Elizabeth MaNGum Sarach
Elizabeth is currently navigating the chaotic world of parenting two children, expanding her work in the “birth world” as a licensed clinical social worker, doula and childbirth educator, and birth assistant (in training) at the Brooklyn Birth Center. Elizabeth loves her work and brings her whole heart to it. She specializes in the treatment of Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders in pregnancy and the postpartum period for women and their partners.
Credentials & Experience
In 1998 Elizabeth moved to NYC and began her career in social work. After several years of working with teenage girls in the foster care system she was inspired to explore supporting them in a different capacity. In 2004 Elizabeth became a doula and has since supported over 200 families in hospitals, birth centers, and home births in New York City, Austin, TX, and around the world (check out the blog of her motorcycle trip from London to Capetown in 2004 -www.birthfromthebackseat.blogspot.com!). She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, where she graduated in 1997. She has completed a year in the foundations coursework at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She has participated in the following postgraduate coursework for social work and birth work:
- Breastfeeding Counselor Training with IBCLC, Lea Todaro December 2017
- Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders – Postpartum Support International May 2017
- “Maternal Mental Health Intensive” Certificate (16hrs)- Seleni Institute May 2016
- “Fierce Compassion: An Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy" – Adelphi University Nov. 2015
- “ReKindling Intimacy: A Clinical Framework for Couples Therapists”- Ackerman Institute Oct. 2015
- Ackerman Institute for the Family Foundation Year One – 2009
Elizabeth has been certified via Lamaze as a Childbirth Educator, is a Dona International trained doula and is trained in Hypnobirthing, Birthing From Within, and the BOLD Method for Birth childbirth education model. She trained with SpinningBabies and Gena Kirby’s Childbirth and the Rebozo course. In addition to all of this, she teaches her own Freedom to Birth personalized childbirth preparation course. In addition to therapy for individual women and couples, Elizabeth offers private consultations to help answer basic questions about birth or to process a difficult or traumatic birth experience.
Elizabeth's fertility journey led her to the birth of her daughter, Cora, in May 2013 at her home in Austin, TX. In Feb 2015 she took another wild ride and gave birth to her son, Alister, also born with a midwife and a doula team at home. As her children grow, she continues to shape her parenting approach and attempts to maintain a "progress not perfection" model daily.
In May 2015 Elizabeth and her family returned to Brooklyn and re-settled in their home of NYC. In her free time, she enjoys connecting with friends and family, the great outdoors, and moving her body via bicycling, yoga, and dance!