~ Meet Your Doula ~
First and foremost, I am the Wife of an amazingly endearing and supportive Man who is the love of my life. I am the Mother of five beautiful blessings from above who cover the crossroads of college on down into toddler hood! Every year and age with them seems to be my favorite. I have had two natural hospital births, and three home births. I have a great deal of experience with Breastfeeding and the multitude of pleasures and challenges that come through that rewarding journey. The beauty and simple complexity of a woman’s ability to grow little miracles astounds me and has become the foundation for my calling and purpose in this life. My passions in the world of pregnancy, birth, and parenthood include education on the many options available to women and their babies, teen pregnancy, support of military families, nutrition, homeopathy, essential oils, nutrition, natural childbirth, home birth, VBAC & HBAC, vaccine awareness, circumcision education, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, baby-wearing, co-sleeping, gentle parenting and a woman’s right to choose and make an informed decision about the birth she wants, above all else.
I also have a great deal of involvement in Deaf Culture as well as a Knowledge of ASL. I am not a certified interpreter, however, I do have over 14 years of experience within the Deaf Community here in the San Antonio area and I learned ASL directly from within the Deaf Community itself. I attended SAC for a short period of time as part of their Deaf Support Specialist Degree Program, just for my own personal education and a desire to know more about the people and language that I have such a passion for. I am always learning something new about this beautiful language and it’s people, as it is one of my other labors of love. I have been teaching home-school sign language classes to High School students for the past 10 years, with emphasis on ASL, Deaf History & Culture, Output and Receptive Skills, Interpretive Dance & Song Signing, Mime & Poetry, as well as Deaf Story Telling. I am happy to be able to provide my Doula Care services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients, and their family members. Feel free to check out the ASL Program and gain little extra insight into one of my other passions, and ministry based service that I offer within our community – New Braunfels Homeschool American Sign Language Program
Between birthing and raising my own children, I have spent the last 15 years slowly and steadily continuing my education towards Midwifery, while helping to provide emotional and physical support to expecting, laboring, and recovering Mothers, babies and their families along the way. I have attended several doula training workshop from different certifying bodies (after years of experience working as a doula – and learning from laboring women).I am also Childbirth Educator and Breastfeeding Counselor trained through Childbirth International. I am also trained to provide a variety of Placenta care services, including Encapsulation, tinctures and smoothies. I began my role as an apprentice Midwife in 2015 and plan to continue providing Labor & Postpartum Doula Care to my clients throughout my continued journey into Midwifery. One of my greatest passions in this field is having the opportunity to plant the seeds of empowerment through education into the hearts and minds of women and families, whereby creating the growth of knowledge and wielding the power to make informed and educated decisions about what is best for themselves and their families. I love God’s design of a woman’s body, and the wondrous way in which her body is miraculously capable of bearing and bringing forth new life. ~ Shelby Miller
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~ Lauren Peterson
My passion for birth work has been a culmination of the last several years of working in education, having babies, and supporting close family and friends through their journeys. I am a fierce advocate of a woman’s right to choice when it comes to her body, her baby and her birth. I also believe that education is power, and I love to learn new things every single day! My own experiences with birth have been varied and unique. As such, I feel very prepared to support families through whatever challenges they may face during their pregnancies and births. I have experience with or knowledge about the following topics: natural childbirth, hospital birth, homebirth, breech delivery, epidural, high-risk pregnancy, NICU, babywearing, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, placenta encapsulation, nutrition, and much more.
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose…” ~ Philippians 2:13