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


 

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

Arpita said on 11/19/2018:

“Sandra was my invisible strength during active labor. Invisible because I had shut my eyes due to the slightest light bothering them and focused on Sandra’s voice. She kept encouraging me without a break for herself and even changed pace when I needed it. She was my spokesperson as she understood what I felt. When all I could do was get mad at my husband for holding my hand the ‘wrong’ way, leaving him feeling confused and helpless , Sandra manged to guide him as well and encourage him to support me the way I wanted. She is very knowledgeable and patient and spoke to me at length about what to expect during labor and postpartum. I value her wisdom and am able to look back and realize how right she was about every little detail. If I ever have a second child, I know I’d want Sandra there with me again!”

Arpita