Prenatal Education & Natural Birth Doula
As your doula, I offer support for your natural birth plan in your home, at a birth center, or at a hospital. During your journey into parenthood with your new baby, I provide physical, emotional, and informational support.
During your prenatal journey, I will support you in learning the intricacies of birth. I will connect you with resources (including podcasts, books, articles, videos, and classes) and deepen your learning through discussions, questions, and additional resources to help answer your questions as they arise. Together, we will be on a journey of gaining a true understanding of how birth works and what is truly happening (or needs to happen) in pregnant and birthing bodies. All labors are different. Nobody can tell you how your labor will be. However, through a true understanding of what makes labor work, you can plan and prepare for your natural birth. My goal is to help you begin your labor from a place where you trust your body, baby, intuition, and strength.
Additionally, I will provide you with information on interventions and common practices so that you can make informed decisions that are right for you and your birth. I will aid you in creating a birth plan that fits your goals. I will also provide you with information to help you plan and prepare for your postpartum.
Labor & Birth Support
I will be on call 24/7 from 37 weeks until you go into labor, and I will support you from the onset of labor to a few hours after birth, plus one postpartum visit. In most cases, my support begins before your midwife or doctor are present, which means I can assist in making the phone calls and updating them as needed.
For birth to work optimally, you must feel safe and supported. I will aid you (and your partner) in creating this atmosphere. I will be with you holding your space. When needed, I provide physical and emotional support (and I can help your partner do the same for you), and I can give you space and an unwavering belief in your ability to navigate your birth. I will be your extra set of eyes and ears in your birthing space and help you maintain the birth plan that you intended. In your vulnerable state of labor, I will advocate for you and help keep your sacred space of birth. I will support you in listening to your intuition on determining what is best for you and your baby. I will maintain this role until you are comfortably resting with your baby (usually 2-3 hours after birth).
After your baby is born, I will have one postpartum visit with you. I will help you as necessary to set your postpartum sanctuary into action. If you need any extra support, I will assist you in connecting with local resources.
A consultation with me is free. It is important for you to interview doulas and decide who is the best fit for you.
For my services of prenatal education, labor support, and one postpartum visit, the fee is $800*.
*Part of this fee can be reimbursed if you enroll and complete specific (online) birth education courses. Contact me for more information.
"Amanda was fantastic. I felt prepared for my labor and birth, but it did not go the way that I had envisioned it and neither I nor my husband would have gotten thru it the way we did without her help and presence. She provided both physical and emotional support throughout a long labor. Her counter pressure techniques during contractions made the pain tolerable. She provided invaluable support, encouragement, and calm presence to my husband throughout the whole process, even staying with him after our baby was born and I had to be taken to the OR. If/when we have more children I will definitely seek Amanda's help again."
"Amanda helped out so much during birth. Helping me get into position and reassuring my wife. We could have done this without you, but you made the process so much more smooth and easy. You were almost as integral to the birth as I was. Thank you."
"The birth of our little girl was quite the adventure! My husband and I moved cross country at 36 weeks pregnant and met Amanda quickly as we got into town. She was able to help us for the birth which was a huge relief since we didn't know the area. Amanda was able to meet with us several times and was even able to join us at my 38 week appointment. At that appointment was when I was admitted to the hospital with high blood pressure and it was 6 days later that we met our baby girl! It was a long journey...my body was not ready to deliver and my little girl was not ready to come out. Amanda helped me feel confident in making choices when it came to interventions my doctors suggested. Ultimately I needed to have a C-section...something I was never wanting or planning for! But because I was an advocate for myself and was an active part of decision making I felt really good throughout my time in the hospital. Amanda helped me feel confident in making choices and was always available to talk through anything I needed help with. Amanda checked in with me often and was a great resource before and after the birth of our little girl. She seamlessly blended into conversations between myself and my husband. We both felt that Amanda was very knowledgeable and truthfully wanted the best for us. It felt so powerful to have someone to turn to when we had questions and tough decision to make. We would recommend Amanda to anyone...no matter what your birth plans are."