My name is Sarah and I am a wife, mother, doula and a midwife that serves women here in the Twin Cities. I began my journey as a birth worker shortly after the birth of my first daughter in 2000. I wasn’t happy with the birth that I had at a local hospital and found out about doula’s the day after my daughter was born. I never went back to work, and instead chose to train with DONA and become a birth doula.
I started attending births and was happy to serve other families during their birth and postpartum period.I found out that I was pregnant again when my daughter was five months old, and quickly realized that the birth that I wanted wasn’t going to be found in a hospital. I switched to a homebirth and never looked back! My daughter was born peacefully at home with a midwife and doula and my family.
I maintained an amazing friendship with my midwife that eventually led to an apprenticeship after the birth of my third daughter. I believe that midwifery care should be holistic and mother led and I love that by apprenticing with a traditional midwife, I was able to learn all about continuity of care.
I took some time off to give birth to my twins (also born at home) and went back after they were well established nursers! I finished my six year apprenticeship by sitting for my NARM test and getting my CPM. I call myself a traditional midwife because I believe that midwifery isn’t medical, and that birth is not a medical event. I am there to serve women and help them to find the right sources of information that fits their needs. Every family in individual, and should be seen as such.
I nursed all five of my children, ranging from a short four months with my first, to four years with some. I think that breastfeeding is an amazing thing and I am happy to watch and help that relationship grow with each mother and her baby.