My name is Sarah Stover, and I am a DONA certified birth doula serving Lima, OH and its surrounding areas.  My goal is to inform, support and empower you every step of the way throughout your pregnancy and birth.  This will look different for each client and each delivery.  There is no right or wrong way to give birth!  I am happy to support you with or without pharmacological pain relief, using a midwife or an obstetrician, in the hospital or at home, and with or without other support persons present.  I am not here to tell you how to give birth, I am here to offer information and encouragement as you find your own way through the process of pregnancy and birth. I currently work on a shared call schedule with Sarah Anna Creighton through Doulas of Lima- you can find more info on our website at www.doulasoflima.com

During pregnancy, I will:

  • meet you for a FREE consultation
  • meet with you at least two other times for prenatal appointments
  • help you prepare a birth plan, if you desire
  • be available for unlimited text, phone and email support
  • attend your birth and remain with you for at least an hour afterwards
  • meet with you for a postpartum appointment

During labor, I can:

  • offer positioning suggestions
  • massage or apply counterpressure
  • use hot and cold pack therapy
  • provide and help with use of a birth ball
  • use aromatherapy with essential oils
  • provide visualization and breathing guidance
  • help clarify medical information
  • provide breaks for your partner or other support persons
  • take photos
  • encourage and affirm the mother’s efforts
  • discuss pros and cons of any interventions suggested
  • attend to the mother following delivery
  • help with breastfeeding if desired

What I do NOT do:

  • make any medical decisions for you
  • perform any medical tasks either prenatally or during labor