Welcome, expecting mothers and families!


“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”

– Barbara Katz Rothman


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Sandra Crawford is a DONA certified doula serving families of Charlottesville and Central Virginia.

The birth of a child is an awe-inspiring, amazing experience that holds the power to build families while transforming every person involved.  It is my passion to provide women and families with support – both emotional and physical – as well as the information and tools they need to feel empowered in creating a positive birth experience.

How a woman is supported throughout her pregnancy and labor plays a great role in the way she gives birth and in how she will feel about the experience afterward.

It is my goal to ensure that you are well prepared to enter confidently into childbirth & the journey of parenthood.

Jess said on 5/10/2017:

“My husband and I decided to hire a doula in hopes of achieving a drug-free birth. I contacted Sandra and she got back to me immediately. At our first meeting, I knew her calming presence and vast knowledge were just what we were looking for. Sandra met with us two more times, helping us write a birth plan and showing us comfort measures to use throughout the last weeks of my pregnancy. She also checked in with me frequently, especially as I became overdue. She gave me some great suggestions to help me with any discomfort.

At 41 weeks, I ended up being induced for low fluid. Having had a previous induction, I knew the pain that lay ahead. Sandra was there every step of the way. She was able to anticipate my needs better than I could on my own! Thanks to her support, I was to labor without an epidural, which was my ultimate goal. Her coaching and caring got me through every step of the way.

Her support did not end there, however.  Sandra stayed after the birth of our baby to make sure were were comfortable and settled in. She then visited us one more time to see how we were adjusting as a family of four.

Overall, I cannot recommend her enough. I couldn’t have had the birth I wanted without her support.  My recovery has been a breeze. Sandra is a fantastic doula and I would recommend her to anyone!”

Jess

Despina said on 4/21/2017:

“When I was pregnant, my husband and I decided to hire a doula. Our family needed a reliable, calm and knowlegable person to guide me through the pregnancy and labor! And we are so happy we found Sandra! From our first meet we felt very comfortable with her, we talked about what the ideal delivery would be for me and how we can make it happen!

When my labor started, she helped me feel comfortable and she inspired me to trust nature and my body for the process! Sandra was there throught out the whole time of my labor, coached with breathing and made sure I was comfortable and calm. I felt that I didn’t have to worry about anything!! Her presence made my delivery more smooth and joyful! I never believed before that labor and delivery could be such a great and powerfull delivery!!  I highly recommend her!”

Despina