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.

Jill said on 1/27/2018:

“When I was looking to hire a doula to have my third baby and second VBAC, I knew immediately that Sandra was the right choice. Sandra was very personable and genuine. She maintained excellent communication with us througout the process and always showed a genuine  interest in our family. She offered us a lot of resources and was always offering her advice and support throughout the pregnancy. Sandra has an extremely gentle and supportive approach to everything she does. This past birth I wanted a natural and unmedicated birth. I truly believe because of Sandra I was able to accomplish this. She was excellent in involving my husband and I feel that made my birth even more special, as I relied on both of them for physical and mental support. She was always there to reassure me that everything I was experiencing was normal and that I was doing a great job. My husband and I really appreciated everything she did and we highly recommend her!!

Jill

Oz said on 11/21/2018:

“I was very nervous and apprehensive about delivering my first baby, but Sandra helped ease many of my fears and worries. She actively helped my partner and I draft a birth plan that I was confident to share with my OBGYN. She helped set me up for success with so many different coping methods. On the day of delivery it was amazing to have her in the room. Her experience and calm energy was like a warm security blanket. Her soothing voice was there the whole time reminding me constantly that I could do it! While I’m sure she went to the bathroom and ate a snack at some point during the 12+ hours she was with me, I never felt her absence. With the help of her and my partner I delivered a healthy 8lb. 7oz. baby girl after 21 hours of unmedicated labor! Thank you Sandra for helping me find and see my own stregth with your kindness and judgement feee advice! Also, thank you for visiting a few days after she was born and showing me how to wear her in a wrap!”

 

Oz