Chicago Birth Doula
Your Baby. Your Body. Your Birth.
I'm so glad you're here.
My name is Sarah Ruth Bolocan. I grew up the youngest of four children in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California. I acquired a deep love for spending my time in the outdoors from an early age.
My husband Alyosha is my rock. We've been through our fair share of struggles but after 12 years and 3 kids he's still by my side. My family is my biggest inspiration and we spend our days exploring the green corners of the city, gardening, cooking and spending all our spare time by the lake shore when the weather allows it.
My passion for supporting birthing mothers has been growing since I gave birth to my first child 11 years ago. I believe that a mom's fulfillment and empowerment through her birthing journey is essential and not just a nice extra. I've learned however that the feelings of empowerment and fulfillment come from different places for every mom. That's why my doulaing philosophy is that the mother leads the way. You are on a journey of a lifetime and I'm just helping hold the map. The path through labor always has some unexpected obstacles to overcome and that's what I'm here for. A mom's priorities are my priorities, period. It's your baby, your body and your birth and I am always honored to be a part of it.
Yes to: communication, jumping in bodies of water and yellow mangos.
“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”
Dr. John H. Kennell
Statistics Say Using a Doula Can:
decrease in the risk of Cesarean by 39%
increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth by 15%
decrease the use of any medications for pain relief by 10%
decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score by 38%
decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience by 31%
I'm not here to take a partners place. Your partner knows and loves you more than anyone in the room and their role is unique and irreplaceable. A birth partner’s experience of birth matters to me. I'm here to support every birth partner in being as involved as they’d like with the birth.
Evidence-Based Information and Advocacy
I help families connect with evidence-based resources so you can ask great questions and make informed decisions about your birth. I'll always advocate for your very best care.
Emotional and Physical Support
Whether a birth is completely unmedicated or medically very complex, every family can benefit from nurturing and connection through the journey of childbirth.
I offer touch, counter pressure, breathing techniques and positioning ideas to aid in comfort and progression durring labor.
My Services Include
Birth Doula -$1200
Two prenatal appointment: The first prenatal will be to establish priorities, walk through the stages of labor and create an outline for a personalized birth plan. The second prenatal will be discuss comfort measures and positioning, review breastfeeding basics and finalize a postpartum plan.
Support drafting your birth plan
Email and phone support from the time our contract is signed until 2 weeks postpartum.
24 hour on call labor support beginning at 37 weeks.
Continuous support through labor up until one hour after delivery.
Breast feeding support during the first hour of life.
One Postpartum visit within the first week of birth.