Meet Sallay (she/her)!
Hellooo! I am a Sierra Leonean-American Full Spectrum Doula who grew up on the lands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Lipan Apache, Oceti Sakowin, and Ute (otherwise known as Greeley, CO). As a Full Spectrum Birthworker, I provide support through the full spectrum of pregnancy outcomes. I strongly believe everyone deserves to be supported and seen, no matter what their choice or the outcome is. The support I offer is grounded in an understanding that you know more about what you are feeling in your body than anyone. Everyone's body and needs are unique and I am here to support and advocate for you.
For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in birth, understanding how our bodies transform throughout our lives, and how to help people through these changes. I first heard about doulas while I working at a daycare in college. I was really drawn to the community health aspect of doula work and the possibility of being able to provide relationship-based, person-centered care. A seed was planted and I thought that being a doula aligned with what I wanted to do in the future, but didn’t end up taking the leap until early 2022!
Before becoming a doula, I worked as an immunology researcher for 5 years. I love geeking out about the immune system, the microbiome, and learning all the ways to apply this knowledge to support my clients!
As your doula, I provide trauma-informed care that is mindful of potential systemic, historical, and personal triggers that may come up for you.
My practice is rooted in Liberation and Reproductive Justice for all, Queer and Trans-affirming care, anti-oppression, trauma-informed care, and building community networks.
I love going to restaurants and trying new food, chillin in nature, and spending time with my partner Jypsy, our 5-year-old Foxhound mix Otis, and 2-year-old orange Tabby Leo! I also love gardening and caring for plants (we have 55!), laughing and sharing a meal with friends, and listening to music/making playlists!
I really look forward to meeting and talking with you about how I can help you on your journey!
Certifications, Training, and Education
Bachelor of Arts in Biology with Minors in Chemistry and History - Oberlin College (2017)
Full Spectrum Doula - Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings (2022)
Placenta Specialist - The Midwifery Institute (2022)
Infant, Child, Adult FirstAid/CPR/AED -American Red Cross (re-certified in 2022)
Crisis Response for Birthworkers- Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings (2022)
Intro to Infant Massage for Birthworkers- Javi Aviles-Saez (2022)
Fertility & Conception CE- Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings (2022)
Herbal Medicine for Birth Support- Hood Herbalism (2023)
Conversationally fluent in ASL