My Story

I have worked as a registered midwife in BC, Canada since 2003, and began my career in perinatal health care in 1994. I have worked with hundreds of families over the years, attending births in both hospitals and homes and providing guidance throughout pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.

I have assisted families struggling with many kinds of loss, from infertility, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth and infant death, to less tangible losses such as those difficult decisions resulting from unexpected complications, to genetic screening counseling and everything in between.

While these experiences are both heartbreaking and challenging, I see them as incredibly sacred and precious as well. I have been drawn to this work over the years partly due to my own personal challenges with infertility, miscarriage, pregnancy loss and adoption loss, and from knowing just how much support parents need during and after their experiences and how hard it can be to access that support.

Wanting to influence change on a larger scale, I became president of the Midwives Association of British Columbia, Canada in 2009 and am working to improve access to maternal health while advocating for midwives and the families they serve.

I am constantly reading, writing, taking courses and learning about grief and loss as well as the practice of mindfulness, being present and the importance of compassionate care.  Most recently I have taken the Creative Grief Studio’s Creative Grief Support Program taught by Cath Duncan and Kara LC Jones, and the Miss Foundation’s Compassionate Bereavement Care certification training, taught by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore.  These teachings all resonate in my heart and my work and I am so grateful to all of the educators, researchers and fellow loss survivors who have traveled this path before me and have so significantly increased awareness.

Mothering Your Heart has been a dream of mine for many years and it is with a mix of sad gladness that I offer this much needed, accessible grief support program and private online community.

Professionial Bio

Shannon has worked as a registered midwife in BC, Canada since 2003, and began her career as a doula in 1994. She has worked with hundreds of families over the years through many kinds of loss, including infertility, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth and infant death, to less tangible losses such as those difficult decisions resulting from unexpected complications, to genetic screening counseling and everything in between.

While these experiences have been both heartbreaking and challenging, each has been incredibly sacred and precious as well. Shannon has been drawn to working with grief and loss over the years, through her own personal story of infertility, miscarriage, pregnancy loss and adoption loss, and from knowing how much support parents need after loss and how hard it can be to access that support. Mothering Your Heart has been a dream of Shannon’s for many years and it is with a mix of sad gladness that she is offering this new, much needed, accessible grief support program and private online community.

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Testimonials

"She showed me that reaching out and allowing myself to share my journey and my pain with another took a lot of strength that I didn't believe I had, and understanding that helped me to keep going. Shannon is a gifted listener, she really listens - I felt acknowledged and heard which helped me to know I was not alone."

Feeling heard

"The time that you spent just listening, and then asking questions no one else had asked me, was so healing. I had never been able to tell the whole story to someone who could really hear it. Thank you for understanding and for giving me the space to remember, and really for hearing me, it has helped me begin to take care of myself again."

A safe space to remember