Sarah Branson CNM, MSN
“To be a midwife means to listen to your clients. I believe people have innate wisdom about their bodies. During pregnancy and birth people are called upon to listen to their bodies even more closely. By pairing that wisdom with the expertise and experience of a midwife, families will be able to travel the path to bring forth their children in an empowered and satisfying way, whatever path birth takes.”
Sarah has always embraced the idea that birth is a normal physiologic event, but also a watershed life event that should be treated with reverence. This belief became her vocation path when she answered the call towards midwifery over 30 years ago after giving birth to her oldest son in a free-standing birth center in Oregon with a nurse midwife, then birthing her daughter and younger son at home in Michigan with a talented and skilled community midwife.
Sarah began her midwifery career as an apprentice with her own midwife and had the honor of attending her midwife as she gave birth. Soon thereafter, she received her nursing degree from Ferris State University in Michigan, working first as a medical-surgical and then a labor and delivery nurse. She enrolled in a cutting-edge (for the time) program called CNEP, Community Based Nurse-Midwifery Education Program, through what is now Frontier Nursing University graduating in 1994 with her Master of Science in Nursing. She has practiced in a hospital-based practice, as a home-birth midwife and now as a birth center midwife. Sarah was also fortunate to attend births while teaching overseas both in Brazil and Japan.
“The best decision I ever made for myself is choosing midwifery care for bringing my baby. Even though my plan to give birth at the birthing center didn't happen (I had to deliver at the hospital due to prolonged labor 70 hours after my water broke), my midwife Sarah ensured to give me the best care and helped me to birth my baby the way I wanted, natural without an epidural. She helped me to find a position to make my labor progress, and went above and beyond to create a positive birth experience for me, even during pandemic.
Prenatal care was also amazing, and I even miss my monthly visits. Thank you!“ - Olga S.
“ I switched to this midwife practice late in my pregnancy and knew a lot of what was involved with midwife care as it was a second pregnancy. I chose to give birth at Danbury Hospital and had Sarah Branson as my midwife. She was INCREDIBLE. In middle of covid restrictions I was nervous about the support I would receive. She whole hardheartedly advocated for me despite nudging from Danbury Hospital nurses who would rather I birthed a different way. Her positive attitude in midst of a normal but personally challenging birth was so appreciated. On top of it, at my post partum check up, my newborn had his first diaper blow out while I had left my diaper bag in the car. She not only found a diaper for him, she RINSED OUT HIS ONSIE. The practice is lucky to have her.” - Radha P.
In the community...
Sarah lives in Mystic, Connecticut with her husband and their geriatric dog and cat. Their three children are spaced around the hemisphere in New Jersey, Los Angeles and Curitiba, Brazil. They have five loving and loud grandsons that are their joys. Sarah enjoys running, hiking, boxing and is currently writing her first novel.