What is a Doula?
Shanna Bradley, Executive Director of Journey, Birth and Wellness, will answer ‘what is a Doula?’, and present the specialized evidence-based birth trainings and certifications available to Doulas. She will address the Doula’s role in empowering new parents to build their birth plan as well as supporting them in labor through the actual birth of their baby and postpartum.
Shanna, a wife and mother of five, is trained through DONA and ICEA doula programs as well as holds certifications from StillBirthday and Global Birth Community as a birth and bereavement doula. She has also added to her resume childbirth educator and is finishing her training as an Evidence-Based Birth instructor, as well as an international doula trainer. She holds a degree in Intercultural studies, and is currently working on her diploma in International Maternal and Child Health.
Shanna returned to Fort Wayne several years ago and started a new non-profit, Journey Birth and Wellness, to provide Doula services to help local underserved populations, especially those living in neighborhoods of high infant mortality. Journey Birth and Wellness was born to train up women from different communities and cultures to support their own sisters, neighbors, and friends in birth support and education. In its first two years, Journey Birth and Wellness has already trained up some of the area’s first Doulas of color as well as the first bi-lingual Doulas who also speak Spanish, Karen, and Thai.