Shannon was recommended to me by my nurse-midwife at Scripps and I could not have asked for a better doula! I hired her last minute, within weeks before my due date, because I still did not know who I wanted with me at the hospital during my birth. The birth of my first child, ended in an emergency c-section. After that, I knew that if I ever had another baby I wanted to have the support of women who are understanding of what I'm going through instead of relying only on my partner. Shannon made me feel comfortable and at ease right away within our first phone call. She was very understanding of my wishes and my personal situation. I just felt like she was a good friend who was really there for me whereas other doulas I spoke with seemed more business oriented. I am someone who has a hard time asking for help or even asking for anything at all so Shannon was great because she would always do things without me having to ask. I ended up have an induction because the medical team did not want me to try for a VBAC past my due date. As the contractions got stronger and stronger, Shannon helped me through the pain with massage and by created a calm ambience in the room. Having someone enjoyable to talk to also took my mind off of the discomfort. During a night shift, one of the OB's tried to scare me into stopping the induction and just getting a C-section by telling me what could potentially go wrong with a VBAC. I stood my ground and declined the cesarean. It was great to have Shannon there for support and to have someone there on my side. We were even laughed about the OB's scare tactics and made light of the situation. After 24 hours of labor, I got an epidural and a few hours later I had a successful VBAC and gave birth to my sweet Talulah Grace. I don't know if I would have had a successful VBAC without Shannon. Not only did she help getting me through the physical challenges of labor but she also helped me immensely through my emotions during one of the most stressful times in my life. I am so thankful that she was with me during my labor and birth. I highly recommend Shannon to anyone in need of a doula!