Shelley Scotka

Shelley Scotka

Why would anyone want to be a doula? The hours are unpredictable and sometimes long, but the rewards are worth it. Most people are surprised when I tell them what I do, yet it seems the most natural thing for me.

I had two very different births with my children. My daughter’s birth (1993) was long and drawn out, but resulted in a natural birth with no medical interventions. My son’s birth (1996) was an induction which was fast and furious. Both were powerful and empowering. I had trouble breastfeeding my first, and postpartum was not quite what I expected. My experiences inspired me to want to help other families have better births and smoother postpartums.

Since then, I have taught childbirth classes, both in groups and privately, and have continued to support families as a doula during birth and postpartum.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and have been certified through International Childbirth Educators Association (ICEA) since 1998. 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

  • It is the responsibility of every expectant family to educate themselves about the process of birth and their choices, so they can make educated decisions regarding their personal situation in partnership with their caregivers.
  • Birth and Postpartum is a beautiful, powerful, and natural event. It should be treated with honor, respect and love.
  • Every women, every baby,  and every family is unique.  Mothers and Fathers should be viewed as individuals, learning to listen to their instincts and be gently guided into the journey of parenthood.

My Goal

  • To help you create a positive birth and 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.