Elizabeth Mangum-Sarach is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Birth and Postpartum Doula, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, and Childbirth Educator with over two decades of experience supporting women and families in pregnancy and the postpartum period. She specializes in the treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and has a trauma-informed approach in her work. She enjoys mentoring new and seasoned doulas and guiding them through the processing of births. She recently joined the team at the Brooklyn Birth Center as a Birth Assistant. Elizabeth loves her work and brings her whole heart to it.
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 birth 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. 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:
Forward Facing Trauma Therapy - Compassion Unlimited - Spring 2018
Breastfeeding Counselor Training with IBCLC, Lea Todaro - December 2017
Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders – Postpartum Support International - May 2017
Maternal Mental Health Intensive Certificate - 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 – 2009-2010
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. She has developed and facilitates her own personalized childbirth preparation course, Freedom to Birth, and teaches this privately in people's homes.
In addition to therapy for individual women and couples, Elizabeth offers private consultations to help answer basic questions to those who are newly pregnant and need guidance in navigating the NYC birth system. She also offers short term processing sessions for both new parents and birth workers who are in need of working through 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 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, camping in the great outdoors, bicycling through the park, yoga, and dance!