Shauna Rich, MSW, LSW
Mother Rising Co-Founder, Therapist, & Perinatal Educator
Shauna first became a mother at the age of sixteen. Being a young mother with goals she quickly learned the value in community and building a "village". When she realize that her village was pivotal in her life, the idea and dream for Mother Rising was born. (though it would be many years before it was put into place)
With the help of her neighbors, friends and family she finished high school and went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Health Education from Kent State University and Master of Social Work from Youngstown State University. For over 20 years she worked for Geauga Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) in the Lake and Geauga communities. There she educated and supported pregnant and parenting teens. During her years with Geauga TPP she spent a lot of classroom time teaching students grades 6-12 about healthy sexuality, communication, and relationships.
Shauna is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and a trained birth doula. As her family grew she learned the on-call lifestyle as a doula was not for her. So naturally her passion for childbirth and her love of women and mothers merged with her love of being an educator. Shauna is currently also providing clinical therapy services focused on women in transition and maternal mental health.
Shauna believes that all women deserve to be empowered with the knowledge to make the best decisions for them as they embark on the amazing journey to becoming a mother. Her teachings and work are all evidence based and not biased. She believes with all her heart that the best decision about your birth and family can only be made by you.
She is an advocate for women, mothers, babies, all families, mental health, informed birthing, baby wearing and breastfeeding.
Shauna lives in Chardon with her husband, and 4 children.
Danielle Breach, CD(DONA)
Mother Rising Co-Founder & Birth Doula
Danielle is a DONA certified Birth Doula and has been supporting families for over 9 years now. She is wife, mother of five lovely children and avid dog lover. Her passion for birth began when she had her first child. She became a mother at a young age and understands the importance of women having support and encouragement during the perinatal time. Danielle spent 12 years as a Tech in Same Day Surgery, Pre and Post-Operative care unit at Lake Health, caring for her patients while attending school. She also taught Holistic Sexual Education with Geauga's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program for students grades 6th-12th which is where she came to know her dear friend and business partner Shauna Rich.
While certified as a Birth Doula, Danielle is also trained in perinatal hospice and bereavement care, Rebozo techniques using the Gena Kirby Method and recently completed training with CAPPA as well as a midwifery assistant workshop with The Farm midwives in TN. She is currently working together with the Geauga County Health Department to create a Perinatal Task Force to provided education and support to local families facing the challenges of perinatal mood disorders along with being a member or our local Improving Birth chapter.
Danielle supports women regardless of how or where they choose to birth. She works with families that birth in both the hospital and home setting and has experience with natural, medicated, cesarean, VBAC and water birth along with teen/single, high risk, preterm, surrogacy, LGBT and IVF families. She encourages families to educate themselves on all options available to them for their birth experience so that they can make informed decisions about the care of themselves and their babies.
Emma Whitlock, CPES (IPPA)
Placenta Encapsulation Specialist & DNA Jeweler
Emma Whitlock, CPES (IPPA) & Inclusion Jeweler & Keepsake Artist, is passionate about the placenta, postpartum care, and helping keep lasting memories. She is wife and mother two her energetic son and giggly daughter. Her love for the placenta began when she was active duty in the Air Force and pregnant with her son. She saw how the benefits of encapsulation were so important for the postpartum period and how little moms knew about the benefits; Postpartum Depression being one of them as she was effected terribly by it with her son. As a military mom, she saw the lack of support for the postpartum period and wanted to spread the word and decided that was where her true passion was. She began training in 2016 with IPPA and after completion went on to obtain her certification in 2017. She is state certified in food safety and handling as well as certified in blood borne pathogens and infection control. Along with Encapsulation she also offers smoothies, cookies, and truffles! Emma makes one of a kind inclusion jewelry and keepsakes which include: breast milk, placenta, cord stump, cremation ash, and much more. This unique talent is a great way to be reminded of some of the things we love the most. Her preservation of breast milk is all natural, in high grade resin, with no additives, which captures the true beauty of your unique milk.