About the Doula

My Philosophy
About Me

I have a strong passion for supporting mothers during their pregnancy, labor and birth, guiding them in having the birth they desire, and providing a calm and reassuring presence. I believe that every woman should be in control of her labor and birth and understand how to work with her body and baby. This starts with positive thinking and knowledge of the natural birthing process. 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 mothers throughout their pregnancy, and creating a close relationship with them before that special day. I’d love to encourage and comfort you during these most intimate and sacred moments!  

My Training
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.

Hi! My name is Anne Marie Shell.

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 9 and my daughter Addison is 7.

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

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.

© 2018 by Anne M. Shell

Anne M. Shell

Birth Doula

Tel: 989-906-4846

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