Allie Sakowicz to be Conferred as one of the Youngest Certified Doulas in the Country

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A teenage birth doula will continue to serve her community by working with young expectant parents after earning a prestigious certification.

Allie Sakowicz, 16, of Park Ridge, Illinois, will be conferred this fall as one of the youngest certified birth doulas in the United States.  The prestigious certification will be presented by Doulas of North America, more commonly known as DONA International.  Doulas are specially trained in helping women through their pregnancy and birth by providing physical and emotional support.  At present there are over 7000 doulas certified by DONA International. Allie's certification is expected to be finalized in November.
 
In reflecting on her upcoming accomplishment, Allie says, "It's truly an honor to be included in this elite level of people.  I've learned that the dedication they're able to show to mothers-to-be is simply incredible.  I feel as though this is truly a calling as I continue toward my dream of becoming a physician specializing in obstetric care."
 
Doula certification typically entails extensive training which includes many hours of study and classes along with assisting mothers during their birth experience. Allie primarily works with teenage mothers in order to help them better understand and appreciate the miraculous event.
 
"Allie's compassion and understanding make her mature beyond her years; the teen moms she serves now benefit from her passion for birthing just as her future patients will when she becomes a doctor." says DONA-certified birth doula Hannah Matthews Williamson of Schaumburg, Illinois.  "She is getting a good foundation in learning the 'people' side of the birth world through her doula work that will benefit every woman and family she serves as she furthers her career, which I know will be a long and great one,” she added.

The 16-year-old Maine South High School junior is also an accomplished freelance writer with over 30 published articles in both regional and national magazines.  Publications have included such popular titles as Odyssey Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Scrubs Magazine and Chicago Parent Magazine.  
 
She is also a former member of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps where her assignments included attending President Barack Obama's Election Night in Chicago, The Super Tuesday Election parties, the world premiere of Disney's highly acclaimed "High School Musical 3" in Los Angeles, interviewing Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley, the United States Olympic Committee Media Summit in Chicago, and a political rally for Senator John McCain.
 
In addition to her writing, Allie has played on the varsity badminton and tennis teams at Maine South. She has won awards as a member of the school's Speech and Academic Bowl teams.  She has attended Northwestern University's Enrichment Program for gifted students since first grade and is an avid reader in many subjects. Allie also attended the invitation-only National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine this past summer in Boston in order to further expand her medical knowledge and leadership capabilities. Allie currently serves as a volunteer at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Allie is available for comment. Additional information about Allie can be found on her website: http://www.alliesakowicz.com.

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