It was the birth of my first daughter that made me fall in love with labor, birth, and motherhood and inspired me to become a doula. I attended training through DONA in the fall of 2014. I am at the begining of my journey as a doula, and oh so excited for what lies ahead.
Birth is beautiful. I see it as a natural process, that it is in some ways as much about your journey in becoming a mother as it is about bringing your baby into the world. While it is a natural process, I also believe that birth looks different for everyone and that all women should have access to the tools and resources they need to give birth in a way that feels right to her.
As your doula I will support you and your partner in your decisions about childbirth. I will provide continuous physical and emotional support to mom, provide encouragement and an extra set of hands, and do everything I can to ensure that both mom and partner feel comfortable and confident throughout the childbirth experience and beyond as you settle in as a new family.
Becoming educated and qualified to be a part of the Doula community has been part experience and part training. Having had four children myself was the catalyst to begin this endeavor, and going through the DONA certification is putting the finishing touches on it. I have gone through a doula workshop, child education class, and a breastfeeding class all put on by DONA. To date I have been a part of a few births, but I am very excited to be a part of more.
I believe that having a baby is an experience for the whole family. I take my role as a Doula very seriously. My responsibility is to make sure the mother is as comfortable as we can make her through the whole experience, and following her birth plan to the best of our ability. Including the partner in any role they feel comfortable in is a high priority for me as well. My responsibility doesn’t end until baby is born, mother and baby and partner are settling in, and everyone is as comfortable as possible.
During the birthing process, my role in it is to be available to the mother as much or as little as she wants me to be. Whether it’s at home in early labor or at the hospital in active labor, I will be there to keep her clam during and after the process. I make every effort to help mother stick to her birth plan, and helping the partner to support her whenever possible.
My name is Sarah and as your birth doula, it is my job and goal to provide you with reliable, physical, emotional and spiritual support before, during, and after the birth of your child. I am here to help relieve any worries or concerns you may have along the way and provide you with an enjoyable and stress reduced experience, filled with relaxing support, care, and peace that you can continually share between you and your child
Before my journey began as a support provider in birth, I was going to school for early childhood education, while working as an assistant preschool teacher at New Horizon. I have always found joy in working with kids and have been blessed with many rewarding opportunities in helping children grow. In 2011, my career goals quickly expanded when I had received a phone call from my sister telling me that she had found out she was pregnant, but that she had been left by her significant other after telling him the news. While helping and supporting my sister through these troubling times, I found myself developing an even stronger interest in helping and supporting more women through their pregnancies so that less women who have to go through situations like my sisters, and instead experience having a healthy, supporting, and memorable experience of becoming a mother. After doing a lot of research on the internet, at churches and through visiting different organizations, to find ways that I could help women in need of support, I learned about amazing program called DONA International that provides training to women who are also passionate and interested towards learning how to provide birth support to women; which is where I learned about becoming a birth doula! I can’t say I’ve ever felt as driven and passionate towards anything else, like I feel now towards helping and supporting mothers through their pregnancy. Throughout this journey as a birth doula, I have also worked as a nanny so that I could continually learn and work with families on how to plan and implement curriculums that target all areas of child development, including language, motor and social skills. As a nanny I have also continued to learn different approaches on breastfeeding/pumping, different ways to introduce new sibling into the family, sleeping schedules that have been helpful for parents and for babies, different ways to help save money when having children, and also helpful recipes and nutritional diets that can be helpful for mothers during and after pregnancy. As a birth doula, I also strive to be a knowledgeable advocate for mothers by providing diplomatic communication skills between hospital staff to help embrace and support the mother’s birth plan. It is my continual goal to continue improving as a birth advocate for women and with doing so, I have chosen to also continue my education in health science for medical administration, so that I can continually learn more in depth about the medical field, medical terminology, protocols, and systems.
I feel very passionate towards what I do and I want nothing less than to be a positive supporter for you and your family that you can trust and rely on during this special journey of yours. As your doula, I hope I can provide you with the correct emotional support and physical comfort, as well as help facilitate communication between you, your partner and clinical care providers so that the birth of your child can correctly meet all of your wants and needs and be filled with many heartwarming and everlasting memories.
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After the birth of my second child, I recognized how important it is for all women to have Doula support for all labor and deliveries. I then decided to follow my dreams to become a childbirth educator and birth Doula through International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA). I have a passion for evidence based knowledge and education regarding childbirth, and as a Doula I am able to share that knowledge. Every family is unique and has distinct needs of support through labor and delivery. My goal as a Doula is to seamlessly join the family and support both the mother and the father where necessary.
First and foremost, I want to say that while I believe training and education are absolutely important, I believe that character plays one of the biggest roles in making a great doula. I have always been a nurturing, compassionate, and supportive being. I have spent the last 8 years of my life in one care-giving role or another. I have experience caring for newborns, children, new moms and dads, and even elderly folk! I am currently a certified Postpartum Doula and have served over 20 families in the last year. I have been working towards my Birth Doula Certification for the last couple of years, occasionally taking breaks to focus my time or energy on other goals and projects, though I have continuously maintained my interest in all things birth-related. In the last three years I have attended 10 births, five as a birth doula. All were beautiful and unique and taught me so much. I am also a mom to a wonderful 8-year-old boy, so I have a little firsthand experience!
I believe that birth is sacred and that each experience is unique. I also believe that birth is normal and not to be feared. Women have been birthing since the beginning of time and it is a fact that our bodies know how to give birth. Birth is also an experience that women will remember for the rest of their lives; I have worked with many elderly women and I am always amazed how they can relay their birth stories with great detail. Ultimately, my goal as a birth doula is for moms and dads to feel informed and supported during their journey into parenthood. I feel it is my job to support women in finding the existing wisdom and power within them so that they can have a positive birthing experience – whatever that looks like for them. I am also there to support the partner. Partners play an important role in the birthing experience and they sometimes need guidance, support, and encouragement as well. I also believe it is my job to help parents welcome their babies into the world in a positive, loving, and supportive environment.
Although part of my job is to provide evidence-based information and education, I will always be supportive and non-judgmental of your informed decisions. You know yourself and your family better than I do and I respect that. As your birth doula, I will use my intuition to assess the environment and every situation during your labor so I can know what you need or what needs to be done. If I’m unsure of something, I will not be afraid to ask. Throughout your labor, I will provide continuous emotional and physical comfort and support. I will be there for whatever you need, as long as you need – whether it be to remind you to breath or stay hydrated, give you a massage, tell you how great of a job you’re doing, or to just quietly hold the space. I am also there to support the partner. As I mentioned before, they often need support and encouragement and they also need breaks for food and sleep so they can maintain their health and energy! Once your baby comes Earthside, I am able to assist with establishing bonding and breastfeeding and will stay with you for 1-2 hours or until you and your partner are comfortable with me leaving