About us

Sarah Bay

I’ve been caring for women since 2004 when I graduated from UNH and took my first job as a labor and delivery nurse. While I felt deeply honored to accompany women through childbirth, I also quickly concluded there must be a better way to honor women’s care needs than the traditional, too often impersonal, institutional medical model. With the motivation to practice with more respect and autonomy, I returned to school and graduated from the University of Washington as a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). Following graduation in 2010 I moved back to New Hampshire and founded Hearts and Hands Women’s Care to create a space for holistic women centered care.

As an APRN and CNM, I’ve provided care ranging from full scope women’s health care (annual exam with pap smear, breast exam, birth control as needed) to prenatal and birth-related care in home, birth center and hospital settings. Even with my higher degree, I still found the quality of women’s care experiences limited by systems that treat a woman as a collection of body parts, diagnoses or billing codes – instead of as a whole human being with her own unique needs, her own unfolding life story that deserves time, attention, and supportive connection.

At Hearts and Hands today you’ll experience a collaborative approach that honors your unique needs – in body and mind. I’ll ask you to share your whole health journey, what approaches of care you’ve tried, what’s worked and what hasn’t. From that shared starting point, we’ll explore stepping stones to enhanced wellbeing that include lifestyle changes, supplements, counseling and medication options. At Hearts and Hands, there is no “one size fits all”. I look forward to working with you to craft a plan that fits you, in all your power and beauty.

Why Sarah

The heart represents the connection that is built in a trusting relationship for the caring and healing of your soul and the work of your inner being. The hand represents the physical touch that is needed when working with and healing the physical body. One can’t exist without the other, and one can’t heal without the other shifting, moving and adapting to create balance and wellness.