MEET THE DOULAS
My name is Reneé Dudley and I have been a doula in the Knoxville area for 10 years. I have trained extensively to expand my view of what it means to be a doula and I am certifyed through Birth Arts International. I am a mom of three and my partner and I are both transplants to the area but can't imagine calling anywhere else home.
Birth is a transformative experience and I want to stand by you. I am humbled by the role families allow me to play and I work hard to support birthing people and their partners through this transition. As a doula I take my cues from my client. I see the birthing person, partner, baby, me, and medical professionals as a team working towards the goal of a physically and emotionally healthy family.
My name is Emily Shanks and I´m a Knoxville, Tennessee native and mother of two. I first became interested in all things birth about 10 years ago during my college years. I graduated from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky with two degrees, one in Child and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Development, and the other in Women and Gender Studies.
I believe all birthing people should know their choices and be in charge of their birthing experience. Education is key, the more options you are aware of, the more choices you have. I am passionate about helping families understand their options for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experiences; as well as educating families about these processes.