Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

taught by Shannon Moyer-Szemenyei

Course description

Pregnancy and Infant Loss occurs in 1:4 pregnancies and is something  that many women suffer through alone. Whether it is an early pregnancy  loss, still birth or termination, support is so greatly needed and  compassionate care can be given to families during this time.

In  this course, you will learn how to compassionately and effectively  support your clients through pregnancy or infant loss, as well as how to  prepare yourself for a  highly emotional situation.

Topics covered:

Defining Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Setting Boundaries

Scope of Practice

Preparing Yourself

Practical Support

Emotional Support

Resources for Yourself and Your Client

Comfort Measures

Continuous Support After

Support for the Doula

We  will also spend time going over self care for the doula. As pregnancy  and infant loss can be a bit stressful and emotional to watch, you need a  solid self care and debriefing routine for when your role is fulfilled.

You  are a compassionate individual and in taking this course, you are  showing your clients that you are ready and willing to support them  through the most difficult of situations. Hold yourself with love and  care, and welcome to the course.

Shannon Moyer-Szemenyei
Shannon Moyer-Szemenyei
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.