Birth Fee: $800 to $1200
Fee Details: Clients of Shallin Blue: Birth Doula receive unbiased, professionally trained, continuous support for their birth choices at their birth location. We know you will make the best decisions for you surrounding your birth - we are here to encourage, empower, and support you and your birth choices every step of the way. Shallin Blue also offers professional and timeless maternity, birth, and family photography, as well as professionally trained, safe newborn photography. Custom packages available to capture your experiences and memories.
Birth Doula Experience: 7 years
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 4Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Rolla, MO
Shallin was an amazing Doula. She has such a warming, comforting spirit. Throughout all our meetings before birth she made sure to get all the details of what I would want during my labour, for my post partum care and in case of an emergency a plan B. Anytime I needed her she was available.
After I went into labour and Shallin arrived.. she never left my side. Shallin was always encouraging me and giving me confidence. I was able to make it 21 hours without medication before needing an emergency C-section. I wasn't coping well with the news of a C-section but having Shallin there gave me confidence and security. She helped to explain what was going on so I could understand why they wanted to do the C-section. Shallin was always calm. She was constant. If I ever have another child I know Shallin will be my go-to doula.
My husband and I were so relieved and blessed to have Shallin as our doula! While my pregnancy was a breeze, my labor was difficult and scary. Shallin was a essential part of our whole experience.
For me, I had a plan from the beginning. From the moment we met Shallin she was very supportive of every choice we had chosen for my labor. She made my husband and I feel at ease and really got know us to better assist with my labor.
My labor was the scariest experience of my life. Everything that could go wrong seemed to. My entire labor Shallin was there helping me breathe, focus, supporting my husband, and so much more. She was calm when we weren’t and explained my options when things went wrong. She supported my husband when I was taken to the operating room for an unplanned C-section. She was strong when we weren’t. Her support was so significant to our experience.
A few weeks after Joanna was born we met up again for our last meeting. I didn’t feel joy about my labor until after I talked with Shallin. I felt defeated and ashamed about how it went because it didn’t go as planned. After talking it out with her I was able to see my daughter’s birth in a whole new light and was proud of myself.
We also had the privilege of Shallin taking our daughters newborn photos. She is such a professional. She was so patient with her and worked in things that meant a lot to us to have in the photos. The photos themselves turned out wonderful! We couldn’t have asked for better!
I walked away from this experience happy and fulfilled. At the end of the day all I wanted was a healthy baby girl and to know I did my best for her. Shallin was such a crucial part of getting me there! Helpful with every question I had during my pregnancy and so calm and strong during my labor. Out of all the choices that we made that went wrong, I’m so glad that we got one right by choosing Shallin as our doula!
Shallin was wonderful as the doula at our first homebirth, the arrival of our second daughter. It was 4:30 in the morning when I phoned her in early labor, but she cheerfully said she would be there promptly! She also wisely encouraged us to contact the midwife, since we had not done that yet.
Arriving at our house within the hour, Shallin was a calming, supportive presence throughout my entire labor and delivery, and made us some super-yummy soup at midnight! She stayed with us the whole time, even though it was more than 24 hours until baby Esther finally arrived, at 8:30 the following morning!
My husband really appreciated having Shallin there, too, because her caring, supportive knowledge took away some of the stress of uncertainty, the anxious wondering if everything is progressing okay.
In addition to being an excellent doula, Shallin is also a fantastic photographer. We will always treasure the amazing photos she took, capturing the joy and wonder of that special day. Thanks to Shallin’s pictures, I was able to put together a beautiful, sequential photo book that shows the whole family’s involvement in the birth, a book which Esther and her big sister love to look at again and again.
As you get to know her during your pregnancy, Shallin just naturally becomes a great friend, and I would whole-heartedly recommend her as your doula.
I first met Shallin at the Fort Drum, NY Baby Expo when I was 5 months pregnant. My husband had been deployed for all but 2 days of my pregnancy, and I had resolved that I was quite possibly going to deliver before he came home. When speaking with Shallin, I was encouraged by her enthusiasm for her role of assisting moms to bring precious life into the world. I spoke to my husband about his feelings of hiring a doula. He had a difficult time accepting the thought of having another stranger in the delivery room with us. Shallin was very understanding of his hesitancy and offered to speak with him through skype in order to alay his concern. I played the trump card, and decided that I needed someone who I could count on to tend to my needs during the delivery and help my husband and I bond through the miracle of delivering our first child. For the remaining 4 months of my pregnancy Shallin was available to me for any possible need that arose. I could not believe how close we became while awaiting my husband and child. Every member of my family grew to love her and when the time came, were very grateful for her presence. My husband arrived stateside just 2 days prior to my induction. As I had expected he was wiped out physically, emotionally, and mentally. Shallin tactfully equipped him to focus everything he had left to the arrival of our baby girl. My family holds Shallin dear to our hearts. She remains a blessing to us in many ways.
"Shallin was a such a blessing to us during the birth of our son. She was a calm and encouraging presence, and during some minor complications following delivery, she was able to stay with mom, while dad was with baby. And what a precious gift she gave us in the beautiful photos of the first moments of our son's life." -Z's Mom & Dad
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