Amy Chisenski CD(DONA)
Phone: (480) 862-4104
Birth Fee: $600
Fee Details: My Doula Services include an initial interview, an appointment to assist you with your birth plan, an appointment to go over the different comfort measures for labor, as well as a postpartum follow up to review your labor and birth. Payment arrangements can be made when necessary.
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 52 births attended
Clients per Month: to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Volunteer Birth Doula for Local Teen Pregnancy Program
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Chandler, AZ
When I first met Amy, we hit it off right away. She is very easy going and enjoyable to talk with. I felt very comfortable with her. I wanted to hire a Doula because I was going to have a natural birth at a hospital and needed help in allowing that to happen. I wanted some support and guidance the whole way through the labor process, knowing my Dr. would only be there for the delivery I also wanted to alleviate the stress on my husband. Amy was very knowledgeable and supportive of all of my views. She gave me insight and different options to look into, and ultimately guided me in creating a birth plan that we were both happy with. We met a few times during my preganancy. She came to my house and instructed me and my husband on different laboring positions and pain releiving techniques. She went over with us the whole labor process, what to expect, the order things will happen, and what we will do as everything happens. My husband and I were both very happy with the meeting and felt very informed and as ready as we could be for the birth. I was fortunate to have a pretty text book, straight forward labor and birth; and Amy was right there with me every step of the way. There were a few situations where I had to make some tough decisions and Amy was helpful in guiding me through them. I was in A LOT of pain and Amy helped me to get through it. At times, I wanted to give up and give in, she really helped me focus and see that I could do it. I did do it, and I don't think I could have went through the natural birth that I so dearly wanted without Amy's support and guidance. She was also very helpful after our daughter was born. She made sure I was doing well and also made sure breastfeeding was going okay and answered any questions I had on that. She checked in on us a week after the baby was born, came to our home and presented us a beautiful timeline of the whole labor and delivery.
My birthing experience was AMAZING and she was a HUGE part of it. I went into it planning to do a natural birth in the hospital. She met with me and few times and constantly was there to answer any questions I had (it was my first baby, so I had MANY). I had to go to the hospital a few times because I thought I had gone into labor, had to get prostaglandin gels and was dehydrated. All 3 times Amy was by her phone checking up on me seeing how things were going. Even when I was there in the middle of the night/morning, she was still up checking on me. When it was the real thing she met us in the delivery room and brought all her materials. I was in labor for 22 hours and she was there for the WHOLE thing, plus a little longer after baby came.
She was positive the whole time and very understanding. She had a gentle touch that was very relaxing for me and knew what I needed. When it came to making decisions she would ask me and let me answer on my own time and not constantly bother me. After I gave birth she was there to help out but stood back out of the way so we could enjoy the moment. She was getting me ice chips and helping out in any way that she could but understood the importance of letting me and my husband meet our baby and enjoy that time. She met with us after wards to see how things are going and still keeps in contact with me. She exceeded our expectations by far and made the labor experience one I can look back on and smile! I will DEFINITELY use her for my next birth and had an amazing experience thanks to her.
Amy was calm, prepared, very focused and compassionate - all the things I needed when I was giving birth as I was attempting a VBAC. She was such a blessing! I recommend her to anybody. If you are looking to imporve your chances of a normal delivery, a doula is a MUST! And Amy is one of the best out there!
= Available. Calendar last updated: Updated 11/7/2013