I began attending births in 1993 with a midwife who became a dear friend and mentor who taught me the heart of midwifery. Over the years I received clinical training from a high volume birth center on the Mexican border and continued assisting midwives between California and Hawaii. I gave birth to my son in 1997, and intertwined motherhood with birth work. In 2012, I graduated from National Midwifery Institute when I also received my midwifery license in California. As a home birth midwife, my approach to care stems from a core innate belief in women's body wisdom. I believe when we as women tap into our body's intelligence and stay rooted in that knowledge, very little intervention is necessary to have a safe, empowering birth at home. Caring for women from pregnancy into motherhood has been a steady progression of integrating this work into my life and developing a capacity for supporting normal physiologic pregnancy and birth.
"When I met Shannon I just knew she was going to be my midwife. Positive, professional, empathetic, funny, wise and filled with the spirit of aloha. She softened and dissolved all of my worries, concerns and fears."
Student Midwife & Midwife Assistant
Sarah and I attended our first birth together in 2020. She is a student midwife working toward attaining a bachelor of science degree in midwifery through Midwives College of Utah and hands on apprenticeship. She has over 16 years of experience supporting birthing people as a doula, is certified in both CPR and neonatal resuscitation (NRP), and is a mother, wife, friend, avid knitter, suspenseful-book reader, ocean swimmer, newbie skateboarder, and corny -joke teller.
In her own words, “I believe that all those anticipating low-risk pregnancy and birth should have the right to access safe community birth and supportive health care. Education and shared-decision making can empower an individual to sink in and trust their own unique, profound, and natural process surrounding their reproductive health care during pregnancy, birth, and beyond.
"A card could never express our gratitude, and words hardly capture our love for you. Thank you from the depth of my soul for assisting Kira into this world and for supporting us through birth. You're an amazing woman."