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Simply Be 

 Prenatal & Birth Doula Services 

Why have a       doula?

A doulas job is to serve you, from the hips up.  We are here to make you feel supported in any way we can to help you feel empowered.  When a doula is present a mother has the opportunity to have her emotional, physical and spiritual needs met.  Her desires and wants are heard and advocated for.  Research shows that when the proper birth support is present interventions are minimal, tearing is non-existent or slight and trauma is null and void. That being said, birth is unpredictable.  however, with support it is easier to adjust to any changes that may come to pass. Doulas allow for easier transition and adaption to deviation of the birth plans.  The labor and birth dance are just that a dance. Flowing with mothers' natural rhythms to create looseness, and one with the labor process, all while following with her bodies birth rushes and energy of what we were made to do. Birth our babies.

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About Me


My name is Shanna Swanson.  My passions include raising four ambitious boys, folky herbalism, natural gardening, raising chickens, rabbits and yes, a milk cow. I have a deep love for the Lewistown Montana area and the people who reside here.  They are so artistic, supportive, and encouraging each in their own way. From the beginning of my adulthood, I have loved to serve in the healthcare field. At the age of 18 I started my journey as a CNA and a restorative aid. Which taught me to care and serve with unconditional love.   With every one of these passions, I have learned valuable life lessons that I hold dear. When I was pregnant with my youngest, I had the opportunity to attend a labor. I was hooked.  I however, decided it was not the right time to fuel this new flame in my life while raising babies of my own.  Years later this passion for serving mothers, companions and babies rekindled once again and at the perfect time. From ancient practices to new discoveries, I thrive to glean and learn, in order to best serve my mommas with the means that suit them best.


My Birth Philosophy

I believe birth is a sacred event between mother, father and the creator. Birth is a time for transformation, growth, honor and respect.   It was not designed to be quick and painless, but to create a deep sense of awe and one with spirit.  To reach this goal of ultimate peace, mothers must be given the time and space to do so. Every woman is unique.  Every birth is unique. 

I believe in the power of all women.  We can withstand any experience sixty seconds at a time.  We are strong, brave, ambitious, stubborn and loving. Those characteristics can shine brighter with each rush of the birth process. 

I stand for advocacy, dignity, and empowerment of mothers and their companions.  I strive to support them physically, emotionally and spiritually; giving them the opportunity to have their most ideal birth, minimizing stress, trauma, unwanted interruptions and unnecessary interventions.  Allowing mothers to have choices and be in control of their decisions, by providing education and evidence-based resources. Through unconditional love, we stand strong for others who can then be strong themselves.


“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary.  What we need is to love without getting tired.  Be faithful in small things because it is in them your strength lies.”

                                                                -Mother Teresa



So, the question remains. Is Childbirth Painful? Yes. It can be, along with a thousand amazing sensations for which we have yet to find adequate language. Every birth is different, and every woman's experience and telling of her story will be unique.

                   - Marcie Macari

" There is no FEAR in LOVE"
                            - 1 John 4:18

Let Simply Be aid you in your postpartum recovery by serving you! Enjoy an herbal foot soak while we clean, prepare easy snacks and watch your new little one. Giving you the opportunity to connect with your other children and yourself. 

Have lactation needs or questions that you need answered? Reach out to   for education and guidance during your sacred fourth trimester.

We will be by your side through your labor to advocate, support, and create your vision of a   peaceful birth atmosphere. We strive to encourage and serve you as you bring your baby earthside.



I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Simply Be. From the first meeting, Shanna makes you feel like an old friend.  I always felt comfortable, confident and respected.  During my labor, she provided just the right level of support and coaching I needed to help write the birth story I wanted!  I will definitely be hiring her for my next birth as well!- 
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