About Shannon

Welcome to Exhale Birth Services.

My mission?

Serving women during pregnancy, birth and parenting.

My vision began in 1998, providing local resources, information, and support to women looking for choices in birth. I envisioned mothers who had information at their fingertips, could make decisions for themselves and then support other women navigating their pregnancies and birth. A birthing community built through service, one woman at a time.

I recently relocated to Sammamish, (King County) Washington, and began serving women in the greater Puget Sound and Eastside areas. I am always willing to make exceptions for any mothers wanting me to travel to them at a greater distance.

Since I attended my first birth in 1992, I have attended births at home, birth centers and hospitals. My first birth doula training was in 1999, followed by extensive research on normal birth and breastfeeding and I’ve been supporting pregnant women since in an ever-expanding capacity to help them reach their needs.

doulaOne of Shannon’s earliest births!

Some of my more recent educational experience:

  • Neonatal Resuscitation (Renewed November 2017)

  • CPR for Healthcare Professionals (Renewed August 2017)

  • Mercy In Action’s Birth Assistant Training (January 2016)

  • Lamaze’s Passion for Birth childbirth education training for midwives and student midwives in February 2012, including passing the certification exam in October 2012. Renewed February 2018.

  • Certified Lactation Counselor training with the Center for Breastfeeding in (February 2012 recertification)

  • The Trust Birth Conference in Sydney, Australia, Sept 2013, speaker on VBAC. Attended sessions on shoulder dystocia, hormones of birth, oxygen at homebirth, normal birth practices and exercises for healthy birth.

  • Attended and spoke at the VBAC Summit in Miami, August 2012

  • Breech Conference in November 2012

  • Midwifery Skills Training in January 2013

  • Spinning Babies workshop in February 2013

  • Waterbirth workshop March 2013

  • Gena Kirby’s Rebozo Workshop March 2013

Previous or ongoing Education, Certifications and Memberships:

  • La Leche League

  • Florida Friends of Midwives

  • Childbirth International (Labor Doula) since 2006

  • Lifetime subscriber of International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), former Board Member/ICAN of the Suncoast Chapter Leader for 5.5 years

  • Trained with DONA (1999, 2003) and CAPPA before choosing CBI

  • FOCEP Childbirth Educator Training (1999)

  • Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) supporter

Are you looking for a doula? Planning a homebirth or freebirth? Need breastfeeding help? Have other needs or looking for answers to questions?

Contact Shannon at shannon @ exhalebirthservices.com for help in answering your questions about birth, nurturing or breastfeeding your baby, and/or for assistance with childbirth education or professional labor assistance during your birth.

Shannon can also be reached via phone at 727-667-8039

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