Welcome!

Anchorage Doula, Childbirth Educator, Placenta Specialist

 

I’m so glad you’re here!

Whether you’re interested in doula support for pregnancy, birth, or postpartum, childbirth education, lactation help, placenta encapsulation, or anything else pregnancy, birth, or baby related, you’re in the right place!

It is my privilege and joy to provide evidence-based information, nurturing, compassionate care, and a wide variety of quality local resources to assist expecting families in making the right decisions for them and their babies.

 

Anchorage Doula

 

As a professional birth doula, I support births at all Anchorage and Mat-Su Valley area hospitals, birth centers, and home births. I assist and support you in your decisions, whether you desire an unmedicated birth, prefer to plan for epidural anesthesia, or are planning a cesarean.  

As your Doula, I will be your advocate, helping to clarify information and unwaveringly supporting your desires for your birth.  I will be by your side, assisting your partner with labor support skills, giving you a variety of ideas and techniques to help labor progress and ease discomfort.

 

 

 

So just what is a Doula? 

dou·la
ˈdo͞olə/
noun
  1. a woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born.

 

I believe that birth matters, and the way we give birth matters.

It is my passion and privilege to serve Alaskan women and their families during the childbearing year; through the process of pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum recovery.  

As a doula I strive to provide wisdom, understanding, and to create a sort of protective “birth bubble” for laboring moms, allowing them to feel safe, informed, and supported, and to embrace the power and wonder of their birth experiences without fear.

 

Doula Anchorage

I am committed to your comfort, and strive to support your confident pregnancy, prepared and relaxed birth, and ease your postpartum transition to parenthood. ​ ​

I respect and support women’s choices for their bodies, their babies, and their births​ ​

Childbirth is unpredictable and each pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience is special and unique. ​

Every woman deserves a doula for every birth. ​

 

What the Studies Show

 

“Overall, women who received continuous support were more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births and less likely to have any pain medication, epidurals, negative feelings about childbirth, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, and C-sections. In addition, their labors were shorter by about 40 minutes and their babies were less likely to have low Apgar scores at birth.

 

The best results occurred when woman had continuous labor support from a doula— someone who was not a staff member at the hospital and who was not part of the woman’s social network. When continuous labor support was provided by a doula, women experienced a:

 

  • 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin*
  • 28% decrease in the risk of C-section*
  • 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth*
  • 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
  • 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
  • 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience*

 

Conclusions: Continuous support during labour has clinically meaningful benefits for women and infants and no known harm. All women should have support throughout labour and birth. 

2012 Hodnett, et al

(Evidence Based Birth)

 Anchorage Doula Alaska Birth Postpartum Childbirth Class Placenta Encapsulation

 

Pregnancy and childbirth is an incredibly vulnerable time. The way a mother gives birth can change the way she views herself, her baby, her ability to mother, and many other things. According to a​​ study done by Penny Simkin (PT, doula, childbirth educator) on the long-term memories women form at birth, she discovered that what affects a woman’s memory of birth is not so much how or where she gave birth, but how she was made to feel. 

 

Anchorage Doula Alaska Birth Postpartum Childbirth Class Placenta Encapsulation

 

Although how and where a mother chooses to give birth will undoubtedly play a major role in the outcome of her birth, what is far more important is that the mother feels supported, valued, cared for, encouraged and empowered.

 

 

TESTIMONIALS

Jessica

Wasilla, AK

Homebirth, 3rd baby

 

Shanna was an invaluable member of our birth team! Her calm, reassuring presence gave my husband, my kids (who had the privilege of attending the birth of their brother!), and myself confidence and reassurance. She was supportive of our choices and our birth environment. She was ready with a word of encouragment, a cool cloth, as well as her birth ball and all her tricks!

We are so grateful for the support she gave us and would recommend her services to any pregnant mother in need of professional and strong birth support!” -Jessica, 2016

 

 

 

 

Lj

Palmer, AK

VBAC, 2nd Baby

 

“Just what I needed! Shanna was everything that I wanted in a doula. She was supportive, calm, and knowledgeable. She anticipated my needs. She was professional yet relaxed. My babies birth was apart of a delivery marathon Shanna ended up doing and she rocked it! (What was it? A billion births in a week?) 

I am proud to say I had a successful VBAC! I do think having Shanna there played a huge role in it. She gave me confidence. She allowed me to relax. She let me focus on the birth as I knew she was just there to remind me everything that I knew I knew, but didn’t want to have to remember. 

Does that make sense? Long story short… Shanna is the best! ” -Lj, 2017

 

Bridget

Anchorage, AK

VBA2C, 3rd baby 

 

“Shanna was an invaluable asset to my entire birthing experience. When I decided to hire a doula, I only had to interview one before I found the right one… Shanna helped me fight to find a provider willing to help me with my vba2c goal. She was armed with knowledge to help me make informed decisions for me and my baby. I never felt judged for the decisions I made. I truly felt that she respected my choices.

She has such a warm and bright personality. When I was in labor she was constantly at my side reminding me to take each contraction as they came. Her presence was calming to me. I honestly don’t know if I could’ve achieved my vba2c without her. My husband was skeptical about a doula when we decided to hire one.

After having Shanna there to help me achieve my vba2c (something I had wanted for 4+ years) he saw the incredible benefit of having her as part of our birthing team. Shanna came to visit me about a week after the birth and I asked her if being a doula was what she planned to do as her career (versus some doulas who only take the occasional birth). She told me birth is her passion. It’s not a hobby to her and it really shows. Her face lights up when she talks about birthing. Anyone considering hiring her will not regret doing so. I absolutely have no regrets. ”  -Bridget, 2016

Chelsea

Eagle River, AK

1st baby

 

“Where to start… from the beginning Shanna has been the stable force through my pregnancy. Not only a valuable resource but someone that is there to listen and provide information that guides you to your decisions about you and your child.

She was such an incredible asset to my pregnancy and birth, and I wouldn’t trade her for the world. I honestly think that without the knowledge she provided and guidance during some of the toughest times, I wouldn’t have had the amazing birth that I always wanted. She stood by our side through it all and advocated for every little thing when I couldn’t speak for myself. She also guided my husband in the most gentle and caring way so that he could help me when I needed him most

I couldn’t say enough good things about Shanna… we look forward to having her by our side for any future children.”  -Chelsea, 2016


 

 

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I would love to chat with you about your plans for your upcoming birth, help you to find a caregiver or other local resources, or encourage you on your own journey as a birth doula, childbirth educator, or placenta specialist.

 

 

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