Birth Doula Profile - Shannon Sweeney, CD(DONA)
With a background in public health and a focus on community health, Shannon understands the importance of social support and how its presence, or lack-thereof, can positively or negatively impact our life experiences and how those experiences impact both our short and long-term health and wellness. Pregnancy and childbirth is a transformative, emotional, and already very vulnerable time for expecting parents. So, how parents are cared for during this time and how they perceive their experience will have lasting effects on their emotional and physical health, parent-baby bonding, and parental mental health.
Having always been fascinated with pregnancy and childbirth herself, Shannon knew that the world of birth work was the place for her, and it did not take long after receiving her Bachelor’s for her to complete a DONA approved birth doula training and begin supporting parents in their pregnancy journey.
Shannon feels it is an honor to be welcomed into a person’s birth space, to be present and share this experience with them during the labor process in such an individualized way. No two support experiences are alike, and this is precisely what Shannon admires so much about this work. Shannon hopes to incorporate elements of her background to assist clients during their pregnancy, like using meditation, mindfulness, and affirmations to cope with stressful events and during labor.
While Shannon respects and admires birth as the physiological process that it is, with confidence in your body’s ability to birth; she is prepared to support you in your choice to birth in a way that is most comfortable or necessary for you. Her ultimate desire is to help you achieve a positive, safe, and satisfactory birth experience. Shannon feels it is incredibly important that you feel not just cared for and comfortable but informed and empowered about your birth and all options available to you.
If there is anything Shannon wants you to understand about her approach to doula work, it is that she is prepared to support you in your right to be an active participant in your experience to make decisions about your body, baby, birth team, and any desired interventions.
Shannon looks forward to connecting with you and getting to know those on your birth team as you navigate your pregnancy and prepare for labor and birth