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Sally Dear-Healey, Ph.D., PPNE, CBE, Doula


Sally has worked in the birth field for over thirty years. She is a certified Labor Assistant and has attended home births as an apprentice midwife and hospital births as a Doula. She received her Doctorate in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Feminist Theory from Binghamton University. Her dissertation was a tri-generational study of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors in pregnancy, birth, early mothering, and family healthcare. She taught for over 20 years at the university level, including ten years in Human Development and three years in Child and Family Studies. Her research areas are pregnancy and birth, prenatal and perinatal psychology, family health, and family violence. Sally is the Co-Director of Education for the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) and is a faculty member with the Chicago based HealthConnect One’s Birth Equity Leadership Academy (BELA). She also serves on the BirthWorks Board of Directors and is a Trainer for Birth Works Childbirth Education, Doula, and ACED (Advanced Childbirth Education Doula) workshops. She is the mother of three birth daughters, a son, and grandmother to nine.