About Sarah

Welcome to the Mama Birth About/FAQ page!  
Who is Mama Birth?
That's me.
Mama Birth is Sarah Clark. I live in Ukiah, California, a little town tucked in a valley about an hour from the ocean and short drive to the redwood forests. I grew up here and I am raising my children here. I teach birth classes and provide placenta encapsulation in Ukiah, California. I am a mother of 4 (yes 4!). I also serve on the management team for Birth Boot Camp. I handle writing and instructor training for the company. I love my work and love that it allows me to stay home with my children and share the joys of birth with others.

I started writing this blog years ago to help me communicate my passion. There was so much I wanted to share with the world. I never imagined the avenues it would open up for me or the number of people who would read it. I don't spend as much time here any more, as my life has become more busy and my work has taken a lot of my writing time. But I love that the simple act of writing and sharing has helped me grow as a person and meet so many wonderful people. Don't be afraid to write! I am proof that it doesn't have to be perfect to make people think. (If you are trying to get in touch with me, the best way is via email. sarah@birthbootcamp.com)
The women I work most closely with- left to right: Donna Ryan, me, April Francom and Alexa Gumm.

My first was born in a hospital, my second in a birth center, my third at home and my last at home again, but this time an unexpected unassisted birth.  All were born with joy and without pain relief medication.

Because I was so enthralled by my birth experiences I wanted to share that joy with others.  A few years later I became certified to teach The Bradley Method.  You can read about my current classes in Ukiah, CA, here.

But now I am teaching the new and better than anything else BIRTH BOOT CAMP!!! natural childbirth classes- and I love them.   And they offer online birth classes if you can't attend live!

Yes- I think you should take a birth class! 

I also write regularly for the Mothering Magazine blog.  You can find my entries over there.

And once upon a time, in a galaxy far far away, I got a degree in Anthropology. That prepared me well for a career in food service and...this!

I did a long phone interview with a student recently for her blog.  If you are interested in what we talked about (it was mostly birth, of course), you can find it on her blog, Roudy Prisoners.

What the heck!  Why are you so opinionated about natural birth?  

Ouch.  (I have heard this one a few times.)  I am pretty opinionated about natural birth.  This post explains why.

Yes, I love natural birth.  I don't think it is easy, but I do think it is doable and I do think it is worth it.  I don't  preach this stuff because I think I am better than anybody, but I do think it is pretty dang tragic that women are missing out on what can be an incredible experience and instead are experiencing something mediocre, tragic, or just blah. I want all women to have an amazing, empowering, euphoric birth experience. It changed my life and it can change yours.
My family. I am a lucky lady.

What do you talk about on your blog?

Mostly I talk about natural birth and how awesome it is.  Occasionally I  go on about the funny things that happen to me that have to do with my day job as a mom of four.  And every once in a while I wax emotional about the beauties of motherhood and the spiritual side of parenting.  I also LOVE to share positive birth stories.  You can e-mail yours to me.  You can find over 100 birth stories on this blog, most of them here. I also find birth-esque books in my mail box now and again and I do book reviews. Love that!

Hey- who does your editing?  Do they smoke weed because there are LOTS of errors.

Umm....I do my editing and no, I don't smoke weed.  I just post late at night and nobody reads it over for me.  Sometimes my dad will send me grievous mistakes that I make.  As it turns out, it is really hard to notice your own mistakes when you wrote it, and it is midnight, and you got five hours of broken sleep the night before.  Well, at least it is for me.  You can gently e-mail me any mistakes- I DO correct and I DO really try not to give out inaccurate information.

There are some beautiful pictures on your blog!  Can I steal them?

Please don't.  Many of my pictures are from my FABULOUS readers!  They donate them for use on the blog.  They gave me permission to use them, but sadly, not you.  You can leave pictures you would like to share on the Mama Birth Facebook page or you can e-mail them to me.  I love sharing your amazing pics and I always need more.

How can I contact you?

If you are interested in a birth class, doula services, or placenta encapsulation in Ukiah, California, then call me! 472-7071. Otherwise, please e-mail me at sarah(at)birthbootcamp(dot)com.
I would love to hear from you, sign you up for a class, or talk to you about becoming a Birth Boot Camp instructor or doula. I love my job and you will love it too! The world needs more real women teaching and supporting amazing birth experiences.

If you would like a fabulous group of women to learn from and soak up their wisdom, I strongly recommend the Mama Birth Facebook page.


Banned From Baby Showers said...

I LOVED THIS!! And just today, I described you as possibly the most sarcastic person I know. I enjoyed your made up questions. Highly entertaining at 12:30 in the morning!

Sasha Savy said...

This is hilarious! Glad to know more about you!

Kelly said...

Good morning! Love your blog. Thank you for the work you do! I am also from Sonoma County (currently trapped in the central valley). So, I posted on my blog about why we had a home birth, and included the link to my birth story (which you're welcome to share!). My post started circulating Facebook (not among people I know) and all the commentary is negative-- that I am basically a horrible person for endangering my baby by choosing to have a lovely, safe birth at home. Please check it out and even share if you would! I know I'm not alone in my choice, but it would be great to have some supporters showing that there's another (excellent) way to have a baby outside of a hospital. Thanks :)


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