I continue to be amazed at the passion, drive, and love of the members of our Balanced Birth Support community. As the administrative manager I rarely have the opportunity to work with these amazing women, so I am thrilled to be able to sit down with them to get to know them better. Next up, Sara Krisalusi, a birth doula who has been with Balanced Birth Support since 2017
Sara’s passion for birth is obvious in speaking with her or reading about her life. She began her doula career in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and has continued to be involved in birth work throughout her move to the DC metro area. She has tremendous experience in all different kinds of birth settings and has volunteered her time to provide birth support for teen mothers and other women in need.
Read on to learn more Sara journey in the birth world, as well as some fun, non-birth related information!
Where were you born?
I was born in New Jersey.
How long have you lived in the DMV?
I moved to the DC area about two years ago from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
Tell me about the moment you wanted to be a doula.
After having my third child, I became interested in learning about the options I wish I had during the birth. I looked for ways that I could make a difference and by chance a birth doula training that only happens once a year was happing the following weekend and I went for it!
Are you a birth or postpartum doula? Or both? Why?
I have focused primarily on being a birth doula as I am passionate about providing support for women in labor. I have also trained as a childbirth educator.
What is your favorite book/author/movie/band? Why?
My favorite book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. The story is very simple but sends a huge message about empathy and truly giving all of yourself to others. My favorite band is Coldplay because I find their style to be very soothing.
What are some organizations that are near and dear to you? Do you do any volunteer or charity work?
The Woman’s Shelter
Do you have any favorite quotes or poems?
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
–The Serenity Prayer, Reinhold Niebuhr, (1892-1971)
Do you have any useless talents?
I’m a pretty good cook if I do say so myself!
What do you like to do in a your free time? Do you have any hobbies?
I like to spend the majority of my free time with my family and making new friends.
If you could have an all-expenses paid trip to see any famous world monument, which monument would you choose?
The Pyramids of Giza
What would you like your doula clients to know about you?
Empathy is probably one of my most favorite words. As a doula I find that to be one of the words that leads me and I find it absolutely crucial when supporting someone.
What do you hope to bring to a birth?
I hope to bring a sense of calm, support, and education along the way.
What do you like best about being a doula?
Having a strong connection with someone at a quicker pace outside of daily life. And being able to witness the most important day of someone’s life. It truly is a gift.
What do you wish that more people knew about birth or pregnancy?
Confidence that your body was made for birth and to have peace knowing that this is something that women are made to do and not to be afraid of the unknown.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from the client wanting to make sure that her experience is all that it was meant to be.
Who do you look up to or idolize?
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
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.