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.

Amy said on 3/10/2018:

“Sandra was a wonderful supportive partner during my birth experience. At our fist meeting she explained to me what her role could be and was supportive of the ideas I already had for my birth. As time progressed she would check in with me to see how the pregnancy was going and how I felt. As the pregnancy progressed complications came up and Sandra was still extremely supportive of my needs. I ended up being put on bedrest in the hospital and Sandra was right there by my side. She gave me the emotional support I needed to get through a very difficult time. In the end I ended up needing a c-section and Sandra was there with me ever step of the way. This was not the birth I had invisioned for myself. Even though I had planned an all natural birth with Sandra, we had to change the plan of action. Sandra stepped right into the role of a supportive person during an intense birth with complications that ended with the birth of a beautiful, healthy baby girl! I couldn’t have chosen a better person to go through this experience with. There was a lot of fear and tears but through it all Sandra was able to talk me through it and be there for me.”

Amy

Marlena said on 8/2/2015:

“My husband and I never considered using a doula until we took a birthing class.  The class opened our eyes to how beneficial a doula would be for the birth of our first child.  We decided to start looking to hire a doula immediately since we were pressed on time and our baby was due in a few weeks.   We reached out to Sandra and she promptly responded to us.  After we met with a few other doulas, we knew that Sandra was the right choice for us.

From our first meet, Sandra was not only extremely professional and knowledgable, but also very warm and tender.   She was available for me at all times leading up to our labor and delivery and was so informative, allowing us to make the best choices for the birth we wanted.  When I did go into labor, she provided excellent support for myself and my husband.  Through my labor, which lasted over 24 hours, Sandra was right by my side the entire time.   She kept me focused and comfortable.  Sandra brought with her to the hospital a variety of things that helped me through labor, even cooled wash cloths for my forehead!  Even though we had a few unexpected turns during the course of my labor, she worked with us when we needed a change of plan, supporting us and our decisions through the entire process.

Sandra truly helped make our birth a wonderful experience.   We are so thankful to have found her.   I highly recommend her!!”

Marlena