Shannon-Tara Ames

I was born in Penticton and raised in Kamloops. I have been married for 27 years and a mother of two wonderful adult boys. I have lived in Westbank for 17 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.

 

My Role…

She is not a friend.
She is not a healthcare provider,
She is a mother figure of the most ancient kind.
Her life experiences empowers you.
She is a reassuring presence who will always listen to you
and support you in your chosen path.
She will remind you of those choices, and the reason you made them.
She sees you, the real you. Her understanding of your journey
supports your self-confidents.
She eases pain with touch, a work, a look….

She is a Doula

Why 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.