Shannon Mathews

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BIRTH DOULA
CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR

Shannon has been loving on mothers and babies for many years. Her love of child development started young when she spent 7 years studying and doing projects for kids and families as part of her child development courses. 

In the early 2000’s Shannon married her husband and best friend David and they began a family of their own. Shannon’s pregnancies were not as she hoped. She developed Hyper-Emesis Gravidarum. She learned the need for information, flexibility and understanding patient rights as she learned to advocate for herself, her desires and her needs during her pregnancies and deliveries. 4 times she had precious little ones, and 4 times she was deathly ill and fighting for good care. 

Spring forward 8 years, and Shannon meets with several mothers in the community who were pushing strollers or carrying small ones. When she would walk up and ask how they were doing, the women would cry, hug and talk for hours.That is where the New, Expectant and Expecting Again Support group was born. It meets in homes and community centers in and around Chantilly and soon Vienna and serves moms from all backgrounds and stages of life. Some just need friends, some need support and education. This group became a free resource for care and love that many were seeking.

After that, Shannon was asked to attend several births by friends and family members. She was also called upon to help with nursing issues and early birth issues from friends in Virginia and Maryland. After her first couple of births she realized she absolutely loved caring for women during labor and helping them get a confident start those first few weeks with a new baby.

After taking new Child Birth Education classes, DONA Doula training and breastfeeding classes and working with other local birth workers to learn and expand her understanding of Evidence Based Birth Shannon started her work as a doula. Shannon is educated in Lamaze, teaches childbirth education classes, is a contributor to several breastfeeding support pages, and also works with other women who are dealing with Hyper-Emesis Gravidarum.