will cherish for years to come.
My first postpartum experience was less than desirable. I had no idea how dark it could go when we had just received the greatest blessing God can give a husband and wife. But unfortunately, my hormones and chemicals were so whacked out (especially after an unplanned c-section) that I missed out on so many joys of being a new mother. I was very depressed and paranoia wreaked havoc in my mind.When our second pregnancy came, I was nervous that I would go down that rabbit hole after birth again. It wasn’t until Shannon introduced placenta encapsulation to me that I began to relax and let go of those anxious thoughts about postpartum. Although my birthing experience was different than what I planned for (isn’t that always how it goes? Ha) I had so much peace of mind stepping into postpartum this time around. I kept waiting for those gnarly thoughts to creep up on me or to have those baby blues again but they never came. I finished my bottle of placenta pills and began my tincture right away to make sure my peaceful mind stayed that way.
I can’t express how great the relief I have had during this postpartum journey. I have been able to have so much peace and joy! What a wonderful miracle that our God created for our bodies to help us even after delivery.
Before our first pregnancy, I had been on anti depressants for over a decade. Now 18 months after our second born arrived, I simply use my tincture a few times a month anytime I feel my depression trying to creep back in. How amazing is that? My placenta, my own body, is my anti depressant. I’m so thankful I don’t have to take a daily pill anymore.
If you are like me and you are wondering if placenta encapsulation is worth it, it is! Take it from my story. You won’t regret using what is already there for you.
P.S. Shannon is the greatest person to join your birthing team in every way! What a blessing she is to all!
When our first labor ended in an unnecessary C section, I was bound and determined to have a different experience the next time. When we found out we were pregnant with our next baby, I armed myself with information about VBAC and help from a doula. From my very first meeting with Shannon, we instantly clicked. I knew her calming presence was just what I wanted in the delivery room. With Shannon's reassurance, I was able to have a VBAC with a baby half a pound bigger than my first! We have since moved away from the area, but I would choose to have Shannon on my birth team again and again!
I told my husband that I refused to have any more babies without Shannon by my side and so we welcomed our second child, a sweet little girl, with Shannon by our side once again in May.
We seriously couldn't have done it without you! You were the constant presence I knew I wanted but didn't know I truly needed. You knew what to say or do in every situation and you never left my side- even before labor started. I can't imagine doing this without you! We're so blessed by your knowledge and love you poured over us all. We love Shannon!
Shannon was incredible! My third son was born in November 2021 while my husband was deployed overseas. He also came 13 days after his due date -- I was only one day away from risking out of our planned water birth at the birth center and being sent to an OB to be induced. To say the circumstances surrounding his birth were stressful is an understatement! Shannon not only met, but far exceeded my expectations as my primary birth support system in my husband's absence. As my due date approached, then passed, then became ancient history, Shannon was right there offering all the support and advice in a calm but confident manner. When we were quickly approaching my risk out date, Shannon helped me weigh all the options and decide what was best for us. And when I went into labor at around 10 PM, Shannon was there the whole night supporting me and comforting me as I brought this beautiful babe into the world exactly as we had hoped - with our water birth at the birth center and no induction or meds! Not only was she there to support me, but she helped support my two older sons who were present for the birth and she supported my husband while he was thousands of miles away and she made sure he could be on video chat to witness the birth of his third son. I would hire Shannon again in a heartbeat and I highly recommend her to everyone!
Shannon wrapped us in support through the entire experience!
She asked all of the important questions, especially the ones that we had never thought of!!
-And provided resources to help us make important decisions.
Shannon captured all of the beauty of my labor/birth experience through the photos she took!!
It is extra special to have the documentation! I realized as I was viewing the photos that I didn’t remember so many of the details… and her pictures helped revive some beautiful memories that would have otherwise been lost.??
I am forever grateful for her talents and time she shared with us in capturing these beautiful memories ????
I also chose to have my placenta in capsulated(very neat process), and I had a very smooth postpartum experience; also in part to thw support from Shannon
I have used Shannon’s placenta encapsulation service twice now. Both times, the process was incredibly easy and smooth. She provides clear, easy to follow and detailed instructions so you know exactly how to store and transfer your placenta. She picked up my placenta within a few hours of the birth. This most recent time, she had my placenta capsules ready in under 24 hours! I hadn’t even left the hospital yet so she delivered them back to the hospital. It is clear that Shannon knows what she is doing and follows the highest safety standards. She is also responsive and willing to answer questions via email if anything comes up. As for the capsules, there is a noticeable difference between when I take them and when I don’t. I feel more energetic and much less emotional when I take the placenta caps. I’m very happy this option is available and that Shannon is in my area. I trust her knowledge and experience and recommend her to anyone considering placenta encapsulation.
Hiring Shannon was one of the best things I did to prepare for my labor. When I think about the good moments of my daughter's birth, Shannon was a part of almost every one! I think of Shannon feeding me yogurt as we got ready to leave for the hospital at 1:30am. I think of Shannon helping me change into my gown, stopping multiple times in the hospital hallway as we walked to our room to give me counter pressure through contractions- the only thing that got me through my excruciating back labor. I think of Shannon reminding my spouse to eat so he wouldn’t pass out. I think of Shannon crying for me in moments of trauma, and holding my leg for hours. I think of Shannon stepping away to give my spouse and I space as he talked me through a moment of intense emotion.
How do you even describe the intimacy that you share with someone who supported you, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, though one of the hardest, most traumatic, and most rewarding experiences of your life? Any birthing person would be lucky to have someone on their birth team as supportive, kind, and fierce as Shannon.
Our first child was born in a birthing center. Due to medical risk, our second child was born in a hospital. We wanted the birth to be as natural as possible. Shannon was key in making this happen. She asked us questions during our prenatal appointment that helped us prepare for the type of birthing experience we wanted. She provided resources so we could make evidence-based decisions. She practiced laboring techniques with us beforehand which made us feel confident and prepared. At the hospital, she supported me and my husband. She advocated for us, making our wishes known. She provided hands-on comfort techniques during labor. She took photographs we treasure. Due to the pandemic, our parents could not be at the hospital for the birth. Shannon provided vital communication to our family during labor and after delivery. Our postpartum appointment and ongoing texts/calls have provided comfort during a time of transition.
My husband and I HIGHLY recommend Shannon as a doula. We truly cannot imagine going through our last two pregnancies/deliveries without her. I had a traumatic previous pregnancy as well as several complications with the current ones that caused me to have many fears and worries. But Shannon was always there with such reassuring encouragement and a contagious positive vibe that got me through it all. I always felt heard by her and truly cared for. Shannon also helped me achieve my goal of birthing as naturally as I could in the hospital for both deliveries. Her suggestions for labor positions is what helped my labor progress the most! And when I doubted myself she always came through with the most encouraging words. Also, it seems like almost every L&D nurse and provider in the Central IL area knows who she is and loves her! I could go on and on about how much we appreciated Shannon! She is truly gifted at being a doula!
We are so glad we hired Shannon to support us during both our children's births! She helped us make informed decisions to support our labor and delivery goals. Shannon truly cares about making her clients feel loved, supported and educated, and never once made us feel like we had to do things a certain way. She listened to what our goals were and then supported us throughout the entire process. She truly became a friend to both of us! Hiring Shannon was one of the best decisions we made!
My husband and I are so thankful to Shannon for the education and support she provided us throughout our pregnancy, birth, and postpartum periods. After the very traumatic birth of my daughter seven years ago, I was fearful to do it all again. Shannon gave me the confidence to attempt a VBAC, and I was able to do so in one of the most amazing and healing experiences of my life. She also included my husband in a major role in the process, so he felt like he wasn't just on the sidelines during our baby's birth.
Shannon feels like part of our family now. She is compassionate and advocates for you every step of the way. She was available to answer questions, share a meal, and checked on us once we were home from the hospital. The resources she provided were so helpful to having an informed pregnancy and birth. She also helped out when I needed to find a supportive provider (not the easiest task after a previous c-section in Central Illinois). We opted to have the placenta encapsulated, and she was at our house with the capsules within days of us getting home from the hospital.
I cannot imagine having my daughter without Shannon's guidance and advocacy! She helped heal the wounds from my first birth experience, and I will definitely employ her services with any future pregnancies!
My husband and I will be forever grateful we were able to work with Shannon for the birth of our third child. I was in a unique position and was hoping for a vbac after two C-sections and I am happy to tell you I was successful and while Shannon reminds me how great a job I did and how I did all the hard work, I know we needed her through this journey. My husband loved knowing how to make me more comfortable this time around throughout the end of my pregnancy as well as my labor and delivery (I did labor with my first and ended with an emergency cs). Shannon was a wonderful educator and helped us fully understand all the options for myself and our baby. She never pushed her own opinions on us. Because of my education I felt more empowered this time around and knew how to stand up for what I wanted if needed. When it came to the delivery itself my husband held my hand the whole time and Shannon was right behind him and stepped in when needed and was so encouraging and kept telling me and my husband how great of a job we were doing. Because I was going for a vbac after two cs we knew I had to get pretty far along at home to ensure the dr would let me go. We were able to get to a point where I felt the urge to push at home (and did twice!) and while that wasn’t the plan, I know we couldn’t have done that without Shannon. When I got to the hospital she did a great job reminding me I was in charge. My baby was safe and healthy and I was too and I could have the delivery I wanted and I did!! Our baby was born 45 min after getting to the hospital. My only regret is seriously not having her for our other deliveries as it’s possible they could have gone very differently and been a much more positive experience for me. I would recommend her 100% to anyone expecting in the area!
Shannon provided excellent care to my wife and I throughout the entire process leading up to, including, and after labor and delivery. She provided an atmosphere of calm in what is an exciting yet stressful time. Would definitely recommend her to anyone who's considering doula services. I can promise that the investment in Shannon's services are well worth it.
I cannot recommend Shannon’s doula services enough. She is so knowledgeable when it comes to birth. Her support allowed me to relax and enjoy my pregnancy. With Shannon’s assistance I reached all of my birth goals and had a positive, and healing birth experience. As much prep work as I did for this birth the moment my water broke I forgot it all and was having trouble not panicking. Shannon was so reassuring and helped guide us as to when we should go to the hospital. Once at the hospital she helped guide my breathing and reminded me to try different positions to get labor to progress. I would not have gotten as far as I did (7 cm) without Shannon’s help. She was so calming and encouraging. Shannon was able to read the machines and let me know how my contractions were progressing. Shannon has so much insight such as what tools to ask for (peanut ball, birthing ball, etc) to which nurses to request. Shannon was also the first to notice that there was a problem with the fact that I had been in active labor for so long and baby still had not descended. She got the ball rolling which led to the discovery that the baby was breech (even the doctors and nurses doing my cervical checks thought they were touching the head). If it weren’t for Shannon who knows how long I would have been left to labor before it was discovered. After going through this experience Shanon has become an important part of our family as she has played such an important role in the birth of our second daughter. I honestly can’t recommend Shannon enough and would encourage any mom to hire a doula. I could write so much more on how important I think it is to have doula support and how amazing I think Shannon is, but I think this review is already long enough. I know having a child is expensive and hiring a doula is an added expense, but it is absolutely worth every penny.
Shannon fulfilled all of our hopes and expectations during my pregnancy, labor and delivery, and through postpartum. She was such a calming presence through every interaction; we felt such a genuine connection to her, because she made it a priority to truly get to know us and our wishes for giving birth. My labor and delivery experience didn't go as expected; surprise - what pregnancy does :)) and Shannon adapted on a dime, coaching us through along the way.
Something very important we realized through the process: she was just as helpful and encouraging to me as the pregnant person as she was to my husband. As the person giving birth, I didn't give too much thought to the fact that my support person needs reassurance, support, and understanding.
I would (and have) recommend Shannon to anyone for doula services. She is truly a gem.
I believe all the preparation we did with Shannon and her presence during the labor and delivery led us to achieve the birth we wished for! Shannon has an amazing ability to understand someone's concerns with patience(which she did when I called her for the very first time to enquire about the doula services she provided) and helped me with all the possibilities/options to help me have the desired birth. It was never a concern for her to invest her time and help me... educate me.. even when I had not hired her as my doula(until the very end when hospital confirmed I could bring in my doula with me during the pandemic), all she cared for was to help me get the birth I wished for! Thank you Shannon for advocating for us while we needed it the most. You are amazing at what you do and I mean it when I say "I couldn't have done it without you"!! ??
You certainly are my first doula but a friend and guide forever!!
Shannon was recommended by our midwife for her doula services. We met via zoom and my husband and I were impressed. She has this calming vibe about her, confident in her knowledge and experience. Shannon provided us with numerous resources and really focused on what we wanted for our birth experience. Although I had a fast labor lasting just under 2 hours, the short amount of time Shannon was there, she was essential in calming my husband and I. She was able to help me refocus and get in a more comfortable position. Moments later, my husband caught our babe in the tub, right before our midwife walked in. We had our home water birth- just like we envisioned.
Although this was my third baby, it was my first home birth, and hiring Shannon was completely worth it! I only wish I had her with me for my first two!
Shannon is trustworthy, personable, and professional. She helped keep us calm and focused on our goals during our birth experience. You can tell it’s more than just a job to her and she cares about the overall health and well-being of mom, baby, and dad. She frequently checks in on her patients before and after birth. We didn’t have a doula with our first birth and both my husband and I were happy we chose one (specifically Shannon) this time around. A doula is an advocate for you and Shannon was that for us and more.
From the first email I exchanged with Shannon I knew that she was genuinely invested in helping women and families have the best birth experience possible. When we first met her we felt an instant connection and I knew she just had to be a part of our birth team! Our plan was originally to meet with her then leave and pray about it BUT booked her that night because we didn't want to miss out on having her with us! She was always accommodating to meeting us and even hosting our childbirth class in our home with another couple and doula. I would highly recommend her class- as someone who had spent a bunch of time researching I walked away with even more knowledge than I thought I would. Plus she showed us pain relieving ideas that we were able to use even before the birth!
We're so grateful for the time she invested in helping us write our birth plan, although I was convinced we wouldn't need it since we were having a home birth. When a week before our due date we had health concerns that resulted in us having to be induced and eventually having a csection, Shannon was a constant in it all. She was ready with calls or texts to encourage and process beforehand and was a sweet perfume of peace in our hospital room. She worked hard to help me stay calm, to help us deny unnecessary interventions, to guide my husband in ways he could help, and talk through all of the big decisions we had to make. She was ready to help establish latching and skin to skin as soon as we were back from surgery. She even helped us connect with a breastmilk donor momma to help fill in the gaps for our little man.
I can guarantee that our birth process would have been drastically different had Shannon not been a part of it. If we decide to have more kids I will most definitely want Shannon by our side again. Shannon will forever hold a special place in our hearts and we're forever grateful for her!
I am SO THANKFUL that my wife and I hired Shannon!!
Before meeting Shannon the first time, I didn't even know what a Doula's role was... Shannon explained her role so well and she was incredibly supportive to me personally as the dad. During our meetings, she helped me figure out how to care for my wife during the birth. I'm grateful for Shannon's encouragement and calming presence throughout our pregnancy and birth.
Our birth plan ended up changing a lot when our girl was STILL breach on week 39. Shannon came to the hospital with us during our scheduled C-section. When our daughter needed to go to the NICU a few minutes after being born (which out daughter recovered her breathing amazingly quickly and is thriving in life now!!!) I was nervous and scared to leave my wife to finish the surgery all by herself without me or our baby... this was so not the birth plan we had imagined... Shannon was there to be with Elizabeth during recovery for a few hours. Shannon thought of creative ways for my wife to connect with our child through Facebook Facetime when my wife was in recovery and our baby in the NICU!! this brought so much joy and encouragement to my wife to see our daughter and talk with me. I'm thankful for Shannon's ideas, comfort, and care. Even in a setting that was very different than we were planning, and isn't Shannon's normal setting of care, Shannon's work and care for our family was stellar!!
I highly recommend hiring Shannon!!
From our first meeting with Shannon we felt heard, supportive, and cared for. She was invaluable at helping us process our needs as a couple, evaluate our options to get our best birth outcome, and encourage us in the moments we doubted if we were making the right decisions. We had planned a natural birth at a birth center and ended up with a scheduled c-section, but despite all our changing needs, Shannon was right there to help us in every way possible. She helped me promote breastfeeding even when I didn't get immediate contact with my daughter after her birth. Her postpartum visit came at the perfect time when we were feeling overwhelmed and scared and she was encouraging and a great listener. Shannon excels at providing education, support, advocacy, and empathy in a non--judgmental and authentic way to her clients. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting help to get their most positive, safe, and empowering birth experience!
Shannon is both an amazing doula and a caring and gentle spirit. Her coaching and support during my very long labor was helpful beyond words. I was skepical that I needed doula at first but in hindsight I assure that she was irreplacable during the beautiful birth of our daugther. We are so blessed to have worked with Shannon!
Hiring Shannon as our doula transformed our labor and delivery experience. She was so helpful and informative throughout our time together! She provided us with resources to aid in making our birth plan and was respectful in our labor and delivery decisions. We had a very quick labor and she made it a priority to be there as soon as possible. She was very much a part of our support team and did an incredible job being our advocate and coach throughout the process. Her presence made all the difference and helped us achieve the birthing experience we hoped to have. I might add - my husband was skeptical at first. He didn't see the value of hiring a doula. But after meeting with Shannon, he agrees that her services were worth the investment. She taught him practical, hands on techniques which empowered and equipped him to be an awesome support during labor! We would hire her again and wish we had her by our side during our first two labor experiences. You will NOT regret hiring her!
Hiring Shannon as our doula was the best decision we made with this pregnancy! After a long labor with our first child that ended with an epidural and forceps, I was on a mission to have an epidural free birth (and was hoping to make it much shorter as well). I knew my husband needed someone there to help him help me get through birth without an epidural and I am so glad we added Shannon to our team to do exactly that. Shannon helped us accomplish our goals with ease—an epidural free birth and a much shorter labor!
She listened to our wants and needs so that she could provide the support that WE wanted during the birth experience. The moment she joined us during labor she stepped in and provided EXACTLY what I needed to get me through—without me and my husband even knowing what that was! She is amazing at observing the situation and jumping in without hesitation to provide the support and comfort needed!
This labor was a piece of cake compared to our first and we credit that completely to Shannon’s recommendations, support during labor, and encouragement throughout the whole process. We will hire her again in a heartbeat if we have another kiddo!
Shannon's demeanor and bearing appealed to my wife and me from our very first meeting. She carries herself with such confidence that it's impossible not to feel buoyed up by it when in her presence. She was a delight to work with, so calm and friendly and knowledgeable and supportive. Her presence at the birth of our daughter is a major reason why the entire experience went very smoothly. I wholeheartedly recommend Shannon to anyone looking for a doula.
Shannon is such an amazing doula! She is the perfect balance of knowledge, support and kindness. Having her in our support team for my first birth was an invaluable experience.
The prenatal appointments felt like meeting with an old friend. She is friendly and welcoming. I appreciated her organization and professionalism but she was also so approachable! I could tell she had done this many times before.
Once it was time for the birth, Shannon met us at The Birth Center and immediately went into my support role - physically, mentally and emotionally. She stayed calm and collected and helped me to do the same. I fully trusted her guidance in the process. After a few hours my daughter was born. I am so thankful to Shannon, and the entire Birth Center staff, for what I consider an empowered and amazing first birth experience.
After Iris was born, Shannon has continued amazing support. Having her make a house call that first week really helped me as a new mom. Even after her scheduled doula services expired, Shannon continues to reach out and check in on me and Iris. I know she is just a phone call or text away if I ever have any questions or concerns. It’s great to have her as an outlet - as my doula and as another mom!
I would HIGHLY recommend Shannon’s doula services to any woman. I am beyond grateful our paths crossed and she was able to support me through my first pregnancy and birth.
I would tell every expecting mom she needs a doula and if she is able, she needs to have Shannon as her doula. Shannon was so invaluable at the birth of our son and the time leading up to as well as proceeding his arrival. She helped educate us on options available to us and was so supportive of the decisions we made for our family regarding birth. I can't communicate enough what an encouraging support Shannon was. She was gentle and knowledgeable without being pushy or overbearing and didn't just support me as a mom, but supported my husband as well and made sure he was as hands on as possible in our birth. Don't be surprised if you come away wanting to be friends with Shannon, she has an infectious kindness that you just always want to be around and is so comforting whether you're experiencing the fears of prenatal, trenches of childbirth, or the emotions of postpartum.
Shannon also informed me of the benefits of placenta encapsulation and was able to do the process for me and I'm so glad she did! The capsules have proven enormously helpful in my postpartum recovery and I plan on doing it with every birth in the future.
In summary, Shannon is wonderful! She won't just help support you in the birth of your child, but also in the birth of yourself as a mother. I cannot recommend her enough.
Shannon has the warmest personality, a wealth of knowledge, and a sympathetic ear. No matter your preferences in birth she is there for YOU and your vision. She also is incredibly kind in her post partum care and checks in on you to see how you're doing. If I ever get pregnant again Shannon will be the first to know!
Shannon was essentail to my labor and delivery experience. We wanted a natural birth at the birth center, but after three days of labor, I had to have a csection. After the transfer, the birth center staff could not stay at the hospital with us, but Shannon could. My labor was long, and although I had to have a surgical delivery, Shannon had prepared us for that possibility.
It was comforting to know we had talked through all the possibilities and Shannon was on our side. We had a great experience thanks to the Birth Center Staff and the OSF staff. Shannon made that experience seamless. Her care before and after my delivery, including a postpartum visit, made me feel that there was someone out there who I could talk to about my experience as she was with me the whole time.
Everyone should have a doula. Shannon is fantastic. I would highly recommend her and hope to use her for another future birth!
My husband and I both agree that having Shannon as our doula was the best choice we made for our pregnancy and labor. Shannon constantly went the extra mile to care for us in and out of the hospital. When I found out that after many hours of labor I would need a cesarean, Shannon didn't leave but supported us through the whole process. We would wholeheartedly recommend her services and look forward to working with her again if God gives us more children in the future!
My husband and I both agree that hiring Shannon as our doula was the best decision we made for our son's birth. We wanted a natural birth in a hospital setting and Shannon made that possible. We really appreciated the time Shannon made in getting to know us ahead of time, educating us on different decisions and options related to birth. During labor Shannon was so encouraging and helped us remain calm throughout the entire process. She had lots of ideas of how I could labor and help make the contractions more effective. My labor was long and I am so thankful that Shannon never made me feel rushed or begin to feel like anything was wrong. She helped me stay calm and believe that my body was doing what it needed to do. I really wanted to give birth naturally and having Shannon there by my side helped me stay confident and hopeful about that decision. She also did a great job at including my husband and helping him know how to do counter pressure techniques and other ways to support me in labor. I feel so much pride and joy surrounding our son's birth; it is a very happy memory that we'll treasure forever.
Shannon was our doula and as a first time mom, she couldn’t have been more valuable to us. From answering all of our questions during pregnancy, helping me through my 40 hour labor and being a resource for my postpartum questions. She was completely committed to seeing our birth plan through, but gave sound advice when things needed to change. We couldn’t be happier with the services she provided. We definitely plan on using her again for baby #2.
Shannon encapsulation service was simple and convenient. At the last minute we had to change the birth location. With a simple text Shannon was updated and met us at the new location. She made it simple among all the changes to our birth plan.
From a dad’s perspective, it is definitely worth it to hire a doula, and we strongly recommend Shannon. I was hesitant if the benefit was really going to be worth the cost, but agreed to it just to support my wife.
Midway through our labor, I laughed at myself for how much I underestimated her importance. By the time we delivered, I viewed Shannon as the hero of our entire birthing process.
Shannon was the rock my wife and I leaned on throughout our 40 hour labor. She was completely committed to seeing our birth plan through, but gave sound advice when things needed to change.
Highly recommended. Can’t thank you enough Shannon.
I have given birth at home twice now, and I have been so fortunate to have Shannon's support both times.
During my first labor and birth, Shannon provided such encouragement and helped me to maintain focus when it began to feel too difficult to stay relaxed. She was such a calm and peaceful presence, and I was so thankful to have her by my side, helping me to take one contraction at a time. She also gave the most amazing lower back massages when my husband would step away for a moment and took some beautiful snapshots of our son's birth (at our request).
My second labor and birth were very different from the first and more challenging in many ways. When labor kept starting and stopping in the weeks before my daughter's birth, Shannon provided so much emotional support, checking in with me often to see how I was coping with the disappointment of not progressing. When I thought my very big baby was never ever going to come out, she suggested different ideas for positioning techniques we could try to encourage baby to maneuver down. And when she was finally born, Shannon again took some beautiful snapshots of her birth that we will always treasure!
Shannon is compassionate and thoughtful and soft-spoken, and I would never give birth without her by my side! I cannot recommend her highly enough!!
Shannon's encapsulation services were simple and very convenient. It wasn't an extra hassle at all while we were enjoying our new baby and adjusting. Shannon is easy to work with and very interested in the well-being of her clients. She checked on me to see how I was doing with taking my placenta and to see if I had any questions.
We did not encapsulate with our oldest son because I did not know much about it. We decided to have Shannon encapsulate for our second baby because I struggled with some PPD after having our oldest. I am currently 12 weeks postpartum with our youngest and I can definitely tell the encapsulation made a great difference! Many of my PPD symptoms (anti-social, moody) that I had with our first son are not present nearly as much this time around. I feel like I am able to be myself and that I have control over my emotions after this delivery.
Thank you Shannon for being attentive and easy to work with! :)
We are so GRATEFUL we found Shannon before our daughter joined us! Her one on one class was informative, relaxed and empowering. Shannon's guidance helped us (yes, the dad too!!) to have a natural childbirth with confidence and ease. Her handouts for reference, her hands-on teaching and her calm and supportive demeanor all aided in the process. Also the placenta encapsulation was prompt, professional and delivered with great information including dosage and storage.
Shannon's confidence in our abilities for birthing day was reassuring. She went above and beyond with her support for us and we so appreciate her!! We highly recommend Shannon to anyone desiring to have a beautiful birthing experience (this includes you too dads - you're part of it!!).
I hired Shannon to encapsulate my placenta for my latest birth. I was skeptical about it at first but with her help and research I did it. She was very accommodating and professional handling my placenta. I was glad how she helped and went out of her way to make sure that I could have the capsules as soon as I got home. I have noticed that I am much better and less tears than my previous pregnancies. I am so glad that I was able to use Shannon and her services. She goes above and beyond the call to make sure that you are taken care of.
My previous pregnancy I used Shannon for my child birth education resource and she was amazing. She answered all the questions that we had. She was much more informative than my previous class. She was willing to make sure that you are comfortable with the choices you make for your birth.
I highly recommend Shannon as a Doula, educator, and placenta encapsulation professional.
We had a doula for the birth of our first daughter, so it was no question as to if we would have one for our second. We met with Shannon and immediately felt comfortable with her. She is very calm and sweet natured. She asked us lots of questions about the type of labor and birth we hoped to have. She sent us extensive literature to follow up with what we had talked about. When the time came to meet our baby, we called to let her know we were in labor and then later called and asked her to come meet us. From the moment she came, I knew we were in good hands. My labor was much faster and more intense this time around. If it weren't for her calming presence and positive affirmations, I'm not sure I would have made it through. She gave me suggestions to try new positions and ideas during labor. Not only that, but because I knew she was taking such good care of me, I was able to actually relax and sleep a bit through the last few hours of labor! Shannon is a wonderful person and excellent partner to have during pregnancy and through birth!
My husband and I put a lot of thought into hiring a doula. We did our research (so much research!) and interviewed. We wanted someone that we just clicked with – that was Shannon. My husband was THE most skeptical person when it came to hiring a doula - but after meeting Shannon he was on board! And after delivery he was convinced that working with a doula is the way to go! This was my first pregnancy and I wanted to make sure everyone in the delivery room was supportive of the kind of birth that I desired - a natural hospital birth. Shannon was SO supportive. During labor she reminded me of the desires I had expressed prior to being in labor (without being pushy or judgmental – just sweet, calm reminders). She made sure we understood the information the hospital staff gave us so that we could make informed decisions for each step of the birthing process. She helped me understand everything that was happening to my body during labor. She also knew how and when to encourage my husband to coach me and she knew when to step in and encourage us herself. Shannon also helped me with positions to help relieve the pain naturally. Having Shannon as a doula helped my husband and I stay calm during one of our most emotional days. The photos she took will help us remember those oh so precious first moments with our little lady. We also took the childbirth education course Shannon offers – this course was full of great information. I’m so glad we chose to take a class. I know nothing can fully prepare someone for giving birth the first time, but I felt as prepared as possible going into it – and that was a great feeling. As part of the doula services, Shannon met with us multiple times before the birth to make sure we were informed and to help us develop our birth plan as well as after the birth. I truly believe working with a doula and taking a childbirth education course were huge factors in successfully having the birth that I wanted.
Shannon was absolutely wonderful. It is obvious that she is passionate about being a doula and advocating for desirable births. We had a great unmedicated, intervention-free hospital birth and were so blessed to have Shannon attend and support us. She is knowledgeable about pregnancy and birth and was very helpful in helping us with our birthplan and offering gentle suggestions during labor. I highly recommend her to anyone in the Central Illinois area who is looking for a caring, reliable, professional doula.
Shannon was recommended to us by our doula from our first birth as she could not guarantee availability this time. Shannon slipped into our birth team so seamlessly. We wanted my husband to be my first line of support, and she knew when to watch, when to make suggestions, and when to take a more active role. There were a few times my husband had to leave my side, and she slipped in, holding my hand, or massaging my back. I was so comfortable with her throughout, and I so appreciate that after only meeting a few times. We learned so much from her resources, both in person and on her website. Some of our favorite moments in birth wouldn’t have happened without her! She carries scripture cards for her clients who desire them, which inspired us to write out our own scriptures and meditate on them during pregnancy. My husband was able to read them to me during labor when she suggested it, and the words kept coming back to me when things got hard. A bonus is that we now have amazing pictures from our labor and delivery - a beautiful gift she have given us. Shannon is intuitive, knowledgable, wise and compassionate, and we are thankful for her role in the birth of our son!
NOTE to husbands: My husband was very skeptical about hiring a doula for our first pregnancy. He was unsure because of the cost and because we had taken an in depth class, and he wanted to be very involved. But in both of our births, we realized that there are unexpected moments, and when I needed reassuring, he could reassure me as our doula reassured him while still letting him take the lead. He was completely on board for hiring a doula this time, and now he is convinced and supportive of hiring a doula for any future pregnancies. We’ve been blessed to have 2 natural births, and we attribute a large part of that to the doulas who supported us!
I would HIGHLY recommend Sannon as your doula. She was beyond helpful before, during and after the arrival of our baby. Shannon helped my husband and I answer questions we didn't even know we had. She helped us form a birth plan and helped us adjust as that plan changed. Shannon even checked up on us a couple days and weeks after our little one's arrival. Not only is Shannon a great doula but a wonderful, supportive person who genuinely cares for all families.
Shannon was there for us in ways I didn't know I needed her for my son's birth. She seemed to be able to anticipate my needs during my labor. She knew exactly what to ask the nurses when I was I was too exhausted to speak anymore. Her presence brought peace into the delivery room. There were times I was so overwhelmed with pain and exhaustion that I was wasting energy cyring and screaming, but Shannon was able to gently but firmly help me get a grip and keep going. Shannon was also a huge support for my husband during the birth. Shannon provided direction and encouragement for him when he had no idea what to do to support me. There was a moment early on during my labor that Shannon had to step out of the room to get something, and while she was gone my nurse said, "She's one of the good ones." My nurse went on to tell me she has worked with many doulas, and she has not typically been impressed with other doulas. She found she didn't have much to do because Shannon was doing so much. Even after the delivery nurses commented that Shannon stayed and continued to provide support.
Shannon provided so much support leading up to the day of my son's birth. She had so much information to share to help us make informed decisions about his birth. After his birth she was there for us again. I thought for sure we would be just fine when we went home. We did not get the support we needed from doctors and nurses in order to have a successful breastfeeding relationship. Days after the birth I was desperate to have someone one my side supporting exclusively breastfeedng my child. Shannon came to my house and not only provided sound advice to help me reach my goals, but she helped us gain confidence as parents to advocate for our family with medical professionals.
We plan to hire Shannon as our doula for our future pregnancies, and we would recommend her to anyone considering hiring a doula.
I am so grateful to have had Shannon as my doula. She far exceeded my expectations to help prepare me for birth.This was my fourth child and first doula but my husband and i both agree that we learned so much from Shannon. She not only increased our knowledge but helped us prepare spiritualy allowing us to keep God at the forefront. During birth Shannon was so calm and reassuring. She helped me to realize the decisions we made were the best for me. I cannot say enough how much of a difference having Shannon as our doula made if you are thinking about it DO IT!
We had Shannon as our doula somewhat by chance because she was the backup to our hired doula who was out of town when my son arrived. I was nervous about having a doula that I had not met before the birth, but my concerns quickly disappeared after she arrived. Shannon has an amazing demeanor that's calming and peaceful. She spent some time just chatting with me and making sure she knew what I wanted in order to feel supported. During labor she was a huge emotional encouragement. She offered to read me scripture cards (she knew I was religious so that was very special to me). She also praised me on things I was doing well during the process (breathing, moving, relaxing, etc). As I moved to transition and pushing I began to rely on her more for physical support as well. She reminded me to drink, take in fluids, and try optimal positions to keep things progressing. Her physical and emotional support continued even after birth as she kept me comfortable during suturing and establishing breastfeeding. My husband is a great birthing partner and wonderful at "coaching", but having Shannon was extremely valuable; especially since this was our first homebirth. She was able to support me in ways that I think only a female birthing professional could, and she did a wonderful job doing so!
Shannon was an invaluable part of our first pregnancy experience. Thanks to her help and support, we had a very positive birth experience, and felt prepared for anything. Her guidance throughout the pregnancy and her support in the hours immediately after birth were simply amazing. We learned things from Shannon that several friends did not know, despite already having children themselves. I highly recommend Shannon as a doula!
My husband and I were referred to Shannon through a friend. We took her Childbirth Education Classes before having our baby. We loved the classes - we're first time parents so they were extremely informational. I loved getting to know Shannon more personally through the class interaction.
I wanted a doula for my pregnancy and birth in order to achieve a "natural" birth. Shannon helped me to make that a reality. She answered all of my questions for nine months :) and after delivery. She was instrumental in helping me to feel empowered in having a medication free labor and delivery. I loved that she helped my husband and I to debrief after the delivery in the hospital and that she captured some amazing photos that I wouldn't have otherwise. Having her as a doula ensured that I was informed about the entire process so that I didn't have to worry about decisions in the moment. She is super caring, has a fun laid-back personality, and tells it like it is. I appreciated her honesty and the fact that she didn't sugar coat her classes or the info about delivery. I feel that it helped prepare me to push through labor. I completely plan to have a doula (hopefully her) the next time too since I see the value in having that extra support.
Having Shannon at our birth was absolutely the most amazing blessing we could have asked for. Shannon came to us late in my pregnancy after some unforeseen circumstances caused us to switch doulas, and I am so grateful that we had the opportunity to be supported by her. This was my second pregnancy and after a less than optimal experience the first time around I wanted someone in our corner. Shannon was everything I could have asked for and more.
I never felt like I was bothering Shannon with any of my questions or concerns and never felt judged. I was GBS positive which changed some of my expectations and hopes for my birth and Shannon was great about helping us through that by providing information and support.
Something that was really important for us was for my husband to stay really involved and be my primary support. During labor Shannon was amazing at supporting me through my husband. She was so calm and supportive, she created an amazingly peaceful environment where I felt confident to make the decisions that I wanted. Shannon was also great at helping me make my wishes known to my birth team throughout the day. I felt that with her looking out for me I could really just relax and do what I needed.
Thinking back on everything while writing this it is so difficult for me to come up with specific examples of what Shannon did that was so amazing because she just seamlessly and effortlessly made herself part of the whole process. I am so thankful that Shannon came into our lives and highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a doula and hope that we have the chance to be supported by her again!
Shannon is amazing, especially in the most unanticipated of circumstances. I went into labor at 12:45 a.m. Thursday and didn't hold my little girl until 6:55 p.m. on Saturday...that's 66 hours! my support team was my husband, my mom, and Shannon. None of us ever imagined I would be in labor that long. Shannon was so supportive when I was stuck at 2 cm for 41 hours, then stuck at 5 cm for another 23 hours. I particularly appreciated her guidance and positive reinforcement during contractions, and the way she laid out options for us. She was also very helpful when it came to making medical decisions, such as whether or not to use pitocin. She reminded us of the pros and cons so that we could make an informed decision. She was supportive of whatever we chose to do during our entire labor. When it came time to push, I needed all the encouragement I could get and Shannon was right there through it all. I don't know what we would've done without her!
I am forever thankful that my husband and I decided to have Shannon be a part of our birth process. I had a very healthy pregnancy and felt very empowered and educated about everything to do with childbirth because Shannon was so knowledgeable and willing to teach everything she knew. I was always able to reach her when I had questions or concerns and the days where I was feeling down, towards the end, she knew exactly what to say and always lifted my spirits. Even though my birth did not go as planned, I was still able to feel good about all of my choices because Shannon was there to guide me and support me. She was also a great help in keeping my husband calm and in good spirits. I would recommend Shannon to anyone in search of a doula. I plan on having her as my doula again for any and all future children!
I've read the other wonderful testimonials here and wholeheartedly agree with them! I echo those words--patient, caring, calm--they all come to mind when I think of Shannon. I'm not sure I read the following word anywhere, but I'd have to add it to the growing list: professional. Shannon had only been practicing for two years when I hired her, but she was anything but a novice. She was extremely professional in every way, and I always felt like I was "in good hands." Shannon knows what she's doing.
My first birth (without a doula) was truly a traumatic experience. My second birth (with Shannon, my doula) was also quite difficult, but proved to be a very healing time for me. Shannon helped me work through my fears and doubts from the past, she asked questions I never would've thought to ask, she helped us walk through our options when challenges arose. Shannon will let YOU MAKE THE CHOICES. She will give you information, but not pressure you to use it one way or another--I deeply appreciated her respect for my decisions. I will spare you the details of my births, and skip to the results. Both of my births were hard on me. After my first birth, I felt completely broken. But after my second birth, I felt euphoric. Shannon is a big part of the joy I felt and the joy I continue to feel each day.
In summation, YOU SHOULD HIRE HER! :)
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Shannon. Before I had my daughter, she made several home visits to learn about our needs, to explain the birthing process, and to tell us our options. She also communicated with me almost daily the last month of my pregnancy. During labor, she explained my options and supported me through every decision I made. She also provided both physical and emotional support during labor that I wouldn't have received from the doctor or nurses. She even took pictures to capture the event. After my daughter was born, Shannon checked on me and baby to see how we were doing. Overall, I highly recommend Shannon! She's a great doula and a great person!
I had always wanted to have an unmedicated birth. My first two pregnancies ended in induction and I had epidurals during labor. When I found out I was pregnant for the third time I knew I wanted to find a doula to help coach me through labor. I went to college with Shannon and after hearing that she was a doula I knew that she was a great fit for me. In our meetings Shannon asked me questions I had never thought about before and she explained the options I had during labor. In the weeks before I went into labor Shannon would check in with me and encourage me.
During labor I was able to make my own choices because of Shannon. She helped coach me through an amazing water birth, and afterward my husband (who originally questioned my need for a doula) said "I am so glad Shannon was there." I am so thankful for her calm, down-to-earth, and encouraging personality. I know I could not have had the labor I desired without her support.
When I was around 27 weeks pregnant, I started to research all about natural, non-medicated child birth, and quickly realized this is what I desired. So, when I felt that my current care provider did not see eye to eye with me on this started to panic. I was fearful that I would not get the birth that I dreamed about. That is when I found Shannon. I messaged her. Desperate for someone, that knew a lot about birth, to be an advocate and cheerleader for me. The first thing that she responded with was that I most certainly could have the birth that I wanted and no one could make me have an epidural or make me have medical interventions that were not absolutely nessecarily. My boyfriend and I had our first meeting with her and we were very pleased with her knowledge and her attitude towards birth. The best advise she gave my that day was to switch my healthcare provider. She let me know that it is never too late and that it could make a huge difference when you have someone that is backing your desicions 100%. A few days later she gave me the contact information about a few midwives in the area that she felt were very pro natural, non medicated birth. From that point on I was so excited about my birth, and my birth team. This included Shannon, my midwife, boyfriend and mom. A week before I gave birth to my beautiful daughter I started having real contractions, Shannon made sure to keep in touch with me during this time and to answer any questions I had, or offer up support when I needed it most.This was one of the best parts about her services. I loved having her to talk to about everything that was going on. When the day came to have my sweet little baby, Shannon was there to help my birth team get me through It. She was also there to capture the moment on camera, which was absolutely amazing to look back on. Thank you Shannon for being there for Eloise's journey into the world, you really made our experience extra special!
I recently attended one of Shannon's Intensive Christian Childbirth classes. What a pleasure it was! I learned a ton of great information about preparing for birth and labor, while also learning how to use Scripture to remain grounded in Christ. Shannon has a beautiful, down-to-earth spirit that makes you feel comfortable discussing any questions or concerns you have about this pregnancy journey. You can also tell that Shannon has gone above and beyond in researching extra outside of the curriculum. I would recommend her class to any Christian pregnant couples I know!
We recently used Shannon as our doula for the home birth of our son, and she exceeded our expectations! She was readily available via phone calls, texting, email, and Facebook before, during, and after our son's birth. When she arrived at our house, she quickly went to work massaging my back, suggesting different laboring positions and relaxation techniques, and offering praise and encouragement. She was a calm and peaceful presence, always using a soft voice and helping me to stay focused on the task at hand. Shannon definitely has the gift of encouragement! She was always right by my side telling me how great I was doing and that I was one contraction closer to meeting my baby. I was so grateful for her affirming words, especially as labor got more intense!
My husband and I had requested that Shannon take pictures during my labor and particularly as our son was being born, and the pictures she took were fabulous! Although she is not a professional photographer, she did a wonderful job capturing beautiful images of labor and birth. We are so grateful to have those moments captured!
We would highly recommend Shannon as a doula and definitely plan to book her again should we be blessed with another baby in the future!
When I found out Shannon can be my doula for my second baby, I was excited and grateful.
She started helping me while I was still pregnant: we talked about my preferences, dreams, expectations. When I figured out I had almost completely forgotten whatever I had learned at my Lamaze class with baby number 1, she gave me a whole new refreshing tutorial. My husband was there at one of the meetings, too, so we all knew what to expect of the doula role and I think that made for a great team for us.
Shannon was gentle, patient, very clear in her instructions and highly empathetic, respecting me, my desires and boundaries. She was clearly very knowledgeable and loved what she was doing. Shannon was there for me when we had concerns about the baby and I had gestational diabetes, prayed with me when the stubborn girl turned breech late in pregnancy and rejoiced when she turned again.
In week 43 I followed Shannon’s suggestion (provoked by my impatience) and asked the doctor to “tear the membrane” and separate the bag of water from the cervix. After a night of contractions, when I couldn’t sleep, but was happy and calm, I called Shannon at 6 am. She came in less than 15 minutes. We stayed at home and counted minutes and met “waves” together for about 2 hours, my hubby joining in for the last stretch. Shannon was with us at the hospital the whole time (I really have no idea when she ate or used the bathroom ?), offering support, asking what would make me more comfortable, offering ice cubes, help with the breathing, but most of all, helping me keep focused and offering various solutions for the labor. I’ll never forget the most important dance with my husband, suggested by my doula: little Stella came out 40 minutes or so later! Shannon was a stable, secure base for me, helping me to feel more confident and “owning” my delivery. She is indeed quick to listen and loving in her words.
I have the pleasure of knowing Shannon personally and was blessed to have her as a doula for my son's homebirth in 2012. Shannon is a kind and caring individual and a passionate doula! She has a very gentle, comforting spirit and her presence was calming and reassuring throughout. Having her at our birth allowed my husband to be by my side while Shannon promptly and proficiently assisted the midwife. Knowing that she is very knowledgeable about the process of labor and birth also gave me a sense of peace and I had confidence that Shannon would have been a valuable advocate had I needed to transfer to the hospital. Thankfully all went as planned and we had a wonderful homebirth experience which was complemented by Shannon's excellent care!
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