• C and J started care with me in the first trimester of their third pregnancy.  C had previously had two unmedicated births in the hospital with midwives, and was looking forward to a home birth for this little one. C’s pregnancy progressed along normally.  On her due date, I received test results that indicated I […]

  • M and D started care with me in the second trimester of their third pregnancy.  M had a cesarean for “failure to progress” with her first delivery, and a repeat cesarean with her second delivery since she had twins.  She was looking forward to getting a chance at things she had not be given before […]

  • E and F started care with me in the first trimester of their second pregnancy.  They had their first baby at home with me, and were excited to do this journey again.  You can read about the wild ride their first little one took them on here. E’s pregnancy progressed along perfectly.  Her first little […]

  • E and I started care with me in the first trimester of their second pregnancy.  E had planned a birth center birth with her first, but had a very long, hard labor and delivered in the hospital.  She was hoping for a different experience for this journey.  We just did not know how opposite the […]

  • A and R started care with me in the first trimester of their third pregnancy.  This was A’s second birth with me.  You can read about her previous journey here. Knowing that A had her previous two kiddos at 41 weeks, we fully anticipated this little one to also come at 41 weeks. So needless […]

B and R started care with me in the first trimester of their second pregnancy.  B had an unmedicated birth in a hospital in another state using Bradley method techniques with her first pregnancy, and was looking forward to a home birth using hypnobabies with this journey.

Five days after her estimated due date, B came in for her regular weekly appointment.  She had been experiencing prodromal labor for weeks, and was ready to get this little guy out.  I gave B some herbs, and did an exam and membrane sweep.  B was 3cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby at a -1 station.  Her cervix was very stretchy, and easily opened to 4-5cm with the sweep.  Knowing that B’s first labor was relatively short for the first baby, I had prepped B with what signs to notify me of as I did not want her to wait too long to call me.

B said contractions continued all day.  She already had a meeting scheduled with her doula for 3pm that afternoon, which I figured would be a good gauge of what was happening.

B’s doula J called me a little after 4pm to let me know she was watching things, but thought it would be soon.  B was laying down with R listening to a hypnobabies tract, seeing what her journey would take.  I started prepping everything so I could be ready to go.  Unfortunately, time of day in the month of December meant traffic was to be brutal, so I wanted to be prepared.

About 445pm, J said she definitely thought soon, but not yet.  I went ahead and told both my apprentices to be en route since their drives were lengthier than mine.

I left my house at 507pm when J said it was definitely time.  B was moaning with contractions, and things were moving along quickly.

Due to time of day, my normally 10-15 minute drive to B took 30 minutes.  Contractions rapidly intensified.  J kept me updated, and let me know that B was unable to hold back the urge to push at 535pm.

I pulled in at 537pm, and ran into the house.  I found B fully dressed, sitting on the birth ball, and spontaneously pushing with contractions.  I told B she could have the baby wherever, but we needed to get her bottoms off.  J and I quickly helped B undress in between contractions, then B decided to move to left side lying on her bed to push.

B’s water broke during a contraction at 544pm with meconium.  Baby was at a +3 station.  J grabbed my doppler for me, and a couple moments later I listened and found baby to be having some tremendous decelerations.  I talked to B about pushing powerfully with the next contraction to get the baby out as soon as we could.

My birth assistant H arrived with the next push, and I had her prep the oxygen tank and supplies asap in preparation for a resuscitation. The next minute, the baby was crowning.  After allowing him to sit and stretch, the baby’s head was born a minute later, followed by the rest of the baby the next minute.

Welcome to the world Colby, born earthside on December 14th, 2017 at 558pm, weighing in at 6lbs 14ozs, 20in long.  He nursed like a champ right after the birth, which we always like to see!  What a whirlwind journey he took his sweet mama on!

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A and R started care with me in the first trimester of their fourth pregnancy.  A had previously had a birth center birth, and was looking forward to a home birth.

To everyone’s surprise, contractions started 9 days before A’s due date.  All day contractions ranged from 5-10 minutes apart, eventually getting closer, longer, and stronger.

A’s doula said it was go time that evening when contractions were coming every 2-3 minutes, lasting 60-90 seconds in length.

I arrived right before midnight, and found A laboring peacefully on her right side in her bed. I checked A’s and baby’s vitals, and then did a cervical exam.  I found A to be 3cm dilated, 50% effaced, and baby at a -4 station.

After the exam, I recommended doing the abdominal lift and tuck for ten contractions using the rebozo to help get baby more into the pelvis.  R helped do the lift and tuck, which definitely shifted the contractions.

After the lift and tuck, A got back on her side in the bed, alternating sides.  As 1am neared, A was feeling emotional.  We all encouraged and reminded that each baby has to make their unique way earthside.

As 2am neared, A was up and moving.  A’s doula had her doing captain morgan’s with slutty circles for several contractions, then A labored on the birth ball continuing the slutty circles to help baby move down.

Contractions intensified at 3am, coming every 2.5-3 minutes, lasting 75 seconds.  Nausea was hitting hard.  A stated there was bloody show, which was promising for the end goal!

A requested an exam at 430am.  The contractions were not as regular anymore.  Her cervix was 3cm dilated, 60% effaced, and baby at a -3.  The cervix was now anterior, but I felt scar tissue on the cervix.  I attempted to massage the scar tissue during a contraction.  A was feeling discouraged, and just wanted to be done.  Since contractions were irregular, I recommended napping while she could, and we would see where things were when she woke up.

Everyone got a nice three hour nap.  Once A was up and moving, we chatted about how she was feeling and what she wanted to do.  Contractions were still present, but not as strong.  A said she wanted to try and get things going again to have a baby.  I got some herbs together for her, while R cooked her some eggs and bacon for breakfast.  At 8am, contractions were coming every 3.5 minutes, lasting 30 seconds, and were mild in intensity.

After A ate breakfast, she went out for a walk with her doula and R to see how it would move things along.  They walked for an hour, and then A took a shower before we did an exam.

I did an exam at 1030am and found A to be 4cm dilated, 80% effaced, and baby at  -2 station with a nice bulgy bag of water.  I massaged the scar tissue, and had a fair amount of bloody show on my glove.  Definitely good progress!

I suggested doing another round of lift and tuck to help further intensify contractions, as well as bring baby down.  A was game for getting things closer to the finish line.

Lift and tuck did its magic, and contractions were every 3 minutes, lasting 90 seconds, and strong after the round of ten.  A was ready for the birth pool.  She requested her water to be broken before getting in the pool to help get things moving along, hopefully quickly, after we reviewed risks and benefits.

At 12pm, I broke A’s water.  She was 5cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby at a -1 station.  Baby was at a good 0 station once the cushion was removed. A got up, and moved to laboring on her knees in the birth pool.

A moved to semi reclining while in the pool.  Contractions were coming every 2-2.5 minutes, lasting 60 seconds.  The pressure was starting to come and go at the peaks.  A did an excellent job of listening to her body and moving positions as she felt was needed.

At 2pm, A wanted to be checked due to the pressure.  I could not get a good feel of the cervix, but could feel a lot of swelling.  I recommended A get out of the pool, and get in the open knee chest position for 40 minutes to help reduce swelling.

I did an exam at 3pm, and found A to be 6cm dilated, 90% effaced, and baby at a 0 station.  i encouraged A not to push into the pressure she was feeling, but let it build and melt her cervix away.  I discussed with her to rest with R, and discuss any emotional or mental road blocks that could be causing stalls in her journey.

My apprentice A suggested A try sitting backwards on the toilet.  This position seemed to be a bit magical for A, as contractions felt different in this position.  A then had her doing side lunges, before back on the toilet.  A did lift and tuck while A sat backwards on the toilet.  Contractions were intense, and causing A to grunt at peaks from the shift in pressure.

I did an exam at 6pm, and found it was not quite time to push.  A was 6cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby at a +1 station.  I encouraged A to hold off on pushing.

A did open knee chest again, followed by side lying, and laboring on the toilet.  She was starting to get more and more exhausted from the length of her journey.

A’s chiropractor arrived at 8pm to do an adjustment and some pressure point work.  It seemed to help change A’s perspective and demeanor.

At 9pm, A labored sitting on the floor.  A said there was so much pressure in her butt.  She alternated positions frequently, moving from the toilet to hands and knees to the floor to side lying.  Different members of the birth team were at her side, providing comfort measures and support.

A moved to the toilet at 936pm.  A shift happened, and she yelled for me minutes later.  There was lots of bloody show, and A was not wanting to deliver on the toilet.  We helped her move to the bed at 943pm, where she began to push.  Baby was at a +3 station.

After two minutes of pushing, A’s sweet baby was furiously brought earthside, being caught by R and brought to A’s chest.  What a journey it was!

Welcome to the world Benjamin, born earthside on November 11th, 2017 at 945pm, weighing in 7lb 10ozs, 19.75 inches long.  A had so much strength and endurance through her marathon labor.  It was an honor to support her through her journey.

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Testimonial #55

“I was beyond skeptical, and concerned, when my wife mentioned that she was interested in a home birth. I wanted to know that my wife and baby would receive the best care, and it seemed far too risky to have a home birth. But then I met Shannon! With each visit in Shannon’s home I felt more comfortable. She was patient enough to answer all my questions—and I had a lot! Although I started as a skeptic, I’m now something of a home birth evangelist—now I find myself pushing everyone to pursue a home birth! Now my only fear is that we’ll move too far for Shannon to deliver our next baby! ”  David, Cypress, spouse of Stacy, father of Thomas, born on August 5th, 2017

Testimonial #54

Shannon is the only midwife I know, but I know she’s the best. Her and her team are the most caring women I know, and I am honored they were a part of my birth. Shannon is there for you anytime you need her throughout your pregnancy and postpartum. She is very knowledgeable, and I loved her alternative ways of treatment. She is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED in my book.”  Octavia, Houston, mother of Levi, born on July 27th, 2017

C and J started care with me in the second trimester of their second pregnancy.  C had achieved her goal of an unmedicated birth with her first, and was hoping to achieve her goal of a home birth with this little one’s journey.

On November 7th, a few days before her estimated due date, C sent me a text at 7am saying she was experiencing contractions every 5 minutes, lasting 20-25 seconds, with bloody show.  I discussed eating a good breakfast, and going for a walk.

Contractions stayed fairly similar until close to noon.  At 1230pm, C sent a text that her contractions were coming every 3 minutes, 60 seconds long, and she was shaking with them.  Since she lived just down the road with me, I told her I would just be a few minutes and would be on my way.

I arrived at 1245pm, and found C walking around the house.  All vitals were normal.  I did an exam a little after 1pm, and found C to be 9cm dilated, 100% effaced, and baby at a +1 station.  C was overjoyed with her progress!

The birth pool was soon ready, and C got into the pool soon after, sitting and enjoying the warm water.  As 2pm neared, C moved to kneeling, contractions were coming every 2 minutes, lasting 50-60 seconds.

C labored beautifully through the 2 o’clock hour, commenting that the urge was there and getting stronger.  At 255pm, the urge was too strong to hold back, and C began to push.

After a couple pushes, C moved into semi reclining while pushing.  I did an exam at 325pm, and found C to be 10cm dilated, and baby at a +2 station.  C had a very bulgy bag of water.

C’s water broke at 335pm, increasing the pushing urge.  My apprentice A used the rebozo to do tug of war to help C with some extra strength with pushing for a few contractions.

I suggested C get out of the tub and let’s try emptying the bladder and doing some other positions at 355pm.  She first labored at the pool side, then began to squat and push with contractions.  C said she felt like baby was descending with gravity.

C moved to the toilet at 406pm, and the burning sensation was soon present.  Apparently this little guy just needed a lot of gravity positions to want to make his appearance!  I talked and encouraged C as she began to bring her baby onto her perineum.

Baby began to crown at 415pm.  Since C was on the toilet, I coached her to squat over the toilet for the birth.  C squatted, and birthed her baby boy a minute later.  I brought him to his mama’s chest, and she sat back on the toilet to take it all in.  He was here!

Welcome to the world, Zion, born earthside on November 7th, 2017 at 416pm, weighing in at 8lbs 12ozs, 21 in long.  His mama was powerfully strong bringing this sweet guy into the world.  It was an honor to be part of their journey!  #sacredjourneymidwifery