Begin your Birthing Journey...
Begin from a place of confidence in your body, in your partner, and in your baby. Feel supported, cared for, listened to. Know your options and choose without fear of judgement.
As a birth doula, I accompany women in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. I draw on my professional training, knowledge, and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort, and (as needed) communication with the staff to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions as they arise in labor. I can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning, and other techniques for comfort. I am your advocate but I do not speak for you. I am independent and self-employed. As your doula, I am working for you, not your caregiver or hospital. My role can play out in a variety of different ways depending on the type of support that is needed. I will follow your lead and carefully sense when you require space and privacy.
Giving birth is such a remarkably profound experience, which deserves careful thought into who you decide to share it with. My wish for you is to choose a doula that is the right fit for you and the birth you envision.
Please feel free to contact me for a free consultation to see if we are a good match!
Doula Support Includes
Two Prenatal Visits
Phone & Email Support
Two Weeks On-Call
Labour & Birth Support
Use of TENS Unit
Use of birth pool
* See details below
Prenatal Visits are an important part of my support to you as your Doula. They are not intended to replace prenatal classes, but incorporate birth education elements. We will discuss and come up with your birth vision, which you can share with anyone who will be invited to your birth, as a way to communicate your preferences and wishes. This time will also be used to learn about and practice various comfort measures that can be used during labour. If you have a partner who intends to play a large support role in your birth, learning these comfort techniques in a hands on environment will be very valuable. You will also have access to a TENS machine during your labour at no extra cost.
Prenatal visits are also a great chance for us all to get to know one another on a deeper level and continue our initial connection leading up to the birth.
If you have attended my Birth Journey Prenatal Classes, you might choose to forego one of your prenatal visits in exchange for an extra postpartum visit. Some clients enjoy this option because we have already spent so much time learning together during the classes.
Phone & Email Support
Phone and Email Support is encouraged as soon as our agreement for service has been made. I enjoy getting updates about the progression of your pregnancy and getting questions and texts throughout our time together is expected.
I will remain on-call for your birth beginning at the 38th week of your pregnancy and until your baby is born. During this time I will not schedule any commitments that cannot be missed. Of course, sometimes life happens. If for some reason I cannot attend your birth, I will provide experienced and trusted backup that shares my philosophy of birth, to ensure that you have a doula in attendance. If you would like to meet one of the back up doulas I use, that can definitely be arranged!
Labour & Birth Support
I will be by your side during your labour and birth as soon as you feel you require my support and will remain with you for approximately 2 hours after the baby is born to ensure you are settling in ok and to provide breastfeeding support if needed. If you choose to have a home birth, you will have use of one of my birth pools. I will include the liner for the pool as well as help set it up and take it down.
A few days following the birth we will schedule a postpartum visit. I will come to you, provide breastfeeding support if needed, go over the timeline of the birth if you have questions or gaps that need filled, and discuss your experience and my role as your doula. I also provide other postpartum supports as an add on to my doula services.
Word on the Street
Her nurturing energy was exactly what was needed...
“After having Sarah participate in the birth of my Son, I can honestly say that the role of a Doula is tremendously important and underrated. Sarah’s nurturing energy in the room was exactly what was needed. Throughout my labor Sarah had a way of reading my body language and cues extremely intuitively. She guided me through various positions that flowed beautifully and kept me calm and focused. In addition to being fully dedicated to keeping me as comfortable as possible, Sarah was also a tactful mediator when tensions were running high!”
~ Denise (Richmond).
Thank you for all the support, love, and guidance...
“Sarah, I would just like to say what an honour it was to have you in our lives for the birth of our daughter. Especially for all the support, guidance, and love that you've shared with our new little family. Thank you Sarah for the time you've given, knowing this is something you love and believe in. I'm grateful to your partner, your kids, and your support system for giving of themselves to allow you to do this good work. I know time away from your kids and partner is a gift you’ve all given, so thank you for that! You change lives in such a good way!”
Wendell – Delta
She just knew how to read me...
“She knew just when to step in to assist, encourage and comfort me but also knew when to give me my space and I never had to verbalize it…she just knew how to read me. Sarah’s presence was equally valued by my husband who felt that she really supported, respected and emphasized the importance of his role throughout the process. Neither of us can imagine Sarah having not been a part of our Son’s birth and for the birth of our next child we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
~ Emily (Vancouver)
I don't care what kind of birth you have...a homebirth, scheduled cesarean, epidural hospital birth, or if you birthed alone in the woods next to a baby deer. I care that you had options, that you were supported in your choices, and that you were respected."
~ January Harshe