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Sarah Smoke

Doula birth NYC

Phone: 9172822385

Birth Fee: Not specified

Postpartum Rate: $0 to $55

Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 98 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 3 years and 72 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Doula Trainings International - Certified Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Doula Trainings International - Certified Postpartum Doula

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula

Clients per Month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Lactation Counselor Training (Healthy Children's Center for Breastfeeding)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Rebozo Training

College Education

  • BA/BS
  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Single parents
  • Surrogacy
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Prenatal or postnatal massage
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Sarah Smoke

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Kenyon R

I'm so grateful to have had the pleasure of working with Sarah and I highly recommend her as a birth and postpartum doula. Partnering with Sarah on our baby’s delivery is the best decision we made during pregnancy. She was everything I hoped for in a doula and more - warm, experienced, knowledgeable, and kind. When we met I immediately felt at ease in her presence. During our prepartum session she did an amazing job describing the stages and experience of labor, while providing tools to help me prepare and cope on the day. She’s a wonderful teacher. Towards the end of my pregnancy there were a few unexpected risk factors that complicated my birth plan. Sarah was completely supportive and advocated for my wishes throughout the process. I was in labor for a very long time; Sarah and my husband worked together as a team to make the experience as comfortable and calm as possible. We even had some fun and laughs! After our little one arrived (many many hours later) Sarah was there to help with latching and breastfeeding. And her postpartum visit to further assist with breastfeeding once we were home was crucial. She provided the support I needed for a healthy long-term breastfeeding relationship. She is amazing! 

Posted 3/19/2019

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Lauren Simo

My husband and I had the fortune of being able to work with Sarah for the birth of our daughter. Choosing to work with her was an easy one. She had a calm, grounding presence, but was friendly, cheerful and relatable. Upon our first meeting, I gained a wealth of knowledge about the birthing process, both pre-labor and in the hospital. She made me feel like she would really help me to know how to prepare. Also, being a mom herself made me feel confident that she had real-life experience. 

Working with Sarah, I felt very prepared for my birth. A lot of my nerves went away once I understood techniques to work through the pain. I felt very comfortable that she and my husband would be there to support any decisions that would arise. Not only did she prepare me for labor, but she also prepared me for postpartum care, such as breastfeeding techniques, baby swaddling and carrying etc. I was so focused on the labor, it was exciting to approach what life would be like when the baby arrived!

My birth was a very positive experience. I never felt overwhelmed or anxious throughout the process and felt fully supported. Sarah helped me move through contractions until I determined I was ready for the epidural. Once the epidural was in, I felt very little pain. Even pushing the baby out, I felt little pain but Sarah was amazing at assisting me in pushing longer and harder to get the baby's head to begin crowning. I ended up delivering the baby within a half an hour - a lot thanks to her direction!

Afterwards she came to visit me at home to check in on how I was getting along with the baby. I was having some breastfeeding concerns and she was in daily communication with me while I worked through it. 

I would highly recommend Sarah for anyone who is looking for a professional doula with lots of expertise and a warm heart!

Posted 3/19/2019

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Jade Thacker

My husband and I cannot express enough wonderful things about Sarah- she was such an enormous help throughout my pregnancy, birth, and even afterwards. Sarah was actually the first doula we interviewed, followed by others, but we instantly connected with her and knew we wanted to hire her. She is super intelligent, but not in an authoritative way, she’s gentle but strong, and you just have this feeling that you’re in really good, experienced hands. She’s very comfortable in her line of work and always comes super prepared, including handouts and fact sheets which I personally loved. A mother of 3 herself she has all the insider tips, and will even show you how to wrap and swaddle your baby, and on and on. She was super respectful of the entire hospital team during my birth, amazing to our family, and very Intuitive to my needs throughout my long labor. I genuinely feel her presence made my birth experience smoother. She was an incredible support to my husband as well, always checking in with him, encouraging him to get some rest or food. She was so encouraging and kept telling me how amazing I was doing during labor, it kept me strong and confident that things were going to be ok. She continues to be an invaluable resource to me one month postpartum. She even came over a week after my birth to check in and provide the MOST helpful resources to support my getting used to breastfeeding. Look no further, Sarah is a wonderful companion for your pregnancy and birth journey. Even in my most delirious contractions I kept calling her our guardian angel!

Posted 1/22/2019

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Sara Gaynes

Sarah was an incredible asset during my pregnancy, my dayghter’s birth and my postparrum period. She was warm and calming answering all my prenatal questions (and i had a lot!). She stayed calm even when things were overwhelmong — at one point, she thought i might have to start pushing on the FDR and she was unflappable!) and was totally encouraging of all my choices including when to go to the hospital and when i got the epidural. She was a great coach for pushing and so encoraging. She came over to help with breastfeeding after my baby was born even with her packed schedule and navigated me through a mild engorgement and even taught me how to use my pump. She was worth every penny and i cant imagine giving birth without her there!

Posted 5/17/2018

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Krissy Nguyen

Having Sarah as our doula for the birth of our daughter this past month was one of the best decisions I have ever made. From the get go I was taken by her friendliness, how easy it was to talk to her about practically anything, her knowledge and warmth. Throughout the pregnancy Sarah offered invaluable info to prepare us for labor and delivery, from tips to prepare for a natural birth, what to expect from our OB visits, labor and delivery progression, potential complications, and postnatal newborn care including breast feeding, infant wearing and delivery recovery. We felt we were thoroughly prepared (as best as any first time parents can be) for the birth of our daughter. As a medical care provider I was also impressed by how Sarah so naturally and easefully bridge the many dimensions of natural birthing with the potential situations that may arise within a hospital birth, which tend to veer towards more medical interventions. Although I ended up getting an epidural during my labor, Sarah was able to help me far along with labor to the point where the epidural actually facilitated my labor progression versus hinder it. She offered guidance to my husband during labor so that he may be an effective birth partner and assisted us with navigating through the medical decisons that needed to be made during the labor. After the delivery of our child, Sarah was very helpful with our many questions and concerns regarding newborn care. She helped me with breastfeeding and infant care advice. We loved working with Sarah and are so grateful that she helped deliver our child. We wholeheartedly recommend her!

Posted 2/25/2018

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Samantha Orley

We could not have been happier with our decision to work with Sarah as our doula! She was such a calm, reassuring, friendly, caring, and knowledgeable presence throughout the pregnancy, and even more so after the birth of our son. She provided great guidance to myself and my husband before the birth, giving us detailed information on what to expect and prepping us for labor, educating us on all our choices, and answering any and every question we had.

Upon learning that our baby was breech, Sarah was super helpful in providing tips to get the baby to move, and while we still ended up having to schedule a C section, we were so happy to have her on our team to walk us through the entire process. Despite her not being allowed in the operating room, she gave us the knowledge and resources to ensure that the type of birth we wanted to have was entirely within our reach.

In addition to having Sarah prep us and be present for the birth, her expertise as a lactation counselor was so incredibly valuable. Prior to the birth, she spent time to review all the basics of breastfeeding that made what might seem overwhelming very manageable. She was there minutes after my son was born to guide me in different breastfeeding techniques and positions to ensure a good latch, and continued to be available day and night during those first couple weeks to answer the hundreds of questions a first time mom undoubtedly will have.

Most importantly, Sarah was extremely supportive, encouraging, and made me feel empowered as a mother. Friends, relatives, and especially baby nurses love to offer advice and guidelines, and I could not be more grateful to have had Sarah there to offer her reassurance and remind me to trust my gut. I would not hesitate to hire Sarah again for my next pregnancy and wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone!

Posted 1/8/2018

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rachel kate miller

Working with Sarah is one the of the best decisions we made for our pregnancy. Sarah is warm, knowledgeable, helpful, insighftul, patient, enthuthiastic but what I appreciate the most was - her understanding. This was my first pregnancy and I had goals of how I wanted it go but I was concerned about the pain. Sarah broke down the labor process for me, focusing on making it through the next contraction, helping me change positions to have something else to focus on. In the end, due to some small complications my birth experience ended in a c-section after 27 hours of induced labor.  Sarah, probably more than myself, my husband, or my family, had a better and more sympathetic understanding of what my body went through and the importance of taking care of myself phyiscally. There was such immediate concern about learning how to take care of my new baby, that having someone a an advocate for myself was a helpful reminder that both Chloe, my daughter, and I would be best if I was also taken care of. I heeded a lot of her advice about specifically askign for help, especially since my mobility was so limited. 

I also did not have the easiest time breastfeeding and when I had to feed Chloe every 2 hours and she wouldn't latch or fall off, or have a shallow latch, it was very hard. I did a lot of texting and emailing Sarah for help and she was great - responsive, timely, helpful, and gave me so very good tips. 

Pregnancy and newborn care are hard, having an advocate is an invaluable experience. Having Sarah is the best choice to be the best mother you can be.  I can't sing her praises enough, and I can't ever fully express how greatful I am for her patience and understanding.

 

Posted 1/4/2018

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Melanie Henderson

We had the pleasure to have Sarah as our doula and I couldn’t be more happier with with the decision we made in hiring her. She gave us so much support before and after the pregnancy. She came to our home to walk us through what to Expect during labor and help us prepare our home for the arrival log our little man. Which was extremely helpful because my hospital offered the same support but in a large class setting. Having her come to our home was much more personable and we were able to ask many questions and walk her through our nursery. She even looked in my over night bag and let me decide what I needed to bring And what I still need to get. She was a tremendous support. She also gave me a lot of great pointers in helping me achieve a smoother labor. I was very set on not having a c-section. She showed me a few techniques to do at home to help lower my son, for a smother labor. And trust me it really did work!

Even when it was labor time she made sure all the right questions and helped guide my labor team in the hos to make sure I was getting the adequate care I needed for a smooth vaginal birth. Sarah came to see me a week after my baby boy was born. She gave me guidance on breastfeeding tips. She also allowed us to stay connected with her incase we had any questions about our son, since we are first time parents

Sarah is such a sweet, educated, experienced, and doula. She would always answer my questions promptly and at anytime with great knowledge.

We felt very comfortable with Sarah though our whole process and I would highly recommend her to anyone. Thank you Sarah for everything! 

Posted 1/2/2018

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Denise Curti-Rechkin

We had the pleasure to have Sarah as our postpartum doula and I couldn’t be more happier with her tremendous support. Sarah came to see me four days after my baby boy was born.

When my milk came in, it was extremely painful but with her guidance I was able to breastfeed until now (5 months postpartum).

Without her support I would probably  have given up with breastfeeding. Sarah is such a wonderful, calm and very experienced doula. She would always answer my questions promptly and very knowledgeably.

We felt very comfortable with Sarah all the time. I would highly recommend her to anyone.

Thank you very much Sarah :)

 

Posted 10/28/2017

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Erin Arnold

We hired Sarah as a birth doula for the birth of our first child in September 2017 and couldn't be more happy with our decision. Sarah was more than accomodating with my hectic work schedule and generous with her time during prenatal consults. She was always prepared with topics, takeways, and information, but also skilled at reassuring us and answering our (many!) questions. Her follow up was prompt and thorough and she checked in (still does!) regularly and with genuine interest. I interviewed many doulas and felt an instant connection to Sarah. She is so warm and non-judgemental, yet quick to offer ideas and support. We wanted a natural birth at a hospital and wanted her help in making that experience less terrifying. I don't think we would have stuck to our plans without Sarah's coaching and supremely calming presence. She kept my husband connected to the process and gently pushed me back on track when I was feeling most overwhelmed. Without her to demystify the hospital procedures, advocate for us, and offer constant comfort and reassurance, it would not have been possible to have the birth we wanted. I am so thankful for Sarah. Her love for the work she does is obvious. 

Posted 10/26/2017

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Amber Loveless

When I decided to become a single mom, I was told I'd need a doula to help me.  I had no idea how invaluable that advice would be. My first doula had to cancel shortly after I hired her, but she recommended Sarah. I am so glad she did. Sarah was very patient in the hiring process while I checked her references, and understanding of my phone phobia. Shortly after, I received news of a complication in my pregnancy, and she was there to support me and reassure me. She checked in with me regularly (and still does). She stayed in the hospital with me every second during labor, after the birth, and until baby and I were securely in our room.  She even bought me a fancy chocolate torte. Sarah is a great conversationalist. She kept my mind off labor so much that the time went by quickly, and she kept me calm throughout.  Afterward, we talked about the birth together and she helped me fill in various blanks. It was incredibly helpful to process it with her. 

 

I highly recommend Sarah Smoke as a doula for her experience, demeanor, dedication, and kindness. 

Posted 7/31/2017

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Shilpa Narayan

Sarah was our labor and delivery doula, and my partner and I are so grateful for her guidance throughout the process.  This was our first child, so we had many questions on everything from labor pains to carseats.  Sarah was very helpful on all points and, most importantly for us, was so reassuring.  We really appreciated her easy-going approach combined with some insightful advocacy at the birthing center.  Overall, I felt so comfortable with her both at home and at the birthing center.  Post-delivery, Sarah made herself accessible and provided support and guidance regarding breastfeeding.  If we have another child, I wouldn't hesitate to call Sarah again!

Posted 6/30/2017

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Michelle Aselta

Sarah was an amazing Doula. I do not think I could've gotten through those first few weeks without her. From teaching me how to bathe my son, prevent leaky diapers, put him properly in a car seat, breastfeeding and just general hormonal issues, Sarah knew the answer to everything. Not to mention she was a godsend with getting the piles of laundry and dishes done. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone and will definitely use her for baby number 2!

Posted 6/19/2017

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Evelina Samson

Sarah was a doula for both abor / delivery and postpartum care for my baby girl, and I can't say enough positive things about my experience with her.

Sarah guided me through my labor, in a relaxed and laid back manner, offering words of encouragement and reinforcement at just the right moments. She also ensured that my husband was fully involved in the process, explaining to him what I was experiencing and supporting him in his role as my birth partner. She  stepped back in moments when my husband and I got into the rhythm of labor and stepped back in as we needed more encouragement and guidance. Our labor and delivery experience would not have been as comfortable, well-informed, and positive without Sarah's presence, and we are grateful for having her as part of it!

As our postpartum doula, Sarah helped us with answers to our newbie parent questions (and there were lots of them!), and counseled me through my breastfeeding journey. Any time we were confused about something, or weren't sure how to go about certain aspects of newborn care, we knew that Sarah would be able to clear things up for us. She is truly a lifesaver.

I wholeheartedly recommend Sarah for anyone looking for a thoroughly knowledgeable and positive person at their birth. She is genuinely passionate about what she does, and it shows in her dedication and excitement in guiding people through labor / delivery and the postpartum period!

Posted 6/18/2017

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Emily Blake

Sarah was a wonderful to have during my birth and to followup in postnatal meetings.  She was able to answer questions I had about dealing with my doctor and how to advocate for my birth plan.  She was also very helpful for my husband, in having her there during the birth to guide him and ease any worries cocnerns and prepapring him for what was happening along the way.  Sarah has a lovely personality that shown through our time togther.

Posted 5/8/2017

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Kara Barry

I wholeheartedly recommend Sarah's doula services. She assisted with my son's birth in March 2017 and I don't think I would've had the positive birth experience without her. I interviewed 3 doulas and felt an instant connection with Sarah. It was very important to me that she had her own children and went through the birth experience, and important that she was open minded as I was keeping an open mind in pain management. She is so non-judgmental and just wants to make sure her clients are making the beer decisions for their wishes. She provided 2 prenatal appointments which my husband and I found very helpful for learning what to expect and writing our birth wishes. I ended up being induced, and Sarah came to the hospital at the start of the induction and early the next morning when the pitocin started. Her presence allowed my nervous husband to take multiple breaks and I appreciated her explanations of what was happening during the experience and her companionship. She was also a great coach and provided me so much encouragement and support during 3 hours of pushing! Ultimately she was at the hospital with us from 7am until 2am! She was so helpful. We would hire her again in a second. 

Posted 4/30/2017

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Amy Bettison

Sarah was our Doula in March 2017 for our first baby. Neither my husband or I have family in the USA so we looked to engage a Doula for knowledge, support, and "an extra pair of hands". The need for this became even more acute when my husband broke his leg in January.

On first meeting Sarah I instantly felt she would be a good match; she has a calm, kind manner that made me feel comfortable in her presence. She has 3 children of her own which, to me, was more important than her Doula credentials. 

She offered 2 prenatal appointments in our home, both thorough and organised and allowed ample time for us to ask questions and discuss our approach to birth and pain management. She was always communicative, on time, and also responded promptly to any questions I had via text, however silly they might seem.

I was hoping for a natural childbirth in a hospital setting with a midwife rather than OB (with an open mind to pain management!) and she offered supportive, neutral advice based on her experience with both medical and non-interventional routes. She also had experience with our selected hospital (Methodist) which put my fears at ease.

In the week or two leading up to my due date she "checked in" frequently with progress. It was good to know she'd be on hand at any moment! The day I went into labour she was there when we wanted, and helped coach me through some dark early morning hours. Not only was she indispensible in physically helping us get to and around the hospital and, as my husband couldn't, using massage techniques during contractions, her unbiased perspective on medical intrusions and options really kept me on a level. 

Once baby arrived it was lovely to see her for the postnatal check up; more for me than for baby. Sarah made us all feel truly cared for.  I would definitely recommend Sarah to anyone looking for a Doula in search of all-round support!

Posted 4/25/2017

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Sarah Clements

I always felt comfortable with Sarah. She was really supportive and I could be very open with her about many things and she always supported in a non judgemental way.

I had a planned c section due to some medical concerns but Sarah was there at the hospital before we were and was great with helping with staff and letting me know my options and my rights. She was there on hand straight after to help with feeding straight away and getting me settled into that. It was a tough moment as I couldn't move, I had just had an operation and had a baby forced onto my chest. She helped encourage me and helped move me to make me comfortable etc. She has a sensitive nature and was able to read the situation well but was my voice when I needed her to be.

She was always on hand for questions over text too post partum. I had some feeding concerns And little questions about things I was unsure about as it was my first child.

There were times when I thought I might be alone during the birth process as my family live in england and the pregnancy process with my partner was very tumultuous due to the circumstances and knowing Sarah would be there was support enough for me.

She also helped me find a Paediatrician and helped with my birth plan.

I would highly recommend her!!

Posted 4/14/2017

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Brooke Holmes

We had a wonderful experience with Sarah.  This was my second birth, and we were looking for a doula who would listen to us, be knowledgeable and flexible, and compassionate.  Sarah was all these things and more.  She was wonderfully patient in conversation and generous with her time and expertise.  I knew from my first birth that things would move quickly but no one expected it to be as quick as it was (less than two hours from my timing contractions to the birth).  Sarah was at the hospital in record time and she was the one who helped get things in order when I moved to the pushing stage much quicker than anyone expected.  For me, one of the most important things was that she stayed with me after the birth, into the middle of the night, to help me process what was a very intense experience and she was extremely helpful at the follow up visit as well.  She also helped me get breastfeeding established easily at the hospital.  I highly recommend her!

Posted 4/1/2017

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aminata *

Sarah was an enormous help after my daughter was born. I knew I wanted to work with her after we met while I was pregnant -- she was so positive and laid-back, with such a warm, nurturing energy. A lot of people in this field have very strongly held opinions about natural this and natural that -- and I can be rigid like that, too -- but I remember Sarah being so focused on just taking good care of yourself, whatever that means in the moment, whatever that meant to me, which was an approach that really balanced out all my nervous energy.

Once she started coming to the house (and I'm a single mom, so her help was very much needed!), one thing I noticed right away was how easy she made it for me to give her direction. I'm not good at asking people to do things for me, so it could have been hard for me to get what I needed. But Sarah would come over, we'd chat a bit about how things were going with the baby, and then she'd say, "So, what's the program for today, what can I do?"

And she really did a lot. For a long time, she was the only person who could get my baby to nap, so there's that. But she also cooked, helped out around the house, supported me in breastfeeding, bathed the baby, and even did a Bye Bye Baby run for me once on her own time. Sarah often went out of her way to help, once even taking my little one for a few hours at her own home when I was in a bind with childcare.

Lastly, Sarah was always very responsive to where I was at. I encountered a lot of people during my pregnancy and afterwards who had an all-knowing attitude. But with Sarah, when we'd talk about how to handle something with the baby, she always made me feel like this was my path. She gave me valuable information but never made me feel like I was "getting advice." It's a little hard to explain, but it was extremely helpful and empowering.

I feel grateful that my daughter and I both got to know Sarah.

 

Posted 3/27/2017

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Susanna Mullard

Sarah is worth her weight in gold. At first we weren't convinced that we wanted a birth doula, but once we met Sarah and felt so comfortable in her company, we changed our minds. And we're grateful that we did - she was a wonderful addition to our birth team.

My labour was long - over 30 hours - and Sarah was with us from the beginning, helping me through the contractions and subbing in for my husband while he got some much needed sleep. She was incredibly calming and encouraging, and also knew when to step in to explain things when we needed her to, and to help us to make decisions when the time came.

The pre and post natal appointments were also really helpful. Sarah has a huge depth of knowledge, not only from her doula work, but also from giving birth to her three children.

You would be in great hands with Sarah - she truly is a gem.

Posted 3/13/2017

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Maria Knox

I whole heartily feel that I could not have achieved my birth goal of an unmedicated, no interventions, gentle homebirth without Sarah and Liza by my side. As the night went on and I progressed, my contractions became increasingly intense. I drifted further into my own world where time, space, and conversations turned more abstract, but the moment I needed to be grounded or calmed Sarah and/or Liza was there to breathe along with me, or give me the exact words I needed to hear that would get me through that wave. They helped get me into the right position or place in our apartment that was ideal to ease my baby down. I just feel blessed to have had them during that incredible journey, and I am hugely indebted for the love and encouragement they gave not only me but my husband as well. It was a team effort, and if you are able to book either or both Sarah and Liza consider yourself incredibly lucky.

Posted 3/10/2017

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Alyssa Warren

Sarah was our doula in August 2016. I was hoping for a natural birth, but tt the same time, I was flexible given things always change. I met with and interviewed 7 doulas, and Sarah was the first I met. They all have different styles and experience levels, but I immediately clicked with Sarah and knew I would feel most comfortable with her. She was down to earth, flexible, not judgmental yet armed with a wealth of knowledge. It helped to know she was on my side and not necessarily pushing any specific agenda other than to support us. 

My husband was away for work the majority of my pregnancy, so Sarah met with me for two pre-natal visits, but she scheduled a third with us when my husnabd was home so he could meet her and get to know her as well. During these visits, she worked with me on laboring positions, breastfeeding techniques, robozo method, and she even invited me to join her in attending a hypnobirthing class!

During our labor and delivery, Sarah was a HUGE support. I'm positive my experience wouldn't have been nearly as joyous without her. Sarah met us at home as labor progressed, rode with us to the hospital, and stayed by our side through the 26 hour labor and delivery. We had a terrible nurse and my doctor wasn't available, so  unfamiliar people were attending us. Sarah was a huge advocate for us so we could focus on the birth without distraction. After our daughter was born, she remained with us until I was able to breastfeed successfully. She was with us for roughly 30 hours without sleep and her services were the single best decision we made in our birth plan!

Sarah also came for a few post natal visits and made sure breast feeding was still going well, and helped with the baby so I could get some things done. She was an absolute blessing and I could not imagine going through all of this without her!

Posted 2/28/2017

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Wafa Ghnaim

I don't have family in the NYC area, neither does my partner, which is why we decided to have a doula as part of our birthing team. We needed someone we could trust to be there for us and guide us through the entire process. We needed someone knowledgeable, caring and supportive. Sarah was all of those things. She arrived at the hospital right when we asked and stayed for the entire birth until our son arrived and we wanted to be together as a new family. She explained things when we had questions, and she found a way to fit in to the dynamic of whomever was in the hospital room at any given time. She was no obstructive to the OB or the nurses, and at the same time I felt she was my advocate and support system for my husband.

During my transition, I was very irritable and wanted to scream at everyone. She helped my partner get through that specific period very well, trying to explain that I was in transition and this was all very normal (without being condescending to me). 

Most notably, Sarah cheered me on when I was pushing. And she kept telling me what a strong woman I was and that my pushing was AMAZING. I really needed that support, espeically in that moment.

All that to say that I am so grateful to have met Sarah, and to have had her a part of my birthing team. She was always very professional in the pre and post natal appointments, punctual and communicative. Always answers our questions by text. Sarah has found her calling, this is what she was meant to do. Thank you Sarah!!!

Posted 2/25/2017

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Chana Froimowitz

Had I not had Sarah with me the entire experience would have been beyond terrifying. I had a natural birth. But when I arrived at the hospital they were over booked. Sarah's presence made me less anxious and I didnt feel alone and helpless. I sat in the waiting room while my water broke and I went into transition. This was my third and the hospital nurses completely ignored me until I was in pain on the floor, feeling like there was no point in getting up because the next contraction was coming within a minute. Sarah helped me up, held my hand and reminded me the most crucial thought :"breath". Which was all I needed. The actual delivery was unpleasant but I was not alone. She stayed with me until they transfered me to another room. She was supportive and just what I needed.

Posted 2/23/2017

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Mary Hough

Sarah was invaluable to us before, during, and after baby. Her knowledge and advice during the prenatal visits was incredibly helpful—I really felt that I could ask all my questions, whether big or small or even silly.

At the hospital Sarah was a rock of support during a very long labor. She was with us for a continuous stretch of 24 hours. Without her practical and emotional support, knowledge, and good humor I would have had a much tougher time. She was incredibly helpful in explaining what was happening, what was normal but just scary for first time parents, and in helping my husband and I think through the questions we wanted to ask the medical staff. When it was time for my epidural, I asked Sarah to be the one who stayed in the room rather than my husband.

Since giving birth Sarah has continued to be a great source of advice and support—at our postpartum visit she helped with everything from how to put baby in the sling, to how to help baby accept a bottle when I return to work.

We can’t recommend Sarah highly enough—I’m so grateful that she was part of the team.

Posted 2/23/2017

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Lisa Fund

Working with Sarah as post pardum doula was a great experience. Her laid back but knowledgeable demeanor made the transition from recovering from an unplanned emergency c-section and leaning how to breastfeed much more manageable. She was very helpful in talking us through the emotions I was going through as well as helping my husband and me understand all of the changes and challenges my body was going through. Our son had trouble latching and she worked with us to set a schedule of pumping, bottle feeding, and then attempting to nurse. She introduced us to a nipple shield and we were successfully breastfeeding with the shield after a few weeks! I don't think my husband and I would be in such a good state of mind without her guidance, support, and knowledge. I would recommend Sarah as a post pardum doula to friends and family.

thanks Sarah!!!

Posted 1/19/2017

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Whitney Takata

I had a scheduled C-section so my needs were a little different. This was my second C-section, so I knew I was going to need lots of help right out of surgery. Sarah was there to help the second I was placed in a room. She immediately helped with lactation and my babies basic needs. It is so frustrating having different nurses come in with all sorts of different opinions. Having Sarah there gave me and baby the consistency we needed to be successful.  We loved Sarah so much that we decided to schedule a few post-partums with her. She was so helpful, re-assuring, and a wealth of knowledge. Sarah was such a great support for us!! We love her!!

Posted 1/17/2017

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Bo Kim

Sarah was my doula for the birth of my son, born in Sept 2016. I was mainly looking for someone who could answer my questions and guide me through the childbirth experience since it was my first child. When she met me and my husband at the hospital, she read the situation so well and knew immediately what I needed. She maintained a calm environment throughout the whole process, reminding me to breathe and using massge to ease my back pain. I imagine that since many people deal with pain in different ways, the best skill for a doula to have is to take in the situation and see how best to assist the mom. Sarah did just that and my husband was grateful to have someone else there to help. She also came to our home for the postpartum visit and answered all my questions regarding breastfeeding and recovery. 

Posted 1/16/2017

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