It’s honestly really difficult to sum up how much Shea means to my family and how amazing her care and friendship were/are. I met Shea when I was halfway through my second pregnancy. We had moved back home unexpectedly and I really wanted to have our second baby out of a hospital. I immediately fell in love with her and felt completely comfortable. Shea and I became fast friends and I always felt totally supported and cared for. When my pregnancy ended in an unexpected emergency cesarean at 35 weeks, Shea was there for me every step of the way staying in constant communication with me. When my daughter Nora was sent to the NICU immediately, Shea came to the hospital to sit with me for support and encouragement. When we got an unthinkable diagnoses, Shea did everything she could to be there for us. She came to my home to do my postpartum checks because we couldn’t easily travel with Nora. When our daughter passed away, she came to her Memorial Service. She was never just my care provider. She was my friend and I knew she loved me and she loved my daughter. When we found out I was expecting another baby ten months later, she was one of the first people who found out (mostly because I was sending her photos of the test asking if I was going crazy!). I immediately started care with her and she let me know I would only be seeing her and that no matter when I went into labor she would be the midwife attending the birth. She dealt with constant worried messages and calls at all hours of the day and night and never made me feel like an annoyance or burden. She even saw me multiple times without an appointment so I could hear Abigail’s heartbeat to put my mind at ease. When I got scared of something going wrong, she didn’t make me feel bad about transferring to an OB for a hospital VBAC. When I called her in tears at 39 weeks asking if I could still have a home birth, she didn’t hesitate to say yes. She helped me prepare for my home birth with almost no time left and when my third child was born, Shea was there for me and my daughter Abigail every step of the way. She even answered tons of panicked texts and calls about questions and concerns in the days and weeks that followed. Abigail’s birth was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever done or experienced and I never would have been able to do it if Shea hadn’t believed in me and supported and encouraged me. She changed my life and I consider myself incredibly blessed to have met her. The most beautiful thing about having Shea as my midwife was knowing how much she loved and believed in me and how much she loved my daughters. Shea won’t ever be just your care provider. She will spend time with you and get to know you and form a real relationship with you. You’re more than another patient in her appointment book, you’re a friend that she will love and support and care for in the most amazing way. ~Amber Cox
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I delivered my second son, Orion, here at BC of Jax and it was the most incredible, peaceful, healing experience. I am now pregnant with my third child and am planning a home birth and know that I am in good hands with Hope & Shea. This place is truly amazing ! ~Tabi Nettles
I learned so much about child birth during the last nine months….what is healthiest for my baby and for me; what the hospitals do to us out of protocol. We were able to enjoy a beautiful birth without unnecessary interventions! No one screamed “don’t push!” just because the doctor was down the hall. In fact, no one screamed “Push!” either…that would have ruined the mood!
Thank you BCOJ! ~Jamie Hammonds
Professional and compassionate service. I’ve had three home births in three different cities and this office was by far my favorite. I felt safe and knew my baby would be safe as well. I loved the birth assistants and the visit by the lactation consultant after the birth. ~Lori Wurts
I could have asked for a better support team! Throughout my pregnancy Hope and Shea were so supportive. My water birth was what I always wanted and we are glad we had Shea with us. ~ Carolina Howard
I feel completely honored and blessed to have had Hope and Shea at my first born’s birth. The connection started long before the day I had Noah. Hope’s knowledge and experience always comforted me as a first time mom – I had many questions. Shea’s compassion and steadfast spirit always put me to ease. The moment they arrived to my house, I felt confident in their knowledge, guidance, and their heart. Shea is my blue-eyed angel and my rock. I was in active labor for 12 hours and every two minutes she was there encouraging me and helping me breathe through my contractions. At one point, she was completely soaked from leaning over the tub helping me through my contractions. She could care less! She would look into my eyes, deep into my soul and tell me that I could do this. She believed in me more than I believed in myself. She never seemed frustrated with me, nor gave up on me. Hope and Shea were not only a help to me, but to my husband as well. They were there for me in ways my husband could not be. Shea caught Noah on July 13th, 2012 at 10:40am. Noah was 9 pounds 7 ounces, 21 inches long, born in water, all natural, at our home. There’s something to be said about a woman who is willing to be there for you at the moment you need her the most. Shea was by my side during the most exhilarating and frightening moment I have even been through. It was an honor for her to be my midwife and I look forward to her catching any future Boyajian babies. Thank you Hope and Shea for doing what God has called you to do. Thanks to you, I was able to have the experience I wanted for myself and Noah. You guys also made believers out of my entire family and friends; they were amazed and impressed by you. Much Love.~ Monica B.
I have had the great honor of having Shea attend the births of both of my beautiful baby boys. Shea is a beacon of love and light and such a wonderful person to have on your team when it comes to breathing life into this world. There are so many loving adjectives that come to my mind when I think of her, and anyone who has had the privilege of having her present during labor, birth and thereafter knows exactly what I am talking about. Shea has helped me stay empowered during my births in the midst of times when I was scared and unsure of my strength. Her respect and humility in regards to birth are unquestionable. I have received unlimited and unconditional support and encouragement before, during, and after the births of my boys and for that I am eternally grateful. There is never a question that she can’t answer, a fear that she cannot quell, or a time when her positivity falters. Because of my experience with her attending the homebirth of my first baby, I was ecstatic when I found out I was pregnant again and knew she would be attending another homebirth with me. I know, without a doubt, that she is the reason my youngest made a safe entrance into my arms and with her dedication, she forever has a home in my heart. She is not only our midwife, she is a dear friend and will always be a part of our family.~Selena Wooley
I am so grateful and lucky to have had Shea’s presence throughout the entirety of my pregnancy and 18 hours of birth (plus several hours afterwards) in 2011. She was always organized and stood on top of what to do and what the next steps would be, and helped make everything feel easy. It was always such a treat getting to see her, and the care, warmth and love she gave to me during our times together made it clear to me that I had the best care and support team I could have ever dreamt of!~ Tirzah H