JESSICA BOWER, BS, M.Ed, CD(DONA)
Jessica is from Greensboro and loves living there with her husband and three children. Jessica regretted not having a doula at her first birth. For her next two births, she hired Natural Baby Doulas and had two beautiful natural births. After her third birth, Jessica decided that she wanted to become a doula because she loves and respects birth and she wants to help moms reach their birth goals – she knows this is much more attainable with the caring support of a doula. She loves processing birth with new moms, helping them learn how to wear their babies, and encouraging them through the challenges of breastfeeding. She also enjoys teaching private condensed childbirth education classes for couples who can’t attend traditional longer classes. She is DONA trained and has supported a variety of moms. She is thrilled to now be a part of the Natural Baby Doulas group. Natural Baby Doulas now includes Sarah Carter, Christina Flaherty and Jessica Bower. Natural Baby Doulas fully enjoys supporting any family, couple, or parent during this special time in their lives! Natural Baby Doulas attends births from Chapel Hill to Statesville, and everywhere in between including hospital, birth center, and home births!
ShLANDA R. BURTON, CD(DONA), B.S.
ShLanda Burton, B.S., CD(DONA) is a Nutrition Specialist, Certified Birth Doula, and Independent Childbirth Educator with more than 15 years of women's, infants and childrens' healthcare advocacy, education, and experience. Ms. Burton has worked in both Southern California and North Carolina with thousands of pregnant women and families in both public and private health and wellness environments. She brings continuous and up-to-date information and knowledge to her Certified Birth Doula Services. She is committed to education of families in breastfeeding, birthing, and parenting for today's new parents that want to know their options, for beautiful birthing experiences and positive birthing outcomes.
She is the founder of Births Your Way, in Winston Salem, NC. You can locate her on Facebook where ShLanda shares post, news and educational events in the Greater Piedmont Triad Area for families. ShLanda currently teaches independent natural childbirth classes and techniques at Natural Beginnings Birth and Wellness Center in Statesville, NC, including water birthing and water labor information.
She believes in health, support, and what is best for mother, baby and the family. Nacimientos a tu manera salud, soporte para la madre, el bebe, y familia. Se, Hablamos Espanol', por favor llamada, (336) 422-6744, gracias.
SARAH CARTER, BS, PD(toLabor)
Sarah is originally from the Piedmont area, but lived in the Washington D.C. area for a few years where she trained to be a certified Bradley Method Teacher (Childbirth Educator) and doula through toLabor in 2009. In 2012, Sarah joined together with another Triad area doula, Christina Flaherty, and started Natural Baby Doulas. Natural Baby Doulas now includes Sarah, Christina and Jessica Bower. Natural Baby Doulas fully enjoy supporting any family, couple, or parent during this special time in their lives! Natural Baby Doulas attends births from Chapel Hill to Statesville, and everywhere in between including hospital, birth center, and home births! Sarah teaches The Bradley Method Childbirth Education classes in Greensboro. Since becoming a doula and childbirth educator, Sarah has completed training in placenta encapsulation, bereavement support, postpartum belly binding, and professional water birth training. For more information about Natural Baby Doulas’ services and to register for childbirth education, please visit: www.naturalbabydoulas.com. Sarah’s goal as a childbirth educator and doula is to provide holistic physical, emotional, and educational support to the mother-to-be and her entire birth team.
PHYLLIS R. D'AGOSTINO, M.Ed., Ed.S., CD/ PCD (DONA), LCCE, NCPEN 1, Certified H.U.G. Teacher
Phyllis is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE), a Certified H.U.G. Teacher (Help, Understanding and Guidance), Credentialed Parent Educator I through North Carolina Parent Education Network(NCPEN), and successfully completed the NC Lactation Educator Training Program. With over 25 years of experience working with families, she believes that all parents need support, help and encouragement at the beginning of their exciting new parenting journey and experience. Phyllis lives in Winston-Salem with her husband and two grown sons.
CHRISTINA FLAHERTY, BA, AAHCC Birth Doula
When Christina gave birth to her first son in the hospital, she was given an epidural for pain relief. Both she and her son experienced serious side effects from it. So when she became pregnant for the second time in 2008, she found The Bradley Method and learned about pregnancy, her body and how to have a natural birth. With the help and support of her endearing and wonderful coach, the birth was unmediated with no intervention and absolutely beautiful! She became a certified childbirth educator after this momentous event. In 2012, Christina and Sarah Carter formed Natural Baby Doulas. Natural Baby Doulas now includes Sarah Carter, Christina Flaherty and Jessica Bower. Natural Baby Doulas fully enjoys supporting any family, couple, or parent during this special time in their lives! Natural Baby Doulas attends births from Chapel Hill to Statesville, and everywhere in between including hospital, birth center, and home births! Her goal is to help women have the best, safest, and most rewarding birth experience possible. Breastfeeding became another passion for her after nursing both of her sons. She is a Certified Lactation Specialist offering in-home breastfeeding support to new mothers.
MARY GILLETT, CD(DONA), BSW, MS
Mary has been a DONA certified birth doula since 2007, and now provides full water birth equipment rental as part of her service. She is the mother of two young adult children. Her own personal birth history is varied, including c-section, VBAC, and pregnancy loss. She believes that every birth is a precious, unique experience and — like all aspects of parenting — fairly unpredictable! Her desire is to provide the birthing mother and her partner with the support necessary to increase their chances of having the most natural, positive and memorable birth experience possible. Mary is also a WIC-certified Breastfeeding Peer Educator, a professional Health Educator, and has a background as a trained social worker. Visit her website for more complete information to see if she might be a good match to support you in this important event for your growing family!
BECKY HALE, CD(DONA)
Becky Hale is a certified birth doula through DONA International and has also trained through CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association). After many years as a career nanny and wilderness counselor, she read about what doulas do, and decided to put her care taking skills to a new position, helping women and their partners have positive, supported births. She began offering birth doula services in 2007, and has supported many families in the Triad area since. She enjoys giving support to mothers, their partners and other family members during the labor experience, and believes strongly that every type of birth needs and deserves a doula. Becky has experience with a variety of labor settings, including natural births, epidural births, twins, water births and caesareans. In addition, she enjoys providing photography during labor. Becky brings her many years of nanny experience to her work as well, providing newborn nanny services to families in the Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point areas. Becky is excited to serve and support the many moms-to-be and their partners in this area.
CAROL LEE, CD(DONA)
Carol is a certified Postpartum Doula living in Greensboro NC. She has worked in the world of medicine for all of her adult life. Her background includes hospital radiology, orthopedic care experience, urgent care experience and medical office practice administration. After the birth of her granddaughter, Carol realized that learning how to care for an infant doesn't always come naturally. In today's world, a young mother can find herself having many questions, feeling alone, isolated and unsure. There is help available.
Carol feels every new family deserves the opportunity to get off to a wonderful start. She enjoys helping young couples and families adjust to their new normal. Her goal is to help educate and support them during a very special but demanding time with a new infant.
Besides being a certified Doula, Carol also holds a Postpartum Support International certificate of completion in Maternal Mental Health: components of care training. Give Carol a call, send an e-mail or visit her website for more information. 336-312-6329.
MONICA MELVIN SMITH, RN, BSN, ICCE, ICD
Monica is a Registered Nurse with years of Women's Health Experience. She is a certified childbirth educator and certified birth doula through the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA). She currently leads the Childbirth Education Program at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, which has over 6,000 births per year. She has also completed over 20 hours of breastfeeding education and skills validation. Monica believes in empowering women to become educated, informed, and an advocate for a positive birth and breastfeeding experience. Her combination of education, experience, and medical background allows her clients to have knowledgeable support throughout pregnancy and birth.
SALLY MEREDITH, BA, CD(DONA), HCHD, RMT
As a mother Sally understands that birth is one of the most physically demanding, emotionally gratifying and transformative experiences of your life. The memory of that experience is one that will be cherished by the mother forever. All the details of birth are important and every women deserves loving support. Sally is a DONA certified birth doula, Hypnobabies® Certified Hypno-Doula and a Reiki Master practitioner. She looks forward to helping mothers with all types of birth preferences have a positive and empowering experience.
MARGO SHELTON, CD(DONA)
Margo and her husband have lived in Salisbury, NC since 2003 where they are work-from-home parents to three young children.
During Margo's first two births, her sister Megan provided excellent support. When Megan was unable make it to the hospital in time for her third child, Margo realized just how vital having that support was. She began studying to become a doula shortly after that experience in 2011.
Margo believes that every woman can benefit from the support of a doula, and every woman who desires labor support deserves it!
Her goal is for moms to think back on their pregnancy and childbirth with positive, empowering memories!
Margo is willing to work on all holidays and will travel.
JUDITH (KENNY) KENNEDY SHULMAN, CD(DONA)
Kenny Shulman is a DONA certified birth doula and the mother of a totally awesome young man. She began this journey as a volunteer with the Greensboro YWCA doula program, and continues to volunteer today. This allows her to actively practice DONA's vision…"A doula for every woman who wants one." As of 2016, and through Triad Birth Doula, LLC, she has attended almost 150 women in their childbirth. This means that over the years she has had various experiences and situations with pregnancies, labor and birth. It also means that she has experience with various care providers and has spent many hours at Women’s Hospital in Greensboro, NC. It has been said that her specialty is attending waterbirths, which she dearly loves. She provides her pools and equipment for a small fee to her clients who wish to have this gentler birth. She is also an educated child birth instructor and will offer classes to you and your partner at your convenience and in the privacy of your home. Her classes are based on Lamaze International’s Six Healthy Birth Practices. Her biggest passion is working with people like you and your partner and watching the light turn on as you realize that you are the consumer; you have universal rights; this is your body, your baby, your experience! Give her a call or drop her a message! She would love to be able to chat with you!
Triad Birth Doula, LLC
SHIRENA SMITH, LCSW CHt CD(DONA)
Shirena Smith graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and she received a Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She has been in Private Practice settings since 2002. She is certified as a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Transpersonal Hypnotist and a Certified Doula. Shirena has over16 years working experience in Maternal Women’s Health.
Now accepting patients for the following: Outpatient Counseling (Maternal Counseling), Hypnotherapy (Weight Loss, Smoking, Anxiety, Stress, Addictions, Labor/Delivery, Pain, Spiritual), Doula Services (Pre & Post Delivery), Trauma Focused Treatment and Clinical Supervision/ Consultation
KERRY STEVENS, CD(DONA)
After having an amazing experience birthing her son, Kerry became passionate about helping women to have their own miraculous birth experiences. She believes women were created to give birth, and with support and education have the power to have a life-changing, positive experience. In May of 2013 Kerry had another amazing birth experience, this time giving birth in the water to a little girl. Kerry is a DONA certified birth doula. She also has a background in Early Childhood Education and loves being a stay at home mother to her son and daughter.
TEQUITA WILLIAMSON, CD(DONA)
Tequita Williamson certified with DONA International as a birth doula in 2003 and has a broad range of experience in a variety of labor settings. She attends births in hospitals and birth centers, as well as home births. She has experience with births with no interventions, epidurals, water births, twins, and Cesarean births. Tequita supports your goals and helps you navigate the often confusing world of labor and delivery.
Giving birth is a wonderful, life-changing event, and she considers it an honor to be trusted with her role at your birth. Memories of this day remain with women for the rest of their lives! For this reason, she feels strongly that clients should know all their options and encourages them to do their own research. She is happy to provide evidence-based information which helps in making informed choices. Tequita believes that you should be accepted and supported according to the birth choices you need and desire, therefore, her birth philosophy is whatever YOURS is.
Tequita fulfills all the training re-certification required by DONA and she is waterbirth trained. She takes continuing education classes to better serve you, and enjoys researching relevant topics in an effort to keep up with current information.
Tequita is married, and mom to a college-age daughter. Their home is a refuge for an assortment of rescued animals and she is involved with several local animal rescue organizations. When not attending births, Tequita enjoys her church, reading, the mountains, and spending time with friends.
TAMARA ANN GALLIMORE (TAG) WOODS, LMBT #874, CMBA (B.A.B.Y. INC.), HBCE
Tag is licensed and nationally certified as a massage & bodywork therapist, specializing in fertility, prenatal, postpartum and infant massage.Her passion for nurturing women and children during this season of their lives drew her to become a Certified Massage Birth Assistant (doula) in 2002.Tag teaches HypnoBirthing Childbirth Education, Nurturing the Pregnant Couple workshops and Infant Massage. Sharing this work and her knowledge, Tag shares her vision for honoring the birth journey by nurturing the family.
JACQUELINE MESSICK, DONA Trained Doula
Jacqueline is the mother of three. She has been attending births for the past 14 years and was DONA certified in 2009. Jacqueline has experience as a La Leche League leader and can help facilitate the breastfeeding process. Being a mother is the greatest joy in her life and she is honored to work with mothers during their births.
CAT PALMER, DONA Trained Doula
I am a DONA-trained doula currently pursuing my certification, while simultaneously studying to become a lactation consultant and working as a yoga instructor. I believe that pregnant and birthing bodies are exceptionally powerful, and have the ability not only to create a baby, but also to create a mother. I am fascinated by how women interpret their own journey to motherhood, and how the transcendental experiences of pregnancy and birth build the foundations of a family. I believe that a more just and loving world starts with more just and loving births. When women are supported to build the families they want in the way they want, they are also empowered to build the communities, nations, and world they want to live in. It is my goal as a doula to help you find your own sense of wellness, to bear witness to your story, and to accompany you on your road to motherhood and beyond. There is no "right way" to be pregnant or to birth, and I am curious and exited to see what you choose. I hope to build trusting and nourishing relationship with my doula clients, and to create a space where we can laugh, cry, and ask questions together. I bring an intersectional feminist approach to birthmark, which means that I recognize how multiple identities converge to give you a unique lived experience, and I tailor my services to meet your needs. When I'm not providing lactation care to mamas or supporting doula clients, I enjoy cooking for my friends and family, spending times outdoors, practicing yoga, and reading as many books as I can. You can learn more about me and my doula practice at: www.rootedbirthandyoga.com.
The Following PADA members provide water birth pool rentals for their clients. Please see their individual bios for their contact information.
My Positive Birth (Kerry Stevens)
Natural Baby Doulas
AAHCC – American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth
BA – Bachelor of Arts
BS – Bachelor of Science
CAPPA – Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association
CD – Certified Doula
CBD – Certified Birth Doula
CLC – Certified Lactation Counselor
CLS – Certified Lactation Specialist
CPD – Certified Postpartum Doula
DONA – Doulas of North America
FACCE – Fellow, American College of Childbirth Educators
HBCE – HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator
HCHD – Hypnobabies Certified Doula
HCHI – Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor
LCCE – Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
LMBT – Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist
M.Ed – Masters in Education
NCPEN – North Carolina Parenting Education Network
PADA – Piedmont Area Doula Association
PCD – Postpartum Certified Doula
SBD – Stillbirthday Birth and Bereavement Doula