Having my first child in my own home was the best decision I could have made! Ever since I was in high school I knew I wanted to have a home birth when the time allowed. There is something so natural about having a baby in your own home that has always appealed to me. It is what has been done for ages. Women have home births all the time, so why couldn't I? A wise woman once told me, "you're going to be in pain regardless of where you are (referring to labor) so why not be in pain in the comfort of your own home?".
So at the age of 25, with our first baby on the way, my husband and I began exploring our midwifery options here in Indiana. As my husband and I are both in the medical field as nurses, we were interested in a professional that could provide a safe avenue for delivery without the hospital setting. And Shannon could not have been a better midwife to me and my family! Not only was she extremely professional, but she was easy to talk to, comforting, knowledgeable, and provided the best care for me during prenatal visits, delivery and postpartum care. If I hadn't had a home birth, I'm almost positive I would have ended up in a c-section due to the length of my pregnancy (42 weeks and 2 days) and length of my delivery (about 30 hours). But Shannon made me feel so comfortable and she knew exactly what positions my body needed to be in during labor to progress my baby and provide a safe delivery!
My husband and I only have the best things to say about her care! She is easy to get a hold of in the middle of the night when you "just need some reassurance", she is up to date in all her research, and she truly has a passion for midwifery! I definitely recommend her and would not hesitate to have her midwife future home births for my family! Mikey
We had our fourth baby at home with Shannon Greika of Divine Birth Midwifery and had a phenomenal experience. My family felt respected, I felt cared for and safe! Shannon is a competent care provider and also follows a protocol that encourages informed choice and is respectful of one's wishes. I not only felt the strength of my midwife's support, I could feel the gentle touch of her hand when needed. When I felt challenged I felt her spirit lift me up, my faith choice was honored and respected, as that was an important piece for me to incorporate in my experience. Her guidance reflected my vision for my experience and I am so glad she was present to share in our experience. If you are looking for a midwife who is always learning, values safety, supportive of your vision and a professional who is respected amid her community look no further!! Our family is thankful for such a great option!!
Each birth presents a new story. A story that is as unique as the child who is just beginning their life journey. Birth can be a time of fear for some, as well as joy. Pain mingles with happiness mostly, though sorrow can also be the result.
I've had opportunity to experience birth 11 times. Each a new story. Two of the births brought the sorrow of three dear children, never to experience life as we do. The other nine births represent precious life ushered in diversely-some in the hospital, some with complication, some at home with midwives, some unassisted. I did not write each of these stories, but I did anticipate and plan for the days.
In planning my last birth, my husband and I chose to be at home under the watchful eye of midwife, Shannon Greika (and her lovely backups!). From my first prenatal to the last well baby checkup, I was so blessed by Shannon's sweet spirit, medical professionalism, and thorough care for myself, as well as our baby boy. She was a wealth of encouragement and accountability, helping me to keep on top of blood sugar issues and slow weight gain for baby. Shannon's ability to assess a situation, be forthright, and maintain bedside manners with gentleness is spot on. Her flexibility for her client's birth plan is gracefully matched with wisdom. I also love Shannon's desire to connect with other professionals for the purpose of maintaining open relationships. These are helpful resources, whether needing a pediatrician, or in case of an emergency arising. We are so blessed to have had Shannon as part of Simeon's story. I highly recommend adding her to your birth plan!
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