5 years and 35 births attended
5 years and 15 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I am here to support you through pregnancy, birth and postpartum by offering hands-on services as well as the information, tools and resources that will help you confidently make decisions along the way. Please do not let my fees discourage you from contacting me - I'm more than happy to work with you to help you afford a doula.
Barboursville, VA Service range 50 miles
I Originally decided to hire a doula because I was nervous to to give birth to my son and my husband was scared he wouldn't know how to help me. I am so happy my husband convinced me that it was the right move. When I first e-mailed Sandra was very easy to communicate with. When meeting her in person I immediately felt comfortable with her . She has an extremely calm and comforting energy and was very professional. The day of my birth we called Sandra in the middle of the night and she came quickly. Sandra helped me with pain management, hitting pressure points she knew just how to comfort me with out annoying me at my most vulnerable and hormonal time. I never once felt judged by Sandra and she knew just what to say to get through my long labor. There are not many people in this world who are doing exactly what their life mission is, I truly believe this is what Sandra is ment to do. She helped and comforted me and encouraged me in so many ways that I didn't even know I needed. I always tell new mom's now you don't know what you don't know until you are there. I feel do blessed to have had her there. I feel hiring Sandra helped me avoid having a C-section and gave me the strength I needed at that time . I am forever thankful for her and feel it was money well spent. I highly recommend hiring a doula and meeting Sandra because she is amazing !
Sandra was AMAZING. She was beyond helpful throughout the entire pregnancy, always there to answer questions and for support. Being a first time parent and having some complications in the beginning made it an uneasy journey but Sandra was always so positive. She is extremely knowledgeable about pregnancy and the birth experience, her presense is extremely calming and comforting. I had wanted a non-medicated birth but after a long labor I decided for the epidural, I remember when it was time to welcome my daughter into the world her saying, "You did it, you did such a great job." Her optimism and love is something I won't forget and can't thank her enough for everythiing. My husband and I both valued her presence during this very exciting time.
I was very nervous and apprehensive about delivering my first baby, but Sandra helped ease many of my fears and worries. She actively helped my partner and I draft a birth plan that I was confident to share with my OBGYN. She helped set me up for success with so many different coping methods. On the day of delivery it was amazing to have her in the room. Her experience and calm energy was like a warm security blanket. Her soothing voice was there the whole time remindin me constantly that I could do it! While I’m sure she sent to the bathroom and ate a snack at some point during the 12+ hours she was with me, I never felt her absence. With the help of her and my partner I delivered a healthy 8lb. 7oz. baby girl after 21 hours of unmedicated labor! Thank you Sandra for helping me find and see my own stregth with your kindness and judgement feee advice! Also, thank you for visiting a few days after she was born and showing me how to wear her in a wrap!
I was lucky enough to have Sandra as my doula for my second child. Just hearing her voice over the phone for the first time gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling, let alone actually being in her presence. I had a challenging pregnancy and she was there for me in every capacity in the months leading up to my daughter’s birth. Sandra was sure to get to know me and made it a point to genuinely listen to my wishes/needs for my birth. While birthing my daughter she was fully there for me. Her calm voice and gentle nature brought me such comfort during my birthing process. Her encouraging words empowered me. I feel so fortunate to have had an angel by my side who helped me bring my daughter into this world.
Sandra was my invisible strength during active labor. Invisible because I had shut my eyes due to the slightest light bothering them and focused on Sandra’s voice. She kept encouraging me without a break for herself and even changed pace when I needed it. She was my spokesperson as she understood what I felt. When all I could do was get mad at my husband for holding my hand the ‘wrong’ way, leaving him feeling confused and helpless , Sandra manged to guide him as well and encourage him to support me the way I wanted. She is very knowledgeable and patient and spoke to me at length about what to expect during labor and postpartum. I value her wisdom and am able to look back and realize how right she was about every little detail. If I ever have a second child, I know I’d want Sandra there with me again!
I first found Sandra here on doulamatch.com and initially chose her based on her proximity to my house. When my husband and I first met her though, we chose her to be our doula for so much more than that! Sandra is caring, knowledgeable, and you can be assured that she will be your advocate every step of the way. Not only did she answer every phone call and text message throughout my pregnancy but she stayed with me and my husband through 30 hours of labor. Sandra also has PLENTY of resources for any questions or concerns you may have from pregnancy weight gain to comfort measures during labor. Shortly after my water broke, I called Sandra and asked her to come to our house and she arrived at 2:30am. She rubbed my back during contractions, she allowed my husband to rest when he needed it, and she encouraged me to eat and drink during my labor. My husband and I truly believe we would not have had such a successful experience if it weren’t for Sandra and she will FOREVER be a part of our lives. Choosing someone to be a part of the biggest day of your life can be overwhelming but choosing Sandra will certainly ensure a positive birthing experience!
Sandra was a wonderful supportive partner during my birth experience. At our fist meeting she explained to me what her role could be and was supportive of the ideas I already had for my birth. As time progressed she would check in with me to see how the pregnancy was going and how I felt. As the pregnancy progressed complications came up and Sandra was still extremely supportive of my needs. I ended up being put on bedrest in the hospital and Sandra was right there by my side. She gave me the emotional support I needed to get through a very difficult time. In the end I ended up needing a c-section and Sandra was there with me ever step of the way. This was not the birth I had invisioned for myself. Even though I had planned an all natural birth with Sandra, we had to change the plan of action. Sandra stepped right into the role of a supportive person during an intense birth with complications that ended with the birth of a beautiful, healthy baby girl! I couldn’t have chosen a better person to go through this experience with. There was a lot of fear and tears but through it all Sandra was able to talk me through it and be there for me.
When I was looking to hire a doula to have my third baby and second VBAC, I knew immediately that Sandra was the right choice. Sandra was very personable and genuine. She maintained excellent communication with us througout the process and always showed a genuine interest in our family. She offered us a lot of resources ans was always offering her advice and support throughout the pregnancy. Sandra has an extremely gentle and supportive approach to everything she does. This past birth I wanted a natural and unmedicated birth. I truly believe because of Sandra I was able to accomplish this. She was excellent in involving my husband and I feel that made my birth even more special, as i relied on both of them for physical and mental support. She was always there to reassure me that everything I was experiencing was normal and that I was doing a great job. My husband and I really appreciated everything she did and we highly recommend her!!
My husband and I decided to hire a doula in hopes of achieving a drug-free birth. I contacted Sandra and she got back to me immediately. At our first meeting, I knew her calming presence and vast knowledge were just what we were looking for. Sandra met with us two more times, helping us write a birth plan and showing us comfort measures to use throughout the last weeks of my pregnancy. She also checked in with me frequently, especially as I became overdue. She gave me some great suggestions to help me with any discomfort.
At 41 weeks, I ended up being induced for low fluid. Having had a previous induction, I knew the pain that lay ahead. Sandra was there every step of the way. She was able to anticipate my needs better than I could on my own! Thanks to her support, I was to labor without an epidural, which was my ultimate goal. Her coaching and caring got me through every step of the way.
Her support did not end there, however. Sandra stayed after the birth of our baby to make sure were were comfortable and settled in. She then visited us one more time to see how we were adjusting as a family of four.
Overall, I cannot reccomend her enough. I couldn't have had the birth I wanted wtihout her support. My recovery has been a breeze. Sandra is a fantastic doula and I would recommend her to anyone!
When I was pregnant, my husband and I, decided to hire a doula. Our family needed a reliable, calm and knowlegable person to guide me through the pregnancy and labor! And we are so happy we found Sandra! From our first meet we felt very comfortable with her, we talked about what the ideal delivery would be for me and how we can make it happen!
When my labor started, she helped me feel comfortable and she inspired me to trust nature and my body for the process! Sandra was there throught out the whole time of my labor, coached with breathing and made sure I was comfortable and calm. I felt that I didn't have to worry about anything!! Her presence made my delivery more smooth and joyful! I never believed before that labor and delivery could be such a great and powerfull delivery!!
I highly recommend her!
My husband and I never considered using a doula until we took a birthing class. The class opened our eyes to how beneficial a doula would be for the birth of our first child. We decided to start looking to hire a doula immediately since we were pressed on time and our baby was due in a few weeks. We reached out to Sandra and she promptly responded to us. After we met with a few other doulas, we knew that Sandra was the right choice for us.
From our first meet, Sandra was not only extremely professional and knowledgable, but also very warm and tender. She was available for me at all times leading up to our labor and delivery and was so informative, allowing us to make the best choices for the birth we wanted. When I did go into labor, she provided excellent support for myself and my husband. Through my labor, which lasted over 24 hours, Sandra was right by my side the entire time. She kept me focused and comfortable. Sandra brought with her to the hospital a variety of things that helped me through labor, even cooled wash cloths for my forehead! Even though we had a few unexpected turns during the course of my labor, she worked with us when we needed a change of plan, supporting us and our decisions through the entire process.
Sandra truly helped make our birth a wonderful experience. We are so thankful to have found her. I highly recommend her!!
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