Shawn is an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor, a Board Certified Hypnotist and a Childbirth Educator with over thirty years experience.
She created the ChildbirthJoy Prenatal Hypnosis series. Previously, Shawn was a Registered Midwife (co-founder of Midwife Alliance, Toronto with hospital privileges at St. Joseph's Health Centre), Preceptor for the Midwifery Education Program in Ontario and an Association of Ontario Midwives Emergency Skills Examiner. She has also attended births as a Doula. Shawn was part of the small group of midwives who were the first to be integrated into Canadian healthcare with legislation in 1994. As a pre-legislation midwife, she worked with parents, consumers and healthcare professionals to lobby the provincial government for legislative change.
Shawn is the mother of two, both born at home. She has a liberal arts B.A. from the University of Toronto and is a published author in the Bearing Witness: Childbirth Stories Told by Doulas series.
This is Shawn's third year presenting the Savvy Birth Pro Workshop where she and colleague Allison Thompson teach professionals in Toronto and the GTA how to help families receive evidence based care in birth.