Sassafras Birth Services is owned and operated by Christina Clark Okarmus. She provides birth and postpartum doula services and childbirth education to birthing people and their families in the Montgomery, Alabama area. When she began Sassafras Birth Services in March 2015, she envisioned a practice that would honor the autonomy of birthing people and that would respect the sanctity, power, and nature of birth. As she pondered what could symbolize those things, a dear friend suggested a sassafras tree. Sassafras trees grow in a variety of spaces, including spaces where it may be difficult for other trees to grow. Sassafras trees also have many medicinal purposes. The sassafras tree is a unique portrait of the birthing person, as they grow deeply during birth, in whatever circumstance they give birth, and provide love and care for their newborn.
Photo credit: Heather Goodbread Photography
"I believe that birth is one of the most beautiful, courageous, and amazing things a human body can do. How and where you give birth is as important as the outcome of your birth - these things will impact the rest of your life and how you bond with your baby.
As your doula, I will support the birth you want. I will work with your birth team to advocate for your wishes. As your childbirth educator, I will give you tools to have a positive birth experience. I trust birth and I trust your ability to give birth."
Welcome to Sassafras Birth Services
Christina's Birth Philosophy