When pregnant with my first baby I was cautiously optimistic that my years of work in early childhood education had prepared me for parenthood. What a humbling experience it was to quickly discover that I was actually tremendously under-prepared for breastfeeding, the postpartum period, and becoming a mother!

I had a lot to learn, and I needed help. I needed loving guidance. I needed to be nurtured and mothered by others so that I could best mother my new baby. While it's rarely discussed in our culture, all new mothers require this same support to thrive. 

Shelley Halloran

Birth and new parenthood are beautifully designed to transform us; challenging our capacity, stretching our limits, and teaching us as we step into the new identity and role of mother.

As modern women we still need traditional wisdom; indeed it can help us thrive during this threshold time. I provide unique service options with the goal of making comprehensive support easily accessible for the 21st century parent.  My role is to support, educate, empower, nurture, and care for, new parents.

Beyond my roles as a Lactation Counselor and Postpartum Doula, I am a woman of Faith, a wife, and a homeschooling mother to two children. I am a cook and a lover of animals and the outdoors. I adore traveling, hiking, historical fiction, music, great coffee, and time spent with my friends and family.

I hope you find this space supportive, inspiring, and uplifting as you navigate your journey.

- Shelley of Mama Blooms

CREDENTIALS

  • Masters in Early Childhood Development/Education
  • Preschool, Special Education, and Elementary School Teaching Experience
  • Certified Lactation Counselor
  • Certified Postpartum Doula
  • Certified Ayurvedic Postpartum Care Specialist

My calling is to support mothers and their new babies during this special time of transition, blending evidence-based information with intuitive care. 

why work with a lactation counselor?

Even though breastfeeding is a natural process, it doesn’t usually come naturally!  Did you know that of the women who wean before six weeks, over 80% actually wanted to continue breastfeeding? Why are so many women struggling to breastfeed as originally planned?

The current model of care doesn’t provide the education or support women need to meet their breastfeeding goals. My unique support options are designed to set women up for success from the get-go...before the most common pitfalls undermine their breastfeeding relationships. I offer prenatal education, provide the one-on-one guidance and instruction that's often missing from hospital settings, and offer the continuity of care that new mothers require to fulfill their long-term breastfeeding goals. Every mother deserves to experience a healthy and enjoyable breastfeeding relationship that meets her personal and unique goals, whatever they may be. During our sessions there is no judgment or pressure. There is only reassuring and compassionate evidence-based support designed to meet you at any and all points of your breastfeeding journey.

IN-HOME BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT

Breastfeeding Consultation: $150

If you are having breastfeeding challenges, a home visit lasting 1.5-2 hours, is right for you. A home visit is ideal for newborn breastfeeding concerns and for issues with latch or positioning, pain while breastfeeding, nipple damage, or abnormal newborn weight gain. A home visit allows me to take a full health history of you and baby, observe a feeding, and address all of your breastfeeding questions. I’ll provide you with immediate guidance, strategies, and support, and will leave you with a feeding plan and resources for moving forward.

Need a follow up? $100 in person or $40 virtual

Receipts that can be submitted to your insurance company (acceptance depends on specifics of your personal plan) will be provided.

Email me to book:

mamabloomswithshelley@gmail.com

Successful Breastfeeding Package:

Ease anxieties about breastfeeding by planning ahead! This offering will arm you with the knowledge, support, and continuity of care necessary to successfully meet your breastfeeding goals, avoid common obstacles, and ENJOY your breastfeeding experience.

Includes:

~One prenatal breastfeeding consult/class

~Copy of my eBook "Best Start to Breastfeeding"

~One or two in-home consults

~One or two virtual consults

~Unlimited text/email support for the first 6 weeks

~Bonus: 50% off any additional virtual consults

*Consults can be used at any time during your breastfeeding journey.

**Personalized packages available.

Receipts that can be submitted to your insurance company (acceptance depends on specifics of your personal plan) will be provided.

Email me to book:  mamabloomswithshelley@gmail.com

VIRTUAL BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT

Breastfeeding Helpline: $50

Do you have breastfeeding questions that don’t necessarily require an in-person appointment? My virtual sessions last 30-60 minutes and take place by phone or video. I’m here to support you throughout your entire journey! *

Need a follow up? $40 helpline call

Email me to book: mamabloomswithshelley@gmail.com

Breastfeeding/Early Parenting Email Support: Package of 5 ($50) or 10 ($100)

This virtual support package is perfect for quick questions that you’d rather not ask Dr. Google! I’m here to support you throughout your entire journey!

All messages will be responded to ASAP, but always by the end of the day. You can use emails from your package at any point during your breastfeeding journey.

Email me: mamabloomswithshelley@gmail.com

*Please understand that while many questions can be answered virtually, if I feel that the health and safety of either you or your baby requires an in-person appointment I reserve the right to recommend an additional in-person consult with either me or an appropriate healthcare provider.

 

breastfeeding guide
postpartum guide
postpartum doula support

why do i need postpartum doula support?

Did you know that postpartum support and care is actually a necessity rather than a luxury? Traditionally, the postpartum time was prioritized and understood as a time for rest, nourishment, bonding, and recovery. Postpartum outcomes are known to be best when a new mother is supported by her partner, and is surrounded by a close circle of friends and relatives who teach newborn care, provide homemade meals, relieve the burden of housework, and promote mama's healing.

Sadly, many modern families operate without a family village. Women aren't given guidance around the time honored foods, herbs, and practices for rest and care that were once valued for the deep rejuvenation they provide during this special window of time. The healing that takes place (or the depletion that occurs) during the first 6-8 weeks postpartum has the ability to impact a woman's physical and mental health for the rest of her life. Instead of emerging from the postpartum time with vitality, health, and confidence, many new mothers find themselves isolated, exhausted, depleted, and receiving postpartum mental health diagnoses. 

I believe that educating and nurturing new parents is the key to thriving women, babies, partnerships, families, and communities. It is time to better support our new mothers and bring elements of traditional care back to modern women. I offer unique and comprehensive support options designed to guide women through the journey of the fourth trimester and into the role of mother.

POSTPARTUM DOULA SUPPORT

Remote Support Package:

Includes:
~5, one-hour phone or video calls
~Email or text support 7 days per week from 8am-9pm

All of the following may be covered:
Newborn care instruction, breastfeeding support, support with postpartum healing and emotional transition to motherhood, birth trauma/birth story processing, postpartum nutrition/postpartum self-care instruction, Ayurvedic postpartum healing instruction, sleep support, etc.

*Personalized packages available. 

Email me to book:

mamabloomswithshelley@gmail.com

*Currently Unavailable

Basic In-Home Support:

Includes: 

~ 4-8 visits: 1 prenatal home visit, and the rest post-birth home visits. Visits will last 2-3 hours.

~Email or text support 7 days per week from 8am-9pm

All of the following may be covered: Newborn care instruction, breastfeeding support, support with postpartum healing and emotional transition to motherhood, birth trauma/birth story processing, sleep support, local resource list, household support (cooking/meal prep, light cleaning, sibling adjustment support, etc.)

 

VIRTUAL POSTPARTUM SUPPORT

Early Parenting Helpline $35

Do you have questions about life with your new baby? My virtual sessions last 30-60 minutes and take place by phone. We can explore topics such as birth trauma processing, newborn care, postpartum wellness, sleep, postpartum mental health, developmental milestones, returning to work, etc. The list is endless and I’m here to support you throughout your journey! *

Email me to book:

mamabloomswithshelley@gmail.com

Breastfeeding/Early Parenting Email Support: Package of 5 ($50) or 10 ($100)

This virtual support package is perfect for quick questions that you’d rather not ask Dr. Google! The list is endless and I’m here to support you throughout your entire journey!

All messages will be responded to ASAP, but always by the end of the day. You can use emails from your package at any point during your breastfeeding journey. *

Email me: mamabloomswithshelley@gmail.com

*Please understand that while many questions can be answered virtually, if I feel that the health and safety of either you or your baby requires an in-person appointment I reserve the right to recommend an additional in-person consult with either me or an appropriate healthcare provider.

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gift certificates

Have a friend or family member whose expecting or whom has recently had a new baby?! Looking for a gift that will make an impact? New moms get plenty of onesies, but a gift card for breastfeeding or postpartum services gifts women with support in experiencing a healthy, happy, and confident start to life with new baby.

Purchase a gift card for my services today! Simply chooose your preferred amount below, and you will receive a high quality print PDF gift certificate that your loved one can use for the support they need.

Prepare for Breastfeeding Success with my eBook! 

'Best Start to Breastfeeding'

Now Available!

Are you expecting?

Want to avoid the common breastfeeding obstacles and pitfalls that many new mothers face? Want to learn about the routine, everyday hospital procedures that have the potential to undermine your success at breastfeeding? Looking to understand how your birth might impact the early days of breastfeeding? Need a resource that you can trust that covers everything from diaper counts and weight gains to latching, pumping, cluster feeding, sleep, tongue tie, self-care, and so much more?!

Your Breastfeeding Guide
Your Breastfeeding Guide

This 70 page, easy-to-read guide will empower you with the knowledge, pro-tips, and resources you’ll need to turn your breastfeeding goals into reality.