Shelley Scotka

I wish I had known about doulas with my first baby! I had a lot of trouble with breastfeeding. I was exhausted. I had family support for a couple of weeks, but after they left, my husband and I felt overwhelmed. I didn’t know I could ask questions, make my own decisions for my baby, or trust my instincts as a  mother. I became a doula to help families navigate through the journey from birth to parenthood.

I became a Certified Childbirth Educator through International Childbirth Educators (ICEA) in 1998.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Women’s Studies. I began attending births with my students. When my kids were older, I began offering postpartum services. I have special training and continuing education in labor and delivery, breastfeeding, and postpartum care, especially those who struggle with postpartum mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.

My Philosophies

  • Educated parents who know their options are more likely to make conscious choices for themselves and their babies.
  • Postpartum is a wonderful but fragile time for a new family. It can be made easier through support and guidance.
  • Parents and babies are individuals. There is no “one size fits all” approach.

My Goal

  • To help you create a positive birth and/or postpartum experience for you and your family, that is joyful, gentle, and empowering.

How does a doula really make a difference?
Results from different studies have all suggested that having a doula reduces the overall cesarean rate by 50%, Pitocin use by 40% and requests for epidurals by 60%. The use of a doula also showed a major reduction in the length of labor due to fewer stress hormones being produced in the laboring woman’s body.

The Doula Book © 2002; Klaus, Marshall, Klaus and Kennell.