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Megan Shinkle

Megan Shinkle, Doula

Website: http://www.meganshinkle.com

Phone: 916-317-5841

Postpartum Rate: $45 to $55

Fee Details: Postpartum doula fees vary by services agreed to at contract signing.

Postpartum Doula Experience: 5 years and 25 families served

Doula Training

  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), August 2014
  • ProDoula, May 2015
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 0 to 4

Postpartum limits/restrictions: I'm very sorry, but I'm unable to work in an environment with cigarette smoke.

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Breastfeeding Peer Support with Bay Area Breastfeeding Support

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Registered EMT

College Education

  • AA/AS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Parenting consulting
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Sleep Educator

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I began volunteering at CCRMC with the Hearts and Hands Doula Program in 2013.

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Hercules, CA
Travel Range: 30 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: Travel and or parking fees applicable

Client Testimonials for Megan Shinkle

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Esther Ban

Megan was my backup doula after my doula had to ensure a grueling long labor with me and needed a break to rest. My labor started earlier than expected so I didn't have a chance to even meet Megan before she stepped in for my doula, so I had no idea what to expect nor did I have a moment to think about it, I just had to go with it. 

Megan subbed in during the worst of my labor pains and she was an incredible support and seamlessly took over. I was able to put my trust in her and she had lots of different "tools" and methods for coping with the labor and was a ROCK during the worst of it and quickly responded to my requests for visualization or physical adjustments. 

She was amazing and an integral part of my entire birthing experience! So blessed to have had her on my team!

 

Posted 10/30/2015

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Brian S

Megan is awesome!  She is smart, knowledgable, friendly, calm, non-judgmental, and exceptionally reliable.  She listened to our needs/preferences/concerns, and always did her best to accommodate. 

 

Without a doubt, Megan helped us get through the first 3 months of having an infant.  We felt very comfortable knowing that our daughter was in her care during the nights that she worked for us.  Having Megan helped our whole family, and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a night doula! 

Posted 9/14/2015

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Circus Animal

Our Doula referred us to Megan and we texted her at 9 pm on a Saturday night as complete strangers and said "Help! You don't know us but we are dying to death from the plague except for the new baby who's fine. Can you please come rescue the baby?!" By 10 pm she was at our house totally unphased by our germy pukeyness. She talked me through rehydration during the flu so I could keep breastfeeding and talked me down from my anxiety new mom freak out over the whole family being too sick to take care of the baby. At 5 am she completely took over the baby (who's a very reluctant and grumpy bottle feeder) so I could get some undisturbed sleep. At 7 am she took over our 5 year old who woke up feeling perky and healthy again (darned youth). I woke up at 11 am and was surprised and grateful to find a cheerful well fed and well napped baby instead of the starving Screamy McScreamerpants I expected. She spent about 14 hours with our family doing what I've come to understand is post-partum doula work and it was totally awesome and felt, at the time, life saving! Since then she's done one more round of baby/kid care for us and we are planning another. On round two she navigated a pack of small kids knocking on the door to play and being lick assaulted by our large dog, the cops blockading our street (what?!), and when we came home she was helping the 5 year old eat dinner with her left hand, feeding the baby dinner with her right hand, and feeding herself with a mysterious third hand I somehow never saw and everyone was totally cheerful. The baby thinks she's hysterical, the 5 year old listens to her, and she's even an EMT! I can't recommend her enough. And if I was going to do the whole birth thing again (which I'm definitely not!) I'd totally use her as my Doula! Go Megan!!!  

Posted 5/13/2015

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kelly holt

Megan was an essential member of my birth team. I don't know that I could have navigated my hospital birth without her resourcefulness and help. While doctors and nurses came and went, Megan was a consistent and positive presence. Along with her partner, Megan provided the extra support that nurses weren't able to, and she was a great advocate  for my birth plan. When unexpected detours to the birth plan were necessary, she was especially supportive and she validated my decisions. She brought a wealth of insight to my birth experience and she was especially strong in guiding my husband and me to practice different positions and techniques when the contractions were most forceful.

Posted 3/11/2015

Postpartum Availability for Megan Shinkle

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