New Beginnings is committed to developing and nurturing quality doulas.  In order to do this, we strive to be the defining standard for doula education.  This includes a commitment to the client, the community, and the birth team.  It involves utilizing the passion a doula can bring to a birth, combined with a solid foundation in evidence-based care, skills, and collaboration with other team members.

Education, along with compassion, is the foundation for the New Beginnings program. Our doulas gain an education backed by knowledge, research, and experience in the field. We dedicate ourselves to providing a high quality education for our students, and for women, doulas, and other birth workers.   We encourage our students and doulas  to share educational experiences with peers and clients.

As the program seeks to nurture our student doulas, our doulas then reach out to nurture their clients by helping to empower and advocate for birthing women in their communities. They help them explore their values and how those values may affect their birthing environment and birth. They do this by providing women with evidence-based information and teaching them how to make choices and speak for themselves.   Our doulas will also use evidenced-based care and skills to help nurture a mother to become a strong member of her own birth team.

New Beginnings students and doulas understand the importance of collaborating with the birth team to work well as an advocate and fill the need for doulas within different birthing environments. Thus teamwork becomes a working model for how they do business. They show a desire to combine both the heart and the science of being a doula into their work.

Meet the Owner

Rachel Leavitt, Doula InstructorImagine being able to work side by side with a care provider, nurse, and partner as a team all working together with the same goal: holistic care of the birthing mother.  This is not just a dream, but a goal and passion for Rachel Leavitt, one that she hopes to share with her community and students.  A mother of seven children, all born naturally, in different settings and care providers, Rachel has the unique background and experience to help bring about this vision.

Rachel graduated from the University of Utah with her BSN in 2004. Since then she has worked in postpartum, NICU, labor and delivery, and as a nurse at a birth center. She receive her doula certification from Childbirth International in 2010 and has been teaching others how to be doulas since 2011.

Education and Memberships

Bachelor’s of Science, Nursing (BSN) from the University of Uah

Certified Doula (CD) from Childbirth international

Professional member of Evidence Based Birth®

Trained in how to help families find evidence based care

Training in reflexology from the University of Michigan

Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) trained

Meet the Trainer


My name is Shannon Tuke, I have known that I wanted to help people since I was a young girl, I should have known it was pregnant women because when I was a teenager I had a keen sense about when a woman was pregnant (even before she started telling people), and I would often watch older kids for free so she can get rest after the baby. I was drawn to babies and still am. It’s been a long road but despite all the bumps in the road I am a Certified Doula, Certified Childbirth Educator, RN and I love what I do!