About Sarah

My journey to becoming involved in Childbirth starts as early as my own childhood. I grew up as the oldest child in my family and the oldest of all my cousins. I’m sure seeing so many pregnant and breastfeeding women in my own family planted the seeds of what would become my passion in life.

The word Midwife was in the back of my mind during my teenage years, but I never managed to find out what exactly it involved and how to study it. I knew I didn’t want to be a nurse because it was only childbirth that interested me. I ended up being somewhat directionless and was made to do a “computer course” when I left school in 1996. That landed me a job in what turned out to be an online casino doing payments administration and fraud investigation.

It was only when I discovered this thing called a Doula and found myself a course to attend while living in England that I realised I’d found my calling, my tribe. I worked primarily as a Doula from 2010, and started studying to become a Certified Professional Midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives who were doing a pilot project for training midwives in South Africa. I did not complete my CPM qualification when in became apparent that we would not receive recognition from the local authorities. It was for this reason I went to study Nursing in order become qualified and registered as a midwife.

Sadly my relationship with my husband became strained during my studies and we seperated in 2017 and being left as a single mother has proved challenging. I’m slowly finding my way back to midwifery and I look forward to sharing my journey and my knowledge with you.

  • British Doulas 2004 – Pre- and Post- Natal Doula

  • Women Offering Mothers Birth Support (WOMBS 2010) – Doula

  • Life Healthcare College 2016 – Nursing

  • Mama Nurture 2020 – Bereavement Facilitator

Other qualifications I have completed are

  • Diploma in Business Computing
  • BA in Psychology and Religious Studies
  • Diploma in Television and Film Production.

About BirthWays

Originally this website was my Doula business page but as my role has changed the website has evolved and I now hope to share information that I find exciting and useful. I hope that this website will provide another excellent resource for families of all shapes and sizes to explore their options when it comes to making choices for a very important day – the birth of your child.

Possibly the most important thing for the person giving birth to feel is empowerment. For years society has been telling pregnant people that the only thing that matters is a healthy baby, but a healthy parent is also important. These days most care providers will view health from a holistic perspective to include psychological wellbeing. A healthy baby born to a traumatised parent is not an optimal outcome, and more needs to be done to ensure we care for the physical, emotional and even spiritual well being of parents in this life changing event. A happy and healthy parent means a baby that is cared for and nurtured.

I hope that the information found on this website will help families through the transition into parenthood and help them make informed choices that empower them during the birth process.

Please feel free to use the contact page to get in touch and suggest any information that you would like to see presented here.

“Whenever and However you intend to give birth your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body and your spirit for the rest of your life”

Ina May Gaskin, Midwife