Testimonial for Shannon Mathews CD(DONA)

We feel so lucky and grateful to have had Shannon help us through our baby's birth, the lead-up to it and the postpartum period.

First, Shannon made herself available to answer any questions at any time -- this was a good way to get used to asking questions, sharing concerns, and building a relationship ahead of the birth.


At the advice of my doctors, I chose to go through with a 39-week induction due to my age and the estimate that our baby was large. Shannon provided evidence-based information related to early inductions for babies considered large for gestational age so I could ensure I was making an educated decision for myself. Turns out the ultrasound measurements were wrong and our baby was average size, but as a first-time mom, I made my decision based on the information provided, and Shannon supported that decision and talked us through what we should expect with an induction. 


We ultimately welcomed our daughter into the world after ~72 hours of an induction protocol and almost 4 hours of active pushing, and I'm so glad Shannon was there to guide us through all the steps in real time -- initially by text and phone calls, and ultimately in-person once things were clearly progressing. She fit in seamlessly with the hospital staff, working with them to put me in different labor positions, guiding me through exactly what I needed to do during each phase of the process, and acting as my cheerleader.


After the birth, Shannon helped me with the baby's first latch. Over the first week, she checked in via text and calls, and supported us through our first pediatrician visit, where we were told we needed to supplement my breastfeeding -- she came by our home for a few hours and helped me learn how to use my breast pump.

If we choose to have another baby, I hope to work with Shannon again. I recommend signing on as early as possible to really take advantage of the team's knowledge and experience!

-Larissa Hohe

December 29, 2023

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Shannon Mathews CD(DONA)

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Birth Fee: $1250 to $1750

Postpartum Rate: $50

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Birth Fee: $1250 to $1750

Postpartum Rate: $50

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