Shalin Butterworth (she/her)
CD(DONA), CPpD, CLEC,
Evidence Based Birth® Instructor
I am passionate about supporting families as they do the work to achieve healthy, positive birth experiences. Pregnancy and childbirth are normal, natural processes, and I trust the intuitive wisdom and strength of the birthing person. I believe families do best when they are informed of their options and supported in their decisions as they navigate pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenthood.
I have experienced first-hand the transformative power of the birth process twice. I am Mom to a happy, curious six-year-old who I birthed in the hospital setting, and a bright, joyful newborn who I birthed at home. In their own way, they are each constant reminders of the beautiful simplicity in this world. My teammate-for-life, my husband, is the steady calm upon which our family floats. In addition to fostering community and connection with expecting families and fellow birth professionals, I enjoy spontaneous outdoor adventures, connecting with nature, cooking, spending time with my family and friends, movement meditation, and crafting and using natural remedies to maintain optimal health. Wellness starts from within, and I believe in taking care of myself so that I can be there for my family and the families I serve.
It would be a privilege and an honor to walk beside you as you welcome your littlest addition.
I hope to meet you soon!
Education & Professional Service
✺ Certified Doula (CD), DONA International
✺ Certified Postpartum Doula (CPpD), Cornerstone Doula Trainings
✺ Certified Lactation Educator Counselor (CLEC), UC San Diego
✺ Core Faculty and Board Member at The Nest Family Resource
Additional Trainings & Special Experience
✺ Birth Reimagined 2021
✺ Level I Trauma-Informed Provider, Birth Trauma & Support Center
✺ Gena Kirby, Rebozo Credential, 2020
✺ Volunteer Lactation Educator at Welcome Home Birth Center
✺ Past Birth Assistant with Sacramento Midwifery Services
✺ Past Assistant Program Manager & Instructor, Sierra Childbirth Institute
✺ Past Director, Operations Doulas Are Essential California Coalition
Photo by Azara Images
The maternal mortality rate in the US is horrifyingly high and continues to rise, especially for Black and American Indian/Alaska Native birthing people who are more than 3 and 2 times likely to experience deaths than white birthing persons. I support Black-owned organizations that work to reduce the risks of maternal morbidity and mortality in Black and Indigenous families. A portion of my collected fees go directly towards the efforts of Black-led organizations such as Black Women Birthing Justice and local organizations that primarily serve marginalized communities. Additionally, I offer one scholarship space at each of my Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Classes with priority given to Black, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ birthing families.