Sara Zia

Sara moved to Charlottesville to pursue graduate studies in philosophy at UVA and has been working as a yoga instructor since completing her degree in 2009. Since high school, and until the recent birth of her own baby she worked intimately within families providing childcare. Sara’s path as a doula began when she attended a prenatal yoga training with a view to expanding her teaching repertoire. She arrived assuming she would merely be learning how to adapt postures to the pregnant body but walked away with much more, including her own birth plan and a bottomless respect for women and their capacity to grow and give birth to new human beings. Sara’s background in yoga, philosophy and caretaking shape her personality and approach as a doula.

Sara’s passion for working with women in the childbearing year grew as she continued to lead mamas in prenatal and postpartum yoga practice, putting her on a path to become a homebirth midwife. During her first year as a student midwife Sara experienced her own first pregnancy and became a mama when Sufi Grace was born. She would not change a thing about the way Sufi was born and is so proud of what she accomplished on that long, mystical morning. Sara wants to support women in birth such that they might look back on their experience with the same self-compassion, sense of empowerment and pride.

Each birth Sara has attended to date has been an unprecedented gift; she cannot imagine not being on this path. Sara believes that every pregnant woman is the site of a new miracle, that birth is a sacred gift and an opportunity for spiritual transcendence. Sara is grateful and honored to be present with a woman in all her beauty as she claims her power, and then, at that miraculous intersection where soul meets body in breath--when a new baby, a new woman and a new family is born.