My name is Shasta Colmenares, and I am a DONA trained Birth Doula. I'm here to provide my Labor support to families and pregnant mothers in the North Bay Area. I have experience working with families delivering at birth Centers as well as hospitals, and I am still waiting for the day to be present for a homebirth!
I am very passionate about what I do and love being able to be a part of such a beautiful transformation as birth. My goal is to offer the laboring mother and her partner my best Informational, physical and emotional support before, during and after labor.
I Believe that with a clear understanding of her options, a mother is better able to make informed choices resulting in a more positive birth experiance. I am committed to supporting whatever choices a mother makes for the birth of her baby.
Allowing the mother to make her own decisions during pregnancy and labor will help make childbirth a satisfying experience that has many benefits. Not only will her recovery after labor be quicker, she will bond better with her infant, and as a result, become a more confident mother.
There are additional benefits of a Doula's services which extend to the birth partner as well. The education of the birth partner during the pregnancy and the continuous presence of the Doula during labor will encourage the birth partner to participate at his/her own comfort level. During a long labor the Doula will ensure the birth partner has the rest and nourishment they need.
I have chosen to be a Doula because I am committed to making a difference, one birth at a time. I believe in Women, and their ability to give birth. It is what we were designed to do, and our bodies are perfectly and undeniably able to do just that. Empowering women and guiding their partners through the birth process allows me to use my knowledge, coaching talents, and intuitive nurturing abilities. I thoroughly enjoy making this life-changing transition a positive and memorable experience.
I completed my Birth Doula training through DONA in Sept of 2009 at the Birth Center in Santa Rosa, CA. Since then I have been actively involved in furthering my education regarding techniques to ease Labor discomfort , natural Breastfeeding suport, Accupressure and Massage.
In May of 2015 I gave birth to my Daughter, Evelyn in our home and nearly unassisted! Our midwife arrived just after her head was born and seconds before she was in my arms. The inmate body knowledge we have as women is transformative and amazing when the surrounding environment is quiet, loving and supportive. When we can work with our bodies and truly listen we can move through this powerful passage with grace, power and presence. It is always an honor to support families in this way and hold that sacred space for them.