I am lucky to have been born and raised in the beautiful state of Colorado. I have many fond memories of ice skating and snowboarding growing up. I have also lived in Long Beach, California and Cape May, New Jersey. I graduated from South Dakota State University with a BS in Psychology and began my journey to become a postpartum doula in 2016. My husband is my best friend, and our home is full with 2 crazy dogs, a cat-like-dog and a 3 legged bearded dragon. We live in a cute 100+ year old home about 12 miles outside of Sioux Falls in Hartford, SD.
I care about people, am empathetic and pride myself on being a great listener. Children are naturally drawn to me, I really enjoy working with older siblings, and all types of animals too. I am intuitive, observant, analytical, passionate, creative, and kind. I love to serve others and don’t mind folding laundry, running to the grocery store, or making you a meal. I see a need to be filled and have the needed skills and gumption to Do something about it. I offer Friendly, Never Forced Parent and Baby Support and would love to help you to Parent with Confidence!
What Does a Postpartum Doula Do?
There are many ways that I can help you as your postpartum doula!
What People Say
Shannon is fabulous with children, and she can provide lots of evidence-based research to support you during the post-partum transition. Renee’s Website
Shannon from Thrive After Birth has been extremely helpful with my transition into being a new single mother. When I initially found myself reaching out for support when I was pregnant, I did not even know a postpartum Doula existed. Then up steps Shannon, offering her services! Shannon was an active member of my support team from the moment I accepted her offer. She came to my house for regular appointments before I even gave birth to help me plan my postpartum healing tools, to check on my baby supplies, to bring me books and to make suggestions on classes and support I should utilize in the city. She was also very supportive and positive and would send me positive affirmations to remind me that I could handle the birth. On top of the preplanning for my postpartum period, she offered to come to the hospital during the birth and after if I wanted extra support besides my birthing doula and offered to take photos. Though I have not needed her services as much as I thought I would (I seem to have this multitasking mom thing down so far), Shannon has still continued to check in on me and remind me that she is available even later on when I go back to work or find myself needing some extra support. Shannon has been a huge asset to my support team for my new baby and she has given me many tools to utilize so I feel like I am prepared and can handle anything I might face. I highly recommend her services and her amazing new company, Thrive After Birth, because after working with her, you will truly Thrive! Thank you for all your help Shannon!
I have seen Shannon while working with children. She builds a quick trust and used her creativity to keep them engaged. Very impressive. I would hire her again.