Hey there, my name is Shelby Story. I am married to Matt, a carpentry foreman, and we are parents to two beautiful boys – Mason, born in 2013, and Luca, born in 2016. We have called Red Deer home for the past 6 years, but we are originally from a small village of about 400 people, east of Edmonton. Oftentimes, if I’m not on call, you can find us in the mountains.
I have been a birth doula since February 2014, and am currently finishing up certification through both DONA International & Stillbirthday. Birth, babies, and breastfeeding have always been a huge interest of mine, for as long as I can remember. Less than a year after my first son’s birth, I learned that there was a birth doula workshop coming near me, and I knew immediately that it was where I needed to start. Since then, I’ve had the honour of being invited into the “story” of many families. I’m thrilled to have stumbled upon this doula journey, and I love being able to pursue my passions and interests in a way where I can support families. I’m also completing a wonderful birth photographer certification program through Birth Becomes Her, and am very excited to offer photography services to my clients as well. I feel that the birth of a child, much like a wedding, is a huge life event that deserves to be artfully documented. I am always working on expanding my knowledge in the field of birth, and can’t wait to see where this path continues to take me.
Childbirth is an experience like no other – it’s challenging, rewarding, beautiful, and everything in between. It’s an experience that is so different from person to person, and my goal is to provide services tailored to each client’s individual needs. I believe that childbirth is one of the most important life events there is, and I believe that mothers and families deserve to make informed choices about this miraculous event. My hope as your doula is that you have a positive, empowering experience – regardless of your unique circumstances, whether your preferences include hospital birth or home birth, medication free or medically assisted, vaginal or caesarean, or whatever it may be.
I wish you the very best on this momentous journey!