Compassionate Labor Doula and Postpartum Support Pregnancy Care

Shanda Burke - Labor Doula & Postpartum Support for your Pregnancy Care

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What Does a Birth Doula Do?

How did doulas compare to the other types of continuous support?


  • 25% decrease in the risk of Cesarean; the largest effect was seen with a doula (39% decrease)*
  • 8% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth; the largest effect was seen with a doula (15% increase)*
  • 10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief; the type of person providing continuous support did not make a difference
  • Shorter labors by 41 minutes on average; there is no data on if the type of person providing continuous support makes a difference
  • 38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score; there is no data on if the type of person providing continuous support makes a difference
  • 31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience; mothers’ risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience was reduced with continuous support provided by a doula or someone in their social network (family or friend), but not hospital staff

    https://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/

Labor and Birth

I will be there to support you and your family throughout labor and birth as your labor doula or postpartum support.  For your pregnancy care I will fully support your vision for labor and birth, no matter your decisions or how you give birth. This is YOUR birth, let's make it beautiful.


I will provide 


  • Physical Support: massage, counter pressure, create a calm environment, get food and drinks and more.


  • Emotional Support: continuous presence, help keep the environment positive, encouragement, reassurance, praise, help you work through fears and doubt.


  • Informational Support: help you & your partner make fully informed decisions backed by evidence based information. Help explain risk and benefits of procedures. Suggest positions, relaxation techniques. 


  • Advocacy Support: help you ask questions and convey your wants and right to make choices about your body and your baby.


 In a 2012 survey that took place in the U.S., 6% of birthing people said they used a doula during childbirth (Declerq et al., 2013), up from 3% in a 2006 national survey (Declerq et al., 2007). Of those people who did not have a doula but understood what they were, 27% would have liked to have a doula. 

Postpartum Doula Service

I work with families in the postpartum period; offering support, information, instruction, comfort, and referrals as needed. Postpartum Doulas support the mother’s recovery, give instruction on infant care and feeding, and assist with household organization.

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The Doula

My name is Shanda, and I am a labor doula who also provides postpartum support as part of pregnancy care. I am the mother of 5 sweet babies myself. 1 hospital birth and 4 home births.  Birth can and should be an amazing experience. My goal is to help make your birth a beautiful experience. 

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You & Your Baby

So many choices! Part of my goal for your pregnancy care as your labor doula or with postpartum support is to help you & your partner make fully informed choices on the many decisions you will encounter during your pregnancy, birth & postpartum with evidence based information.

Price and Service


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