A Time to be Born

Shelley C. Snyder, CD, CBE, AAHCC
Bradley Method® Instructor · Doula

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven, a time to be born..."
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a
Click here for my 2024 Bradley Method® Class Schedule

I am now working at the Family Birthing Center at Manchester Memorial Hospital, check out ECHN's FBC Facebook page to learn all about me!

About Me

It is my pleasure and privilege as a Childbirth Instructor and Doula to educate, equip, encourage, and empower couples to achieve their best birth experiences.

I have been working with women and families for over two decades. I am a certified Bradley Method® Natural Childbirth Instructor through the American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth (2007) and a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula (2004). Also, I am an aspiring Birth Photographer when opportunities arise. I am approaching attendance of nearly 75 births in 7 states in hospitals, at home, and birth centers. I have taught hundreds of students across the country.

I am a West Coast girl, born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. I graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies, Psychology & Communications (2001). My social work career began in Florida in adoptions as a birth parent counselor, then as a family caseworker for the hospital’s developmental center. Here, I completed my Doula certification. Then our three children were “Bradley borned," and I was pregnant and/or nursing for the next eight years! Our firstborn (3/06) at the Toledo, Ohio Hospital and our second via water birth (10/07) and third (6/10) born at home in Michigan with a CNM. In the Midwest is where I trained to become a Bradley teacher and birthed A Time to be Born, LLC (2009). From 2010-2018, we lived in Pennsylvania, where my birth work grew and flourished serving the greater Philly area and marks the place we lost by miscarriage our fourth child (4/15) . In 2019, we relocated to Connecticut where my husband of nearly twenty two years and the love of my life Will and I live with our three teenagers. Our oldest is at CT State college and we homeschool our younger two through Classical Conversations, a Classical Christian Community. I joined ECHN's perinatal staff at Manchester Memorial Hospital as a Childbirth Educator and I am a registered Doula at the Family Birthing Center (2023). We are blessed to minister here in New England and I am so grateful for and look forward to the opportunity to serve our local birthing community!

My Services

Services and Fees Document ➱

Bradley Method® Natural Childbirth Classes ($100-$375)

ECHN Bradley Method® Childbirth Classes ($325)

Norah's Handcrafted Uganda Africa wooden jewelry and woven baskets

Labour Doula Services ($1000-$2100)

Birth Photography Services ($525-$1500)

Postpartum Doula Services ($50/hr)

I accept credit cards, Square, and Venmo, HSA/FSA

Class Schedule

Manchester Memorial Hospital (through ECHN)

Saturday evenings, 6-8pm

Fall: September 7-Nov 2

Private in-home (Vernon, CT)

Tuesday evenings, 6-8pm

Spring/Summer: May 21, June 4, 18, July 9, 23

Summer/Fall: August 6, 20, September 10, 24, October 8

*note: private class dates are subject to change


Monday September 2nd, 3-6pm LABOR day potluck picnic!

Get in Touch!

I am currently offering childbirth classes in Vernon, CT, and Manchester, CT

(407) 341-0624 shelley@atimetobeborn.org

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