"Beth has been awesome to us! She is doing her best to help us get some latch issues figured out and referring us to the people we need to see! Thank you Beth!"  

-Chandra, Hampton, IA

"Shawna was great to work with! Initially, I was just curious and had questions, which she was more than willing to answer and was very quick at getting back to me. She was informative and very professional. She was easy to work with and very accommodating. I am more than pleased with my pills, which I had the very next day after delivering! Having a newborn and 18 month old I do feel I have good energy :) Compared to my first baby I can definitely tell a huge difference in my milk supply and have a great start to my milk stash! I've also loved showing off my placenta tree to friends and family! Would definitely recommend encapsulating and wouldn't consider any other person for the job! It'll be a for sure with our third :)!!" -  Ashley, Cedar Falls, IA

"I was really skeptical about my wife having a doula. I didn't know what they were & really didn't want anyone but myself and my wife in there while we had our baby. But after meeting Shawna and my wife really wanting her to be there, I said ok. Thank God I did. Shawna stepped right in and gave my wife emotional support, did exercises & walked with her, she even did her hair and makeup. She was there the entire time. When we didn't know what was going on Shawna would explain everything to me & my wife. Both of us even held my wife's legs while she was pushing & Shawna held a mirror so my wife could see our daughter being born. The 3 of us made a Great team. I'm Really Glad Shawna was our Doula. We plan on having her again if we have another baby."   - Chuck, Webster City, IA

Testimonials

"When I first met Shawna for our initial consultation, I felt like I'd known her for a lifetime. As a first time mother, I was Terrified of the labor and delivery process. She made me feel at ease, relax, stay positive & enjoy my entire pregnancy. She always contacted me to make sure I was doing OK. She made me feel special and important. Her knowledge, professionalism, and compassionate nature completely blew us away. Shawna Genuinely cared about me, my well-being, baby and family. She stayed with us through the entire labor which was Very Long. There's no way I would have made it through without her emotional and physical support. They are bar none. She is also very creative. The lady bug belly casting and photography of us at the hospital and of our little girl Hayden is Absolutely Amazing. Shawna isn't just a Doula, she became a lifelong friend and part of our family. I can not wait to work with her again for our second child. I am so Grateful & it was truly a Blessing to have Shawna as our Doula. She's the Best! Thank you SO Much for such a Wonderful Experience."  -  Heidi, Webster City, IA

"I used Shawna for our birth of our 2nd child 3 weeks ago. She was awesome from start to finish. The first great thing about her was she answered her phone the first time I called. She didn't give me the run around which I had experineced when calling others before I found her. She set up a time right away to meet with me. Right away I knew we wanted to go with her. She is very confident and felt like she wanted exactly what I wanted for my birth. (My goal was to stay at home as long as possible and have her let me know when to get to the hospital). After her first visit she stayed in contact with me checking in every so often which was nice. We had a couple other visits which just made me realize we had made the right choice in who we chose. The day I thought I was going to have the baby she was great she didn't make me feel like I wasn't really in labor (which happened with my doula at my first birth and lowered my confidence from the start). I felt like if I had asked her to come at my first sign of a contraction she would have been there for me. Lucky for her I didn't ask her to do that :) When I did want her to come to the house she was there promptly and took control of the situation and helping with pain management of my contractions which at this time were getting quite strong. About three hours after she got to the house I had the baby. I would say my biggest piece of advice would be to listen to Shawna she knows whats shes doing and if she says its time to go to the hospital then you better go. I didn't listen and cut it pretty short and almost had a home birth/birth in a car. My own stuborness caused this, I should have listened to Shawna! I just couldn't believe my birth was going so smoothly I wasn't so lucky the first time. Shawna stayed at the hospital after the birth until all of my questions were answered. She also did my placenta encapsulation and had it back to me the next day! We would recommend her to anyone having a baby!"  -Livia, Des Moines, IA

"We recently had our second child and used Shawna as our doula. Both of our labors have been very quick, yet we still greatly appreciated having a doula for them. My wife and I met Shawna about 6 weeks before our due date and had two subsequent meetings before the actual labor. She went over many different pain-relieving techniques and expectations for a full-term delivery (as our first baby was 4 weeks early). When my wife finally went into strong labor, Shawna arrived (we called her a little late in the game) and she promptly went about helping Noelle feel better, while I helped corrale our son until the babysitter could arrive. 

The best part about our experience with Shawna was that she knew when it was time to go to the hospital. Having had to be induced with our first child, neither of us knew when she was getting close to pushing. We left home and got to the hospital and the baby was born 30 minutes later! Without Shawna advising us to get a move-on, we could've had a car or home baby!

I strongly recommend Shawna as a doula for anyone living in Ames and the surrounding area. We also had Noelle's placenta encapsulated and Shawna had the capsules back to us within 24 hours. She also provided us with some insurance forms to hopefully get some of the fee reimbursed. Even if it isn't though, I would eagerly pay for her services again."  
-Peter, Ames, IA

"I was very impressed with how professional and relatable Shawna was. She offered excellent support through my whole labor and delivery process. Having her there to support me made all the difference in me having an empowering vaginal birth after cesarean. I love the plancenta encapsulation service she offers. My experience is that the pills helped increased my milk supply, gave me energy and helped me feel like my normal peaceful happy self. Shawna added huge value. I felt that for what I paid versus what I got it was a steal of a deal!  Having her support makes me look forward to having another baby in the future." -  Rochelle, Humboldt, IA

"Having never even heard the term "doula" before, l wasn't sure what to expect when my wife and I agreed to meet with Shawna before the birth of our first child.  We were very impressed after our first meeting, and continued to be more and more impressed as we continued to meet with her.  When time came for the birth, Shawna was exactly the support we needed.  She was there the entire time, which is quite considerable because my wife endured 40 hours of labor, and went above and beyond our expectations, helping my wife work through the labor in ways that I don't think I ever could have done. We believe her efforts kept us from requiring a C-section, which meant the world to us.  If you are thinking of hiring her, my recommendation (as a husband) is - without hesitation - do it!  You won't  be disappointed!"  -Ben, Des Moines, IA

"I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical when my wife told me she wanted to hire Doula.  I really didn't think we needed to spend the extra money, but she convinced me. After interviewing 4 or 5 Douglas, we met Shawna and to be honest, after hearing her talk for only 10 minutes, I was convinced that if my wife insisted we have to have a Doula, I was sold on Shawna. We both couldn't have had a better experience!  Shawna went well above and beyond for us and you can really tell she has a passion for what she does.  Shawna was able to answer all questions we had and walked us through everything!  It really took a lot off our shoulders. The way that she coached not only my wife, but me as well during the labor was absolutely perfect and I honestly don't think things could have went more smooth! If we have more kids, (and we won't be) lol, but u would definitely hire Shawna every time!  I absolutely recommend hiring Shawna.  You will be glad you did!"  - Brandon, Ankeny, IA

"Shawna was wonderful. I hired her as my doula for a VBAC. She's very knowledgeable on how to progress labor and spinning babies. She is one of the reasons why I had a successful VBAC. I would recommend her to anyone."  -Rebecca, Fort Dodge, IA 

"As a surrogate pregnant with twins and attempting a VBAC, I knew I needed a doula. Shawna's experience with twins and VBACs made her perfect. She checked on me often during the pregnancy and was always available to me when I called or texted. During labor she had many helpful techniques, which made getting through contractions much easier. My husband had not yet arrived when it was time for the epidural and she helped me through that, as well. Even though the doctor let only one person in the delivery room, Shawna waited and was right there when I was a able to come back to the maternity room. I highly recommend Shawna to any woman who would like the support of a doula."  - Brianna, Des Moines, IA

"We LOVE Shawna! She was very attentive from the beginning, meeting with us several times throughout pregnancy. She is a great listener, takes time to explain things and worked well with our vision. Though my labor progressed a bit slower than I had hoped, the experience was as close to what we had imagined as possible and that is all thanks to Shawna’s expertise and care. We decided to hire a doula for two reasons: we wanted our birth experience to be as natural as possible and my husband likes to be helpful in all situations. I don’t have a real high tolerance for pain and despite this being our first child, I suspected my husband may have a hard time through labor and delivery if he didn’t feel like he could help me in a meaningful way.

She gave my husband tips, tasks and most importantly the confidence needed to feel good—they made an AMAZING team. When I needed to make decisions about the realities of labor (pain meds, epidurals, episiotomies, etc), I felt like I was in great hands with my little team. So good that we managed a long labor with some pain meds in the early stages but NO epidural—all credit to the pain management and care that Shawna delivered. Gotta love the hip squeeze! Our little girl came out alert and ready to nurse which is not typically the case with epidural babies. Labor is painful, but I wanted to give my baby the best start to life and breastfeeding. 

Shawna was extremely respectful and appropriate with the hospital staff, a couple of the nurses even asked her to explain some of the techniques and expressed interest in trying them. She also followed up with us at home to talk about breastfeeding, baby massage and belly wrapping.

My husband and I are in complete agreement that our birth experience would not have been what we hoped for without Shawna. She’s worth every penny and more! We feel so blessed and will definitely hire Shawna for our next pregnancy."    -
Julie, Boone, IA

"It had been almost 16 years since I had a baby and i was young and naive. Looking back I realized that was not how child birth was supposed to be. I wanted this time to be different. I was adament about doing it natural and being in charge of my labor and delivery. I knew God knew what he was doing and I should trust my body. Shawna made all of this possible. She helped me move labor along with exercises, etc.   She also encouraged and reminded me of my goals when I began to doubt. Because of her, I felt in control and at ease as we welcomed my son with no drugs!

Shawna was great to work with. She really helped my husband and I come together and do it together! We will be using her again later this year!"
 - Katie, Ames, IA

"Shawna was the best choice we could have made for my delivery. This was our first child so I had lots of fears, questions and anxiety about the whole process. I met and interviewed several doulas before I met shawna and didn't really click or trust any of them. My husband was on the fence about having a doula but I insisted on having one. The second I met Shawna it was such a relief. She is professional, comforting, and very knowledgeable. She has a packet put together to make it easier to review all the choices. I had a high risk pregnancy and needed someone able to understand all my medical issues in case something happened. shawna took the time to understand and memorize all my medical background. This also helped take the pressure off my husband to remember everything in a stressful situation. shawna went above and beyond the call of duty by being available 24/7 for all the questions I had, she was so supportive and encouraging. I really appreciated the 2 prenatal appointment. It helped ease my nerves and have a "game plan". I ended up having to be medically induced and was in labor for a total of 46 hours. Shawna was at the hospital with me everyday, doing massage, distracting me with conversation, walks, make up, and much more until they decided to speed things up. She was encouraging for myself and my husband (plus could give him a break). Shawna also thought and remembered all the little details we had discussed that I forgot about. I ended up having medical complications and she was able to keep my husband and I calm and was almost a translator for what the doctor was telling us. I delivered a healthy girl and Shawns stayed around long after to take pictures and help pack up the room. The post partum visits were equally as helpful. I was in so much pain afterwards she helped me with the pump and baby massage (my daughter loves it). I highly recommend Shawna and her services and don't know how we could have done it without her."  - Allyson, Ankeny, IA

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