Credentials/education: Certified Childbirth Educator—BirthWorks, Intl.
Services offered: Birth Doula Services, Childbirth Education, Placenta Encapsulation
Service area: Greater St. Louis region
Hi, I’m Sarah and I have been a certified childbirth educator with BirthWorks, International since 2010, a labor doula since 2011, and a placenta encapsulator since 2012. Birth work is my passion and while it is my career, it is so much more than that. I absolutely love working with expectant parents and the fulfillment that comes with it can’t be matched by any of my previous jobs.
I believe that there are several fundamental components necessary for a physically and emotionally healthy birth: one of these is holistic childbirth education; another is to hire a doula. As a birth professional, it’s so exciting to offer both of these essential services!
As an educator and doula, I will meet you in your unique circumstances and will support you throughout your journey.
I have experience working with couples preparing to birth in different locations (hospital, birth center or home) and am well-acquainted with the unique needs that come with each location.
It’s exciting working with both first-time parents and those who given birth previously. Additionally, my holistic approach and experience is a valuable benefit to women with a previous negative birth and/or those planning a VBAC, as they are often needing both emotional healing from their previous birth AND preparation for their upcoming birth.
Most doulas also encourage their clients to take a childbirth class, as the doula’s prenatal visits simply aren’t enough time to adequately prepare a couple for labor/birth. Because of BirthWorks’ unique, holistic approach, I know that my class participants, are going to be well prepared for labor/birth — physically, mentally and emotionally. By the time our class is done, their confidence has grown, their fears have reduced and they are well-educated on all the aspects necessary for a healthy, positive birth.
Since I know what a difference BirthWorks classes make and because we already spent time getting acquainted during our classes, and learning a couple’s birth desires, I especially love when couples sign up for both BirthWorks classes and doula services. We can spend our prenatal visits finalizing their plans and getting to know their specific needs, so I can support them most effectively during their birth. Then when labor begins, I can assist my clients in utilizing everything that they’ve learned in my class. This process offers a unique continuity of care that is transformative for my clients, and very meaningful to me!
Because I personally experienced the positive benefits of placenta encapsulation following my second birth, I love being able to offer this service to not only my own doula clients and BirthWorks class participants, but to any woman in the area who desires it!
I look forward to hearing from you!
Amanda and Nick: My husband and I choose to seek a doula due to a very difficult and emotionally negative birth experience with our son. Sarah came highly recommended by a friend who had taken her BirthWorks class….We attended Sarah’s 8 week BirthWorks course, through which both my husband and I gained knowledge and confidence in ourselves and my body.…Throughout my labor and birth of my son, she helped me stay focused and calm. She supported my birth plan and helped us advocate for our birth. Not only was our experience with Sarah empowering for me, but our experience gave my husband confidence in his role in the birth process. Sarah Baker has a calming presence that was essential to my birth. I am grateful for what I learned from her, as well as her ability to support me in the way that catered to my specific needs. Thank you Sarah for all you do!!
Leah and Jonathan: Sarah provided exactly the right blend of comforting warmth and professionalism. We were especially thankful for the helpful information she provided on tough parenting decisions, the support that she gave during a very exhausting labor, and for the way that she empowered us and demonstrated trust in our ability to make good parenting decisions. Sarah was very considerate of our needs and desires and she was a very reassuring presence when we were doubting our own strength and ability to persevere throughout the labor process. We are grateful for all that Sarah has done, as both our doula and our birth instructor, to help us experience the beautiful, memorable birth of our precious baby boy. Thanks, Sarah!
Chelsea: I am so happy to be able to say that not only did I have a “natural” birth, I felt EMPOWERED through the process. THAT is the biggest blessing of my personal journey through this entire process and that is exactly what Sarah Baker led me to with her knowledge, sharing of information and gentle and kind nature. (Not to mention her amazing ability to reduce lower back pain during labor!)
I felt strong and I felt like I knew what I was doing… even in the face of the biggest unknown of my 34 years. By my son’s birthday, I was a pillar; strong, stable and prepared. All of this, thanks to Sarah’s guidance, friendship, knowledge and sharing during her [BirthWorks] class.
Stephanie: Sarah is a gem. I feel so blessed to have met her and have had her wisdom and knowledge during my pregnancy and labor….She encouraged us to ask questions and to make the labor and delivery experience our own…I honestly couldn’t have labored for as long as I did without her help, encouragement and guidance. Her guidance for my husband was wonderful as well. She encouraged him to help me and created a wonderful bonding experience for the two of us as well. My Labor was 20+ hours and she stayed at the hospital the whole time… my labor wouldn’t have been the same without her.
Carol: If you are in the greater St. Louis area, Sarah Baker is the doula that you want in your corner watching your back, encouraging you, and providing emotional support before, during, and after labor. After my first pregnancy, where my labor was induced at 41w2d and ended as a c-section … I desperately wanted to attempt a VBAC. Were it not for her, I would not have been able to make it through 22 (!) hours of active labor and successfully given birth to my daughter vaginally at 40w2d.
Though I had great nurses and have a wonderful husband, she was the one there that led me through most of my labor….She gave me the emotional strength I needed to empower me to make the best decisions possible for my baby and me on my own timetable of readiness, and never forced her opinions on anyone….If and when I have a third child on the horizon, I will definitely book her again.
Nadine: I can’t say enough amazing things about Sarah Baker. She was an incredible help with resources and information on child birth. She was always encouraging and supportive throughout my pregnancy, continuing through the weeks after my son was born …. I know we all have an idea of how we want our birthing experience to be and Sarah really helped me prepare for it well. She helped with my hospital birthing plan and explained medical terms that I never heard of. She encouraged me to make the decisions that were best for me and my family without being biased at all….I did not like the hospital nurses and I was grateful that Sarah was by my side comforting me and diffusing any negative energy. She was truly the best advocate at the hospital. In the end, my husband and I had an amazing experience with the birth of our son and I really owe Sarah for it. I will absolutely hire her again for my next pregnancy.
Becky and Andrew: Sarah was a wonderful person to have on my labor support team with my husband. She is very professional, extremely knowledgeable about the birthing process and gave us excellent support throughout the pregnancy, L&D and postpartum as well. We had a drug-free natural labor that lasted about 19 hours, and Sarah was very helpful in suggesting positions, assisting my husband who was very involved in the labor, and supporting me while interacting with hospital staff….I really appreciated Sarah’s unique ability to listen well and offer thoughts and encouragements throughout my pregnancy without pushing any opinions and advice on us, while instilling confidence in my ability to birth naturally as well. She truly helped us have a labor and delivery experience that we hoped to have and we both look back very fondly of the entire experience. She is truly a servant and will be a calming presence and confident advocate for anyone who chooses her as their doula.
Alexa: My experience with Sarah was truly exceptional. She stood by me through my extremely long labor and guided me through my un-medicated birth. She has such a calming presence and is well educated birthing process. I trust her completely and would recommend her to anyone. I couldn’t have done it without her! She also gave me the strength and support I needed to survive a week in the NICU and transitioning back at home with baby. She gave me more than I could have imagined and am so glad I had her as my doula.
Experience, Availability and Pricing
- Sarah has been a doula for 6 years, and has attended 55 births.
- Sarah takes 3 doula clients per month. Price for doula services is $950-$1050.
- Sarah’s childbirth education classes vary in price, depending on which class you choose. To read more about the three class options, please see the details on the Childbirth Education page.
- Sarah takes up to 4 placenta encapsulation clients per month. Sarah does the encapsulation remotely and returns it to you. Check Placenta Encapsulation page for details and pricing.
- Sarah’s service area is the greater St. Louis region