Meet The Birth Center Doulas

Sarah Korbeck, DPT, CIMI

(Private Doula)

After fourteen years as a practicing pediatric physical therapist, Sarah feels beyond blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of The Birth Center community. She truly believes that supporting birthing mothers, their beautiful babies, and their precious families is a gift.

She received her Bachelor of Science from Towson University, then continued on to complete her Masters and Doctorate of Physical Therapy, at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. Following graduation in 2003, she has practiced as a licensed pediatric physical therapist in the Cecil County Public School System’s Infant and Toddler Program, Child Find Program and Special Education program. She is certified by the International Loving Touch Foundation, Inc. as a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) and teaches “Mommy and Me” style infant massage class at The Birth Center. Sarah is also an essential oils educator and distributor with Young Living Essential Oils and will be incorporating some essential oils education into her classes. Sarah completed her doula training at The Birth Center through DONA and is a Certified Doula through The Birth Center.

Sarah recently had the opportunity to participate in a mission trip to Haiti, where the birth of a child can be very dangerous due to the conditions they live in and the lack of medical care that they have available to them. Sarah says, “It is something that will fuel me for years to come. We are so very blessed to have amazing places like The Birth Center to support us as we begin the beautiful adventure we call parenthood. What greater gift could I be given, then to have the privilege of walking alongside families and support them on this amazing journey?”

Samantha Sheffler

(Private Doula)

Samantha graduated from Virginia Tech in 2011 with a BS in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, with a focus on exercise physiology. She worked briefly at a diabetes clinic, which served adults, children, and pregnant mamas. While she did enjoy that work, she didn’t feel connected to it. So, she took a risk and left the financially stable job, that utilized the college education she worked so hard for (and paid an arm and a leg for). She went back to a field that she truly loved, working with animals. She worked with dogs for just under 10 years. She became skilled at working with “aggressive”/ “difficult” dogs. She became fluent in the nuanced art of body language. She learned to calm, reassure, and build relationships with troubled dogs. She resigned in 2015 when she became pregnant with my daughter. She was putting myself at risk daily at that job. While she loved what she was doing, she wanted to play it safe with her child. She planned on jumping back into her career with animals, after having her daughter and taking some time to stay home and raise her. However, after she received loving care from The Birth Center (she gave birth in the water birth room), she found a deep passion for helping women on their journey into motherhood. In 2017 she attended DONA training at The Birth Center and is a Certified Doula through The Birth Center. The knowledge she gained about the human body in school and while working at a diabetes clinic, the body language skills she honed while working with animals, the training she received from DONA, as well as her calm, nurturing demeanor help guide her work as a doula.

Lynne Govatos, MPA, CD(DONA)

(Private Doula)

Lynne completed her Master of Public Administration at the University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy and Administration in 2007. After graduation, she worked at UD for more than six years before leaving to focus her attention on her growing family full-time. She currently spends most days at home with her three young children and finds being a mom to be the most challenging and rewarding thing she has ever done. The wonderful support and care she received at TBC inspired her passion for learning about all things related to pregnancy, birth and babies and her desire to support women and families in the childbearing year.

Lynne is certified as a doula by both The Birth Center and DONA International. Additionally, she is a trained Childbirth Educator (Birth Arts International) and is a class instructor at The Birth Center.


Rachel Domenick

(Private Doula)

Rachel is a busy mother of 5 who received a BA in Theater way back when! A trained yoga instructor and massage therapist, Rachel has been working with pregnant moms for over 11 years. She got the “birth bug” after her second baby was born at TBC and is excited to bring her passion to the Birth Center’s doula program.

Lynda DeCesare

(Private Doula)

Lynda’s two children were born at The Birth Center in the mid-1990s, and she has carried those transformative experiences with her ever since. She learned firsthand how joyful and empowering childbirth can be when women are informed, feel safe, and are treated with compassion and respect. 

A graduate of the University of Delaware, Lynda managed a record store for many years. She is now a writer and editor in a Wilmington law firm. Lynda remained a Birth Center client and was thrilled to have the opportunity to complete DONA doula training and become a Birth Center Certified Doula.

Lynda believes that women know what is best for them during pregnancy and childbirth, and she is honored to help them have the birth experience they want. A woman never forgets her childbirth stories. Lynda wants women and their partners to have a birth story they will remember with joy and pride.

Jessica Ladin

(Private Doula)

Jessica moved to Delaware in 2007, “temporarily”, and calls it fate that she stayed and had her two children at The Birth Center in 2012 and 2014. 

Jessica’s passion for pregnancy and birth began when she became pregnant with her first child. She was inspired to become a doula because of the support she received from her caregivers and her doula. Jessica played an active role in her pregnancy and birth by gathering information and using that knowledge to make informed choices, and she hopes to empower other families in the same way during this important time in their lives.
She enjoys spending time in nature and finds comfort in knowing that birth is a sacred natural process. She trusts that our bodies were meant to grow and birth new life, and believes the birth process can be satisfying and joyful when approached with knowledge and confidence.  

Jessica has been professionally trained by DONA and toLabor, and completed a HypnoBirthing series. With the objective of helping families achieve the birth they desire, Jessica is professional, caring, and supportive and honors the birthing families goals.


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“I highly recommend TBC because of the high standard of care and the one-on-one attention that each staff member gives to each client.”

- Kelly