Shannon Moyer-Szemenyei

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

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 the London and Toronto communities. In January 2015, Shannon became a fully certified professional doula through Doula Alliance. She is located on the west side of London, Ontario.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Doula Training and Mentorship
  • Hypnobirth and Meditation
  • Birth Trauma and Crisis
  • Postpartum Mood Disorders
  • Miscarriage and Infant Loss
  • Birth and Postpartum Support

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 has served dozens of families since becoming a doula in August 2014. She has attended both hospital and home births, has experience with birth trauma and miscarriage, is trained in hypnobirth with The Calm Birth School, is a big supporter of self care for moms, has completed her Bloodborne Pathogens training and has recently developed the Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula Training program for Sweet Stella's. Shannon has also completed the Certified Meditation Instructor program through the University of Holistic Theology and is thriving as a meditation instructor, leading classes both in person and online. She has also successfully completed the Yoga Kids Crash Course with Cosimic Kids Yoga, and recently obtained her Diploma in Social Media Marketing through Shaw Academy.

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 an active member on the House Committee at the London Hunt and Country Club, and the School Council at Byron Northview Public School.

 

 

Janice Tadgell

Birth and Postpartum Doula | Placenta Encapsulation Specialist | Lactation Counselor

Janice joined the Sweet Stella's team in early 2016 upon completion of the Perinatal Support Worker program through Babies Naturally, and is eager to serve her clients in doula support with a focus on birth, breastfeeding support and cloth diapering, with information sessions and classes hosted at Sarah's Cloth and Accessories in Strathroy and at our monthly Moms Get Social events at North Yoga & Wellness! Janice is located in southwest London, Ontario and services our Placenta Encapsulation clients, having taken extensive training with International Placenta & Postpartum Association.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Lactation Support
  • Birth and Postpartum Support
  • Placenta Encapsulation
  • Babywearing Education
  • Cloth Diapering

Since having my daughter and learning what it really means to trust your body, my passion for birth and honouring our bodies has become abundant. I have always been interested in the birthing process, having helped many family animals deliver their litters growing up. Now that I am a mother, I understand the intricate and delicate process in a totally new way. I am passionate about helping families find a way that works for them, knowing that no two bodies are the same and babies come on their own timeline. Becoming a parent is truly an incredible thing, and making sure you feel supported in your choices is of top priority to me.

Janice is the mom of two busy little girls, and hold her Hospitality and Tourism diploma from Lambton College, as well as her Level 1 Sommelier from the International Wine Guild. She has extensive knowledge of extended breastfeeding and has a passion for postpartum topics such as car seat safety, babywearing, bloodborne pathogens and maternal mental health. She leads our Breastfeeding Support groups and classes (having trained with Medela University and HOAG Health Center), and knows that no two babies and no two families are the same. She encourages the families that she works with to carve out their own way of doing things. With unconditional support, Janice serves her clients with an open heart and gentle approach.

 

 

Kerri Dowling

Birth Doula | Sleep Solutions Counselor | Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

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, and has also taken training for Cesarean support.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Overnight Postpartum Support
  • Trauma and Crisis Support
  • Postpartum Mood Disorders
  • Acupressure for Labour and Birth
  • 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. She is also taking her Placenta Encapsulation Specialist training with International Placenta & Postpartum Association and will be servicing clients soon!

 

Lindsey Smith

Birth and Postpartum Doula | Lactation Counselor | Sleep Solutions Counselor

Lindsey joins our team with a high enthusiasm for compassionate client support, and has a unwavering level of commitment and passion for empowering families to make confident choices. She completed her training with Doula Alliance in March 2017, and is now taking on both birth and postpartum clients.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Lactation Support
  • Infant Sleep Solutions
  • Birth and Postpartum Support
  • Sibling and Family Transitions

The process of birth has always amazed me. After two very different birth experiences with my children, I can really appreciate just how physically and emotionally trying it can be! It is my goal to work with families to make you feel supported in leading your own birth experience. To encourage you to follow your wants and needs. To trust your body and the process it chooses. To empower you through an emotional Birth and Postpartum. I would be honoured to be by your side on one of the most intimate days of your life!

Lindsey is the mom of two children and lives just outside of London, ON. She holds her General Arts and Sciences Degree from Fanshawe College and her Developmental Worker degree. Through her extensive work as an Educational Assistant with the Catholic School Board, Lindsey has been nurturing families with love and compassion for over a decade. With a gentle and compassionate outlook on doula support, Lindsey also supports clients during breastfeeding, sibling transitions and postpartum care.


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Amanda Moir

Birth and Postpartum Doula | Registered Early Childhood Educator

Amanda started her doula journey in fall 2017 after years of providing support to families as a Registered Early Childhood Educator. She has completed her training with the Sweet Stella's Birth and Postpartum Doula training program, and is currently working with several clients supporting their postpartum transitions.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Cesarean Support
  • Postpartum Support
  • Child Development
  • Sibling and Family Transitions

I was raised within a large family, my Mom being one of eleven children and I always knew I wanted to be a Mom, having a big family of my own. That dynamic has always been of great importance to me, as I believe it truly takes a village; and is certainly where my passion in providing an inclusive, non judgemental and reliable support system for families derives from.

Amanda is the mom of two beautiful girls, living in a small town just outside London, ON. She holds an Early Childhood Education Diploma from Fanshawe College and has been working as a Registered ECE, supporting families for over five years. As part of her continued development, Amanda has taken additional training in postpartum support and maternal mental health, and truly believes that with proper support, all families can thrive.