Hello, I’m Emily Shields, a mother of two and a DONA International Birth Doula serving Denver, CO. I attended my first birth at the age of 14, and knew from that moment that I wanted to find a way to continue assisting moms in bringing babies into the world.  Today I am proud to be doing just that!

That first birth I witnessed was a midwife-attended home birth; just a midwife, a mom, a dad, and me, working together to bring a new life into the world naturally and powerfully.  That baby was my sister, and the parents were my own.  Watching the way my dad supported my mom, and the trust they both had in her body and it’s ability to birth a baby has greatly shaped the way I view labor and birth.  I knew that whatever else happened, I wanted that sort of presence in the room when I gave birth to my own children. 15 years later, accompanied by my mom and my own husband, (and a capable team of midwives), I experienced just that!  Experiencing two natural births of my own has only solidified my belief in the benefits of being surrounded by supportive and knowledgeable individuals during the birthing process.

I was first asked to serve in a labor support role for a friend in January of 2007.  At that time I was self-educated, but as more friends and family started asking me to attend their births, I went on to complete birth doula training with DONA International (the largest doula certification organization in North America).  Currently I am serving Denver and the surrounding areas as a birth doula, and have also completed training in lactation consulting and childbirth education.



My Family

Tyler is my husband, my rock, my biggest supporter. From allowing me to be a stay at home mommy to pulling all night baby shifts before work, he does everything he can to allow me to follow my passion of coaching women through their labors. He’s never complained about a 2 AM phone call, an all night labor, or my missing an event. He’s a great dad, a supportive husband and the best partner I could ask for on our life journey.
Ellie is our oldest child. She was born May 31, 2012 in a birth tub in our home. Her birth and the support I felt from my husband, my mother and our midwife during that experience are a large part of my inspiration in helping other women. The support and encouragement I received greatly altered my birth experience. From day one Ellie has filled our home with joy, excitement and energy. She keeps us laughing and on our toes, and reminds me what life could be like if I didn’t let the expectations of others weigh me down.
Titus is our little man. He is already trying to grow up too fast, born on March 10, 2013 after just under 2 hours of labor, he weighed in at 9 lbs 10 oz! With some great coaching, my big boy was delivered with no tearing or stitches and hit the ground running, almost literally! He crawled early, is starting to walk, and will do almost anything to get a laugh. He’s all smiles most of the time and just wants to do everything his big sister does.


What is a Doula?

From the DONA International website:

“The word ‘doula’ comes from the ancient Greek meaning ‘a woman who serves’ and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.”

“Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.”