Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am a Certified birth doula and a Pre-Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula. I have completed First Aid/CPR, Dancing for Birth™ Instructor training, Pregnancy and Infant Loss training, and advanced doula training workshops with Melissa Cowl, Penny Simkin and Spinning Babies. I have been assisting families since 2011 and look forward to doing so for many more years to come.
What led you to become a Doula?: My own birth stories were profoundly impacted by my support team. After realizing how important the roles of support people are in bringing positivity, encouragement and confidence into the room, I jumped at a chance to attend a friend’s birth when asked. From that first birth, there was no looking back. From birth work, I found my way to postpartum support and to the magic of witnessing people transform into parents.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
“Hiring Sarah is the best thing we did to prepare for our daughter’s birth! As first time parents, Sarah instantly put my husband and I at ease, answered our questions, and gave us the confidence we needed to have a natural birth. Sarah is a wealth of information, incredibly compassionate, non-judgmental, and trustworthy. Sarah played a very important role during my labour & delivery and helped me have a beautiful, empowering birth!” ~ Birth Client
“Knowing of Sarah’s expertise, dedication and reputation as a wonderful doula, we asked her to attend the home birth of our baby. We were so happy to have her caring assistance through the whole journey. When we had questions, Sarah directed us to quality information sources. When we had fears, she helped us explore our feelings and options to find peace. And when we talked of our birth visions, she helped us consider elements that would contribute to our ideas and also to consider how we could still have a fulfilling birth experience if things didn’t go quite as we hoped. During labour, Sarah’s presence was a gift. John felt a calming encouragement from being able to pick up gentle cues from her of how he could support me. The best part was that she smiled the kindest smile you could imagine. Each time I saw that smile I knew I was doing well, everything was going well, and something joyful was in progress.”
~ Birth Client
“Sarah was excellent and we are grateful for the care she provided to us. She was very warm and positive and exuded a quiet confidence – all of which I soaked up when she visited. I looked forward to her coming and felt better when she was around. I thought she was perceptive and tried to anticipate our needs – even when not fully verbalized – which was helpful in that we didn’t have to provide a lot of coaching/feedback to have our needs met. She was non-judgmental and followed our lead on how to care for our baby, which I think is important in those early days when you are trying to find yourself as a parent. I felt like she really cared about our son and us and that means a lot.”
~ Postpartum Client
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Locally, I like to have my finger on the pulse of local resources so that I can direct new and expectant parents to the help they need right away. Internationally, I like Evidence Based Birth, KellyMom, Fearless Formula Feeder, and Informed Parent to name a few!
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I truly wonder how she is doing. I wonder what her story is and how she is feeling, not just physically, but in the bigger picture. Everyone has a different story and comes from a different place. I wonder what pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood mean to her.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Openness. I am ready and willing to meet people where they are and follow them on their own journey. The thing about this path is that there is no right way. I am ready to welcome people with open arms and support them in the ways that they see are the best fit.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Of all time? Probably the Jim Henson movie, The Labyrinth, starring David Bowie.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: I love camping around my own province.
What is your favorite food?: My partner’s cooking – a beautiful steak with roasted garlic, mushrooms and an arugula salad with chevre.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Hiking, beachcombing, gardening – anything outside!
Who lives in your house?: Three adults, three children and two cats. We adults are trying not to be outnumbered!