When I first got to know Sara, it was a while ago when she was Balanced Birth Supports newest birth & postpartum doula. Since then we have become Facebook friends and I have so enjoyed learning more about her and her life. Her love for her family and her chosen career path shines in everything she posts.
Sara joined Balanced Birth Support early 2018, and supports families in the DC metro area who are having home births, birth center births, and hospital births. Read on to learn more about her!
Where were you born?
Shady Grove Hospital in Rockville, Maryland
How long have you lived in the DMV?
I’ve lived all over MD and VA my whole life
Tell me about the moment you wanted to be a doula.
I didn’t know I wanted to be a doula in one moment. It took me about a year to realize it was chasing me. My own doula was constantly reminding me how great I’d be at it. After I attended my first birth I knew it was the right thing. I’ve always been a little unsure of myself even as an extrovert; being a doula completes me. It’s everything I’ve always wanted to do. Being able to support someone in their most vulnerable state, not judging them, encouraging them in their weekest moment; that’s why I fell in love with this passion we call a job.
Are you a birth or postpartum doula? Or both? Why?
I am both a birth and postpartum doula because I feel women need support more now than ever before, during, and after birth. There are so many questions women have and so many go unanswered as they journey into parenthood. I want to be there to help them whenever they need that support.
What is your favorite book/author/movie/band? Why?
What are some organizations that are near and dear to you? Do you do any volunteer or charity work?
I have always wanted to be more involved with my community. I don’t yet have a charity I often support. I do however feel strongly about supporting families who can’t necessarily afford a doula – at no cost. I have done so in the past and it’s my favorite way to give back.
Do you have any favorite quotes or poems?
“…to be humble in success, and without bitterness in defeat…” this is an excerpt from my college sorority’s creed.
Do you have any useless talents?
I love to sing and I’m not horrible lol
What do you like to do in a your free time? Do you have any hobbies?
Singing is my hobby though I typically just annoy my husband with it and sing to the shower head
If you could have an all-expenses paid trip to see any famous world monument, which monument would you choose?
What would you like your doula clients to know about you?
I hope my clients know that I care for them as if they were my own family.
What do you hope to bring to a birth?
I hope to bring my clients a beautiful memory by snapping a shot of the family with their new baby
What do you like best about being a doula?
The best thing about being a doula to me is helping women to realize their inner strength.
What do you wish that more people knew about birth or pregnancy?
How much there is to learn and how many options they have.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from the birth workers before me. Anytime I feel down about how a birth unfolded or that I didn’t do enough, I think about all the women and birth workers before me who have seen more than I have and I think about what they might say or feel in my position.
Who do you look up to or idolize?
My doula mentor. Bethany Thomas. She was my doula when I birthed my daughter and she had a wonderful spirit. I love the way she practices as a doula and I look up to her.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I think it would be to read people’s mind. I worry sometimes way too much how people perceive things. I wish I didn’t have to worry so much and could just listen in with my mind reading super powers lol.
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Author: Renee Corbino
Renee keeps Balanced Birth Support organized and amazing as the Administrative Manager. She lives in Northern Virginia with her awesome fire fighting husband and two cute little boys. She is a breech birthing mama and supporter of empowering births.