Phone: (804) 461-0126
Birth Fee: $750
Postpartum Rate: $25
Fee Details: I would be honored to support you during your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey. My birth doula fee includes 2 prenatal appointments, support during your birth, and 2 postpartum visits. I also have packages available for birth and postpartum doula services. Please visit my website to find out more information and to contact me. https://douliferva.com/
Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 27 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 0 years and 3 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 3 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: No smokers please
Chair of Richmond Doulas, Member of Richmond Doulas, past Treasurer of Richmond Doulas, Doula Committee Leader on the Maternal Mental Health Coalition of Greater Richmond
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Richmond, VA
Sarah felt like family from the first time we met her. She helped my husband understand some of the environmental challenges of attempting a VBAC, and ultimately helped he and I become a stronger birth team. Thank goodness for all of her work in preparing us for birth day because labor and delivery happened very quickly for me! She coached us (mostly my husband) through concerns as we were preparing to meet her at the hospital. When she called to check on us as we were driving, she could hear me laboring and reminded me to control my breathing. She was able to get hospital staff prepared for my arrival and made sure they got me to my preferred provider for delivery. She stayed around after delivery, cleaned up my clothes, and made sure we were comfortable before leaving. If it weren’t for her, I most likely would have given birth in the back of my car! Sarah provided full support before delivery (prenatal visits, check-ins via text, constant availability during labor, position suggestions over the phone before she comes to you) and after deivery (daily texts for the first week!, weekly thereafter for a month). If she didn’t know the answer to something, she would find out. I felt comfortable talking to her about things that I usually wouldn’t be, and always felt like she had my best interest at heart. We are so thankful for her, and strongly recommend her to anyone, and especially VBAC mamas. She gets it!
We heard about Sarah through rave word of mouth reviews from trusted friends who had hired her, which is the first testament to her wonderful doula abilities. My husband and I had an amazing experience with Sarah before, during, and after the birth of our son. She was a calm and steady presence through our whole experience, providing invaluable knowledge and encouragement. We have said from the moment our son was born that we could not have had the birth experience we desired without the help of Sarah. She met with us beforehand and provided helpful and thorough information. When the time came for my 36 hour labor, we would have been completely lost without Sarah's continued guidance. She stayed in touch with me the 24 hours between my water breaking and going to the hospital, and gave me tips and ideas throughout the day to help labor speed up. She even stopped by my house for a few hours to guide me through some exercises and positions to keep things going. Sarah then joined us again right as we entered the hospital, and was with us every step of the way afterwards. For 12+ hours she continued to empower my husband and I to work through contractions together, suggesting positions and exercises, reminding me of my birth affirmations, and physically supporting me through contractions. When complications came up, she was the calming, steady force we turned to - otherwise we may have given up or just come to a point where we didn't know what else to try. She even made a suggestion at the end of my labor that successfully moved me from being stalled to transitioning (and having my baby less than 30 minutes later!) without needing the assistance of medication. She confidently led us through the process, which was exactly what we didn't even know we needed! We recommend Sarah to anyone, regardless of what you want your labor to look like, if you'd like extra support, information, and encouragement throughout your pregnancy, labor, and postpartum experience!
Working with Sarah was such a pleasure. She's so professional: organized, easy to communicate with, and on top of all needs and requests. As a third time mom, I appreciated still being treated with the same care as somone new to all of this! Sarah has such a calm presence, it was absolutely wonderful to have her there at my son's birth. She provided quite support and helped to create a relaxed birthing atmosphere. I'd originally hired her to act as a "sibling" doula--in case my older sons woke up--but as they slept through the whole birth I was lucky to have her all to myself. She is truly wonderful, and I'd recommend her to anyone looking for a doula without reservation!
Sarah is an excellent doula! She is the most kind & professional person i have ever had the pleasure of working with & will again if/when me & husband have a second child. Sarah planned prenatal appointments at our home to go over any & all birthing anxieties, request, strengths & weaknesses. Sarah was my main support guide throughout my pregnancy. If i thought anything was concerning, she would give me logical ideas to discuss with my doctor or midwife over the phone rather than making an appointment for everything. I had a few days of prodromal labor. Sarah came to my home & labored intensely with me for hrs (7am-6pm+). We did multiple exercises to try to work my baby down & continue contractions. When we descided it was time to go to the hospital, Sarah did everything to make the room as comfortable as possible & helped the hospital staff honor my wishes that she kept in her pocket. Sarah was able to encourage me to keep my breath, utilize the labor tub & use a rebozo to pull for contractions. I was able to conquer a 100% natural vaginal birth. I firmly beleive i would have had a C-section had it not been for Sarah. She labored with me for almost 24 hrs. From 7am-11:50pm! Even after my baby was born, she helped us get food from a restaurant that would still deliver after midnight & saw us to our quarters after the delivery room. She continued to answer breastfeeding & postpartum questions i had afterwards + checked up on me daily for the 1st week postpartum. I Couldn't ask for a better doula!
Sarah is the Best Doula Ever!!! We first meet Sarah at the SOTJ Market and we instantly loved her vibration. She has been very thorough and has educated our family on various matters. She was an excellent support and a must have in labor and delivery! Our Family highly recommends her to assist with your birth! We can honestly say she stuck in there with us from the very beginning and brought nothing but good energy! She helped us to stay focus and helped us to work through each contraction. (She labored right along with us) We Love you Sarah! Blessings to you and thanks for sharing your amazing gift! #october7
Sn: She captures the most amazing memories with her handy dandy IPhone!
I had my baby at 30 weeks. Very scary emergency room delivery. Sarah wasn’t there because it happened so fast. But that didn’t keep her from being a part of my birthing experience. She came to the hospital and stayed with me in the nicu. My baby had to stay 70 days in the nicu. Sarah texted and visited and checked in with me constantly. She came to help even after we were discharged from the nicu. She went above and beyond. I would highly recommend her to anyone. She has a very calming demeanor and is a great doula!
Having Sarah as our doula was THE BEST decision and by far the best “baby gift” we gave ourselves. She is incredibly knowledgeable, supportive, kind, compassionate and goes above and beyond in every way! This was our third baby and I desperately wish we had her for the prior births. I had c-sections each time and wasn’t sure if we would do a VBAC or c-section for the third baby. Sarah was totally on board with whatever decision we made which was such a great feeling! We ended up trying for a VBAC but were unsuccessful at the last minute due to a knot in the cord. However, without Sarah I am confident we never would have made it as far as we did! Then, even with a c-section Sarah was instrumental in helping to calm anxiety, help us better communicate with doctors and nurses and make sure we had everything we needed before she left the hospital (many many hours later)! Our baby was also in the NICU and she was constantly checking in on us and offering tips and assistance in any way possible. Our family just adores her and can not emphasize enough what an incredible blessing she was during the experience and how much she helped with my anxiety. If you do one thing for yourself as a new parent—-hire Sarah as your doula!!!!
When Sinclair mentioned to me she wanted to chat with Sarah to support us as “her” Doula, of course I said yes (what Sinclair wants she gets!). I initially thought “great! she will have another hand to hold if we have a natural birth.”
I could not have been more wrong about my own complete misunderstanding of a Doula.
One thing I didn’t realize is that Sarah wasn’t just Sinclair’s Doula...she was OUR Doula. Sarah not only supported Sinclair through this process, but I truly felt that it was just as much “our” birth as it was hers (that’s not meant to downplay Sinclair’s superhero like ability and she has 100x more strength than I could ever hope to have...more-so to explain the support we received from Sarah).
She also supported us with ALL of our birth decisions, she’s not just for naturals births, she’s for all births. She wanted us to have an amazing experience no matter what we wanted and I honestly could say that I can’t imagine having another baby without her!
Sarah is amazing, understanding, so supportive to both of us and our family. We will DEFINITELY be calling her again when the time comes AND would gladly serve as a reference anytime!
Thank you so much to Sarah for helping us out when we needed it most. The husband was out of town so it was my first time alone with the baby and, to top it off, the babe was sick. Sarah came in and helped me so much. Everything from tidying house and cooking for me. And most importantly, entertaining baby so I could nap! My baby loved her calming presence and fell in love with Sarah instantly. Thank you again!
I have been putting off writing my review because I just can't find the right words to descirbe how priceless Sarah was for my family during our pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She's so professional and yet very personal. She provided us with unlimited resources and was available for every little question and concern I had. She was wonderful with my 7-year-old, who is very curious and wants to participate in everything. She was a huge support for my husband by giving him tips on how to support me during labor. I had a high-risk labor that went two weeks past due, and Sarah drove home from her family's beach vacation when I started having contractions. When I wanted to give up, she reminded me of my goals, and when I was terrified of pushing, she helped me remain calm and have the beautiful, natural birth we wanted. I simply cannot say enough about how wonderful Sarah helped our birth experience to be. If you have questions, feel free to email me to ask!
Sarah Hendricks was the best decision we could have made for our birth! She was knowledgeable, easy to talk to, calming, and so supportive. She is evreything you would want in a doula and more. She is also very easily accessible whenever you need her, and I felt like I could ask her anything at any time. We definitely plan on using her again for the future!
We were so fortunate to have someone recommend Sarah to us when we were looking for a doula. This was our second pregnancy, eight years after the birth of our first daughter, and our previous doula was no longer practicing. Sarah came to our house, for the first initial meeting, and I felt instantly at ease. She asked us about ourselves, our first birth, and made sure to include our curious daughter in this conversation. We decided to work together during this meeting and when she left my wife and I both agreed we felt she was the perfect choice. We met several more times, to work and she responded quickly any time we had a question pop up or wanted to know about something we had heard about. My wife had a high risk pregnancy and Sarah went above and beyond to help us prepare for any obstacle we might encounter down the road.
Sarah happened to be on vacation when my wife went into labor around 10 pm. We texted Sarah and she let us know that she was leaving and would be in touch with us as soon as she was home. My wife labored through the night and into the morning, updating Sarah on her progress. My wife hit a hard spell and told Sarah she wanted to throw in the towel on a natural birth but Sarah suggested she come over first to work with her some more. When she got here the contractions were on top of each other and we decided it best to drive to the hospital. When we walked into our room my wife was ready to push and was scared. Sarah helped us stay focused and was such an intergral part to keeping my wife moving forward. Her calmness and control also helped me to focus on helping my wife as well. Our second daughter was born twenty minutes after we got to the hospital and Sarah stayed with us until we were ready to be moved to our room. In the following few weeks, Sarah came to visit multiple times, to check on our wellness and make sure mom was doing ok. She even brought us dinner! Words cannot express how thankful we are for Sarah!
We absolutely LOVED working with Sarah. She is knowledgable, organized, and does her research on everything you may have questions about. She was our strength throughout my 33 hours of labor and we truly could not have done it without her. We would definitely recommend working with her to anyone that may need a doula.
Sarah is a fantastic doula and all-around wonderful person. She checked on me frequently throughout my pregnancy, was always there to answer my questions and calm my worries, and recommended great birth classes and other resources. During our two prenatal visits, she provided us with plenty of important information about childbirth and encouraged us to develop a birth plan suited to our particular needs. When it came time to give birth, I had some complications, and Sarah calmly and confidently supported us through everything that arose. I’m so glad she was at the hospital with us, and my husband said several times that he didn’t know what he would have done if she hadn’t been there. Moreover, she came all the way out to Farmville for our two postpartum visits – very helpful for first-time parents adjusting to life with a newborn. We are so grateful for all the ways that Sarah has helped us and are happy to call her a friend. We're definitely want her present for our next birth!
Sarah's support truly transformed the experience of birth for my family. I'd had a c-section with my previous pregnancy, and Sarah helped me throughout some unexpected complications to achieve the vbac that I'd wanted. Throughout my pregnancy, her presence was both professional and deeply compassionate. She truly provided support for my entire family. As she followed us to the hospital, in fact, my 23-month-old kept asking, "Where is Ms. Sarah?!!" I cannot recommend working with Sarah highly enough.
We had a wonderful experience with Sarah as our doula. Being our first pregnancy, we were interested in hiring a doula, in addition to our OB, that would be a familiar face in the delivery room to help coach through labor and help my husband be involved. She came across as being the most prepared and knowledgeable out of the 8-10 doulas we interviewed. Our experience started with 2 prenatal visits. During these visits, Sarah explained to us the various techniques she uses to help with labor and how she can help to manage any pain or fear. She not only helped prepare for our labor/birth, but also identified prenatal exercises to help us during the big day. During my pregnancy, I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia. Sarah followed up after each OB appointment and offered suggestions on how to best manage the condition. We ended up being induced in the evening and Sarah arrived the next morning once things started to pick up. I had an epidural and Sarah was instrumental to both me and my husband during this process, helping us to both stay calm. Due to circumstances, I needed a cesarean section and we were thankful that Sarah was allowed in the operating room with us. After our baby was born, we had 2 post-natal visits. During this time, Sarah offered a post-partum depression screening and made sure we were adjusting well. Sarah was extremely supportive from the day we selected her to after our baby was born. She consistently followed up with us and provided suggestions/articles for us. She was always available for our questions and even offered to be a resource for us throughout parenthood. We plan on utilizing Sarah again for our next birth and highly recommend her services to any expectant parent.
Love Sarah! We chose Sarah as our doula for the birth of our 2nd child. I had a goal of natural hypnobirth again but needed someone that could fully support me because my husband is so squeamish and wouldn't be in the delivery room. From start to finish Sarah never disappointed! She provided us with tons of information, came to our home where we made an affirmation banner, assisted in acupressure and never lost sight of my goal during delivery.
I had a stubborn baby that wasn't ready to make an appearance and because of some complications, was induced. Sarah walked the halls/stairs with me, did acupressure and held the shower head on my back for who knows how long.... Towards the very end , I did use my safe word for an epidural but she didn't let me give in and I quickly welcomed a baby boy after the request. Surprise gender reveal. Because of Sarah, I maintained the natural birth,I so wished for even with being induced.
Being a second time mom, this birth experience was more than I could imagine. If you're looking for someone that truly listens to your wishes, is extremely supportive, and treats you like a family member, please choose Sarah! She will forever be in our hearts.
Sarah is amazing and I'm so happy that she was my doula. I don't even know where to begin with how wonderful she is. I met her at a Meet the Doulas night and really felt a connection with her right away. She came to our home, so we could get to know each other and decide if she would be a good fit for us. She was so friendly and spent a lot of time answering all our questions. She also sent me multiple emails with a ton of information about birth and other helpful resources. I was impressed that she took the time to help me out before I even agreed to be her client. It just showed me how much she cared about me and being the best doula that she could be. She's also so organized and professional, which I just love! We only had one prenatal meeting because my daughter decided that she wanted to come early (at 35 weeks). Sarah met us at the hospital right away and as I was walking the hallways in the first stage of labor we had our second "prenatal meeting." She helped to create a nice atmosphere in the room with some twinkle lights, which I really liked. She was so helpful during labor and by my side the entire time. She also helped my husband--allowing him to run home to grab a couple things (she helped us create a list of items to bring to the hospital) and take breaks (during my labor). Sarah reminded me to stay hydrated, snack, take naps, go through my affirmations and she was by my side during every contraction. She performed hip squeezes, which were so helpful. I don't know what I would have done without her! She took pictures during the birth and wrote down birth notes, which are so great to have. After my daughter was born my husband was exhausted and took a nap, but she stayed with me and helped for 3 hours. We had two postnatal visits with her and she brought us a delicious meal. I can't wait to have another baby, so Sarah can be by my side. Sarah is fabulous and I feel blessed that she was there for the birth of my daughter. Thank you so much!!!
Sarah was a wonderful doula and my husband and I are so happy she was with us during the birth of our son. Sarah took time to get to know me and learn my birth preferences so she could know how to best support me. Since this was my third baby, I was already knowledgeable about a lot of the prenatal education topics she normally teaches, but we discussed everything and she really took the time to tailor our prenatal sessions to meet my individual needs. I really liked the web-based platform that she used to share materials, articles, and resources with me. During my labor, she was calm, nurturing, and supportive. She helped support both my husband and me. She helped guide him in different ways to comfort and support me. She repeated my birth affirmations to me, rubbed my back when I wanted, encouraged me, and helped me with positioning myself for comfort. She reminded me to relax my body and release the tension when she saw it and helped me stay calm and focused. After delivery, she helped us get comfortable in the bed and made sure we were settled before she left. She came for 2 visits post-partum and brought us a meal which was very helpful and delicous! SHe is such a kind, warm, loving and caring person and was wonderful to have as our birth doula. I would recommend her to any mom looking for doula support.
Sarah was our doula for the birth of our first child last November. She was absolutely perfect for us. We wanted someone who not only was mature and had experience but was thoughtful about that maturity and experience and how those attributes can help her clients. Sarah is professional, dedicated to helping not only the moms but the dads and whoever else is on your birth team, and refreshingly thorough. We had two (or three? it's hard to remember now) prenatal meetings where we went over our birth plan and got to know each other. I am the typical 'type-A' personality--I don't ask for help when I should and I don't like people tending to me. Sarah took the time to get to know me and my husband so that when the time came she totally understood and gave the exact amount of help that fit our personalities. She nudged me in the right direction when I needed and took a step back when I didn't. When my daughter had to be rushed to the NICU she went with my husband at our request and advocated for our post birth wishes for our daughter with her doctors. She also met with us twice postpartum, even though she was only required to do so once for her doula training program. She brought us a meal at our visit (just one more example of her using her experience as a mother to better help her clients!) and was very up-front and open about discussing any indications of post partum depression. Her candor in our post partum visits was comforting for me as a new mom. She also kept meticulous notes during the birth and gave us a copy so that we could write our daughter's birth story. Although I was skeptical in seeing the value of a doula before I met Sarah, I now know that a good doula is priceless! And Sarah was that doula for us!
Sarah was my doula for my first pregnancy. I was probably not a typical client for her because my husband was deployed overseas, which meant I would be partnerless for labor and delivery. I also knew I wanted a medicated birth. She did a great job accommodating these aspects and preparing me for a confident birth when I had felt so alone. The prenatal visits really nailed down my wants and needs for the birth; this included talking about my fears, plans for labor, as well as answering all sorts of questions. Sarah was very forthcoming with her own experiences, which was invaluable to me and helped establish a much closer relationship. She made herself available through multiple means of communication, including calls, texts, and emails. After each prenatal appointment, she would promptly send a recap email with additional information that I may have requested. The morning my contractions began, she was in constant contact and directed me through different positions to progress labor until we met at the hospital. A combination of anxiety and asthma made my delivery a challenge but Sarah was right by my side to help me stay calm, hydrated, and focused. Once my handsome little man was born, Sarah stayed late to ensure I was in a healthy mental and physical state, and comfortable with her leaving. She later sent me a bunch of great pictures she quietly took with her cell phone during my labor and delivery (I had agreed to this previously). I was able to send these pictures to my husband so he could experience the birth of his son. I am so thankful for Sarah and all she did to help me through a difficult but rewarding time in my life.
Sarah was my doula for my first child. Sarah did a couple of prenatal appts with us and got informed about everything to date about the pregnancy. She helped us create an affirmation banner as well. She also had me tell her about all my prenatal appts after that with my midwife. Before I went into labor, she stayed in touch with me asking how I was feeling and gave advice on what to do to help start labor, etc. Sarah met my husband and I at the birth center when my husband called her telling her I was in labor. Sarah was amazing! She helped me try different position to help cope with labor, which was really helpful. Swaying was what she found helped me most and she swayed with me until she had my husband take over so she could do other super helpful things. I was really hot during labor and she made sure to keep a cool hand towel behind my neck, which was a godsend. She made sure I had water and stayed hydrated. She knew my birth affirmations and recited them to me. I had a fast labor (only about an hour and a half) and Sarah stayed on top of everything! After our sweet baby girl arrived, she helped me get in bed and offered to get my husband and I food. She also held our baby girl for a while so we could take a nap! Sarah also helped to get baby to latch for breastfeeding. Sarah stayed with me while I got my sutures from my second degree tear as well. She stayed with us until about 4pm which was 2 hrs before we went home (arrived at the birth center at 9am, baby was born around 10am.) Sarah also came to our house for a couple post partum visits to ensure mom and baby were doing well. Sarah makes sure there are no signs of PP depression too. I could not have asked for a better doula and highly recommend you to consider her as your doula!
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