Birth Doula and Postpartum Services and Support
Every birth is unique and magical, whether it takes place at a birth center, hospital or at home, Each is beautiful and deserving of celebration. Every woman deserves a powerful and positive birth experience, no matter the situation. Contact me to learn more about my services, and how I can help you bring you child into this beautiful world.
Exciting News: Starting July 13 we will be able to provide in person support to all clients birthing at Novant Hospitals in addition to their 1 support person, even with Covid-19 restrictions still in place. We are now vendors to the hospital system and considered a critical member of your care team!!!
A birth doula is defined as a professional support person trained in the needs of the mother and family during pregnancy and childbirth. The doula offers non-judgmental support, guidance, evidence based education and practical hands-on support during childbirth including comfort measures. Doula originates from the Greek word meaning woman servant. A birth doula recognizes the profound impact of childbirth on the mother.
As a Birth Doula I:
Recognize that the entire process of labor and birth is an experience the mother will remember all her life
Have knowledge of the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
Assist the mother in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
Stay with the woman throughout labor
Provide emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions.
Facilitate communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
Allow the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level
Evidence published by the Cochrane Review on the benefits of having a Doula found:
* 12% Increase on having a spontaneous vaginal birth
* 9% Decrease in the use of any pain medications
* 28% Decrease in the risk of having a Cesarean Delivery
* 31% Decrease in the use of Pitocin
* 14% Decrease in the risk of newborns being sent to the special care nursery
* 34% Decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with your birth experience
For more evidence and research on the benefits of hiring a Doula Click Here
My name is Sabrina Lewis, I am a married mother of four and live in Harrisburg, NC. I became a doula because I have been through several difficult situations in childbirth: Pre-term labor with four separate pregnancies, C-Sections, VBACs, and delivered two babies that have passed away in my second trimester. Through my experiences, I wished that I had someone with me who could answer questions and bring me more emotional and physical comfort. When I learned what a doula was, I instantly wanted to become one. I have a passion for assisting women in having the best experience possible through an empowering and hard situation. I am a certified birth doula through the International Doula Institute and have been attending births in the Charlotte area for over five years. I witnessed my first birth fifteen years ago and have never looked back.
I am a firm believer that the mother, her support persons, medical staff, and doula are a team. It is the doula’s job to provide emotional/physical support to the mother, her partner (if she has one), and support persons, help with the physical comfort throughout the labor, while also having a working knowledge of the birth process and common practices. She uses her knowledge and experience to help the mother have a positive outlook on the process and have confidence in themselves and what they are capable of. It is also their responsibility to work in a positive manner with the medical staff, (doctor’s, midwives, and nurses) so that all have the best possible attitude and outlook for the delivery. I am knowledgeable in several birth methods including: Bradley method, HypnoBirthing, Hypnobabies and Kopa Birth. I have experience as a doula with birth centers, hospital deliveries, home births (attended by midwives), natural births, epidurals, VBACs, multiples, preterm birth, c-sections, advanced maternal age, vacuum deliveries, forceps delivery, placenta encapsulation and Bereavement Delivery.
My Birth Doula Services:
Prenatal Visits and Support (I am available throughout the pregnancy)
Labor and Birth Services (for any delivery method or situation)
Breastfeeding Support: will stay 1-2 hours after delivery until the mother is comfortable and feeding (breast or bottle) is established
1-2 Postnatal Visits
Mental Health Support: specifically anxiety in pregnancy and labor, previous birth trauma, previous pregnancy loss
Bereavement Doula Services (free of charge)
Why I became a Birth Doula?
I have always loved the birth process and the strength that we, as women, possess. As I began having my own children, I experienced a lot of trauma and trivialization of my emotions/difficulties during pregnancy and delivery. I found an amazing OB/GYN in Charlotte that was kind, listened to me, and gave me the information I needed to feel empowered. After my third child, I had two, back-to-back, second trimester losses where I had to deliver my babies. Both times, I was alone with my husband and mother when the delivery occurred in the hospital. It was in those moments of heartbreak that I decided I would do anything in my power to ensure that no woman would have to go through the same situation alone. I am committed to helping women and families have the births they’ve always dreamed of, no matter their situation.
Who would I be a great fit for as a Birth Doula?
I would be a great fit for first time mothers, anyone with a history of anxiety or mental health issues, previous birth trauma, previous loss, and anyone looking for a well-informed advocate. I have never met a stranger and treat everyone as family.
All images on my website were taken my me, I have 14 years of photography experience, the last 5 of which has been focused on birth photography.
Servicing Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas
I love being a birth doula in Charlotte, NC. Having served over 50 families as a birth doula. Provide placenta encapsulation services, trained in both the raw placenta encapsulation method and the Ancient Chinese method of Placenta Encapsulation. Bereavement Doula trained. I am a birth and labor doula in Charlotte and have worked at both Atrium and Novant Health Hospital systems in Charlotte, NC. will travel within 50 miles of Charlotte, NC as a birth doula. Novant verified, Novant credentialed doula. You can contact and hire a birth doula at any point in your pregnancy to support you in birth and childbirth as a doula. Labor doula or birth doula is considered the same thing, both provide support for the laboring and birthing parent. Birth Photography in Charlotte, NC as well as birth doula services. Birth Photography can be done separate or with the birth doula package. Bereavement Doula support can be used at any point in a maternal loss.