First Light Birth Services

About Me

My name is Rachel Shaddy. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Brigham Young University. I received my doula training and certification through Childbirth International. I am currently accepting new clients in the Kern County area and surrounding areas of California. I specialize in on-call doula services, childbirth education, and birth fear/trauma counseling. I have extensive midwifery training as a student midwife and am actively pursuing that path as well.

I have 4 children. Liberty is 8 and her's was a beautiful and successful planned home water birth. The birth was "longish" as my midwife lovingly says, and I learned a lot! Jonathan is 7 and was a much welcomed surprise. He was so anxious to get to our family that his planned home birth turned into a hospital transfer due to prematurity (6 weeks prior to his due date). He spent 3 weeks in the NICU until I was finally able to get him home just two days before Christmas. Evey is 6 and was also a beautiful home water birth. She weighed 9 lbs 11 oz. And Lexie is 4 and was born on my bed at home. She weighed 9 lbs 5 oz. Biology from Brigham Young University. I received my doula training and certification through Childbirth International. 

I have had a variety of experiences and have a very positive view of birth. It is incredible the empowerment and accomplishment that comes from bringing new life to our families, and it is truly amazing what our bodies are capable of! My personal birth philosophy is that we feel most satisfied and fulfilled when our desires are respected and facilitated, and birth is no exception.