Shannons Home Birth

Hello! I’m Suzanne Ledbetter (she/her). Thanks for visiting my page.

The core of my beliefs about birth is that every expecting parent deserves someone supporting not only them, but their partner. That support could be for fertility treatments, pregnancy loss, pregnancy, birth, and through the postpartum period.

I support all family structures, birthing choices, and feeding plans.

I believe that there are many different ways to have a successful birth and my job is to help you find out what that is for you and to achieve it.

I want to empower you with the knowledge and support to make birthing the way you want possible. I want to support you on the journey.

I spent the first 20 years of parenthood experiencing male infertility, significant preterm labor, bedrest both in and out of hospital, intrahepatic cholestasis, pre eclampsia, premature babies, breastfeeding complications, Sensory Disorder, Airway Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Autism, Learning Disorders, ADHD, and learning how to support LGBTQ family members.

As my family found balance in our lives and came through the chaos, I was able to focus on myself and my growing passion for supporting families. I attended my first birth as a photographer for a friend in 2017. It was amazing and I knew in that moment that this was my path, and that life had trained me well.

Being a doula isn’t just a job, it’s my passion, my spirit, it breathes life into my soul.

I began seeking more births as a photographer and quickly realized I wanted to do more than be behind the camera. In May 2019, I began training with Big Belly Services. I knew I found my passion and calling when, after a particularly hard week, I was called into a 30-hour birth.

At the end of two days of providing non-stop support — and with no sleep and minimal food — I drove home with a smile on my face. I had done my part by providing loyal support and evidenced-based information to guide a family to make the best decisions for them. A baby had successfully come earthside, and confident parents were born.

I love every moment I'm supporting birthing parents.

Headshot of doula and photographer Suzanne Ledbetter
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As of 2021, I am honored to have supported over 200 births. I have attended home, birth center and hospital births. I have supported medicated and unmedicated births, losses, terminations, high-risk pregnancies and deliveries, multiples, VBAC, Cholestasis, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, elective and unplanned cesareans, birth moms over 40, IVF, surrogacy and adoption, high anxiety/depression, teen parents, single parents, complex situations, and more.

Whatever your path to building your family, your birth choices, or your situation, I am here to support you.

When I am not attending births, I am a mom to my 3 amazing adult men. All three leave me with a great sense of pride at the adults they have become. I‘ve been married to my adoring husband for over 25 years who is a Registered Nurse Manager and fully supports this on call lifestyle. We love to travel, hike, and play games together as a family. We have numerous pets including an autism service dog.

Training and Certifications

  • March 2024

    Neonatal Resuscitation Certification

  • January 2021

    PALS Certification

  • May 2020

    DONA Certification

  • June 2019

    DONA-Approved enCircle Birth Doula Training — Big Belly Services

  • May 2019

    Advanced Doula Training: B.R.A.S. (Breastfeeding Resources Applications and Skills for Doulas)

  • May 2019

    Advanced Doula Training: Supporting Families in Grief

“I do not care what kind of birth you have…a homebirth, scheduled cesarean, epidural hospital birth, or if you birth alone in the woods next to baby deer. I care that you had options, that you were supported in your choices, and that you were respected.”

— January Harshe