Sarah Goldberg of Nurtured Birth is a passionate believer in the possibility of empowering birth experiences. She is drawn by the age-old hearts calling to support pregnant and birthing women, their babies and families. She has a wide experience of birth, both in different cultures and now in Melbourne’s hospitals as well as home settings. She has an understanding of birth and the present birth culture; a capacity to gently guide women into their power; a warm, generous and nurturing presence and strong, sure, skilled hands to soothe and nurture through pregnancy and during birth. Women and their families will delight in their experience with her.
Without having Sarah’s support, guidance and vast pool of knowledge to tap into, I never would have had the birth experience I had hoped for. In fact, it turned out far better than I ever expected. I was booked in for an induction in the morning and instead ended up with a natural labour and water birth 8 hours later! After having my waters broken, Sarah kept me on my feet. With her prompting, my husband and I kept walking, even out of the hospital and at times up and down the hospital’s stairwell to ensure my labour would establish without additional interventions. Once labour was established, Sarah gave me and my husband the space we needed to focus on our journey, with occasional gentle prompting to keep active to ensure that everything progressed as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Before, during and after the birth, Sarah always provided the most reassuring advice and kept empowering me and my husband to make the make the right decisions for us and our new daughter. Not only was our daughter born, but we felt like we were ‘re-born’ as parents, ready to enter into this new phase of our lives.
.Anna and Noam, 2014
I am truly grateful for the love, energy and honesty which Sarah surrounded me with during my pregnancy. Her support and gentle approach fostered my strong belief and determination in my womanhood and ability to strive for empowerment. I recognised the importance of being surrounded by the right support team during the birth process and Sarah helped me to achieve this in a very short space of time. Sarah also kindly offered me access to a number of different resources during this process which helped me to feel supported and loved. My husband and I are truly amazed by the unforgettable experience which we shared as our little girl arrived gently and peacefully into the world. I don’t think we would have had this opportunity present itself if we didn’t have the benefit of Sarah’s strength and positivity.
.Linda and Russ, 2014
My doula Sarah from Nurtured Birth was present to my life changing moment. The birth of my daughter was a big deal to my husband and I. Sarah has a special touch using her pre natal massage and she empowered me as a women and mother. She understood my needs and was such a great support. Sarah believed in my strength and innate capacity to birth naturally. I had the best birth possible on the day which created a positive birth memory and deep feeling of profound satisfaction. It is a perfect start to a lifetime of love and adventure with my child.
.Words cannot express the gratitude I feel towards you for all you have done for my wife and myself over the past couple of days. Our experience felt surreal, however you gave us confidence and guidance during some pretty trying times which was invaluable. You made us feel safe right through out. Thankyou to your family for sharing their time with us so my family could be delivered to my arms safely. Your friendship, warmth and loved expressed towards my partner and myself will long be remembered and we will be forever grateful. I hope your now well rested and ready for the next couple, I would love to tell them what great hands they are in. So a heart felt and teary Thank you. All our love. Stephen x
I never knew what a Doula was until I was pregnant and I am really surprised it is not more well-known and utilised in our modern society. I honestly do not know how I could have birthed at all without the help of my doula Sarah, let alone birthed naturally. There are always unexpected events (as expected) with major life events, and so it was , with the birth of our son. Hospital full, no rooms, no midwives available when you need them, post birth complications and surgery etc etc. Sarah not only prepared me physically with her amazing prenatal massages during my whole pregnancy, but also physiologically for the unexpected complications which might arise during birth. This helped immensely to minimize drama and trauma for me, my husband and baby! The most important thing I can mention is that Sarah is a support not just for “the day”. But all her advice, massage, referrals, and wisdom prenatally also continues post natally. I can not imagine what I would do without her post natal massage, advice, referrals and support . Bringing a new human being into the world is not just about 1 day of birth. It’s a long journey before and afterwards. Sarah’s philosophy of supporting a woman during pregnancy and birth is realized in practice… After birth as well! We are really blessed to have been introduced to Sarah, our doula, masseuse, pre and post natal wisdom and support and magic hands mamasita!
.Simone, Gille and Imanol, 2014
There is no way I would have had the birth I wanted had it not been for having Sarah as my doula. When the going got tough she was a calm and strong presence for both myself and my husband and kept us both incredibly calm and relaxed up until the very end. She gave me strong visualisations that definitely gave me strength during every single contraction. I felt so supported and nurtured the entire way that I never once doubted myself and my ability to birth naturally, It was such an empowering feeling.
After suffering tiredness & migraines for weeks during my first pregnancy, Sarah was recommended to me by my midwife; Jenny Teskey. I’d never have thought pregnancy massage could help in so many ways and cannot put in words just how grateful I am to have met Sarah. She is a professional above all but also become a friend who provided me with some much needed support & guidance whilst also helping my mind & body relax during her massage therapy.
If it wasn’t for Sarah I would not have been able to keep going. This was my second baby and I was scared about how it would all go as my first labour was a long and difficult one. But Sarah gave me such positive, calming affirmations that guided me so smoothly into labour and when it really got tough Sarah, along with my husband and sister were literally the arms I leaned on for support. She held me for hours walking through each contraction and did not stop believing in me. Her visualizations, strength, confidence, and her deep understanding of me as a person gave me the most precious gift, my beautiful little girl Milla. Sarah, what a truly magical journey. Thank you.
I approached this second birth with some amount of fear and a determination to create a positive experience, unlike the birth experience of my first child. At all times I felt Sarah was standing next to me and empowering me with her gentle but focussed way. Once she helped me let go of certain expectations, I was able to truly have an empowered birth. I can’t thank her enough for that.
.Nemi Bishops, 2012
.First and foremost I have to say that Sarah’s primary great skill as a Doula was that she truly knew how to give appropriate space to both of us. As the birth partner, what I needed most from Sarah is exactly what I got: comfort, re-assurance, strength, humour and an overall feeling of being supported and nurtured. She gave me all the right cues as to how she thought I could support my partner in labour. And she did this at exactly the times where she read that I may have been feeling a little lacking in focus or direction (or just sheer exhaustion) – in terms of my role as birth partner. Most of all, Sarah’s energy was calming and empowering all at once.
.Richard Raber, 2012
Being a midwife I know just how important it is to have a trusting and flexible birth team. Sarah’s constant presence of energy held the space for us during labour with the perfect balance between reassurance, guidance and understanding. My husband and I felt truly supported into our journey into parenting and I know we would not have had such a beautiful, gentle homebirth without her.
I had full faith and trust in sarah during my labour, without a moment of hesitation, without any doubt I was able to surrender to what was happening to my body because I had Sarah. Sarah was my strength. Sarah kept me calm, she helped me believe in myself and my body. Sarah made me feel safe, that was so important to me, the feeling of being made to feel safe and secure in whatever my environment and whatever my circumstance. Sarah gave me her undivided attention, her utmost care and both emotional and physical strength throughout my entire labour. She took every breath with me. She met all my needs. I would never have been able to have my drug free natural labour without her. She also went above and beyond my expectations after I had given birth as she would visit me at my home on a daily basis and offer tremendous support! I will remember those early days of motherhood as some of the most nurtured, supported and happiest times in my life. Sarah, thinking of you in that time still brings tears to my eyes. Thank you’. ‘Sarah has become an important part of our family and always will be. Sarah was born to do this job’.
.Louise and Keith, 2010