Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I’ve worked with children from birth through preschool age and in various non-profits for over 20 years. I’ve taken many workshops, seminars and classes in a variety of areas from mindfulness and meditation to working toward completing my Master of Arts in Counseling. I had my own child in 2002, and have the experience of bringing home a newborn, wide-eyed and sleep deprived, and know how amazing and challenging it can be.
What led you to become a Doula?: I’ve supported close friends after the births of their children, and found it to be enjoyable, rewarding and very intuitive for me to care for the babies and nurture the moms. Over time, I realized I could combine my passions for babies and supporting new moms as a postpartum doula. I’ve always been fascinated by birth, but know that my strengths are with newborns and the people who love them after they join the world.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
My friends have called me a ‘baby whisperer’, that’s a huge compliment! I’ve also been told I’m a good listener and am always very present for the people in my life. (And I’ve been told I have a great laugh.)
A mom I recently worked with said ‘Sarah is someone you can trust to treat your family like her own. She is truly gifted with children and it’s an obvious passion. We couldn’t have lucked out more when finding someone to care for our son. We are so grateful to have met Sarah and her family. Anyone would be lucky to have someone as special as her around as a helping hand!’
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: I’ve always loved Penelope Leach, she’s encouraging of new parents, and offers incredibly thoughtful support, especially in her classic ‘Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five’. I’m also a fan of John Gottman and his research on marriage and the impact a baby can have on a couple.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: When I see a pregnant woman, I smile and think about what an amazing journey she’s about to go on. When I see a mom with a newborn, I wonder if they’re getting the support they need. It goes by so fast, and can be so challenging at times, I always hope they’re taking in, and enjoying the moment when they can.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: I believe all new moms need a compassionate, non-judgmental listening ear, reminding them to follow their instincts.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Moonrise Kingdom, it’s such a sweet, funny movie about two quirky kids.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: It’s a toss up between a beach and total relaxation or exploring a new city.
What is your favorite food?: Just about anything Italian.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Sleeping in late, and spending the day with my family.
Who lives in your house?: Me, my husband of over 20 years, and our teenage daughter Zoe.