Shannon Pope, BA, (she/her), a social worker, joined the Developing Brain Institute at Children’s National in August 2021. Shannon serves as a Perinatal Care Coordinator within the Clark Parent & Child Network Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar. Shannon has over five years of experience providing support across a full spectrum of pregnancy outcomes, including abortion, adoption, birth, infertility, loss and parenting. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work with concentrations in Africana Studies, and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh in 2017. Following her formal education, Shannon relocated to Washington, DC, and has since supported pregnant people across a variety of settings. She has provided health education and care coordination for pregnant patients at a community health center and out-of-hospital birth center. She has acted as a doula during surgical abortion procedures and offered virtual short-term crisis counseling at a national abortion fund.
THE CLARK PARENT & CHILD NETWORK
Shannon is focused on providing anti-oppression and trauma-informed care that seeks to create a community in which all pregnant people have the support and resources they need to thrive – particularly people who live in communities that have been marginalized and minoritized. All of Shannon’s work is rooted by deeply held values in alignment with a reproductive justice framework.