Kelly, Rachel and Lindsay were AMAZING for my first birth (and first home birth) experience. The passion and confidence this team has is unmatched. You can tell they actually care about you, and even after the birth, they are there whenever you need them. A friend of mine shared her birth story with me and since then I have always known that when I got pregnant, my first call would be to Sage Femme. When my water broke and I didn’t go into labor, Kelly worked with me to come up with a plan we both were comfortable with. Fast forward to being in labor and Kelly says my baby is breech. I knew I could do it because they gave me the confidence to deliver my sweet little girl over a month early and feet first!! In a hospital setting, I would have for sure had to have a C-Section and that was the LAST thing I wanted. I am SO THANKFUL for these women for empowering me to have the best birth experience I could have hoped for, and in the comfort of my own home. Not to mention, keeping my husband calm and on-task, which is something i dont think anyone has been able to do ever.... See MoreSee Less
After the experience I had delivering my first child in a hospital (which included unnecessary interventions, unnecessary medications, and complete lack of respect or consideration for myself as the patient), I knew I wanted a different experience than the hospital environment could provide. I had heard of Sage-Femme through a couple friends that had delivered with Kelly. From the beginning, Kelly made me feel comfortable, capable, listened to, respected, and actually involved in my care. Not only that, but my husband and our first child were included and cared for just as much as I was. Kelly really went above and beyond in every aspect of prenatal and postpartum care, and even more so during birth. After my previous birth, I expected to feel some fear and anxiety during labor, but that was not the case. Kelly helped prepare me beforehand, and during labor she was so calming and supportive. Throughout the entire pregnancy/labor/delivery, I felt that I and my baby were safe and in the best hands. I struggled with postpartum depression/anxiety after my first child and was given absolutely no education or support from the hospital/practice I delivered with. From my very first appointment with Sage-Femme, Kelly was proactive in helping me make a plan and manage any potential symptoms. I have always been hesitant when it comes to seeking help for mental health struggles, and Kelly was very compassionate, supportive, and understanding. Because of her care, interventions, and referral to outside resources, the postpartum period after my second child has been much better than the first. I can safely say my family was able to have the experience surrounding pregnancy and childbirth that we were looking for, and I cannot recommend Sage-Femme Midwifery highly enough.... See MoreSee Less
After having an awful hospital birth with my first that resulted in an unnecessary c-section, I knew that I wanted a different experience with our second. Being a VBAC mama I was finding it hard to find a team that would care for and listen to me without pushing a repeat c-section. My husband found Sage-Femme Midwifery and I’m so glad we decided to trust them with our care. Right from the beginning they were amazing. I always felt like everyone on the team cared for me and listened to everything I had to say. They made me feel comfortable and confident to birth outside of the hospital setting. They were also extremely accommodating with appointments and gave me a place to birth in their “birth bnb” because we lived in Rochester. I will always recommend Kelly, Kristen, and their team. The 3 hour drives for appointments and to give birth were absolutely worth it and I would do it again. Thank you to everyone at Sage-Femme; I couldn’t have done it without you!... See MoreSee Less
What can I say, there family! I absolutely adore them all and I’m so grateful that I could be home for my first. And now for my second. To be able to have our first be with us through the whole delivery of his sister! It’s the best feeling in the world and a beautiful moment! ❤️❤️❤️❤️... See MoreSee Less
While we were intrigued by the idea of a home birth, my wife and I were filled with fear and doubt. How does it even work? What happens if you need a doctor? Isn’t the hospital the safest place to be? What if my wife needs drugs to get through the pain? In what scenarios do we have to rush to the hospital? At our first appointment with Kelly her magical aura and calming demeanor immediately put us at ease. She spent 2 hours educating us on the home birth experience and answered all our questions. When we walked out of our appointment my wife and I looked at each other and said, “this is where we need to be.”
With each appointment we broadened our knowledge and felt better prepared for natural birth. For all the dads out there, I highly recommend to make it a priority to attend each appointment. I benefited so much by doing so.
Finally, the day arrived when labor started and I can’t tell you how happy we were that we were in the comfort and familiarity of our own home. Our midwifery team came around 7am that morning and were with us every step of the way for the next 24 hours. My wife had a strenuous delivery and our Sage-Femme team beautifully guided us through it with unyielding positivity. The Sage-Femme team worked hard to keep us motivated and never let doubt or fear creep into the room. The environment was intimate, supportive and spiritual - I cannot imagine how much a hospital birth would have been the opposite.
I would strongly recommend two things: first, have a home birth. Second, work with Sage-Femme; they will deliver you an experience you’ll cherish the rest of your life.... See MoreSee Less