Meet Sara Dowd, MSN, CNM

A headshot of Sara Dowd MSN, CNM

This month’s Meet the Providers series features another one of our experienced and dedicated midwives, Sara Dowd, MSN, CNM. Sara had over a decade of labor and delivery experience before continuing her education to become a nurse-midwife and has been part of the TP4W team ever since. Our certified nurse-midwives are a fundamental part of the comprehensive care provided at Triangle Physicians for Women. The nurse-midwives on our team offer expert care throughout your pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum experiences. Because Sara values developing relationships, educating and supporting her patients throughout their lifespan, it’s only natural that we would devote a little extra time giving our patients some more information about Sara’s life and career. Keep reading to learn a little more about Sara Dowd, MSN, CNM:

Background  

I am a North Carolina native. I’ve worked in Women’s health since the beginning of my nursing career. I worked in Labor & Delivery for 15 years prior to becoming a nurse-midwife. I’ve been at TP4W since I graduated in 2016. 

Education

Undergrad: Sandhills Community College/Winston-Salem State University. 

Masters: East Carolina University

Specialty

Midwifery

What are your particular areas of interest?

I am particularly interested in perinatal mood disorders, which are disorders related to mood and anxiety symptoms that occur during pregnancy or up to one year postpartum.

Why were you interested in the field you’re in, and what got you into it? 

I knew in nursing school that I wanted to work in Women’s Health. My first exposure to midwives was when I moved to Raleigh in 2006 and started working with the Triangle midwives. I realized this was attainable for me and the logical “next step.” I enjoy developing a relationship with women and providing them with consistent care through well woman exams during pregnancy and then being present for their births. It’s like coming full circle. 

What motivates you?

In addition to promoting women’s health and maternal health, I am motivated by knowing that I can positively impact someone’s life in other ways. This includes listening, being a shoulder to cry on, and empowering them to take control of their mental health or their relationships. Midwife means “with woman,” and I’m honored to be a part of their journey. 

Do you have a certain philosophy or outlook when it comes to practicing medicine and providing care? 

Shared decision-making is very important to me. I provide patients with evidence-based information and recommendations and help them make the decision that is best for them. I also value the importance of being non-judgmental when providing care. 

What do you like to do when you’re not caring for patients?

I am an avid knitter and dabble in sewing/quilting. I also love to read and travel.  

To schedule an appointment

Triangle Physicians for Women is proud to provide comprehensive women’s health care that includes obstetric, gynecological, and midwifery care as well as a wide array of specialty services. For questions about any of our services, contact us today! If you would like to schedule an appointment with Sara Dowd, MSN, CNM, or with any of our other providers at Triangle Physicians for Women, please call us at (919) 678-6900 or request an appointment online.

Dr. Pearce was attentive, listened well, and provided a comfortable experience for me. My recent vaginal exams have been very uncomfortable and she provided a very comfortable exam this time.

Dr. Pearce was AMAZING! She answered all my questions and didn’t make me feel rushed. Best experience I’ve had at Triangle yet! She really put my worried first-time mom mind at ease.

I think Dr. Grana and her assistant (Mandy) are the best. I have been going to TP4W for years – at least 20, and I have never been disappointed with the level of care I have received. I can be a challenge as my level for pain tolerance is low and they put up with me! I can’t help but highly recommend the practice to anyone looking for exemplary women’s healthcare.

Love love love Dr. Grana and her crew. Love going to Holly Springs office. The girls are the best from Lisa at the front desk to all the girls in the back. Your music and atmosphere is great. Thanks for making these appointments fun!! Yes believe it or not, fun!!!

Dr V and the office staff were all very professional, understanding, caring and very efficient. I would be happy to recommend this practice to friends, family and associates. – Barbara M. Lucas

My visit was great! & my past visit have all been great.Kristy helped me even with me being a bit stressed & in a hurry because I had to be seen & my job is super strict. Her urgency to get me seen was phenomenal. I even got to see Heather, she’s awesome & amazing. She helped deliver my baby girl a year ago. My whole family loves her and Dr Sheshadri. We actually can’t wait to get pregnant again hahaha. Everyone treats you with respect and always makes sure your okay & answers whatever questions you have before you leave. Even leaving a message for the nurses,they get back to you so quickly.  This practice really makes you feel taken care of.  We appreciate you all!  – Erika Hooks

My experience with the TP4W staff has been top of the line.  They helped me through three pregnancies and coached me through every step of the way.  Eternally thankful I chose TP4W.  – Britney

TP4W have such amazing doctors, midwives and nurses.  I cannot say enough about Dr. Grana and the rest of the staff for all the help, advice, guidance and medical care they provided me with all of my kids.  She made me feel safe and calm through both c-sections.  My routine care and pregnancy care have always been top notch and I would recommend them to anyone looking for an OBGYN.  – Brooke

We were honored to receive a hand written note..

Dr. Grana, Angie, Jessica, Heather, April, Sarah and the rest of the staff –

Thank you all so much for taking such good care of me through both of my pregnancies and births, especially my latest one on 10/29! most of yall know how nervous I was from having gone through a lot (to say the least) with my first in 2016. You all made me feel so comfortable and at ease before, during and after. And going through a touch year with my dad, you guys always asked how he was doing at every appointment, which was so thoughtful and beyond your job description. I know that you all see many women go through what i did each and every day and deliver many babies and perform many c-sections. But I hope you know how special Ruby’s delivery was to me. You all have amazing jobs! I cannot thank you all enough. Merry Christmas!

Love, Lucy

I have been going to TP4W since 2010/11 and could not be happier.

The staff, nurses, midwives, and doctors are all amazing. I have 2 sons, both delivered via cesarean by Dr. V. Every visit and every provider did everything in their power to give me the birth experience I wanted, and also ensure that myself and my babies were safe and healthy. Dr. V even did everything in his power to help me avoid my first c-section and VBAC with the second, but that turned out to be out of his hands and he was the absolute best surgeon. With my two pregnancies, I experienced a few scares and some unusual circumstances that would be too long and too private to write in a review, but every single hurdle was handled with grace, honesty, and professionalism. I am so thankful for the recommendation from a friend to come to this office. I can’t imagine ever going to another practice.