Welcome to birthPrep, the doula created Pregnancy and Birth Education course that takes you through everything from the final stages of pregnancy right through to postpartum recovery.
We understand that there is an overwhelming amount of information out there about pregnancy, labour and childbirth, so we wanted to create a course that goes through all of your options in an easy-to-understand way so that you and your partner can map out what feels best for you.
As you work through the videos and PDF manual, if you ever have a question or need more information about a certain topic, please know that we are here to support you. Sorting out all of this information and making decisions for your birth can be overwhelming and difficult; you don't have to do it alone. We are here!
In birthPrep, you will learn:
- What to Expect During the Final Stages of Pregnancy
- Signs of Labour and the various Stages of Labour
- Comfort Measures for Labour and Birth
- Labour Positions and Why They Matter
- Your Options During Birth
- Standard Hospital Procedures
- Interventions and Why They May Happen
- The 4th Stage of Labour
- Standard Newborn Procedures
- The First 24 Hours
- Transitioning at Home
- Postpartum Recovery
Be gentle and kind with yourself. No two pregnancies are the same, and no two families are the same. We encourage you to make the decisions that work best for you in this moment, knowing that it is perfectly ok for those decisions to change later on.
Sit back and enjoy! This course was created from a love of supporting and empowering women and their families throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
Thank you for joining us for birthPrep.
Owner, Birth and Postpartum Doula | Certified Meditation Instructor | Doula Trainer
Shannon began Sweet Stella's in 2010 following the birth of her first babe, Owen, to help her navigate postpartum depression. She was fresh off a very bad birth experience, complicated breastfeeding and was faced with PPD and anxiety. Sweet Stella's became her safe place, and one that has grown and evolved over the past several years. In January 2015, Shannon became a fully certified professional doula through Doula Alliance. She is located on the west side of London, Ontario.
Areas of Specialty:
- Doula Training and Mentorship
- Hypnobirth and Meditation
- Birth Trauma and Crisis
- Postpartum Mood Disorders
- Miscarriage and Infant Loss
- Birth and Postpartum Support
I firmly believe that my role as your doula is to support the decisions that you are making for your family, and to never impress my own personal opinion on you. Being a parent can be hard; I want to make sure you feel supported, empowered and validated in your choices. When we work together, you will receive my support, knowledge and consistent check-ins. You are not alone in your journey; I am here to help guide you along your way.
Shannon is the mom of two boys and one babe who miscarried in 2013, holds her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and History from Wilfrid Laurier University and has served dozens of families since becoming a doula in August 2014. She has attended both hospital and home births, has experience with birth trauma and miscarriage, is trained in hypnobirth with The Calm Birth School, is a big supporter of self care for moms, and has recently developed the Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula Training program for Sweet Stella's. Shannon has also completed the Certified Meditation Instructor program through the University of Holistic Theology and is thriving as a meditation instructor, leading classes both in person and online. Recently, she finished up the Cosmic Kids Yoga Crash Course and is teaching Kids Yoga and Meditation at North Yoga & Wellness.
When she's not assisting at a birth or leading her team, Shannon writes for Fit Pregnancy and Thyme Maternity, and enjoys the mental release and clarity of running and her own meditation practice, time with her best girls and a nice glass of prosecco. Shannon is also an active member on the House Committee at the London Hunt and Country Club, and the School Council at Byron Northview Public School.