W.I.S.E. BIRTH Doula Collective
Phone: (360) 739-5612
Birth Fee: $500 to $1000
Postpartum Rate: $20 to $60
Fee Details: Sliding fee scale for both Birth and Postpartum Services to low income families. I have recently filed for my certification through DONA International and awaiting approval. I offer Placenta Preparations, including, Pictures,smoothies, encapsulation, tinctures, "tree of Life" Prints, steamed or readying the placenta for planting. Please inquire about rates.
Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 28 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 20 families served
Currently working towards Doula certification(s)
Specific certifications for the above: I plan to "Officially" file for certification soon. I have attended many births, worked with familys during postpartum, assited with breastfeeding and prepared many placentas for encapsulation..Type of Practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas
Clients per Month: 1 to 5 births and 1 to 3 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: Non-smokers ( I am allergic). I am well versed in cloth diaper education, baby wearing, elimination communication and breast feeding. I do Placental Encapsulation, Reiki and teach Lamaze Childbirth Education classes in a class room environment or at your home.
I am the head Director of a Non-Profit Doula Collective. I volunteer my time for low-income Mom's through WISE Birth Doula Collective (wisebirth.org) and volunteer my services for Teen Moms to be. I am a Childbirth Educator and often put on classes that are by Donation only/sliding fee scale. I am also a Jikiden Reiki Master.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Bellingham, WA
I highly recommend Sara as a doula. She helped me so much to prepare for labor, to have the birth I wanted, and when complications came up after the birth, she went to the hospital with me. Her support has been amazing and made such a difference.
I wasn't planning on having a doula for financial reasons. One day while I was pregnant, I ended up sitting near Sara at a coffee shop and decided to go with her as my doula. She was extremely flexible about payment, in terms of how much my partner and I could pay, and how long it took us to pay her. While I was pregnant, she met with my partner and I several times to talk about our birth plan, go over concerns and questions, and generally help us feel more prepared. At one point, I needed to process an experience I had with a friend's birth and she came over to my house and we talked about it, which was really helpful. My water broke before labor had started, and when I didn't go into labor, I had to take castor oil. Because of this, lbor progressed really fast for me, and the birth of my baby (which was my first) was a lot more difficult and intense than I expected. It was not the labor I had prepared for- I felt like there were no breaks between contractions and I dilated fast, all while experiencing the unpleasant side effects of castor oil. She helped me through contractions, supported my partner while I was in labor, and assured me that I could do it when I got discouraged. After the birth, I lost a lot of blood and had to go to the hospital. I had to leave my newborn at the birth center, and she brought him to the hospital in her car. I totally trusted her with my hour-old baby, which is saying a lot! She stayed at the hospital until we were sure I would be ok, and later in the week, helped my partner encapsulate my placenta.
Sara and I have been friends for about a year. She had mentioned becoming a doula on more than one occasion, but just in passing. One day sitting on a park bench, on a not so warm fall day, she brought it up again, but this time was different. I was 38 weeks pregnant, and already had a doula, but I felt like Sara would be a welcome addition to our birth team.
I loved having Sara at our birth, she has a wonderful giving spirit, and a super calming energy. She was present several times in the days leading up to labor, helping me in anyway requested, and just generally caring for me. On the day of, she kept updated by text, and only arrived once we gave her the go-ahead to come over, giving me space to labor how I needed to. She was able to help maintain a calm environment allowing me to relax and focus on my work at hand.
After our little boy was born, and we had time to connect with him, our midwife gathered us together to express her concern that our baby most likely has down syndrome. Sara has been such a blessing to us as we are dealing with such a surprise, and finding how to cope with such unexpected news. I can't think of anyone else I would have wanted to support our family through such an amazing experience.
After having an emergency, and pretty traumatic, csection with my first child I knew I wanted to try for a vbac when I became pregnant with my second child. Sara was great, helpful and non-judgemental, when giving me tips on how to be successful with the options I wanted. She kept in contact with me and often suggested websites and literature to read up on. Knowledge is power! When the big day finally came she was such a calming presence and I'm so glad she was there. I'm only a couple days postpartum so I don't remember much, but I do remember she talked softly, was encouraging in her words, gave great massages, and was just overall awesome!
I was asked to be a doula for a grand-multip home birth and Doula Sara Wright was asked to attend as well. The birth moved A LOT faster than anyone expected and with other kiddos around trying to grab, support, ask, and love on the momma, keeping the chaos at bay was a big job. When many of us attend a birth we seem to feel attached to seeing certain parts, filling a certain role or some other desire that is about ourselves. I was blown away by how selflessly Sara served this family. She brought empathy, play, humor and experience to this birth. Sara played a big role in making the space for this amazing couple to bring another beautiful baby into the world.
= Available. Calendar last updated: Updated 3/29/2013
= Available. Calendar last updated: Updated 3/29/2013