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Sara Thompson

Warm Hands Birth Services

Website: https://www.warmhandsbirthservices.com/

Phone: (925) 339-5960

Birth Fee: $2000

Postpartum Rate: $45 to $55

Fee Details: Fee depends on location, hours, and number of babies. www.warmhandsbirthservices.com

Birth Doula Experience: 8 years and 80 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 8 years and 120 families served

Doula Training

  • DONA International, March 2011
Type of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula

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

Postpartum limits/restrictions: Offering postpartum nights through November 2019. Up to 7 nights/week with my doula partner. www.warmhandsbirthservices.com
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I've supported parents at Alta Bates (Berkeley), ValleyCare (Pleasanton), Kaiser(Walnut Creek, San Leandro, Modesto, Oakland, and Antioch), Sutter (Tracy, Antioch), Washington(Fremont), San Ramon Regional MC, Alta Bates Summit MC, and several others.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Modesto Natural Birth Place and Pacifica Birth Center.
Attends home births? Some Home Births

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Pending

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Special needs babies
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Infant massage education
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Parenting consulting
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Breastfeeding advocate and educator. Actively involved with Mt Diablo Doula Community, Central Valley Doula Community, La Leche League, moms groups, and with birthing and new families in many other capacities.

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for Sara Thompson

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Trevasia Venel

I had the honor of having Sara attend both of my labors. This woman is the Michael Jordan of doulas! She is so warm and knowledgeable, but most importantamtly, she adores what she does. She helped me get back on track when my anxiety started to creep in and her breathing technique eased my pain. She reminded me that I was capable and deserving of a beautiful labor. She empowered me! Sara is like the sister you never had, but always dreamed of having. She is everything! Hell, Sara for President 2020! 

Posted 2/22/2019

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Mai

Sara was kind, gentle and extremely knowledgeable about babies. She was respectful of our wishes and non judgemental. 

We are so thankful she was with us for three months.  

Posted 2/19/2019

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Amanda Wilson

Sara was amazing! It was great to have someone we trusted to watch our newborn while we were able to get some sleep. We felt very comfortable with Sara, and she took great care of our baby. She was also helpful with any questions we had, and helped us to set up a sleep routine for baby. Would highly recommend Sara!

Posted 2/14/2019

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Carol Meyers

Sara is a wonderful, warm, and caring person. She cared for my newborn son when I was  having a very hard time with a postpartum anxiety disorder and saw us through some hard times, and she was ultimately there to rejoice when things got better. She was loving, kind, and non-judgmental through the whole process. She was also super-sweet with our older child. I cannot recommend her services any more highly.

Posted 4/23/2016

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Camille Mar

Inviting Sara to help with the birth of our son was absolutely one of the best decisions we ever could have made. I knew even before I got pregnant that it was very important to me to deliver naturally and that I wanted to do everything in my power to make that happen.
The first time we met Sara it felt so comfortable, like we had known her forever. She is so calm, reassuring, and knowledgable. She talked us through all of our options and helped us feel prepared for what we would face at the hospital. She was so patient and supportive during my (very long) labor and helped me to feel confident and strong throughout the entire process. She even grabbed our video camera to film those beautiful first moments that we first met our baby which is something I will be forever grateful for. I can't imagine what it would have been like if Sara wasn't there to support my husband and I during the birth of our first baby. There is no doubt in my mind that Sara will be with us for the births of all of our children.
Thank you so much Sara! We love you!

Posted 5/19/2015

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Linda Eisenberg

When I got pregnant with my second child I started considering hiring a Doula but to be honest I didn’t think it would be such a significant decision and boy was I wrong. My husband and I knew that we wanted a natural and unmedicated birth experience and we wanted a Doula that would help us not only with the labor but also support us every step of the way. I feel very lucky to have found Sara, she is a very caring, professional and supportive Doula. We met with Sara a few times before the birth, where we got to know her and told her what was important to us for this birth experience. During the last weeks of my pregnancy when things started to get stressed due to the baby being late and the threat of induction she was always available to talk, to listen to my concerns and offer advice and information so that my husband and I could make informed decisions. She was with us during a very intense labor, she coached me through the times when I didn’t think I could keep going, she was great at helping with the horrible back labor. Thankfully I was able to have my daughter without medications and I know I would not have being able to do it with Sara’s support and help. I highly recommend Sara, if I had another child I would gladly have her as my Doula again!

Linda

Posted 5/18/2015

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Sapna Protheroe

Sara was such a great support for both of my labors. My first was an emergency c section and she was very supportive and informative. She was making me feel very comfortable and massaging me while my husband was able to take a quick nap. For my second labor, it was my make up labor, and Sara was a big part of it. She was always so quick to respond to all my texts and had great answers to my questions. She made me feel so confortable going into both of my births and I will always cherish those times with her. I highly recommend her as your doula.

Posted 5/11/2015

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Casey Rae Henshaw

Saraa has the patience of a saint! She's been SO supportive throughout my entire pregnancy, but even more so in the last few days as my body is working so hard to labor, and miss Stella is working hard to stay put.


I've had several "THIS IS IT, LETS GO" contractions in the last few days and she has stood by my side the entire time rubbing my back as I breathe through unbearable contractions, squeezing my hips while I squat in pain, and reminding me to keep breathing when I'm clearly wanting to give up and hold my breath.


Thankful for an amazing friend like Sara and I hope more mamas get to have Sara by their side as they embark the most incredible journey into motherhood!

Posted 11/17/2014

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Tracy Saillard Groholski

We are first time parents and hired Sara as our doula to help with the birth. She has been professional, responsive, and warm the entire time. She is incredibly calming, which helped ease my fears before the labor and during. She was a great support to my husband during the labor, helping him know how to help me. She also prepped us for what was coming up next in the labor, giving us more time to think about the next decision and feel comfortable that we were not rushed into making a decision. She has been responsive for every question and very helpful. I highly recommend her!

Posted 8/26/2014

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Alexia Pereira

I know this is late and long overdue! I truly appreciate the work Sara provided for us when it came time to delievering our first born baby girl, Harper. We tried for 2.5 years through many different fertility treatments to have our bundle of joy. It wasnt until December of 2012 that our second IVF treatment did we know we would have the best experience of our lives!Once we found out we were pregnant we focused on making sure we stayed pregnant and everything went smoothly. We forgot to think about our birth plan like so many forget. We were busy figuring out names, color of her room, and what car seat we would bring her in. It wasn't until a couple months before she was born did we sit down and think about how we wanted to give birth.  Like a ton of bricks we realized we were uneducated and didn't know a thing about birth except for what was engrained in our minds from watching many tv and movies. So after reading books and watching independent movies we realized it was all backwards. We wanted what was best for our family and our little girl. With literally a month out we contacted Sara and she was able to meet with us within that week of contact with her. She stayed in contact with us the entire time incase we needed to change anything and we sat down and talked about what we wanted. Very quickly we knew what we wanted. Our minds wanted to have a birth at home or birthing facility other than a hospital but with only a month out until my due date many of the places we called were not taking such new clients that close. When the time came for our daughter to be born Sara went above and beyond the call of duty!She was their for us as soon as we called her and she was walking the neighborhood with us making sure I would breathe and my wife Sarah would be calm. Once we went to the hospital Sara made sure everything went smoothly all while making sure my needs were being met.I just want to say one thing and that is Sara is amazing and worth it! We love her!

Posted 7/31/2014

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Esmarij Hoff

Sara was our night doula for the first 7 weeks after our baby girl was born.

Having Sara be part of our family 3 nights a week was a wonderful experience for everyone!

Mom got some much needed rest knowing our newborn was in good hands.

Sara is a warm, loving, calm person who clearly chose the right profession :-)

She is very experienced and knowledgeable. No matter how you approach caring for your newborn Sara is supportive and has great advice.

Sara not only made sure baby was well taken care of but also offered advice about breastfeeding and several other questions that come to a moms mind after baby is born!

I felt totally at ease having her at our house. She provided comfort and great care in a very hectic time.

I highly recommend Sara!!

Posted 5/12/2014

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Brittany Vargas

Sara from Warm Hands Birth Services was my doula for the November 2012 birth of my first daughter. Sara was a great support during my prenatal, birth, and postpartum. She supported me and my husband while I labored at home then accompanied us to the hospital. At the hospital she was my voice when I did not have one, she did a wonderful job ensuring that I knew all of my options when making any decisions, no matter how big or small. Sara also ensured that my husband and parents were kept in the loop. Because of Sara’s support and knowledge I had the natural unmediated I wanted. Sara also took my placenta home with her form the hospital and encapsulated it. Sara brought me my placenta and helped me with breastfeeding. I highly recommend Sara for any doula services.

Posted 4/12/2013

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