Recommendation for Sarah Goldstein’s DONA Certified Doula Course
Way back when in 2003 I had an ‘accidental’ 911 American style homebirth complete with police cars, fire trucks and an ambulance. The only saving grace to my inner most sanity and personal space was a doula I had hired while in New Jersey. My doula kept me focused amongst big burly men in uniform entering my most personal and private space of birthing. The men in uniform were very professional and respectful but still, a birthing woman on the floor offered lots of vulnerabilities. My doula kept me calm. She offered the sweetest and most encouraging words. She made me feel secure. And, most of all, she planted a seed in my mind that I too wanted to help birthing women. But, that was 2003.
Now fast forward…Aliyah, four more children and the buried desire to take a doula course. In 2017, I met Sarah Goldstein and began her thorough and extensive DONA certified doula course. The course was enlightening. The course taught how to best guidea birthing woman through practical, physical and emotional support. The course instilled deep values of respect, encouragement, acceptance, and most of all vast knowledge of becoming a warm-hearted and loving birth partner.
On a very personal note, in 2019 I was pregnant with my 8th child after a break of 9 years. I must say becoming a doula enabled me and encouraged me to use my training in order to find my voice, to speak up about my preference and choices during the pregnancy and certainly during labor/delivery. I was empowered to obtain the birth I wanted mostly because I had learned from my doula training that a woman is first and foremost the decision maker in her birth. I had a network of doulas (trained by Sarah) to consult with as needed. I had the merit of Sarah advising me along the way as a mentor, as trainer and as a friend.
I promise you, Sarah’s course will transform your way of thinking and your outlook on life by entering the wonderful, whimsical and wild world birth. Once a doula, always a doula!
Regarding the doula training; “Thank Gd, My youngest daughter had a baby boy last night. She had a water birth in S. Joseph. Some experience!My daughter is so grateful to me for my help, and I’m SO grateful to you for everything you’ve taught me. It could easily have ended as a C-section, as did my daughter Rivka’s first birth which was before I took your course.May we have only good news to share!” L. Goldberg
I appreciate the time you spent meeting me, your honest professional opinions, your support during my labor, your respect and support for my decisions.
Your help and comfort made the birth experience manageable and actually nice!– Zelig and RickyYour listening ear, patience, and professionalism right from our preliminary phone calls until the birth left me with very sweet memories.
Your comfort and calm professionalism made me feel like you were a mommy taking care of me.”
My mother also wants to thank you for all that you did for her during my birth. Now she also looks at my birth in a more positive light.
– Rikva Tehilla (the baby)
May Hashem bless you with Yiddishe nachas and simcha from all your children
We were a great team.
– Avraham & Simcha
I had known Sarah several years before I decided to do her doula training course. Even before I was her student she enthusiastically encouraged me on my path to becoming a doula. Choosing Sarah’s course was never a hard decision for me; she offers so much more than any other course in Israel, and her warm, upbeat personality makes for lively discussions and great classes. Apart from the fact that DONA is internationally recognized, Sarah also spends many extra hours preparing us for the local birthing scene in Jerusalem and obligates us to come to a birth with her to get hands-on experience. She also brings many guest speakers such as the head of Nitza, and a leading aroma therapist, and a breastfeeding expert to mention a few. We are also encouraged to call her during our first births if needed, to ask any questions, which is especially helpful when we are confronted with a birth that has become complicated or even just departed from the original plan. I still use this “service” several years post training when needed! In all I would recommend Sarah and her course (and do!) to anyone contemplating becoming a doula; and when the midwives ask who I trained with I am proud to say (and received warmly) when I say “Sarah Goldstein”.
– Anna King