Sarah Davis, CPM, LM
I graduated from Virginia Tech in 2001 with a Bachelor's of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. My senior project focused on nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding. After graduating, I married my college sweetheart and we moved to California for 4 years. While living in California, our first daughter was born in 2004 and our second daughter in 2006 with a wonderful midwife. I spent much time researching and reading about childbirth and pregnancy, which prompted our decision to birth our 2nd daughter at home in 2006. I supported my sister in labor when she gave birth in 2007, and then afterward trained to be a childbirth educator. I have enjoyed teaching childbirth classes because I know that I am providing mothers and fathers with knowledge and information so they can make informed decisions about their labor and birth. In 2008 I received birth doula training from DONA International.
In 2008, I traveled to Davao, Philippines where I served at Mercy Maternity Clinic. Mercy Maternity Clinic gives free prenatal, antenatal and postnatal care to women living in poverty. I assisted with over 10 births during a 2 week period while serving at Mercy. My time in the Philippines was an amazing and life-changing experience helping mothers in need and it was here that I knew I was being called to pursue becoming a midwife. In 2011, I had an opportunity to apprentice with Mountainview Midwives and enjoyed gaining more experience in homebirth settings. I continued to attend several more homebirths as a student during 2012/2013 in Charlottesville. After my visit to Mercy Maternity Clinic, I knew I would return one day to complete part of my clinical training as a midwife in the Philippines-- I just loved the people and the culture. In 2014, I had the wonderful opportunity to intern at Shiphrah Birthing Home in Manila, Philippines as a student midwife. It was such a blessing to serve so many women who are in desperate need of quality midwifery care. I attended 40 births during my internship at Shiphrah. Altogether, I have attended over 100 births both as a doula and as a student midwife. In January 2015, I became a certified professional midwife (CPM) and graduated from National College of Midwifery.
North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), CPM 2015
National College of Midwifery, 2010-2014
Gave birth to our 3rd baby, 2010
DONA International Birth Doula Training, 2008
Lactation Training, 2008
Bradley Method Childbirth Education Training, 2007
Birthed and Breastfed two girls, 2004 & 2006
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Virginia Tech, 2001
I believe in a woman's natural ability to birth.
I believe pregnancy and birth are normal and natural processes in a woman's life. At the same time, growing a baby and working with your body to labor and bring this little one forth is a truly miraculous event. Each birth is unique and should be respected. I am always in awe each time I see a baby emerge from its mother. Laboring and bringing a child into the world is a lot of hard work, similar to that of running a marathon! Thus, a woman needs physical, emotional and mental support and encouragement to sustain her while she concentrates on the task at hand.
As a certified professional midwife, I recognize the importance of treating each woman as a unique individual capable of making informed decisions about her own healthcare. Part of my role is to provide her with the education she and her family need in order to make these informed choices. I am honored and dedicated to providing individualized and compassionate care to women and families.
-Sarah Davis, CPM, LM