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Testimonials

My husband and I hired Sara (Piccioni) as a doula for the recent delivery of my first child. I had a beautiful pregnancy, but as a first time mom at 40 with fibroids and anemia, I was concerned about delivery and potential complications. I kept reading about the better birth outcomes when doulas are present and through some internet research was able to find Sara. From our first conversation, I knew she was the one for my husband and I. She made us feel calm, yet informed and she didn't diminish any of my concerns, but helped me put them into perspective given all of the births she has witnessed. She sent over and provided tons of information to help us feel prepared for whatever was to come.

When it came time for the big day, I was being induced and Sara helped me with what to expect. She was there for my husband and I with whenever we needed. Despite my doubts, I ended up delivering vaginally and I really feel that Sara being a part of my team was a key piece (among many) to this. She gave me the confidence that I could do it and talked me through things before and as they were happening. She helped me manage my pain, guided and cheered me on through pushing, and was a huge source of information and comfort to my husband.

I would recommend Sara to anyone looking for a doula. She is easy to talk to, knowledgeable without being pushy and is truly an advocate for the parents. My husband and I were so blessed to find her!

Evan W. of Fairfax, VA

We are so grateful to have had Sara as our doula for the birth of our son. As first time parents, we were very unsure about what we wanted and were interested in getting as much information as possible. Additionally, it was important to me that I find a doula who would be supportive of all of my choices, including the decision to use an epidurlal, if that's what I felt I needed in the moment. Sara was kind, compassionate, and always ready with practical suggestions. (Additionally, she was great at providing me with "just enough" information to make a decision and not overwhelming me with details, which is a trap I frequently found myself falling into during pregnancy.)

Our labor was unexpectedly fast, and we were only arrived at the hospital less than an hour before our son was born. Even still, Sara was "with" us every step of the way by phone at home, and she arrived at the hospital in time to be a tremendous help during a very quick labor. Her communication style was exactly what I needed in the moment: direct and supportive, and she also helped me to avoid an epistiotomy when my son's heartrate dropped, which was my biggest fear going into birth. 

After the birth, she stuck around to help get us settled in our room, and even went out and picked up lunch for us! Her postpartum follow up was incredibly reassuring, and she's been kind enough to answer the occasional postpartum recovery question. We are so grateful to have found Sara and would highly recommend her to anyone having a baby! 

Jacklyn M. of Silver Spring, MD

Sara's doula expertise is unmatched, and yet that’s not even her best asset - it’s her heart and compassion for the families in her care. I first met Sara when I had to tell her why the doula I'd been assigned didn't feel like a good fit. She listened to my every word, reminded me it was okay to not be a fit with someone, and then offered herself up because she felt she was the best of her network to match my needs. Her smallest reassurances made all the difference when you are a nervous and anxious FTM. She loved getting the quick message about the baby's health and any updates our OB had. When my induction started, she was on top of things explaining what was happening and what could come next and helped us make decisions on which direction to take. When the baby's HR started to drop and the nurses were running around trying to save baby, Sara paid attention to my husband who wasn't allowed to stand near me and who felt helpless and confused by the unexplained medical chaos. My labor progressed to 10 cm in less than 3 hours, which gave Sara literally no time to get to us, but she hopped in her car, rushed over, stayed on the phone with me the whole time, AND sent another doula to us who was only a 5 minute drive away in case she didn't make it. In that moment, every action she took was to make sure I had a delivery experience that was safe, healthy, and left me feeling good about the experience. She got there and stayed with us through the baby's first hours of life. She made sure we ate, watched the baby like a hawk, took pictures, laughed with us, comforted me, and reflected on the journey.

I was struggling so much during the first few weeks postpartum and a single text turned phone conversation with her helped me feel like a good mom again.

Somehow she always knows what you need even when you don't, and that is her magic! 

Karen O. of Ashburn, VA

Sara's doula expertise is unmatched, and yet that’s not even her best asset - it’s her heart and compassion for the families in her care. I first met Sara when I had to tell her why the doula I'd been assigned didn't feel like a good fit. She listened to my every word, reminded me it was okay to not be a fit with someone, and then offered herself up because she felt she was the best of her network to match my needs. Her smallest reassurances made all the difference when you are a nervous and anxious FTM. She loved getting the quick message about the baby's health and any updates our OB had. When my induction started, she was on top of things explaining what was happening and what could come next and helped us make decisions on which direction to take. When the baby's HR started to drop and the nurses were running around trying to save baby, Sara paid attention to my husband who wasn't allowed to stand near me and who felt helpless and confused by the unexplained medical chaos. My labor progressed to 10 cm in less than 3 hours, which gave Sara literally no time to get to us, but she hopped in her car, rushed over, stayed on the phone with me the whole time, AND sent another doula to us who was only a 5 minute drive away in case she didn't make it. In that moment, every action she took was to make sure I had a delivery experience that was safe, healthy, and left me feeling good about the experience. She got there and stayed with us through the baby's first hours of life. She made sure we ate, watched the baby like a hawk, took pictures, laughed with us, comforted me, and reflected on the journey.

I was struggling so much during the first few weeks postpartum and a single text turned phone conversation with her helped me feel like a good mom again.

Somehow she always knows what you need even when you don't, and that is her magic! 

Serena S. of Arlington, VA

More kind words from the families we supported.

"I found Sara well into my third trimester, I was unsure for a while if I even wanted a doula, but after meeting her with my husband I knew she was what I was looking for. I wanted someone to help us know what was going on and help us know all of our options, after all he and I decided to skip all the classes, and she did exactly that. We had our first prenatal appointment with her and loved how she helped us figure out our birth plan and what we wanted and taught us some different techniques for pain management and things to try.

 

A week later my water broke unexpectedly at 36 weeks and when I called her, she helped me calm down and reassured me that everything would be fine. She met us at the hospital and was there the entire time. The labor was far from what we thought, but sara was there every step of the way. From getting the epidural that I was trying so hard to avoid, to almost being forced into a c section, she was the calm breath of fresh air that I needed as I mentally wanted to panic. 

 

 

 

 

 

When i felt like my body was failing me and not doing what it needed, she was there to calm me and help me through the crazy contractions and letting me know how well I was doing when I felt defeated.

 

I also must say that she offered to take pictures of the birth and they are truly so special. Something my husband and I will be able to look back on for that very special moment our son was born. I now know, that if my husband and I have another child, I will be calling Sara as soon as possible to make sure she will be available for us again."

"In the end, our boy arrived as healthy as could be without the c section and I'm not sure how I would have been able to do it without her with me."

Photo captured  by Sara Piccioni

-Amanda C. Thurmont, MD

"I had the pleasure of working with Dina as my Doula, I had a very traumatic delivery with my first son and really wanted some extra support with this delivery. Dina was extremely knowledgeable about the different aspects to help me along with my labor along with being a great advocate for what my birth plan was to the health staff. She stayed up with me and walked me around the hospital at 3 in the morning to get things kick-started with my induction and stayed by my side the entire time. She also was very involved with any information given to me in case I forgot or was distracted by a contraction.

 

I couldn’t be happier to have had Dina there with me and for me the whole time her presence really put my mind at ease, and it was very easy to work with her and develop a good relationship! I can’t imagine having another child without her help and will recommend her to anyone and everyone I know who is pregnant!!! She is truly amazing!​​"

"Changes had to be made to my birth plan along the way but she made sure I was comfortable with all of the changes that took place."

-Michelle P. Williamsport, MD

Photo captured by Dina Piccioni

"Cant ever say enough about Delicate Touch Births. I met Sara late in my 3rd trimester- 37 ish weeks!- but it was almost as if she had been present my entire pregnancy. The constant care was amazing. Always checking in, letting me bother her with endless queations, making sure I had everything available I needed, and overall just being a constant breath of fresh air.

 

Labor day came and I was feeling as calm as ever. As the day/night progressed and turned into everything that wasnt on the plan,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I ended up not having Sara by my side but through the constant reminders that I was strong and made to do this, Lailah and I(along with my significant other), made it through. If I had to do it all over, Id find her even sooner."

 

"Sara stayed by my side ensuring I remained calm, even in the movements I was yelling at everyone. In the end, my delivery did a 360."

-Nicole H. Frederick, MD

"Sara Piccioni has been an amazing friend and doula before, during and after the birth of my baby girl Juliana. Being a first time mom, I didn’t know much. Most women seeking a doula may want to birth as naturally as possible, but I knew an epidural would be the route for me!

 

In my experience, she arrived at my home shortly after I called and provided calming care. Once at the hospital Sara was my voice (in conjunction with my husbands) when I couldn't use mine. I highly recommend Sara’s doula services for any prospective mothers looking for a highly educated, respectful,, sweet and extremely helpful doula. She is truly worth every penny! I will surely use her again for baby #2 in likkkkkke 4 years! Lol. "

"Sara is an advocate for whatever type of birthing experience you would like."

Elaine B. Frederick, MD

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Photo captured  by Sara Piccioni
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Sara has the secret touch! During my labor, I felt every bit of the pain, and literally the presence of Sara alone helped me find peace, and relaxation during my 48 hour labor.





I can't forget the comfort she gave my boyfriend throughout this process. He at first was unsure about having a Doula, but Sara helped him understand the importance of his role during our first birth. She was patient and made sure he learned everything he could, to make sure he was involved, and there for me physically, mentally, and emotionally. I don't think we will ever go without her for my future pregnancies!

"She has a passion that is SO hard to find, and is truly an advocate for all soon to be mothers. She has a gift, and I am so honored to have shared such a memorable experience with her by my side."

Layla N. Germantown, MD

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