Birth Doula Profile - Shannon Sweeney, CD(DONA)
In 2018, Shannon Sweeney graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Health Science (public health). Having always been fascinated with pregnancy and childbirth, Shannon knew her role in the public health field would involve both of these events, but she wasn’t sure in exactly what way.
Shannon first heard the world “doula” in college, and not knowing what a doula was, she began reading about the role of a doula. It was then that Shannon realized birth doula work was the perfect intersection between her interest in pregnancy and childbirth and her passion for health and wellness. She decided that after completing her undergraduate education, she would attend a DONA birth doula workshop to begin her journey as a birth doula. She is now well along in her “doula journey”.
Shannon feels it is an honor to be welcomed into a person’s birth space, to share the experience with them and be present for 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 in public health to assist clients during their pregnancy, like using meditation and mindfulness to cope with stressful events or during labor.
While Shannon respects and admires birth as a physiological process and has 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 that you are well informed about labor and birth and aware of all options available to you, so you may make informed, evidence-based decisions about your care. 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 interventions (or lack thereof).
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.