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Shannon Shepherd

Phone Number: (801) 309-3636

Zip: 84067

Counties: Weber/Davis

Primary Service: Birth Doula

Additional Services: Placenta Encapsulation

About Me: I have been passionate about helping moms and families my whole life. My own mother suffered severely with mental illness and I always knew she would have been "mother of the year" if she didn't have the issues that she did. Because of this, I wanted to use my experiences of not "having a mom" to better the lives of those around me.

Over the years this evolved for me. In 2007, through my experience in an unplanned pregnancy that ultimately led me to placing my sweet baby girl for adoption, I was lead to becoming a birth doula. This experience was positive in so many way. This was my 2nd birth, and through some medical complications, ended up being a completely unmedicated birth that I was not prepared for. Oh, how grateful I was for an amazing doula as my support at that birth. I was in full active labor when it was discovered that my blood was far too thin for me to safely have an epidural. That was so scary to be told I was going to need to push a baby out unmedicated with no previous planning. As I went through the phases of labor and started doubting that I could "do this" my doula looked me in the eyes and told me that I could. This will always be a defining moment of my life. The power those words coming from her were for me and how amazing it was to actually feel my baby coming out of me, and connecting with the birth like I had never imagined. That was so powerful to me, I actually left that experience feeling I could do "anything" and went on to run a full marathon 5 months to the day after she was born.

I've used this experience to help educate moms and dads to know their options, to know they need to be informed consumers when they are going to have a baby and to really know while unmedicated births are not right for everyone, they can be achieved and are amazing when they are supported in the right way. My whole heart believes that an ideal birth looks different for everyone and we make choices for our bodies and our babies with the absolute best intentions.

I am a trained hypnodoula through Hypnobabies and an APPA certified Placenta Arts Specialist. I am also the owner of Bloom Women's Center: Pregnancy and Postpartum self care in Roy where I have created a community and resources for moms and families to be their best postpartum. We have many resources for moms with the heart of the center being a professional kitchen for placenta encapsulation and other placenta arts.

I would love to talk with you about your pregnancy and birth preferences and support you and your partner in any way that I can.

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