photo credit:  Rebecca Nash Photography

Shannon Moyer-Szemenyei

Owner, Birth and Postpartum Doula | Certified Meditation Instructor | Doula Trainer

*Please note, Shannon is not booking birth or postpartum clients at this time as she is sinking in to training and mentoring the team.

Sweet Stella’s began in 2010 when Shannon felt a loss of identity after childbirth. While navigating postpartum depression, miscarriage and pregnancy after loss, her business organically evolved into a full service birth and postpartum doula practice that supports parents in their choices. Sweet Stella's became her safe place, and is now a trusted practice with families. In January 2015, Shannon completed her doula training with Doula Alliance.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Doula Training and Mentorship

  • Hypnobirth and Meditation

  • Birth Trauma and Crisis

  • Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Infant Loss and Pregnancy After Loss

I knew there had to be another, more positive way, to become a mom. When I found doula work, it just felt so right to me! Building a team of strong leaders who are passionate about what they do has been an incredible thing to be a part of. Being a parent can be hard; I want to make sure you feel supported, empowered and validated in your choices. When we work together, you will receive my support, knowledge and consistent check-ins. You are not alone in your journey; I am here to help guide you along your way.

Shannon is the mom of two boys and one babe who miscarried in 2013, holds her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and History from Wilfrid Laurier University and is passionate about being kind and leaving this world a little better than how she found it. She is the founder of the Acts of Kindness campaign in London, Ontario - a campaign that spreads kindness throughout the city to organizations such as Anova and to moms who need some encouragement and love. She has attended both hospital and home births, has experience with birth trauma and miscarriage, is trained in hypnobirth with The Calm Birth School, has completed her Bloodborne Pathogens training and has developed the robust Labour Birth and Postpartum Doula Training program for Sweet Stella's.

When she's not assisting at a birth or leading her team, Shannon writes for Fit Pregnancy and Thyme Maternity, and enjoys the mental release and clarity of running and her own meditation practice, time with her best girls and a nice glass of prosecco. Shannon is also and active member of the Home and School Association as well as School Council at Byron Northview Public School.


photo credit:  Rebecca Nash Photography

Kerri Dowling

Birth and Postpartum Doula | Sleep Solutions Counselor | Placenta Encapsulation Specialist | Overnight Doula

Current Availability

Birth: Open

Postpartum: Evenings and Select Weekends Only

Overnight: Open

Kerri joins the Sweet Stella's team with an enthusiasm and passion for maternal mental health and making the birth process the most positive experience a woman will have in her life through education, support and compassion. She completed her training with the Sweet Stella's Birth and Postpartum Doula Training program in 2017, has also taken training for Cesarean support, and has completed her training in Placenta Encapsulation with International Placenta and Postpartum Association, Maternal Mental Health and Crisis Support.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Placenta Encapsulation

  • Overnight Postpartum Support

  • Trauma and Crisis Support

  • Postpartum Mood Disorders

  • Acupressure for Labour and Birth

  • Pregnancy After Loss

  • Babywearing Education

  • Infant Sleep Solutions

  • Birth and Postpartum Support

I have always had a passion for the birth process and experience, specifically how to make it better and more positive. I want to help women have the birth experience that they want and to encourage a positive and calm birth, however that looks for my clients. I am also passionate about supporting women during their postpartum recovery, their mental health and their needs for newborn care education, having provided overnight support to a mom with twins who needed some care and relief. This journey as a doula has been a long 11 years in the making, and I feel so blessed to provide the support that I do.

When not tending to clients, Kerri loves baking, journalling, yoga and meditation, spending time with family and volunteering. Forever learning and developing her toolkit, Kerri has completed training in Acupressure for Birth and OP Babies, LGBT-Inclusive Obstetrics and Nursing, Bloodborne Pathogens and her list of qualifications is quickly growing! Kerri is also passionate about baby sign language, and will be offering many levels of support to her clients through their pregnancies, birth and postpartum.

 
 

photo credit:  Rebecca Nash Photography

Kamielle Strong

Postpartum Doula | Registered Early Childhood Educator | Sibling and Family Support

Current Availability

Postpartum: Daytime Only (10-2pm)

Kamielle has been supporting families for over 7 years in a nanny capacity, so the transition to doula work was seamless and felt incredibly natural. She has been training alongside Shannon for years, having supported Shannon’s transitions through parenting and has always provided a high level of engaging support. Kamielle completed her Early Childhood Educator diploma with Fanshawe College in 2017, and is excited to continue her development with the Labour Birth and Postpartum Doula Training program with Sweet Stella’s.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Postpartum Support

  • Child Development

  • Sibling and Family Transitions

Kamielle works with school aged children in the Before and After School Programs, and in her spare time loves to explore downtown London, quiet time with her fur babies and a good game of Super Smash Bros.