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Dawn Star Sarahs-Borchelt

Larger Circle

Website: http://www.largercircle.org

Phone: (301) 283-4545

Birth Fee: $1200

Postpartum Rate: $20 to $40

Fee Details: Depending on distance travelled.

Birth Doula Experience: 9 years and 68 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 1 years and 4 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Birthing From Within - Certified Doula

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 0 to 3 births and 0 to 1 postpartum families

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

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Birthing From Within

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Cesarean birth
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Plus size mothers
  • Single parents
  • Twins
  • VBAC

Special Services Offered

  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly casting
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Parenting consulting
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Member of the Philly Doula Coop

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Dawn Star Sarahs-Borchelt

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Katerina Higginbotham

As a first-time mom in my late 30s, I certainly had a few anxieties about giving birth. My expectation of having a doula was to have someone who has an extensive knowledge about the process of birth, who would be an advocate for me at the hospital so that I could adhere to my birth plan as much as possible, someone who is cool, calm, and collected, and someone that would be able to provide me with emotional support when I am vulberable, nervous, and in pain. I realize  it was a lot to ask and my hope was that I would find someone who would be as close of a match as possible.

Dawn not only exceeded all of my expectations but she offered so much more. Her calm disposition and extensive knowledge and experience not only as a doula but also as a mom made me feel confident, calmed my anxieties and got me excited about all the expected and the unexpected that comes with giving birth. As it came closer to my due date, Dawn was extremely quick to respond to my texts and emails and she always answered all of my questions in great detail. She was an excellent source of reading resources on any given topic and she always offered her honest, unbiased opinions.

Dawn checked on me several times a day once my due date came and always had a backup for when she was with another client just in case I went into labor. She just has a way of making you feel like she is always there and she really is, even though she may physically be on her way to another mom who is in labor. 

Posted 10/26/2017

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Veronika Paluch

I hadn't used a doula when I had my first child. For many reasons, it was a really terrible birthing experience, and I ended up with a c-section and without an advocate throughout the process. When I found out I was pregnant with #2, I knew I wanted a doula this time around. I chose Dawn Star because of her experience, work with VBAC mothers, and calm presence. She was very communicative throughout my pregnancy, always checking in. I had an very long labor and she was there for every step of the way. Having someone with us who could be our advocate was reassuring and took a lot of stress off of us. I highly recommend her!

Posted 6/5/2017

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Korilynn Orth

I met Dawn when she arrived at my home as our back up doula. After already laboring for almost 19 hours and feeling like it wasn’t going anywhere, it was disappointing to learn that the doula my husband and I had been working with leading up to that day had another client in labor. However, as soon as Dawn entered our home she made my husband and myself feel at ease and worked with me to help get me as comfortable as possible. Within a few hours we made our way to the hospital. She stayed by our side throughout the night providing answers and insight to what was happening, presenting and explaining different options that would be available to us to help progress labor if we wanted, and continually offered comforting words and encouragement. Our son was born that morning and we had successfully had his labor and delivery without any medication or interventions. I give so much credit to Dawn as our doula for helping us obtain this goal!

Dawn remained with us and helped get him off to a good start with breastfeeding. Even after she left that morning, she continued to check back in over the next few days to see how we were doing and answer any questions that we had. She even sent us pictures she’d taken while I was laboring and of our family of three immediately after birth. Pictures were the last thing on my mind when our son was born and I’m so happy that she captured those special moments.

Both my husband and I agree we are happy that we hired a doula to be with us at labor and delivery, and we both appreciate Dawn showing up at the last minute to support us through such a special occasion in our life!

Posted 5/6/2017

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Kathryn Cates

Dawn Star was the best part of our birth experience after the baby! She was an invaluable and calming presence both in the weeks leading up to the birth and during the birth itself. She instinctively knew what techniques would speak to my own charmingly neurotic anxiety and worked beautifully in concert with my partner to support me. Her wisdom in birth and parenting is obvious, and she radiates competence and infectious confidence. Although my goal was a natural birth, when things went unexpectedly dramatic she was an incredibly reassuring presence, without whom my panic level would undoubtedly been a lot higher (certainly good for neither me nor the baby). She was a pillar of emotional support during a difficult labor. We love her.

Posted 4/17/2017

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Casey Cohen

I knew I wanted a doula and talked to a few before I met DawnStar. DawnStar came to my home (which was great)! And we just talked. Right away I felt extremely comfortable with her and knew she was a great fit for me.We went over my birth plan and talked about labor and delivery. I didn't really know what to expect having a doula but DawnStar exceeded my expectations. She was there for me and got me anything I needed and made sure I was comfortable and happy. My husband jokes that she was able to get me water before he could even move. He loved her just as much as I did. She also taught me that if I can do this I can do anything. I have bad anxiety and she has helped ease that. I still think of her daily when I'm feeling anxious and how she has helped me overcome it. She even caught my puke in a pan with only a seconds noticE several times. If I sill lived close by I would want Dawnstar in the room with me again and again!

Posted 3/31/2017

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Ann Marie Snyder

I don't think there are enough words to express our gratitude and thanks for everything Dawn Star did for us during my pregnancy and labor.  I had a plan for how I expected my birth experience to go, and when it got completely derailed, she helped both me and my husband stay focused and positive. Dawn Star was the calming presence that we both needed in a time of stress, and I know my birth experience would have been completely different (for the worse) if she wasn't there with us. When my husband was with my baby during his first few minutes, and I couldn't go to him, she held my hand and helped me stay positive. I could have had a very negative experience during labor and when we brought my son home if it weren't for Dawn Star being there for us. 

Posted 3/25/2017

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Laura Eosso

Dawn Star was our doula for the birth of our first child, and she was excellent! Eventhough we had taken a separate childbirth class, our prenatal meetings were really helpful. We went over plans, expectations, and strategies for labor and delivery. She was patient and willing to speak to each of our questions. As my due date approached, Dawn Star checked in regularly. I wound up being induced at 42 weeks, so I labored entirely at the hospital. Dawn Star checked in as I labored and knew when was the right time for her to come (if left to my own, I would have called her too late!). I still had hours to go when she arrived, but she was a calming, reassuring presence throughout my labor. She gently made helpful suggestions from time to time to help labor progress. Once labor really got going, things were kind of a blur for me, but I know that my husband appreciated her presence and support. I would up getting an epidural, so Dawn Star and my husband each held once of my legs!

 

My labor had more ups and downs than we were expecting, and having Dawn Star there with us made such a difference! We could rely on her knoweldge and expertiese with each new challenge. I would highly recommend Dawn Star!

Posted 3/19/2017

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Kate Lenahan

I was interested in obtaining a VBAC. The reason was that I wanted to avoid C-section recovery while having to care for a newborn again. Not fun! 

It soon became clear that my OBGYN practice was not going to be the best bet for achieving this goal.  We decided to switch to a midwife and hire a doula.

Dawn was very comforting and knowledgable during my pregnancy.  She has had four kids, after all! We talked about my plan and practiced pain relief techniques.  I wasn't planning a medication free birth, but wanted to get through early labor without an epidural to prevent risk of stalled labor.  I actually still use those techniques in my day to day life, such as when I stub a toe, hit my funny bone or my kids are just generally screaming! 

My VBAC was successful.  It was such a different experience than my first birth.  Still, there were challenges.  My epidural wore off, leaving me uncontrollably shaking.  I was cramping and couldn't have Advil right away.  I was tired and hungry.  My husband and mom were watching over my daughter, who was being measured and weighed.  During this time, Dawn fed me graham crackers and gave me sips of Gatorade.  Invaluable! 

I highly recommend Dawn.  She is a great doula and a great person all around. 

 

 

Posted 3/9/2017

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Carolyn Anita

Dawn Star was an amazing resource and support for me and my husband.  She is a calm and reassuring presence in the midst of what can be a very overwhelming experience.  I am not sure that I would have survived 2.5 hours of pushing as intact, physically and psychologically, without her!  She literally held my hand every step of the way.  My husband was also extremely grateful for her knowledge, her support, and her serenity throughout the labor and delivery.  I also really appreciated her follow up visit 10 days postpartum.  I wholeheartedly recommend her services.  My husband and I plan to work with Dawn Star again if we are lucky enough to have another child.

Posted 3/5/2017

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Melissa Black-Simmons

I would definitely recommend Dawn Star Sarahs-Borchelt and use her if I were to give birth again! I was induced 5 weeks early due to pre-emclampsia and we missed our final pre-birth appointment, but still worth every penny to have her there with us. We talked about my concerns with ym blood preassure pre-birth and she was very comforting and informative, considering I knew in advance that I may not get the birth I wanted. She even recommended a great hypobirthing class, that was very helpful. I was very nervous about the birth and having Dawn to talk to really helped. 

She was great in the delivery room helping with massage, and supporting my husband and Mom. She also walked me to the bathroom multiple times, supporting my desire NOT to have a catheter, despite beginning hooked up to an IV and comunicated my wishes to the doctors effectively when I decided that I did actually want an epidural. When they could not bring it right away, she got them to stop the pitocin, at my request, until they could give me one. 

She followed up with a home visit after the birth and brought some soothing herbs and brownies! Overall, I felt very well cared for, and well supported, and even though I had to be induced, was able to give birth without a c-section, or any preassure to receive one. 

Posted 3/4/2017

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David Roth

Our experience with Dawn Star was perfect.  Her calm, experienced demeanor was exactly what we were looking for.  She supported us in the way we wanted to be supported and had no agenda of her own.  She put us at ease, provided us with a very helpful and grounding prep-for-birth session, and answered all of our questions.  Our son's birth got very scary in the initial moments after birth.  We were so glad that Dawn Star was with us.  I was able to be present with our son, knowing that Dawn Star was with my wife.  I hope for all parents that the birth experience is safe and uneventful, but in those cases where it's not it is wonderful to have someone experienced like Dawn Star there with you.  We will ask Dawn Star to be our doula again if we have another child and I cannot recommend her strongly enough!

Posted 2/28/2017

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Fei Xue

I had a wonderful experience with Dawn as my birth doula.  She came and met with me twice beforehand to go through each step and expectations during delivery.  She was methodical, knowledgeable, and spent as much time as I need.  When the time came, she arrived at the hospital at an ungodly hour, and was such a calming influence throughout the process.  She also helped to positition me in different ways to help alleviate pain and facilitate the delivery (things that the doctor and nurses never did).  She was also an advocate for me with the doctor and nurses, pushing back on the medical team when she felt I was being rushed and making alternative suggestions to me based on my wishes.  The whole process went so much better because she was there and I truly appreciated her presence.  I would absolutely use Dawn again if there is a next time and recommend her wholeheartedly.  

Posted 2/20/2017

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Elizabeth Martin

Dawn Star met with me and my husband before the birth and helped walk us through what to expect at birth and things to consider we would not have thought about. I needed to be induced so she was able to give some advice about that process and when to do it so I felt more confident we were doing the right thing. She is someone who can ask questions and offer options, but was always respectful and clear that these were our choices. I was really glad she there at the hospital to help advocate for what we told her we wanted, but might not have remembered to request ourselves under pressure. It made it much less stressful to know someone was looking out for us and to, literally, have a shoulder to lean on in labor. She also met with us again after the birth and again I was glad to have a rational mind to help consider what was best for baby and me. I generally found her to be well informed and experienced. 

Posted 2/18/2017

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Liz Rees-Jones

Dawnstar was very thoughtful in her approach to helping us through the last weeks of pregnancy and labor. She sought to complement and support our own attitudes and goals. As we entered labor, she brought a feeling of calm to the room which helped me to feel in control of what is by its nature an uncontrollable experience. I felt very grateful for her support of both me and my husband as labor continued into its second day. For a mother-to-be looking for a calm, supportive presence during labor, Dawnstar has my recommendation and my gratitude.

Posted 2/18/2017

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Candice Harris

Having Dawn be our doula was one of the best decisions we made during my pregnancy. She listened to both of our concerns and desires, kept us focused and calm when labor really kicked in (and when anxiety got the best of me!), and most importantly, looked out for us. The nurses and doctors at the hospital were focused on our baby, and with Dawn there, I felt cared for and supported as well. It wasn't just during the birth that she helped us, though. She answered so many questions we had before the delivery and then after our baby was born, she made sure we were in good shape and even helped me start breastfeeding. Dawn was an essential part of making the birth experience/journey smooth and positive. 

Posted 1/17/2017

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Ayanna Perry

Dawn was a great support for us. My husband and I live pretty far from our family  (1 to 7 hours) and we needed to be sure that we would have extra support for the birth of our first child. When we met Dawn she listened to what we needed and put us at ease with the process of giving birth. She gave us some good resources, talked to us about our birth plan, and tried to give us a realistic picture of what our birth could be like. She also talked with me quite regularly leading up to the birth and answered any questions that I had before the birth. The drawing that we did together and breathing activity was very useul for me.  We were induced so Dawn did not come to hospital when I arrived, but we were in regular contact to decide when it made sense for her to join us.  When she arrived, she checking in with my husband and mother and joined in with the support. She even took pictures to share with us after birth. She alslo brought us yummy goodies when she came by for our postpartum visit. I knew when we got pregnant that I wanted to work with a doula, and I am happy that we chose Dawn. 

Posted 12/29/2015

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Liz Hackman

I met Dawn through Main Line Doulas and she attended the birth of my first child in June 2014 at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Although I had always planned a hospital birth, I was interested in avoiding unnecessary medical interventions, and with Dawn's help and support was able to have a completely natural birth after only 14 hours of labor. While Dawn didn't wave a magic wand to make that happen, I am confident that my labor and birth experience would have been much different without her. Both my husband and I are very pragmatic, and I was initially concerned that there would be a culture clash (for lack of a better term) when working with a doula. However, Dawn was highly professional and had no agenda beyond making my birth experience as comfortable as possible. She offered advice and suggestions both before and during labor, but never in a pushy or preachy manner. Her calm and confident presence made labor significantly less scary and stressful for me and my husband. During labor I did not want to be touched, and wanted to be left alone in a dark quiet room. Dawn kept me (really my husband) company while I labored at home, and helped decide when it was time to go to the hospital. At the hospital she helped recreate the safe and comfortable environment of home and coached me through transition. The maternity ward was especially busy that night, with the result that we were more or less forgotten about until I had to push and Dawn flagged down someone to deliver - this was actually a blessing, but only because we had Dawn's support and experience. Pushing was very fast, but both the baby and I had some slight complications afterwards. As we had agreed at the prenatal meeting, my husband stayed with the baby and Dawn held my hand while they got the bleeding under control and put me back together. That hour after delivery alone was worth the cost of Dawn's services.

I whole-heartedly recommend Dawn and hope that she will attend my future births as well.

Posted 4/29/2015

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Colleen Frens

Dawn Star is a great Doula!  She made my husband and I very comfortable with her during her two home visits before the birth.  She has a very calming demeanor, which is very helpful during labor!  It was very helpful To be able to communicate with her throughout labor before she arrived at my house, especially Since this was my first child.  Dawn Star's presence gave me the extra boost I needed to resist the epidural, which was my goal for Labor!

Most importantly, Dawn Star was a huge help to me, my husband, and our family after I delivered my baby. I had a large hematoma and a lot of bleeding that required operation within an hour after giving birth. Dawn Star was extremely helpful to help us evaluate the medications the doctors were recommending.  I was in a lot of pain and mentally not in a place to ask the important questions. She also remained with my family while I was in the operating room for several hours.  

I highly recommend Dawn Star!

Posted 4/19/2015

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Jamie Koch

Great doula!  Very friendly, comforting and supportive.  I ended up needing a C-Section and before I went in for surgery she walked me through what would be happening and eased my mind.  She then met me in the recovery room to help initiate breastfeeding.  I would recommend her!

Posted 4/14/2015

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Peggy Bro

Dawn Star was my doula for my first babylast September. Even though I had planned a home birth,  I ended up in the hospital due to unforseen medical reasons.  Dawn star was with me from when I entered the hospital until I gave birth, supporting me along the way. She was very attentive to my needs, without being intrusive, taking care of all the little things such as drinking water, crackers, blankets when I was cold, etc. She also came to visit us once we were home. I appreciated having her by my side. My husband and I also took the "Birthing from Within" Classes with her and that helped me to focus during labor. I recommend her classes to supplement her supportive care during labor. 

Posted 4/12/2015

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Laura Muraco

My husband and I met Dawn Star as the facilitator of our local "Birthing from Within" workshop, she was so excellent that we were very secure with our choice to ask her to be our Doula! I am very happy to relay that our intuitions were correct! Dawn was a true blessing to have in our lives and an integral part of our "home-birth team”. Dawn’s presence was equally strong and grounded as it was gentle and nurturing, and I have full confidence that she has the sensitivity and ability to adapt to whatever a particular family's needs may be. Dawn was wonderful throughout the entire process of birth; she guided me by answering any questions I had before the birth, during the birth her presence was very soothing and encouraging, after the birth she helped by cleaning up and making everyone food, and she came for a visit after the baby was born to bring us a meal and see how we all were doing! Dawn was also excellent to have as a resource over the phone after the baby was born to ask questions! I was very grateful to have her to call and talk to her about things that I didn't want to ask anyone else. Dawn is very approachable and I felt extremely comfortable asking her anything, also her wisdom is extensive and balanced (she has had four babies of her own- so she knows babies and birth). I lovingly recommend Dawn Star to anyone looking for a compassionate, wise and capable Doula, she was an absolute blessing not only for me but for my entire family.

Posted 10/16/2013

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Ana Williams

Dawn helped me through my first labor.  She was understanding and sensitive.  When the contractions began, I felt nervous, and was very relieved when she showed up.   She is responsible and reliable, and great at supporting the physiological needs of birthing. 

Posted 8/18/2013

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Maria Elena Prieto

More than a testimonial, this is yet another oportunity to thank you, Dawn, for holding my hand and my spirit through one of the most challenging and beautiful journeys in my life. Your wisdom, your kindness, your compassion, your sense of humor,  and your words of encouragement still resonate in my heart, almost after 5 years of the B-Day. Your presence helped me find a sense of peace, balance and quiet strength, when I needed it most.  And for that, and for so much more, I will always be thankful.

Posted 8/10/2013

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