Oneiria Birth Services


/o·nei·ria/ōˈnīria/
noun
realm of dreams





POET, EDUCATOR,
BIRTHKEEPER, MIDWIFERY STUDENT


Welcome :) My name is Sonja and I’m a poet, educator, birthkeeper, and quantum midwifery student now serving Boston, MA, Manchester, NH, Portland, ME, and the surrounding areas. I came to birth work as a child of home birth. My mom squatted me to earth in the comfort of her bedroom, and later planted my placenta under a tree. While sensitive to the intensities of birth and the complexities of care, I also believe birth shouldn’t have to be an experience accompanied by powerlessness and fear. It is my vision to support birthers in achieving a gentle, mindful, dignified, and emotionally fulfilled birth. I am a warm, grounded, caring, and protective presence for you.


I believe my imagination, creativity and criticality combine to make a unique presence in the birthing space. As a poet, I’m invested in meditative and poetic modes of thinking and perceiving, which ground and balance me in a field that is becoming increasingly calculative and mechanized. Poetry is a natural compliment to birthing as both engage with poetic (nonlinear) movement, time, breath, and altered and instinctive states of being. Birth is a sacred and transformational process that must be supported and protected according to the wishes of the birther.

I’m passionate about returning power and autonomy to birth givers. In following a birther-led model of care, I meet you where you are while also helping to facilitate your own journey into harnessing power, wholeness and direction within yourself. I provide a continuity of support, which includes prenatal, birth and postpartum support, hypnobirthing classes, placenta encapsulation, belly binding, herbal suggestions, lactation education, bereavement/loss support and donation-based abortion companionship. I respect all birthing people and birth choices. My practice is trauma informed and operates on a sliding scale depending on your compensation availability.





EDUCATION & TRAININGS

*BA English and Creative Writing (University of Iowa)

*MFA Poetry (New York University)
*Provisionally Certified Birth Doula (DONA)
*Certified HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator (HypnoBirthing Institute)
*Certified Postpartum Doula (Cornerstone)
*Certified Placenta Encapsulation Professional (Moon Arts)
*Enrolled in Breastfeeding Educator (Birth Arts International)
*Enrolled in Certified Herbalist (Heart of Herbs)
*Completed Grandma's Hands Pregnancy & Postpartum Herbs & Nutrition in the Southern Tradition
*Trained in Belly Binding with Tema Mercado
*Certified in Prebirth Emotional Trauma (BABS)
*Completed Baby First Aid/CPR/AED (Red Cross)
*Enrolled in Quantum Midwifery (The Matrona)







“I could not speak more highly of Sonja or recommend her to other women more strongly. She was with us from the very beginning of an almost 60 hour labor and stayed until after the baby was born. She was a tremendous help to both me and my husband. I don’t think I would have been able to get through it without her.” -Nataleigh

“Sonja, my doula, was amazing.” -Savannah


“We did a hypnobirthing class with Sonja and I am so grateful for the experience! She’s a wonderful instructor and has such a beautifully encouraging presence. She does so great with instilling confidence, I highly recommend!” -Veronica
“Sonja is one of the most sensitive, in tune, attentive boss ladies I know.” -Zeynep

“Having known Sonja for almost a decade, I can say she is most definitely a woman you want by your side. Even though it’s been years since we lived together, her friendship and strength still keeps me grounded. I almost want to have a baby just so she could be my doula. For now, I stay dog mom.“ -Audrey


“Thank you Sonja for encapsulating my placenta. You are amazing, and I am forever grateful for your generosity towards Blythe and I. You Rock!!” -Simone

“I had my first postpartum checkup, and my uterus has shrunk all the way back to normal down there. It’s my last week of bellybinding, which I attribute my fast recovery to.” -Phoebe