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Meet your Birth Professional – Sarah Davis, Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator

By Kelly on April 15, 2014 in Meet Your Birth Professional with No Comments

I want every woman to know that whether they have given birth years ago, or whether you are expecting the arrival of your very first child–the birth of your baby was, is and will be BEAUTIFUL.  Every birth is a miracle and thus, every birth is beautiful.

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Hi! My name is Sarah Davis and I have been working as a doula since 2008 and teaching natural childbirth classes since 2007.  I am also a wife and a mother to 3 awesome kids (2 girls and a little boy).  It was through my own birth experiences that I came to realize what I wanted to do with the rest of my life: to support women as they journey through pregnancy, birth, and the early years of mothering.  I absolutely LOVE my job.

So, to give you a little background about me…I graduated from Virginia Tech with my Bachelor’s in Nutrition. My senior project focused on nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding. After graduating, I married my college sweetheart and we moved to California for 4 years. While living in California, our first daughter was born in 2004 and our second daughter in 2006 with a wonderful midwife. I spent much time researching and reading about childbirth and pregnancy, which prompted our decision to birth our 2nd daughter at home in 2006. I supported my sister and a friend in labor when they gave birth in 2007, and then soon afterward trained to become a childbirth educator.  I enjoy teaching childbirth classes because I know that I am providing mothers and fathers with knowledge and information so they can make informed decisions about their labor and birth.  In 2008, I received birth doula training from DONA International. To date, I am honored to have been a part of over 65 births.

I was on the path to become a midwife for awhile, (studying midwifery from 2010 until 2012) but as life with three children has become quite busy, I have decided to put that part of my life on hold for now.  In the summer (2011) I had an opportunity to apprentice with Mountain View Midwives and enjoyed gaining more experience in homebirth settings. In 2008, I spent some time in the Philippines, where I served at Mercy Maternity Clinic.  Mercy Maternity gives free maternity care for women living in poverty.  While there, I observed and helped with over 10 births during a 2 week period. My time in the Philippines was an amazing and life-changing experience helping mothers in need…I would love to return one day and serve there again.

I believe pregnancy and birth are normal and natural processes in a woman’s life.  At the same time, growing a baby and working with your body to labor and bring this little one forth is a truly miraculous event. Each birth is unique and should be respected. I am always in awe each time I see a baby emerge from her mother. Laboring and bringing a child into the world is a lot of hard work, similar to that of running a marathon! Thus, a woman needs physical, emotional and mental support and encouragement to sustain her while she concentrates on the task at hand.

Education is also essential in overcoming your fears about labor and birth. It is a major part of my job to help the mother and families have the information they need to make informed choices about where they will give birth, how they hope to give birth, and with whom they will have at the birth of their baby. I feel that a doula’s most important job is to do everything in her power to increase a mothers’ relaxation and calmness of mind during her labor and birth.  Even though every birth is unique and different, one theme I see over and over is that there is always a very strong mind/body connection: how a woman feels inside is often is reflected in her labor pattern.  When a mother in labor feels supported and cared for, when she is given privacy and respect as she labors, labor often goes much more smoothly. 

 

 

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