Shannon-Tara Ames

I was born in Penticton and raised in Kamloops. I have been married for 22 years and a mother of two wonderful teenage boys. I have lived in Westbank for 12 years and am very active in the Okanagan area.

I consider the birth of a child to be a miracle and a most significant event that takes place in a woman’s life. I believe with the support of trained professionals and a caring family, each of my clients can have the type of balance well adjusted family they choose. My objective as a Doula is to offer this loving, caring, and supportive environment for my client and their families. My desire is for my clients to cherish the birth of their babies in the most positive way possible.

Why I chose to become involved in the birth profession; I have a passion for birth, and for women’s rights in childbirth. Working as a Doula allows me to help educate women and act as a resource to families in my community all while taking baby steps closer to my ultimate goal of someday being a birth educator.

What is a Doula?

A postpartum doula is a specially trained woman who assists the new mother, baby, and the rest of her family within the first few weeks after the birth of the baby. Postpartum doulas are good with children, patient, non-judgmental, and knowledgeable about newborn care and breastfeeding. The postpartum doula may offer the following:
• Breastfeeding tips
• Baby care and advice
• Household help
• Sibling care
• Meal preparation
• Running Errands
• Community Resources Information

With a postpartum doula you can get the rest you need while having you and your baby’s needs met.

My role, as a birth doula

“The birth of each baby has a long lasting impact on the physical and mental health of mother, baby and family. The importance of fostering relationships between parents and infants cannot be overemphasized, since these early relationships largely determine the future of each family. The quality of emotional care received by the mother during labour, birth and immediately afterwards is one vital factor that can strengthen or weaken the emotional ties between mother and child. There is evedience that when women receive continuous emotional support and physical comfort throughout childbirth, their obstetric outcomes may improve.

Women have complex meeds during childbirth. Women need consistent, continuous reassurance, cofort, encouragment and respect. They need individualized care based on their circumstances and preferences.” – Dona International

My role, as a birth doula, encompasses the non clinical aspects of care during childbirth.