There are not enough words to describe how incredible Sarah was at our birth. Both my husband and I felt so safe and supported by her for the entire length of my labor. Her intuition on what to do and where to be for us was spot on and she did not miss a beat. Sarah was there to allow my husband to really be there with me as well as rest and eat when he needed to. She applied body work and massage that helped me through some of the toughest contractions, and her words of encouragement felt so personal and suited to everything we had discussed in our prenatal appointments. And last but not least, the photos she took are amazing and will be cherished forever! We love you Sarah, thank you for everything!

Jessica F.

Sarah is fantastic! She is amazing to work with and absolutely worth the cost. We just had the pleasure of working with her for the birth of our son and experienced the benefit she brought to our birth experience. During the trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot of uncertainty. Sarah continually kept us updated as to changes in the hospital and its practices. Once our hospital made the decision not to allow doulas, we were offered virtual support or a refund. Sarah provided a guide as to what virtual support looked like and we decided to stick with it. She even did an extra coaching session with my husband to better train him on providing hands on support for me during labor at no additional cost. 
I was in prelabor for well over a week before true labor started. Sarah worked with me to keep me motivated and optimistic while also informed about what was happening. She walked me through my contraction pattern and we asked her to come to my house before we went to the hospital. This allowed me to pass off the burden of contraction counting and allowed my husband to take a short nap. She was never pushy or bossy but rather offered suggestions on things I could try. I felt totally at ease with her. Once contractions were lasting over a minute for over an hour and were getting closer and closer together(4-1-1), she suggested I talk with my husband about going to hospital. I had no idea when the right time to go to the hospital was so having her help make that decision was fantastic. She helped us get into the car, made me tea, reminded my husband to cover the seat of the car in case my water broke during the drive and sent us off. She stayed in contact via phone the entire time for my 24 hour labor. 
Our baby got stuck and stopped descending into the birth canal. Sarah stepped up to offer suggestions and even spoke with the nurses about positions and movements to try to get him to turn and descend. While I didn’t get my VBAC and ultimately needed a cesarean, I feel at ease knowing we did everything we possibly could to have a natural birth. After my last cesarean I felt disappointed and robbed of the natural birth experience. The time, I felt proud of how far I made it and entirely supported. 
I would recommend the Doula Guild and Sarah to any expecting mother. While we didn’t have in person doula support in the hospital, virtual support was next the best thing. 
You are in great hands with Sarah. Her services are 100% worth every penny!

Mary P.

My husband and I took a birthing yoga workshop with Sarah before the birth of our sweet little boy. Sarah was such a peaceful and kind instructor, giving gentle corrections and support when needed (even with my non-yogi hubby who was not thrilled I had signed us up!) We left the workshop with tons of tips and tricks for pain management, birthing positions, and excitement for our upcoming journey together. Sarah’s warm & genuine presence make for an excellent teacher!

Emily V.

My partner and I both felt incredibly supported by Sarah throughout our pregnancy. She always made sure to check in on us, after appointments, throughout the week, and was always readily available to answer any questions. When the time came she was our first call, and as things progressed quickly and earlier than expected it was so valuable to have Sarah’s warm, grounding presence with us. It was a true pleasure to have Sarah with us on such an important day. The pictures she took were also amazing, and we cannot recommend her enough!

Katherine G.

Sarah was there for me day and night, easing my anxiety and offering ideas and techniques that I had never considered. She helped me vocalize and express myself to my doctor and the nursing staff and was always very collected, humble and professional. Sarah's back massages through contractions were amazing! With her guidance and techniques, she helped me achieve my birth goals. I truly believe I would not have made it through without her!

Melodie D.

I took Sarah’s prenatal yoga class for several months during my second and third trimester and it was a life-saver! I was never EVER a yoga person, and was a little apprehensive in the beginning but Sarah is absolutely amazing. Whether it was back pain, sciatica, baby kicking me in the ribs, mental fatigue, etc. Sarah was able to provide some amazing exercises to help. Her techniques also were imperative during my labor process (and were quite handy when I was not able to get an epidural and needed some help!). She was also able to build a community of expecting moms that was super helpful as a first time mom, and helped put me at ease numerous times. Overall, I would highly recommend her class!

Jenny M.

Sarah was an invaluable part of the pregnancy, birth and post-partum experience with my daughter. During the months leading up to the birth, Sarah provided guidance that was specific to my needs and challenges. She took the time to understand my fears, address my concerns and provided solutions and alternatives that put my mind at ease. Sarah is a HUGE reason that the birth of my daughter was a successful unmedicated and natural one - she was hands-on, supportive, understanding, compassionate and, most importantly, knowledgeable. I could not have done it without her presence, and my husband and I are so thankful she was there during such an exhausting, emotional and beautiful journey. My daughter is now almost 5 months old and Sarah is still providing postpartum care! The one thing I can say about Sarah that sets her apart is that she treats each client differently and truly listens to and tailors her approach to the specific needs and desires of each individual client. She spends time with not only the mother to be, but also with dad-to-be and mom as a couple to ensure she is able to provide the care that is unique to you and your growing family.

Katie G.

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