Shauna has two children. Her daughter, Samindra, is three years old and her son, Jun, is one year old. Both births were very different.
With the first child, you really don’t know what to expect and she wanted to keep the “plan” very open. She hired a doula to prep her and her husband for the birth and to help the day of because they didn’t have any close family around. The doula was a great addition to Shauna’s birth team. She was in labor for at least 16 hours and did it all without medication.
Shauna’s second birth was much different. Her water broke to start the process and things progressed really fast. She got the “nine-centimeter shakes” quicker. They asked a few times if she wanted an epidural and this time, she took it. Just a couple of more relaxing hours later, she delivered her second child.
Shauna Vo Pulayya Bio
Shauna is what you might call a multipotentialite. As Emilie Wapnick described in her Ted Talks, a multipotentialite is a person who has not just one true calling but has many talents and interests and can use those to her advantage.
With a background in marketing, communications, sales, design, manufacturing, teaching and travel, Shauna is able to intersect all of these in her day-to-day professional and personal life and enjoy doing it.
Shauna and her husband, Randy, have been to 50 countries and lived abroad for five years. They were featured on NPR’s Ozarks at Large about their travels. They also have a travel blog at travelneverends.co. You can follow them on Instagram @travelneverendsco and Shauna’s account @shaunamichelle14.
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