Shelia was absolutely key to me getting through 16 hours of back labor and ultimately having the unmedicated vaginal birth I wanted. She kept me active, applied magical counter pressure, helped me communicate with triage nurses, and helped me understand what was going on in the room around me. My pushing phase is a blur in my memory, but I clearly remember her repeating the mantra “your body is safe” over and over – she became my tether and my lifeline during that time. I wasn’t planning on having photos of my birth, but Shelia took some for us, and I am so glad she did. Seeing my husband’s joy and my son’s first moments of life melts my heart. I know I would never have had the amazing birth experience that I had without her. Thank you!