• H and D started care with me in the first trimester of their first pregnancy.  H had a great pregnancy, and it was fun watching her get closer to her estimated due date and birthing time. Two days passed her due date, H woke with contractions, cramping, and bloody show.  She had an appointment scheduled […]

  • C and A started care with me in the first trimester of their second pregnancy.  They had their first baby with me after a very long, hard labor that ended in a transport, and we were prepping for a different journey this time.  You can read about C’s first journey here. In C’s first labor, […]

  • “I met Shannon at the B.I.R.T.H. Fair in Houston prior to becoming pregnant in 2015, but knew immediately that I wanted her to be my midwife in the future. Shannon has such a caring demeanor, and is capable of putting anyone at ease. She was amazing and gave us quality care at every prenatal visit. […]

  • “I will always hold Shannon so near and dear to my heart! Wow, I am a first time VBAC and so extremely happy I chose Shannon to be my midwife. My skeptical husband loved her from the very first time we met her. Not only does she care for your baby but also your health […]

  • J and M started care with me at the end of the first trimester of their second pregnancy.  J had her first baby naturally in the hospital with a 12 hour labor, and was looking forward to a home birth for this baby. J’s first baby was born a few days past her due date, […]

H and D started care with me in the first trimester of their first pregnancy.  H had a great pregnancy, and it was fun watching her get closer to her estimated due date and birthing time.

Two days passed her due date, H woke with contractions, cramping, and bloody show.  She had an appointment scheduled with me that day so we decided she should keep it.  H was experiencing contractions q2-3 minutes, lasting 30 seconds and seemed to be mild in intensity.  I did an exam and found H to be 1-2 cm dilated, 80% effaced, and baby at a -1 station.  I gave her some herbs to drink, and recommended she eat and go for a walk and keep in touch with me.

H sent me regular updates.  At 6pm, contractions became 2 minutes apart, lasting 60 seconds long.  By 7pm, she decided she wanted her team to come to her and start prepping for her birthing time.

I arrived at 745pm and found H laboring on the couch, snuggled next to D.  I suggested getting a walk in since the sun was setting, so we set out for a walk to see how the contractions felt while walking.

After the walk, H came in and sat on the toilet to labor for a few contractions.  I did her vitals and found everything to be perfect.  I suggest a set of lift and tucks that my apprentice with A performed to help make the contractions stronger.

At 915pm, H wanted to try a small nap with D.  I got her positioned on her left side, and recommended napping for an hour or so before getting up and working.

Contractions intensified during the rest period alone.  An hour later, H was feeling more vocal with her contractions, and her MIL was performing hip squeezes for some relief.

I did an exam at 11pm, and found H to be 3cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby at a 0 station.  There was bloody show on my glove.

H labored in the shower for a few contractions, then moved to the bed into open knee chest per my recommendations.  H was having a hard time, so we started using some essential oils to help emotionally and did some herbs to help calm.

As midnight came, H labored beside her bed while I did hip squeezes for relief.  Her contractions were coming every 1.5-2 minutes, lasting 60-75 seconds and stronger in intensity.

H got into the birth pool at 1am.  It helped take the edge off the intensity initially.  H looked at us and exclaimed, “I know why people cuss!”

D got into the pool after awhile.  H looked at me and asked him to knock her out.  He told her it was illegal, and she looked at him and said she wouldn’t tell.  We all laughed at her humor!

H got out of the pool close to 3am, and prepared for an exam.  She was now 5cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby at a 0 station.  Baby was acynclitic, and putting a lot of pressure on her pubic bone.

H got back into the pool and rotated between sitting and kneeling while getting comfortable.  D assisted doing lift and tuck for 10 contractions while in the pool to help baby rotate.

I began to give H rescue remedy to help relax and calm.  The intensity of active labor and being tired was making things a struggle.  We all surrounded her with encouragement that she was doing perfectly and that she could do this.

H moved to laboring in the bathroom at 4am, standing while leaning on the counter.  She was feeling so tired.  Contractions were coming every 2.5-3 minutes, lasting 60 seconds.  H decided she wanted to try to rest, so I helped position her on her right side in the bed.

H found it hard to rest, and was laboring on the toilet before 5am.  We got her to snack on some apple sauce to help with energy.  H leaned over the counter top again.  I recommended H try some other positions, as forward leaning positions would not be the most productive positions based on baby’s position. After some time, H agreed to let my apprentice A do another set of lift and tucks.

As 6am neared, H labored leaning on her bed, wanting counter pressure.  She felt the contractions were much stronger.  I provided counter pressure with contractions.

I started reminding H that it would be time for an exam after 7am to make sure things were moving in the right direction, and that baby had rotated.  H was weepy and exhausted, and feeling so done.  We all tried to encourage H how brave and strong she was, but H was ready to transport.  I left H and D to talk.

At 7am, they made the decision to transport.  We had a transport plan in place with a provider at the nearby hospital in case a transport was needed.  I called the provider, and she agreed to meet us at the hospital in 45 minutes.

We arrived at the hospital at 740am, and they quickly gave her a dose of fentanyl to take the edge off while getting things started.

H moved to laboring on the birth ball at 815am.  The hospital provider arrived at 820am, and came and greeted H.

While waiting for anesthesia, the other provider pulled out essential oils to diffuse and gave H a back rub to help comfort.

H received her epidural at 915am, and she was happy to have some relief from the pain.  At 947am, she was positioned in the bed with a peanut ball to help labor progress.

H was checked at 10am, and was 6cm and 100% effaced, and her water was broken to help move things along.  Pitocin was started soon after.

H began to sleep and get some much deserved rest.

She began pushing after 1pm.  It took some work, but she heroically pushed her sweet baby boy into the world at 311pm into daddy’s waiting hands!

Welcome to the world Wesson, born earthside on September 2nd, 2017 at 311pm, weighing in at 8lbs 8ozs, 20.75″ long.  It was such a blessing to have been part of this couple’s journey.

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C and A started care with me in the first trimester of their second pregnancy.  They had their first baby with me after a very long, hard labor that ended in a transport, and we were prepping for a different journey this time.  You can read about C’s first journey here.

In C’s first labor, we discovered she had cervical scar tissue in labor that made things intense and hard to dilate.  Since we knew this was an issue the last time, C began our scar tissue regimen at 37 weeks to help make this easier this time around.

The morning of C’s due date, August 24th, C sent me a text message saying she had been having cramps that seemed more like labor all through the night, approximately 20 minutes apart. C napped and did things around the house to stay distracted.

At 10am, the intensity was a little stronger, and the waves were now coming every 7-10 minutes.  C had her weekly appointment with me that afternoon, so we decided she would keep her 3pm appointment as planned unless something changed.

Contractions shifted when they were trying to get out the door.  Since Hurricane Harvey was about to hit the next day, we decided that they should still come and do a membrane sweep and herbal tea to get things active.  When they arrived at 3pm, C was still chatty, but needed to stand, move, and not talk with contractions, which were coming every 2-5 minutes, lasting 40-60 seconds at this point.  C drank the tea, and I moved along quickly with getting vitals complete.  I did a cervical check, and found C to be 4cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby was at a -1 station.  I swept her membranes, and massaged the cervical scar tissue.  I had one more client to see, and then planned to head over to their place shortly after.

I got a call from A at 338pm that C’s water broke while driving home, and things were picking up.  C and A live close to me, so I told A I was finishing up with the client I was seeing and would be en route.  My ETA was 403pm.

A couple minutes before 4pm, C’s doula A sent me a text saying that A messaged her saying “red alert.”  I tried calling A, but he did not answer.  I sped the last few minutes, not knowing how serious things were going to be when I arrived.

I pulled in the drive way at 4pm, and found their vehicle parked wildly in the drive way.  I grabbed my initial bag I needed, and darted into the house.

I found things in chaos when I walked in.  C was sitting on the bathroom floor, moaning with contractions.  I could see bloody show with contractions coming onto the floor.  A was quickly getting the birth pool filled, while their sweet toddler cried, wanting attention.  The sibling doula was en route.

I took over with C, and helped her move out of the bathroom and into a more comfortable position. I put down a shower curtain on the floor beside her bed, and C moved to laboring on her knees at her bed side.  I listened to the baby, and found him sounding perfect.  C leaned on me during contractions, while I provided counter pressure to help with the pain in her back.

The sibling doula arrived at 415pm, and was able to take charge of their toddler which was such a help.  The next contraction, C looked at me and said, “I need this thing to come out!  There is so much pressure!”  I continued to encourage her through the waves, providing counter pressure in between.

After another contraction, C exclaimed, “I feel like he is right there!”  I checked her while she stood next to her bed, and found her to be 10cm dilated, and baby at a +2 station.

C started to push at 429pm.  The pool was almost ready, so C began to push while standing next to her bed.  The pool was ready at 435pm, and C quickly got in and labored in a semi reclining position.

Around this point my birth assistant H arrived, and started to get everything set up.

C was pushing so well.  At 437pm, we could see some of the head sitting on the perineum with contractions.The head was crowning at 440pm, and birthed at 441pm.  Baby had a loose nuchal cord that unwrapped over the baby’s head.  He was born one minute later after one more swift push, and brought to his mama’s chest.  He was here…. and born at home!!

Welcome to the world Bastiaan, born earthside on his due date on August 24th, 2017 at 442pm, weighing in at 9lbs 2ozs, 21.5 inches long.

It was such a blessing and honor to serve this family a second time, and I was so overjoyed that this birth experience was completely opposite of big brother’s!  A was so pumped that he started talking about having the 4th baby, and number 3 hasn’t even happened yet!  C was amazingly powerful through her very fast and furious active labor phase!

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Testimonial #53

“I met Shannon at the B.I.R.T.H. Fair in Houston prior to becoming pregnant in 2015, but knew immediately that I wanted her to be my midwife in the future. Shannon has such a caring demeanor, and is capable of putting anyone at ease. She was amazing and gave us quality care at every prenatal visit. Her birth team works so cohesively, and my home birth was everything I could have possibly asked for. I delivered a healthy baby boy (10lbs,10oz) at home on August 31, 2016. What I would really like to emphasize about my entire experience, though, is the postpartum care that Shannon provided. After my first hospital birth, I suffered from undiagnosed postpartum depression. I was deeply depressed and had no support system. I saw my ob/gyn at 6 weeks postpartum, and that was the only care I received. No one followed up with me. I chose a home birth because I knew I wanted a different experience. Shannon tailors her care to each woman’s unique situation. It truly is one-of-a-kind, woman-centered care. Not only did she help me prepare for my postpartum period before I gave birth, she was vigilant about checking on me after I delivered and always available when I needed her advice. She helped me seek additional support when it became necessary for my postpartum depression and for my difficulties breastfeeding. Rather than seeing her once, I saw her several times over the course of my postpartum period, and that truly made all the difference in my recovery. My depression did not last as long, and I still feel as though I have a great network of support through Shannon and her team. Shannon truly makes everyone feel like family.” Jessica, Baytown, mother of Phillip, born on August 31st, 2016

Testimonial #52

“I will always hold Shannon so near and dear to my heart! Wow, I am a first time VBAC and so extremely happy I chose Shannon to be my midwife. My skeptical husband loved her from the very first time we met her. Not only does she care for your baby but also your health and wellness. You can reach out to her anytime you need her and she is there for you. Our appointments lasted an hour every single time and she thoroughly explained everything through each step of our pregnancy. I can’t say how many more kids we will have but Shannon will be our midwife for every single one of them!”  Stacy, Cypress, mother of Thomas born on August 5th, 2017

J and M started care with me at the end of the first trimester of their second pregnancy.  J had her first baby naturally in the hospital with a 12 hour labor, and was looking forward to a home birth for this baby.

J’s first baby was born a few days past her due date, so she hoped that her second would come a little before his due date.

J’s due date came and went.  Then 41 weeks came.  J’s sister was now in town, and they decided to go to Galveston at 41 weeks to see if relaxing helped baby get the right idea to want to be born.

The next day, J had her weekly appointment scheduled with me.  She arrived and said she had been having contractions off and on the last few days, but were 12-15 minutes apart all night.  She was ready to have a membrane sweep and see if that got active labor in gear.

I found J to be 2cm dilated, 50% effaced, and baby at a -3 station, her cervix was soft and anterior.  I swept her membranes, and recommended curb walking during a walk once they arrived home.  I estimated baby to be over 8 pounds.

Contractions picked up after J arrived home.  By 4pm, contractions were coming 5-10 minutes apart, lasting 60-90 seconds in length.  J had M help her do the lift and tuck with the rebozo for a few contractions while waiting for their doula to arrive.

Not long after their doula arrived, contractions spaced.  Her back was hurting from the contractions, but they were now coming 20 minutes apart.  Her doula got her in the bed on her side with a heating pad, and left her to rest.

I talked with J at 8:15pm.  She was laying in the bed and planning to eat a bowl of soup.  She was having an array of emotions of how things were playing out.  We chatted over some options, and J said she thought she might try a bath after she ate soup.

The bath and soup never happened.  9pm came and things hit with a fury.  J said she asked her doula to come back at 920pm as her contractions were coming on top of each other and making her shake.

J’s biggest wish was that she wanted to labor quietly with M and her doula like she did last time.  I let both J and her doula know I was ready to come whenever they wanted me.

J’s doula arrived around 950pm, and after watching 3 contractions and asking J, requested me to come.  Contractions were coming 3 minutes apart, 50 seconds long and J was feeling some pressure.

I was in the car with an estimated arrival time of 1035pm.

I arrived at 1032pm, and began to unload supplies.  J’s doula met me at the door, letting me know J’s water just broke.

I found J laboring in the shower, grunting at the peaks of the contractions.I squatted on the floor next to the shower, and could see the head starting to peak onto the perineum.  I asked for some gloves, and put them on in preparation for delivery.

J did beautifully at bringing her baby down slowly.  I asked M if he would like to help catch the baby, and he said he would.  He got into a position to help with the catch.

At 10:44pm, the baby was crowning.  I encouraged J to touch the baby’s head to help her with pushing.  She was emotional to realize her baby was right there!  That was all it took!  The head was birthed in the next contraction, followed by the rest of the baby seconds later into M’s waiting hands.

M and I together brought the baby to J’s chest as she took her sweet reward into her arms.  I turned off the shower, and started to dry the baby off.  He was here!  So fast and furious!

Welcome to the world Carl, born earthside on August 1st, 2017 at 1045pm,weighing in at 8lbs 8ozs!  He took his mama on a fast and furious labor journey of 90 minutes, and she was powerful!  It was an honor to be part of this couple’s birthing time.

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