"Giving birth is a powerful, magical time in a woman’s life. A creative life affirming and life-giving experience that finds expression in diverse ways - ways that are right for that woman and baby. It is a time of great transformation when you are growing and maturing not only in your body, but also in your heart and mind."
Sheila Simms Watson LM, CPM, MPH
MIDWIFE - SHEILA'S PHILOSOPHY
I believe that being pregnant and giving birth are normal, natural, healthy events in a woman’s life...a time of tremendous growth and discovery!
The word Midwife means “with woman”. As a midwife, I...
Share with you the knowledge, wisdom and understanding of birth...identifying interferences and variances to this process.
Support women and families during the childbearing years to facilitate and nurture as guide and guardian of this natural process.
Actively promote parent participation in health-care decisions by offering information and education to women and families throughout their prenatal care, labor, birth and early parenting.
Use an individualized approach to care based on the concept of informed choice, empowering women to confidently make the decisions that are right for them.
Support the right of parents to choose where, how and with whom they wish to give birth. I support the wisdom that women intuitively know how to give birth and babies know how to be born.
Honor childbirth as a rite of passage, a celebration of life!!!!!
Look forward to sharing this time with you and your family!
Natural Births | Holistic Care | Professional Support
Spirit of Life Midwifery Offers You:
Comprehensive, Personalized, Holistic Prenatal Care
Labor, Birth & Postpartum Support
Water Birth Option & VBAC
Choice of Birth Place - Home Birth or Birth Center
Continued Care After Birth for Mom & Baby
Breastfeeding & Parenting Support
Well Woman Care & Family Planning
Affordable - Medicaid & Insurance Accepted
WHY CHOOSE HOME BIRTH?
For many women, home birth is the natural choice. Here are some reasons why:
Personal, Individualized Prenatal Care by Midwives.
Midwives are women who respect women, women's bodies, and the process of having babies! Homebirth midwives take the time to know you, listen to you, and support your healthy pregnancy.
Natural birth on your terms. Natural birth is a safe birth.
When we don't interfere with the process, it works the best. When you are in your own home there are no "routines", shift changes, call-schedules and protocols that are designed for care of the masses, not for your individual care. At home, you and your midwives are working together for your best birth, natural and safe.
Real support during your labor and birth.
When you birth at home, your midwives are there to support you throughout your labor and birth, not just for a few minutes at a time every few hours, as in a hospital setting. We have lots of tricks up our sleeves to get labor moving along if it needs help, but most of the time support and encouragement are enough to bring on the baby safely and efficiently.
You are a partner in your care. It is our job to give you information on available tests, treatments, and procedures, refer you to resources for further research, and then allow you to make the decision that best fits your particular situation. Except in the rare case of an emergency, where we make the decisions to act as necessary, you always will be an informed decision-maker in your care.
Family Unity and the Environment of Home.
Birth at home is a normal, natural and sacred event. Your partner and your children are encouraged to be as much a part of the experience as you want. Children, with some preparation beforehand, do great at births--- especially when it is in their familiar environment with familiar people to look to. There is a different level of bonding and closeness that older siblings feel when they watch their new baby come into the world. Many families are choosing to birth at home so they don't have to "disappear" to the hospital and then come home with a new baby.
CELEBRATING HAPPY MOTHERS & HEALTHY BABIES
"This woman saved my life with her beautiful spiritual teachings. What you bring to this world for people is magical. Thank you. Im glad to have met you. You saw the strength in me."
- Judith Almaguer
"Birth is an experience that words will never fully be able to describe. Working with Shelia feels similar, in that her warmth, sincerity, and decades of experience made us feel so confident and comfortable in our decision to have our baby at home. Despite a challenging 12 hours of active labor, and a few times where I totally wanted to give up, we never doubted Sheila’s ability to safely guide us through - both physically and emotionally.
Not only is she there for mom and baby, but she thinks of the whole family, assigning “jobs” for grandma (putting on baby’s first outfit) and dad (weighing the baby) so no one feels overlooked. The tenderness with which she checked baby’s vitals made me feel so safe as I laid back recovering, watching and learning.
Her postpartum support is just as amazing. I felt very nurtured and well cared for both immediately after the birth, and in the follow up visits after. If you have the privilege of being able to work with her, we cannot recommend Sheila enough! She will forever be our baby’s fairy godmother!!!"
"Sheila, you are an amazing midwife and friend. Wish every momma had he opportunity to birth with a midwife like you. I love you!"
- Maria Andrea Wizel
"Sheila is truly a beautiful woman! She helped me while I birthed my beautiful daughter. She is a gifted woman and our family loves her!"
- Breanna Elise Delannoy
"A baby born in Sheila's hands is a baby that has been welcomed by love and a mom that has gained 9 months of nurture to continue to provide nurture and love to her baby."
- Giselle Gonzalez Escobar
"Sheila is absolutely amazing and I love her with all my heart. She helped me birth my son and supported us through his NICU stay. We're expecting our second baby and she will be helping me birth this one as well. I can't recommend her highly enough.
Update: My second child is now almost 5 years old, and I still hold Mama Sheila dear to my heart. I couldn't have asked for better birthing experiences; I feel empowered and complete to this day knowing that I owned my births. I wholeheartedly recommend Sheila."
- Amanda Fountain
"Sheila is an amazing midwife that answered all my concerns and questions during my pregnancy. She has helped me in many ways and I am grateful to have her as my midwife. Many blessings to Sheila."
- Cece Marzo
"Sheila, I'll be forever grateful for your care and guidance through my 2 pregnancies and births at home. Your commitment to your clients is second to none, I was very fortunate to have found you."
- Sandra Garcia
"Had an amazing waterbirth at home with Sheila's help! Sheila rocks! Her assistant, Miriam, is wonderful, as well. They are both strong, encouraging, and caring, and I am SO glad I made the decision to have a home birth and that these ladies were there to help make it happen. Thank you, Sheila!!!!"
- Samantha Russo Llopiz