Sara Skiles is the owner and CEO of Wichita Doula, LLC.
She first decided to enter the doula profession in 2012 after the birth of her son. Having a doula at her birth helped her and her husband enjoy a supported, comfortable and intimate labor and delivery experience. However, many of her peers having babies around the same time expressed being unable to enjoy the same memories of their births, increasing Sara's desire to be a supportive, nonjudgmental cornerstone for new families in the community. She took her first doula training and began birth attendance in 2013.
Shortly after becoming a labor doula, Sara realized that while support and care during labor is essential, birth is a very short phase of the challenge of parenthood - where parents were truly in the most need of professional support was the postpartum recovery period. Having experienced two tumultuous postpartum recoveries, her personal experiences with a wide range of stumbling blocks combined with her professional training make her the ideal companion to provide truly empathetic, knowledgeable, and affirming care for those adjusting to life with a newborn while recovering from childbirth.
In 2015, Sara began to focus on raising the bar for the standards of the doula industry in her area. By implementing sustainable business practices and levels of professional accountability, parents could be assured of receiving the best quality doula care with a personal touch. By 2016 she had fully converted Wichita Doula from a solo operation to a full-service doula agency with a team of professional doulas, all trained to the same standardized methods and philosophies of compassionate doula work, further ensuring the integrity of the client's experience. Sara thrives on the challenges of business management, team building, and customer service and has earned considerable skills and experience in these areas.
Sara maintains certifications in a variety of specialties, including doula care and childbirth education. She lives in Wichita with her husband and two sons, and enjoys blogging, baking, fashion, reading, event planning, and art. Sara enjoys public speaking and providing talks, classes, and workshops to educate the public on doulas, labor & delivery, postpartum mood disorders, and recovery from childbirth.
Education and Certifications
Sara is committed to continuing education in order to bring the most relevant and up-to-date information and support to Wichita Doula's clients. This ongoing list of education will continue to be updated with certificates where applicable.
2013 - 2014
Birth Arts International Doula Training
The Doula Mentor: Webinar Series
Association of Placenta Preparation Arts - Placenta Specialist Training
Hearthside Perinatal Bereavement Doula Training
Advanced Business Training for Birth Workers
Introduction to Midwifery
ACOG Consensus Statement - Penny Simkin Webinar
Trauma-Informed Support for Survivors of Abuse
2015 - 2016
ProDoula Certified Labor Doula Training
ProDoula Certified Postpartum Doula Training
Bloodborne Pathogens Prevention Certification
Perinatal Belly Binding Workshop
ProDoula "Share the Vision" National Conference
ProDoula Certified Childbirth Educator Examination
CPR/First Aid Heartsavers Certification
Bloodborne Pathogens Prevention Certification
AWHONN Peanut Ball Usage During Labor
ProDoula "Speak Your Truth" National Conference
Infant Brain Development & SIDS Prevention Certificate
Breastfeeding | Bottle Feeding | Pumping | Postpartum Recovery | Postpartum Depression | Postpartum Anxiety | Postpartum OCD | Perinatal Mood Disorders | Vaginal Birth | Cesarean Birth | Water Birth | Epidural | Natural Birth | Induction | Multiples | Prematurity | Special Needs Infants | Sleep Training | Attachment Parenting | Scheduled Parenting | Natural Lifestyle | Infant Soothing | Fussy Infant | Education | Public Speaking | Swaddling | Diapering | Nursery Organization | Babyproofing | Baby Registry | Labor Coaching | Support for Dads | LGBT Parents | Surrogacy | Babywearing | Weaning | Trauma Survivors | Miscarriage | Bereavement | Rainbow Baby | Single Parents | Military Parents | Christian Parents | Family Dynamics | Sibling Support | Household Management | Meal Preparation | Meal Planning | Event Planning | Rebozo Techniques | Bengkung Belly Binding | Belly Casting Art | Placenta Encapsulation | Placenta Tincture | Team Building | Business Management | Customer Service | Blogging | Social Media Management |
With a wide variety of personal experiences, diverse client situations, and professional trainings, Sara is prepared to provide nonjudgmental support and a calming, relaxing presence no matter what situation may arise during pregnancy, birth, or postpartum.
Events and Volunteering
2014 Wichita Birth Alliance Improving Birth Fair
Wichita Birth Alliance Volunteer Website Coordinator - 2014-2015
2015 Wichita Birth Alliance Bump to Baby Fair
2015 WBA "Breastmilk" Film Screening
2015 WBA "Microbirth" Film Screening
2016 WBA "Why Not Home" Film Screening
2016 Natural Grocers Teal Pumpkin Halloween
2016 Wichita Moms Blog "Bloom" Expert Panelist
2016 Breastfeeding Advocates of Cowley County Community Baby Shower
Breastfeed El Dorado Volunteer Social Media Manager - 2016-present
2017 Wichita Presenter of No Child Wet Behind 5K Diaper Drive
2017-present Director of Wichita Doula's Annual Diaper Drive
2017 Wichita Moms Blog "Bloom" Expert Panelist
2017 Wichita Baby Gala: The Black Tie Baby Fair - Manager, 2017-present