Education & Background
David attended the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC where he received his Doctor of Medicine. He then went on to the Upstate Medical University in Syracuse for Obstetrics/Gynecology training and then onto the University of South Carolina where he was a chief resident in Obstetrics/Gynecology. He spent a significant amount of time abroad working to improve birth conditions for women in Africa and Asia with Medicins Sans Frontieres. His work included overseeing programs emergency obstetrics and vesico-vaginal fistula repair. He is a Professor at The National College of Midwifery, serves as a preceptor for midwives from several other programs, and operates Harvest Moon Women's Health.
So you are probably wondering how he transitioned into becoming a hands off home birth OB that supports undisturbed normal physiologic birth?
"There's a lot of good solid science behind what I was taught, but what the research actually says is far different from how it is put into practice. I started out being frustrated at the unnecessary and often harmful interventions I was seeing and pressured to use and gradually came to realize that obstetricians are taught how to fix broken things but not how the processes of normal physiological birth happen. They don't recognize normal childbirth because they've never seen it." David Hayes
Sarah is an assistant/apprentice midwife with Harvest Moon Women's Health. She has a background in photography and education. She has been drawn towards serving others since she was young. She worked in the Middle East teaching photography and art to kids in refugee camps. When she became pregnant with her daughter she realized her calling all along was to serve women in the childbearing years. She recognized quickly how badly women are treated in this country during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. As she discovered her own power and found her own way through her pregnancy she knew that she would be working towards serving women and helping them recognize their own power as well. Sarah has a Bachelors Degree in Photography/Art and a Masters Degree in Childhood Education. She began coursework the The Ancient Art Midwifery Institute in 2015. She is trained with several midwifery schools doing hands on workshops. She has worked with 6 different midwives during her past 12 months as an apprentice. She has been to mostly home-births and also birth center and hospital births as well. She is CPR and NRP certified. She is currently working with David Hayes and is getting close to reaching 30 births! She is also trained as an herbalist, doula, nutrition counselor, preconception counselor, Thai Massage, and has been working in women's health for 4 years. And she takes amazing birth photos!