A Bit More About Me

Nurturing Care

Lydia-Carlie (she/her) is a queer, Black Haitian birthworker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her journey as birthworker began very early; she was raised in a multi-generational Haitian household where she was immersed in the births around her and fascinated with caring for her younger sibling and cousins. 
She is a certified Birth & Postpartum Doula, a Reiki Master/Teacher and a certified Neuromuscular Massage Therapist with a focus in prenatal and postpartum massage. 
Her practice, SageFemme Prenatal Massage & Doula Services supports families through their pregnancy and birth journeys. 
Her mission with SageFemme is to fill the gaps in prenatal care and postpartum recovery through therapeutic massage therapy services and comprehensive birth support services. She believes that the journey to pregnancy through birth is a marathon that requires a support team! She offers the guidance, emotional support and physical support needed during this time so that every birthing experience is safe, positive, and empowering.

 
Image by Shelly Shell

"Lespwa fe viv - Hope makes one live."

Haitian Proverb

 

Training

Education and Background


I’ve received training from certified organizations, federally accredited schools, and maintain my skills and knowledge through continued education and research. Continuous training helps me stay up to date with the most relevant information, and ensures I’m providing you with the best care possible. I invite you to review my training qualifications and experience below.

I am always looking for avenues to further my education and continue fostering my integrative approach. My next adventure is beginning my studies towards becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife & Reproductive Health Nurse Practitioner.

Contra Costa WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Training, August 2020

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

  • Breast/Body/Chestfeeding Support & Education

    • Preparation during pregnancy​​

    • Support immediately after birth

    • In-Home/Virtual support as needed

    • Overcoming obstacles and common barriers through active listening

    • Creating plans that support bodyfeeding when it's time to return to work

    • Talking points for workplace self-advocacy while on your breast/chest/bodyfeeding journey

    • Understanding the mechanics of Breast/Body/Chestfeeding​

Cornerstone Doula Training, September 2018

Certified Postpartum Doula

Cornerstone Postpartum Doulas Training Scope:

"To provide continuous unbiased, client-centered support throughout the reproductive lifespan. This support focuses on the whole person, family, and community and encompasses emotional, physical, psychosocial, and educational support techniques. Cornerstone doulas employ individualized supportive communication, culturally responsive care, hands-on therapeutic techniques and an equitable approach with all clients."

  • Postpartum doula roles 

  • Trauma-informed care

  • Therapeutic communication techniques

  • Culture and postpartum traditions

  • Nutrition -- the science and traditional wisdom.

  • Common complaints and remedies for discomforts in the postpartum period

  • How to support a client post-cesarean

  • Babycare

  • Common newborn issues

  • Sleeping arrangements

  • Physiologically and psychologically nurturing sleep support techniques

  • Newborn psychological needs

  • Postpartum mood disorder spectrum and community resources

  • Creating a client-centered plan in the event of a postpartum mental health crisis

  • A full 6-hour intensive lactation and nursing support module led by a certified lactation educator is included in this training.

Cornerstone Doula Training, September 2018

Labor and Birth Doula Training

Cornerstone Doulas Training Scope:

"To provide continuous unbiased, client-centered support throughout the reproductive lifespan. This support focuses on the whole person, family, and community and encompasses emotional, physical, psychosocial, and educational support techniques. Cornerstone doulas employ individualized supportive communication, culturally responsive care, hands-on therapeutic techniques and an equitable approach with all clients."

  • Prenatal and postpartum visits - what to go over and how to conduct them

  • Anatomy and physiology of labor and birth

  • Emotional support techniques for every phase of labor

  • Supportive and therapeutic communication techniques

  • Physical support techniques for every phase of labor, including: Breathing, vocalization, positions, counter pressure, communication, therapeutic touch  ranging from massage, pushing, movement, 

  • Trauma-informed care

  • Labor and birth interventions

  • Implicit bias

  • Systemic racism and its direct effect on health, healthcare delivery, and birth outcomes.

  • Advocacy & navigating systems

  • Birth justice and equity

  • Culturally responsive doula care

  • Community resources

Body Therapy Education, November 2017

Advanced Perinatal Massage Seminar

  • Expansion of pelvic technique repertoire focusing on nerve entrapments; pelvic ligaments and trigger points; sacroiliac, lumbosacral and symphysis pubis joints; iliopsoas and quadratus lumborum muscles

  • Intra-pelvic fascial techniques for reproductive health and fertility

Body Therapy Education, April 2014

Prenatal, Perinatal, and Postpartum Massage Therapy Certification

  • Intensive practice of specific perinatal techniques used clinically for over 30 years

  • Skills to meet the physical and emotional childbearing needs of pregnant people

  • Understanding of all phases of maternity MT care: pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, normal and not-so-perfect pregnancies

  • Ideal positioning, and powerful, subtle touch techniques

  • Guidance in career- protective body mechanics and techniques

National Holistic Institute, San Jose, 2013

Massage Therapy, Health Education, and Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy Certification

1350 hours of advanced massage therapy education covering the following subjects and more: Gross Human Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology, Kinesiology, Advanced Deep Tissue, Clinical Sports Massage, Pain Science, Orthopedic Assesment, and Myofascial Pain & Dysfunction

 

SageFemme Birth Services

(424) 260-3691

Half Moon Bay, CA
Serving the Coastside and Peninsula Bay Area Communities

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