Hi, I'm Anne, your Hampton Roads, VA Doula!

I have a strong passion for supporting families during their pregnancy, labor, & postpartum, guiding them in having an informed and safe birth experience, and providing a calm and reassuring presence. I believe that everybody should have the guidance and encouragement to birth and parent in the way that best meets their needs & values. Being informed of your options, speaking up for yourself, and preparing your mind are all keys to a satisfying and empowering birth experience. I am committed to getting to know parents throughout their pregnancy, and creating a close relationship with them before that special day. I’d love to support & comfort you during these most intimate and sacred moments of your life!  

It would be an honor to support your family during this time.

Please read more about my doula services and feel free to contact me

"Anne is such a knowledgeable and kind woman- being a doula is just in her blood! I am so thankful that I found her! The support she offers even after birth is amazing and very welcomed for this first time mom! She is such a loving and wonderful person and I have grown to love her over my journey from pregnancy to post-partum and beyond!" - K. T.

A little more about me:
Trainings & Certifications

I grew up in a small town called Merrill, Michigan. I have lived in Virginia since 2007. I am a veteran of the U.S. Navy, in which I served 6 years as an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Handler.

After separating from the Navy in 2013, I worked as a birth doula, stay-at-home mother, and college student for 3 years. I now have a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management and an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development.

I currently work part-time as a Nutrition Care Coordinator at BioScrip, helping patients who are on feeding tubes and receive enteral nutrition therapy.

I have been a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) since 2013.

I am passionate and knowledgeable about babywearing, cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and car seat safety.

I gave birth on July 2nd, 2019 to a handsome little boy for another family, as a surrogate. It was a goal of mine to be a surrogate and it was a life-changing & incredible journey. 

I have two beautiful children whom I enjoy spending a lot of time with! My son Tylor is 10 and my daughter Addison is 7.

In my spare time, I love to go to the beach, go hiking, do yoga, swim, read, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard.

Trained & Certified Labor Doula

ToLabor (The Organization of Labor Assistants for Birth Options and Resources) - Trained in January 2013 and Certified May 2014. Re-certified in April 2019.

Rebozo Workshop Training

Trained in rebozo techniques by Gena Kirby in 2016.

Spinning Babies Training

Trained in Spinning Babies techniques at a workshop in May 2019.

TENS Unit Training 

Completed training in 2019 by DoulaVersity on how to use TENS units for pain management during labor.

Postpartum & Infant Care Doula Training

Trained by ProDoula in February 2020, soon to be certified!  

Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) 

Trained & certified in 2013 & 2019 by Safe Kids Worldwide.

© 2020 by Anne M. Shell

Anne M. Shell


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