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Anne Shell

Calming Touch Doula Services


Phone: 9899064846

Birth Fee: $500

Fee Details: I offer payment plans and am happy to discuss what you can budget for doula services.

Birth Doula Experience: 6 years and 34 births attended

Doula Training

  • toLabor, January 2013
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? Any Home Birth
I do not attend unassisted home births (without a certified midwife)

College Education

  • AA/AS
  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Home Birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Single parents
  • Surrogacy
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Aromatherapy
  • Child Passenger Safety Technician
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military famiies
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Improving Birth Rally and World Breastfeeding Week Big Latch On Event

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Virginia Beach, VA
Travel Range: 30 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: I prefer to serve families living in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Norfolk.

Client Testimonials for Anne Shell

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Christina Fleck

At 38 weeks pregnant, my husband and I were searching for a doula.  We were both skeptical about what a doula does to help with labor, but we both wanted an unmedicated, natural birth and to avoid a c-section.  On a Monday, Anne responded quickly to a Facebook post that a friend initiated.  I was very impressed by the professionalism of her Calming Touch page, and the reviews showed that she was caring and well appreciated.  She agreed to meet with us the next day (Tuesday).  My husband and I were furter impressed with her in person.   She was very knowledgable and supportive of our plans.  She even lent us some books from her personal library to help us prepare.  Anne wanted to meet with us a second time, but I began labor before that could happen.  At 6 am on Friday, I told Anne that I thought I was having contractions.  Even though she had another client who was in labor at the same time (her water had broken, mine had not), she kept continuous tabs on my progress.  By 3 pm, we made our way to the hospital. It was an honor and relief that Anne showed up to our labor (we had only met three days before).  She stayed with us, supporting us, especially my husband, as we focused on staying calm through every contraction.  She gently suggested various positions and techniques, which helped temendously.  After the birth of our daughter, she stayed to take pictures with my husband's phone, since we were both too excited and emotional from the whole experience to even think about recording the moment.  She even took a picture of the notes she took of our whole birth experience, recording the times of each major event.  She did not leave our side until it was time for us to move into the recovery room (at 5 am).  In all, Anne was so much more than we could have ever expected from a doula.  We could not imagine having as successful a birth experience without her.

Posted 9/3/2014

Birth Availability for Anne Shell

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