My mission is to successfully and comfortably help loving and caring mothers through the birthing process. I will be serving families in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.

I offer two prenatal visits to discuss pregnancy concerns, answer questions, discuss birth plans, and goals for labor and delivery. I offer personalized childbirth education to supplement your childbirth classes or “refresher” information for families who have given birth previously. Full labor assistance for your hospital or home birth, including physical and emotional support, comfort techniques, and offering informed options for different laboring situations.  I also provide the family with photography during and after birth as the family chooses. Assistance is baby care and initial breastfeeding if mother is choosing to nurse. I provide my families with an original birth story at the postpartum visit.

Qualifications:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse for 30+ years. OB Mother and Baby hospital experience for the past 22 years
  • Birth Doula training by Midwest Doula trainers in 2009; currently finishing paperwork for certification by DONA
  • Trained doula for HypnoBirthing
  • National Certification for Therapeutic Massage Therapy and Bodywork
  • WI State licensed Massage Therapist Certified in Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum massage
  • Member of American Massage Therapy Association
  • Reiki Level 2 Practitioner
  • Child Passenger Safety Technician
  • Taught sibling preparation classes at local hospital from 1996-2006
  • Mother and Baby care preparation and car seat safety classes at local hospital from 1996-2008
  • CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation certified

Personal Notes: My husband and I have been married for over 30 years. I am a mother of 3 children whom were hospital born. I have successfully breastfeed all 3 children ranging in 3 months in length to 1 year.

I have always been drawn to new mothers and babies and the caring of them. That has been prevalent in my nursing career and has now expanded my desire to support the new family through the birthing process. Your goals are my goals!

The miracle of birth has always fascinated me. The empowering of the women giving birth and the bond between baby, mother, and partner continues to amaze me. Each birth I attend has left an undullable impression in my heart as well as in the memories of the families I doula for.

Benefits of a Doula:

Medical research has shown that the presence of a doula:

  • Reduces a women’s likelihood of having pain medication,
  • Increases her satisfaction with her birth,
  • And increases her chances for spontaneous birth,
  • Helps her feel better about her partner, her baby and her experience,
  • Helps fathers and partners interact more during labor and birth,
  • Is an extra pair of knowledgeable hands,
  • Is a resource for information about pregnancy, birth and parenting,
  • Stays with the laboring mother through her entire labor,
  • Works for the mother, not the care provider or the hospital,
  • Helps to create an environment where mothers and their families can labor comfortably and effectively,
  • Supports fathers and partners so they can concentrate on nurturing and caring,
  • Works in hospitals and homes,
  • Helps create positive birth memories.

Research has not found any downside to doulas.

 

Testimonials

Choosing Sarah as our doula was the best decision Darcey and I made when putting together the birth plan for the arrival of our first child, Austin, in April. When my water broke very early on a Thursday morning, Sarah was only a phone call away. Thanks to Sarah and the knowledge she shared with us during our prenatal visit, we knew we didn’t need to rush to the hospital. Instead she came to the house and helped me relax and even fall back asleep while waiting for contractions to begin. We finally headed to the hospital when my labor started to progress. With Sarah as our doula, my husband and I had complete confidence that I would be able to have a calm and as natural as possible delivery. Once my labor intensified Sarah was amazing at keeping me calm and comfortable. She used massage and breathing techniques that kept me relaxed throughout the long, 15-hour labor. In many ways, Sarah was as much a support to my husband as she was to me. My husband found that having Sarah there helped him be a better coach and also allowed for him to have a break when he needed one. Reflecting back on the entire process, I’m sure that the experience would not have been nearly as positive without the wonderful support Sarah provided. I look forward to her involvement as our doula when our family grows.

Megan, Darcey and Austin H., Madison, WI