Shelly experienced a wide variety of birth experiences with her own children, from Military Hospital scheduled cesarean sections to unmedicated birth center VBACS.
As she transitioned into a household of older children, she chose to pursue childbirth doula certification through DONA out of a passion to support the mothers around her in their birth experiences.
After several years of attending both home and hospital births as a DONA certified doula, she began to pursue her child birth education certification (ICEA).
She was able to transition into being the dedicated childbirth educator for Springfield Missouri’s first freestanding birth center, and now teaches independently.
Her passion for helping mothers achieve the most productive and gentle labors led her to Spinning Babies, and she became certified as a Spinning Babies Coach in 2019.
She offers both private classes and group classes, and will do additional Spinning Babies training with those who are interested. She is recommended and loved by our local midwives and hospitals.
If you are seeking a mentor and an advocate in your birth journey, Shelly can come alongside you to educate and support you through her extensive knowledge and expertise.
Welcoming a new baby into your family is an exciting time. Learning what to expect during the childbirth process is an important step in becoming a parent. Whether your first child, or your fourteenth, there is a certain reassurance that comes from Childbirth Education classes.
New parents learn more about how the human body works during labor, what signs to watch for, and how the support person can provide comfort measures to their loved one during the labor and delivery process.
Childbirth classes are a perfect way for new moms to meet others on the same journey and to gain answers to the fears and questions they have. Knowing what to expect and having tools to help them navigate the unexpected, empowers women to feel confident as they get closer to delivering their newborn.
The mothers who attend Shelly’s classes appreciate her additional courses geared towards providing tools for parents as they prepare for birth, whether at home, hospital, or birth center. These classes cover techniques to encourage the best possible outcome — but also provides resources to help you be prepared should the birth not go according to plan.
It is recommended to attend your childbirth class in the third trimester of pregnancy. Statistics have shown us that parents who educate themselves on their approaching birth experience have less anxiety, more autonomy, and report much higher satisfaction with their birth experience
Shelly creates a comfortable class experience. You and your support person cover vital topics like the process of labor and birth, comfort measures and pain relief for a natural birth, how to listen to your body and incorporate position changes to encourage the labor process.
This class is offered either in a series or in a single 6-hour session.