Birth Fee: $650 to $750
Postpartum Rate: $20
Fee Details: Request a $200 retainer fee to hold your due date on my calendar. Remaining monies to be paid prior to baby's delivery. I always offer a payment plan that is tailored for your specific needs. Offer a military discount!
Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 105 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 4 years
Clients per Month: 1 to 3 births and 2 to 4 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Richmond, VA
Sarah did a wonderful job as our doula. My goal was to have a successful VBAC and having a doula helped give me confidence that I could achieve that goal. I am grateful for Sarah's patience and support during labor/delivery. It was also great to have pictures of the experience. Adding on the 10 hours post partum sessions were a life/sanity saver. I would definitely recommend Sarah.
Sarah was my doula for the birth of my second child this past June and I would highly recommend her! She is so personable and easy to talk to, and she makes you feel comfortable the moment you meet her. I hired her a little after the halfway point in my pregnancy and she kept in contact with me from that point on, always asking about how I was doing. She met with me a couple different times and asked me about my birth plan, and also had me come up with an alternate plan in case of induction, because we knew that was a possibility. I did end up being induced, and Sarah came to the hospital as soon as I was as ready for her, and was so helpful in giving suggestions on how to let things go as smoothly as possible, even with an induction. I ended up having a fairly short labor and delivered my baby with no pain medication (barely!), and I think Sarah is partly to thank for that. She took some high quality photos of the birth and then brought some delicious homemade snacks to my post partum visit. If you are looking for a doula, you will not be disappointed with Sarah!
Sarah was a God-send! First, she is super personable and immediately makes you feel relaxed, like you’re talking with an old friend. She made my husband feel comfortable with the idea of having someone else in the delivery room. Second, she checks in constantly, which I love. She wasn’t just there for meetings and the birth. She always texted to check-in to see how I was doing, especially after delivery. It was also nice to have someone on standby if we ever had a weird question or concern. Third, she is indispensable during labor. We planned on having a low-intervention, natural birth. However, babies make their own plans. Sarah helped me try different positions to turn baby and applied counter-pressure on my back when my husband needed a break. That alone makes her an amazing asset during delivery. During some scary moments, Sarah was able to explain to my husband what was happening and give him some peace of mind despite the team of nurses and doctors surrounding my bed. After multiple interventions, a c-section was decided as the best option for us both. Obviously, this was NOT part of the plan and something that both my husband and I were scared of. Sarah was able to talk us through our fears and remain calm through the entire situation, despite it being completely opposite of what we expected. If you are wondering if a doula is worth it, Sarah is! You never know what birth has in store for you and she has the experience and knowledge to help you through whatever comes your way. She stayed with us for over 24 hours during labor (hard labor that required a lot of physical energy) and an unplanned c-section. We really couldn’t have done it without her. ~ Stephen, Amelia, and Baby Thomas
Sarah was an amazing doula! I can’t imagine having my baby boy without her help. She is an excellent communicator and very personable. We came up with a labor plan and a list of personal goals for me, and she was there (4am to 11pm!) to help me every step of the way. She was recommending different positions, massaging my back, even doing things like acupressure to encourage contractions to pick up. When I was struggling with labor pains, she was there to encourage me and remind me of what my goals were. When the nurses gave me confusing information, she was there to elaborate with stories of her experiences. When I didn’t like what the nurses suggested, Sarah was there to ask about alternatives. She was also a huge help for my husband. She gave him ideas of how to help, explained some of the process to him, and greatly reduced his anxiety. From the weeks leading up to labor to the weeks afterward, she was a rock for all my questions, insecurities, and anxieties. Ladies, it is essential to have someone check in on you postpartum, and it’s even better when they bring you muffins! I will definitely be calling Sarah when I have my second child!
Our labor experience was as good if not better than I could have imagined and there is no doubt that Sarah contributed significantly to that! It was wonderful to have her as a resource leading up to giving birth for any questions I may have been having. We opted to try for a natural child birth, and succeeded, and Sarah was a key part in that happening. She kept me calm and helped both me and my husband so much during the labor process, and even helped the nurse when our little one had to be turned. After our baby girl was born she was right there with us, helping me to breastfeed and even helping Dad carry all of our stuff to our more permanent room. She’s also been wonderful to have around post Baby, just to chat with about how things are going and even to come over and help me out some days!! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wonderful experience with a doula who truly loves her clients and what she does!
Sarah was amazing during the birth of our first child. She checked in often during the weeks/days leading up to delivery. She was super encouraging as we anxiously waited and went 13 days past our due date. Sarah really helped my husband stay relaxed and be the best coach during labor. She helped us through tough intervention decisions when labor wasn‘t progressing as we had hoped. Sarah was with us for around 20 hours, took beautiful pictures during delivery, and made sure we had everything we needed after our daughter arrived. She continues to check in on us even 10 weeks after delivery. We are so grateful to have had Sarah as our doula and now our friend!
Sarah is a wonderful dula! Her acupressure techniques are surely what helped me have such a great labor experience! She is not only experienced and knowledgeable but also very personable and fun to work with! I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a Doula! I sincerely hope we have another baby well I live in the area so that I can have the opportunity to use her again! ??
We were so glad to have Sarah's support during pregnancy and birth! She was great about staying in touch and up-to-date through my pregnancy, and offered several helpful suggestions and guidance to address various questions and discomforts. My favorite was when she showed my husband some acupressure points to ease hip pain-- it made a huge difference!
During the birth process, Sarah offered guidance and support prior to her arrival and pointed us to resources for coping in early labor. She had several ideas to help me cope and progress through a long, slow labor, and helped me and my husband think through our options and alternatives for interventions. When I reflect on our son's birth, I'm struck by the intense feelings of strength and support that accompanied his arrival. It was so empowering, and Sarah's guidance and encouragement played a huge role.
Sarah continued to be available once we returned home. When my milk came in and I was up at all hours trying to figure out breastfeeding, I was so glad to know that she was only a text away with guidance and reassurance that my experience was normal.
Overall, Sarah's familiarity with our birth preferences, her calm demeanor and her sense of humor allowed us to have an enjoyable, memorable, and generally awesome pregnancy, birth, and return home.
My husband and I decided very late in the pregnancy (36 weeks) that we wanted the support of a doula to help us achieve our goal of a natural, drug free birth and our birthing class instructor recommended Sarah. Being so close to my due date, Sarah emailed questions about our birthing preferences prior to our scheduled prenatal visit in case I went into labor before then and she reviewed my birth plan. I’m so glad Sarah thought to do this because I delivered before that visit! During early labor at home Sarah stayed in close contact via text and phone. She offered to come to our home, but we didn’t feel we needed help yet. When we went to the hospital we called Sarah and she arrived shortly afterward. She was a very calming presence during labor. She helped my husband with massage and relaxation techniques, giving him a much needed break as labor lasted a long time. She also helped by encouraging me through the process. She used acupressure points to try and speed labor and offered suggestions on position changes. When a long labor, with a lack of progression and exhaustion led me to rethink an epidural, Sarah was very supportive and helped us talk through our options. She assured me that even though labor wasn’t going as I had hoped I would be ok. I received the epidural, as I was worried I may not have endurance for pushing if I wasn't able to rest. This was the best decision for us and Sarah supported us throughout the process. We were grateful to have her there. When it was time to push Sarah was helpful in coaching me with breathing and pushing. My husband was happy to have Sarah taking pictures, so that he could be fully engaged in the delivery process and her pictures were wonderful. Postpartum she kept in touch to make sure we were adjusting to parenthood and that our little girl was doing ok with breastfeeding. Sarah was so helpful, caring, friendly and professional. Choosing Sarah as our doula was one of the best decisions we made.
Sarah was an excellent postpartum doula for our first baby, as first-time parents! She was extremely caring, helpful, experienced, and has the most friendly personality! Our sweet boy loved snuggling her! We would love to use her the next time around (should we have another) and wish we had known her during the birthing process to have had as our birth doula. We absolutely recommend Sarah and cannot thank her enough!
Sarah was an absolute angel!! After we found out that I wouldn't be able to have a natural, at home birth, she gave me the option to cancel our contract. But since I had had negative experiences in a hospital before, I was nervous about having to give birth in a hospital. I asked Sarah to stay on as my doula, to help me keep calm and optimistic. She did EXACTLY that! When my water broke, she was at the hospital within minutes of us arriving, and she was such a calming presence during the experience. She helped me breath through the contractions and laugh about what was going on. And then she gave my husband her camera so he could take pictures of when we met our baby girl in the operating room. And she edited the pictures and made them beautiful :D The postpartum visits were excellent and personal, and she was so patient with me, answering all my first-time mom questions.
I would highly recommend Sarah as a doula for anyone, no matter how you bring your beautiful baby(ies) into this world. She is professional but personable, and works with you. I can't speak highly enough of how much I felt taken care of, and that Sarah really wanted me and my husband to have a beautiful experience as we transitioned into parenthood.
This birth was the second time having Sarah as my doula. She was amazing! She kept me calm and focused and helped me relax through each contraction. I could not have gone as long as I had without pain medication if she hadn't been there. When I had questions she was there to help answer them or provide resources that I might need. I think every mother to be should have a doula to support them in their choices and help them reach their birthing goals. I would recommend her to any friends or family!
We were matched with Sarah after our birthing class instructor recommended her. This was our first birthing experience. I always wanted a doula and dreamed of having a fast, efficient birthing process. My goal was to have a completely natural(no-medical-intervention) birth. It's funny how babies change everything. I did get my natural birth, but the fast, efficient labor I dreamed of was just that, a dream. I ended up having prodromal back labor for 5 days before having Fiona towards the end of day 6. Sarah really helped us have confidence to keep moving forward, get rest when we could, and check in to see what progress I was actually making. We had tried to fix baby positioning with "cat-cows" and chiropractic care. She even came to the house, timed contractions, and we decided to get to the hospital "just in time" only to find out I had stalled once again. She ensured me we would figure out the prodromal labor and get this kid out. It was day 5 of labor with minimal progress, so Sarah suggested I see a local chiropractor (mine's 45 mins away) to check my pelvic bones for alignment again. I saw her suggested Dr. on Tuesday evening and Fiona was out that next night. On Fiona's birthday, I was on the phone with Sarah pretty much non-stop. I met with my OB that afternoon, Sarah waited patiently for an update. I got to my OB's office at a 9/10 and we rushed to the hospital to start pushing. Sarah met us there. She was calm and focused. I was exhausted from 6 days of labor - she encouraged me that I could finish the process and get my child out. She helped my husband, reassured him he was doing everything he could, and also re-communicated some things my doctor was telling me but I wasn't processing effectively. Fiona arrived after 61 minutes of pushing. Sarah took priceless photos of her first moments in the world outside my tummy. We love her, she is amazing! Once you are pregnant, go to a birthing class and get Sarah as your doula!! You won't regret it ;)
I cannot express how great it was to have Sarah as my doula. She was extremely patient with me and always had time to answer my questions and give me emotional support. She was very understanding in my birth wishes and helped me express them in a written birth plan. I could not have had my natural hospital birth without her help! She felt like a long time friend by my side the entire time. I can not say enough good things about Sarah. I am so thankful she was my doula.
Sarah is a wonderful doula and I highly recommend her. She was with us throughout the entire labor and birth providing support for us. She is professional and full of knowledge only gained through experience. Her experience in birth helped make my day easier and helped me achieve my goals. I would use her as a doula again and I will recommend her to all moms to be.
When I first found out I was pregnant I knew that a doula was a must. The decision to hire a doula is one each makes for their own reasons; and in our case, we had several. Personally, I wanted to have a completely natural childbirth and as such a doula is an almost must. I also knew that since this was our first birth experience we would need someone to help us make informed decisions during a time of confusion, excitment, and pain. Sarah helped tremendously with all of this. From preparation, to answering questions/text messages at sporadic times leading up to labor, to helping us make the right decisions for us at the time of birth.
Perhaps our most important reason for hiring Sarah, and one that does not seem to get much mention, is to have someone there to help my husband during the labor process. As difficult as it is for women to be in labor, it is a significantlay different and in many ways more intensely difficult for the partners who love us to watch us go through pain and suffering. As my husband put it "Watching you go throug those contractions was awful. I wanted so much to help you and felt like there was nothing I could do. I remember the moment Sarah walked through the door. I immediately sighed in relief. Honestly, I don't know what I would have done without additional support like Sarah during this intense time." This was especially true considering we are relatively new in town and our family live hundreds of miles away.
Thank you Sarah for helping to support us in making the difficult decisions and for being with us physically and emotionally during this painful yet oh so beautiful time of childbirth.
Sarah was absolutely amazing to have to help me through my delivery. She took notes the entire time she was there and helped give the nurses and doctors information that would not have been known if she had not been there. Sarah was also full of helpful information about the processes and procedures I was going through. I would recommend Sarah to anyone! She made my stressful labor SO much easier on my boyfriend and I. I can't thank her enough!
Sarah is just so wonderful, and I do not hesitate to recommend her to anyone who is looking for a doula! My husband and I were so grateful for her presence during labor and delivery, and I honestly don’t think I would have made it though 43 hours of labor without her support and encouragement. We met a few times before going into labor to discuss my “as-natural-as-possible” hospital birth plan, and she helped me weigh all of the options by giving pros and cons and pointing me to credible research when needed. Sarah was always a phone call or text away, which was very helpful during my labor false alarms. She did also prepare me for the fact that anything could happen during labor and that I needed to be flexible with my birth plan. It’s a good thing she did; NOTHING went as planned. She also supported me through a not-so-supportive OB experience. I will spare the details from those 43 hours, but I can say that Sarah was an essential part of my birth team. I had to make very difficult decisions, and she helped me to be rational, thorough, and sane during the times when I was delirious from the pain and sleep deprivation. She is also funny, sweet, and laid-back (even though I caused her to have major sleep deprivation), which was pretty important and refreshing during the most stressful moments of my life. During labor, she just seemed like part of my family, and she will always have a special place in my heart.
I wanted to have an unmedicated birth out of the hospital. My husband and I decided to use the Family Birth and Wellness center and Dr. Poppy suggested we find a doula. I had contacted several doulas who were all booked for my due date and I was becoming discouraged. Then we found Sarah. From the beginning Sarah was amazing. She was very supportive of our decision to use the birth center. She kept in touch with me every week and was reassuring for a first time mom. I cannot tell you how many times I call her with questions; she always responded fast and with helpful information. I grew anxious after passing my due date and every little pain was the start of labor. I sent so many texts saying I was having contractions and that never turned into labor. She was patient and encouraging. When I finally went into labor almost 2 weeks past my due date, I put her to work. It all started at 7pm on a Tuesday and baby was not in my arms untll after 11pm on Wednesday! For 28 hours Sarah was by my side. She worked well with the staff at the birth center and made it so that my husband never had to leave my side. She took some amazing pictures of my birth. Sarah was even great when we made a very early morning phone call when our new baby cried all night and we did not know what else to do. She came over that day and showed us the 5 S's(ask her about those). Sarah was just awesome! I tell every mom to be that they need a doula and I know the one to call. Thank You Sarah!
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