doula, childbirth educator, perinatal counselor
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I have attended over 175 births in hospitals, birth centers and homes. I also offer postpartum support and sleep consultations.
I can help with the challenges of those first days and weeks of learning to feed your baby.
I came to this work after the births of my two children. While pregnant I was consumed with curiosity about the changes in my body, the broader acceptance of the medical model of birth, and, ultimately, the transformative quality of the birth experience. That curiosity translated into lots of reading, research, and discussions with people in the birth community and eventually becoming certified to teach and support women during their births. Up to that point, upon graduation from Brown University, I had been teaching poetry and performance in public schools, creating new work with an experimental theatre company, and finishing a Master’s in playwriting from NYU. Almost 15 years later, I am proud to be a childbirth educator, labor and postpartum support doula, and certified lactation educator counselor. I have attended over 175 births and supported even more families as a postpartum doula. It is so nice to be able to say that I truly enjoy my work and I love what I do.
Do you have a question about your pregnancy, birth, or postpartum period?
We were torn between the medical bias of our upbringings and a sense of awe at the amazing human capacity for coping with pain and the unknown. Without ANY judgment whatsoever, Sarah opened our minds to the possibilty of a natural birth, even in a hospital setting. Through 18 hours of labor, 4 hours of pushing, we delivered 9 lbs. 6 oz. of stubborn baby naturally. Sarah’s absolute love of babies and respect for parenthood is infectious!
Sarah was an amazing resource for us when we came home from the hospital with our baby boy. She immediately felt like part of our family, and was a source of comfort and reassurance, providing a much-needed sense of calm in our sleep-deprived household. On the days when we were feeling overwhelmed, we were able to relax just knowing Sarah was coming over to help out.
We can’t imagine having Enzo without your kindness, your expertise, your support, your wise counsel, your good cheer. We’re grateful for it all–and we won’t forget it. It gives us great pleasure to think of you giving the same to other expectant parents.
I heartily endorse Sarah for her postpartum services. I think things might have turned out differently if we hadn’t had Sarah as a resource. When our daughter began to show symptoms of colic, we turned to her and she offered us many useful suggestions for things we could try to soothe our fussy baby. More importantly, she listened empathically and offered us the reassurance that we desperately needed. While we have not been able to “cure” our daughter’s colic, with Sarah’s help we have been able to learn how to handle her colic with more skill and confidence. That has made all the difference.
I wholeheartedly recommend Sarah for her doula services. She is amazing. I swear she saved my life (or at least it felt like it). First of all, we took her birth prep class and loved it. We were in a terrific small, easygoing group. Very comfortable and learned a ton. It was a great way to get to know her before the birth experience–plus we also gained friends from the group in the process. My birth experience was nothing like I imagined it would be and at each step of the way I was more and more grateful to have Sarah by my side. She was there to comfort me, reassure me, negotiate the many people who wander in and out of the room, advocate for me and make me laugh. And I laughed a lot! Despite all the pain and blood I actually had a GREAT time. I credit Sarah with that.
Sarah was a gentle, steady and patient guiding force in helping us get my 10 month old sleeping through the night. It was wonderful to check in with her each day and adjust the plan as needed. We couldn’t have done it without her support!
Sarah is one of the most down to earth and open minded people I have known. I could ask her anything, even the silliest of questions, and get a heartfelt and honest response. Everybody has a different experience with childbirth and a different set of circumstances…. but I know that having Sarah with us helped us to be more calm, confident and empowered through the whole process.
Working with Sarah was the best decision I made after my son was born. She has never failed to help us through a rough spell — breastfeeding trouble, sleep training, bottle refusal, and countless others — with kindness, patience, and an unparalleled depth of knowledge.
We can’t imagine a more perfect classroom setting and teaching style for our birthing classes. Sarah’s wisdom and experience (personally and professionally) was enhanced by her general warmth and real openness. She created a space in which we could really accept that anything could happen with the birth and that it’s all equally ok. She was realistic and empowering. When Jo went into labor and through the birth process, many of the little details Sarah mentioned guided me: from the way I interacted with the hospital staff to how I supported Jo. I felt excited but not overwhelmed or worried –if Sarah’s class had been my only prep for being a birthing partner, I would have been just fine. And having such small classes was wonderful! We honestly felt more like we were going over to a friend’s house for Sunday coffee than learning about birth and babies. We felt really comfortable and able to say anything in the classes, even to ask dumb questions. We were surprised to find ourselves genuinely sad when our last class was over. It wasn’t just a birthing class, it was time spent with wonderful people, who (with their babies) remain our friends!