Sally Dear-Healey, PhD, PPNE, CBE, Doula, Trauma-Informed Care Practitioner/Trainer
Hello! My name is Sally Dear-Healey. Please let me tell you a little about myself and my background:
In terms of my education, I hold an AA in Criminal Justice; a BA, MA, and PhD in Sociology; and a Graduate Certificate in Feminist Theory. My dissertation, "Like Mother? Like Daughter? An Exploration of Factors Influencing the Transition of Beliefs, Attitudes, and Behaviors from Mothers to Daughters About Pregnancy, Birth, and Early Mothering" (2011) was a tri-generational mixed-methods research study. My qualifying Area Papers were "Medical Ethics" and "Constructing a Culture of Birth; Motivating Forces for Behavior and Decision-Making in the United States, 1970-2005."
In addition, I have over twenty years’ experience teaching at the university level in Human Development; Child and Family Studies; Sociology, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Criminology teaching classes on topics such as: Prenatal, Infant, and Child Development; Sociology of the Family; Mothering; Feminist Perspectives on Caring; Marriage and Family; Family Perspectives; Contemporary American Family and Community; Troubled Families; Power, Conflict, and Family Violence; Sociology of Health and Healthcare; and Interpersonal Competence and Communication, among others.
My research and writing focuses on prenatal and perinatal psychology; biopsychosocial influences on pregnancy, birth, and mothering/parenting; family health and health-related decision-making and behaviors; interpersonal and family relationships; family conflict and violence; and trauma informed care and resolution.
I am also a Prenatal and Perinatal Educator (PPNE), Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE), Certified Birth Attendant, Doula, Trauma Informed Care Practitioner (TICP) and Trainer, and a Birth Doula Trainer for BirthWorks. I have attended births at home (as the 'second midwife') and in the hospital (as a Doula) for over thirty years. And, while I have always worked with mothers/parents and families during the postpartum period and beyond, I am currently in the process of certifying as a Postpartum Doula with Birth Arts International.
As a La Leche League Leader for over ten years, I supported women who had breastfeeding and related issues and concerns and for over fifteen years I served as the President of the NNY Chapter of the Cesarean Prevention Network (CPM), which is now the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN). The focus of my CPM work was birthing justice and supporting women who wanted a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).
In addition to teaching Complementary and Alternative Medicine I have extensively studied herbal healing, energy medicine, polyvagal theory, neurobiology, trauma-sensitive mindfulness, and Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy (BCST). I am also a certified Reiki Master in the Usui Reiki Ryoho Tradition of Natural Healing. In an effort to continually expand my knowledge and services, I am currently in the process of certifying in Aromatherapy for Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum with Heart of Herbs Herbal School.
I previously served as Co-Director of Education for the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH), where I administered their Prenatal and Perinatal Educator (PPNE) program and facilitated program development. I also served as a faculty member for HealthConnect One's Birth Equity Leadership Academy (BELA).
As a published author I have spoken widely on pregnancy and birth (including pregnancy and birth trauma), prenatal and perinatal psychology, interpersonal and family relationships, parenting, family violence/conflict, and trauma-informed care. I am also certified in Quality of Life Therapy and Coaching and am the owner and CEO of It's Your Life Coaching and Consulting (https://sallydearhealeyphd.com).