Licensed Midwife & Certified Professional Midwife
Shannon is delighted to bring home birth midwifery care to families in Santa Cruz, San Jose and the surrounding area. She believes whole-heartedly in the sanctity of home birth, and the profound impact it has on the immediate family, and the larger community it touches. Serving a diverse population of home birth families in the Santa Cruz and San Jose area, Mahina Midwifery is based on continuity of care, confidentiality and informed choice.
"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."
MIDWIFERY TRAINING & EXPERIENCE
Shannon began attending births in 1993 with a midwife who became a dear friend and mentor and taught her the heart of midwifery. Over the years she received clinical training from a high volume birth center on the Mexican border, and continued assisting midwives between California and Hawaii. She gave birth to her son in 1997, and intertwined motherhood with birth work. In 2012 she graduated from National Midwifery Institute when she also received her midwifery license in California.
As a home birth midwife her approach to care stems from a core innate belief in women's body wisdom. She believes 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 her life and developing a capacity for supporting normal physiologic pregnancy and birth.
"A card could never express our gratitude, and words hardly capture our love for you. Thank you for the depth of my soul for assisting Kira into this world and for supporting us through birth. You're an amazing woman."