Phone: (916) 769-7648
Birth Fee: $1100 to $1450
Fee Details: I offer three doula packages - The Essential Doula Package ($1100), a Pampered package ($1200), and a Deluxe ($1450). All families receive the same quality of care and support, however higher cost packages include more time with me during the prenatal and postpartum period. Please view my website for specific offerings at each level. Contracted doula clients receive $100 off the cost of my 20-hour childbirth education course (regularly priced at $400). Home birth clients enjoy a 35% discount on doula services.
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 50 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 0 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Active member of Capital City Doulas Previous member of Mount Diablo Doula Community Birthways Volunteer Doula Program, 2015-2016
Languages spoken: English, some Spanish
Service Area MapArea of practice: Sacramento, CA
Amy is an AMAZING doula! I highly recommend her. She is extraordinarily prepared, punctual, professional, personable, nurturing, and a wealth of knowledge. My husband and I decided to hire Amy for the birth of our second child. After interviewing with several doulas, there was no doubt Amy was the perfect doula for us. We conveniently met at a local coffee shop for our initial interview. Once we arrived, Amy had already set up a table with materials for our perusal and water for our enjoyment (talk about attention to detail)! She explained her practice to us and listened attentively as we described our birth-plan vision to her. At the end of our meeting she provided great materials for us to take home (including evidence-based articles, pamphlets, and the River Bend contract/policies). During our pre-natal home visits we bombarded Amy with questions and she provided thorough responses. She showed us several relaxation techniques and exercises to implement during the early phase of labor. She walked us through the entire process of what to expect and how we would work together to achieve our ideal birth. On the big day, we agreed to meet at the hospital. She arrived well before we did and was ready to hit the ground running. As my husband parked the car, Amy wheeled me in and handled the registration portion and helped me set up in the delivery room (she had memorized all of the vital info to answer the hospital staff's questions). Not having to do all this myself was such a relief. She suggested a better position at the time of pushing, continually offered words of encouragement, and wiped the sweat off my forehead, etc. She knew exactly what I needed without me having to say a single word. All of this as I'm yelling at the top of my lungs! After the birth she helped take pictures and even set up my meal. The post-partum visit followed in similar River Bend fashion (Amycaters to your specific needs). Overall, our experience with Amy was magnificent.
I knew Amy was the right choice for us upon meeting her. She is so organized, professional and thoughtful when it comes to her care as a doula. She was very communicative and helpful with resources before labor and delivery. We were very pleased with how easy it was to make payments and how clear she was about her service. Knowing she would be there for us, either at home or at the hospital, helped ease our worries and fears about the start of labor. I would look forward to her responses and insight in the weeks leading up to the delivery. Amy answered all of our questions and was incredibly open and supportive about our wishes. Now for the fun stuff! We asked Amy to arrive at the hospital soon after we did so we could have her help in determining the next steps - whether we’d be admitted or if we’d have to make any other decisions. It was very helpful to have another person present while we made the decision to stay at the hospital even though I was 1.5cm dilated. When we asked her to arrive back at the hospital, she was helpful in offering different positions that might help ease the pain during contractions. She would remind us that a change might be helpful. She stayed with me so my husband could take a breather and get some food. Amy helped us both stay calm and I know her presence really empowered my husband to be an incredible birth partner. Her words of encouragement and suggestions are still very fresh in my mind. Amy blended so well with the hospital staff and my family. She was integral in my ability to have the labor and delivery I had hoped for. We would absolutely love if Amy could be our doula again. Amy has stayed in touch with our family and her continued support is something I will always cherish during this sweet time in our lives.
I gave birth to my first son at my home a week ago and am SO grateful for Amy's presence. She was a huge support before, during, and after the labor. Her coaching helped me through the most intense contractions, and helped give me the confidence to make it through and deliver my baby. My husband was so grateful for her support and it made a big difference to have someone as knowledgeable and experienced as Amy by our side. After the birth, I had to go to the hospital to deal with excessive bleeding, and Amy stayed with my husband and the baby and was there when I returned a few hours later. She was very attentive and supportive during the weeks leading up to the birth and in the postpartum time as well. I highly recommend Amy as a birth doula!
Amy was an indispensable member of our birth team. We were lucky enough to take her classes at Riverbend Birth Services, and decided we wanted her support throughout our journey. We were hoping and planning for a natural birth with no interventions, but our little girl had different plans. We ended up in an induction scenario, and had to make a lot of quick decisions. Amy’s advice and support helped guide us through those challenges and helped us make the right decisions under pressure. We feel great about how things ended up with a perfect little girl and a healthy empowered mama. You cannot go wrong having Amy as your Doula. She is a wealth of knowledge and birthing experience, and an amazing person with a huge heart. Thanks Amy!
Cassie, Brian, and Baby Iliza
Short version: we love Amy and we’re so glad she was part of our birth journey!
We met with Amy a few months before our baby boy was born. Immediately we connected with her calm, caring and inclusive presence and educational approach. We even took her 20-hour birth education class where we met other couples in the area who hired Amy as their birth doula (she’s in high demand like that)!
When it came time to deliver the baby, having Amy with us was indispensable. Our son decided to rotate posteriorly shortly before labor started, causing a prolonged labor (41 hours, eek). After about a day of painstaking back labor, we decided to allow some medical intervention.
Thankfully, and were well prepared with the benefits and risks we learned from the birth class, and Amy was able to help us navigate as gracefully as possible.
Though coaching, positioning, and a lot of patience, our son was born vaginally and came out perfectly healthy!
We’re excited to be part of the River Bend Birth Services community and are looking forward to catching up with the other couples in our birth class!
It's taken me more than 2 months to write this review because Amy made birth so much easier than I imagine, and the after-birth is much harder in contrast. I highly recommend Amy as a birth doula.
From the very first interview to the postpartum visit, Amy has been warm, caring, and supportive. Both my partner and I couldn't imagine giving birth without her. I was induced, and Amy was able to provide valuable information on the induction process prior to the birth of my daughter. As I was being induced overnight, Amy kept tab on my status, and came to the hospital as soon as we requested in-person support. Our nurse was a little hostile towards Amy at first, but Amy worked her magic and got the nurse to be completely onboard with our birth plan (or the change of birth plan as it often is the case).Throughout the day she helped us through the 6 hours labor and 3.5 hour pushing. When I was tired, scared, and worried, Amy was there holding my hands (literally and figuratively) and provided information on all my options. If/when I have other children I will definitely request Amy's services again!
In a word, Amy was wonderful. In two words, also invaluable. When my wife suggested she wanted the support of a doula, I was maybe a bit hesitant, but that evaporated as soon as we met Amy. She brings a great combination of knowledge and warmth. (And I'm a physician so I hope my endorsement carries some weight.) Bottom line, on the big day, I really don't know what we would have done without her - her experience and calming strength were absolutely critical to getting my wife through. Even better, we had a few issues in the first week post-partum and Amy was able to refer us to additional resources that helped us immensely. We're really happy with our decision.
Amy was amazing before, during and after the delivery of our first child. I would highly recommend her to anyone expecting a baby. Amy provides such a calming presence before and during labor. She was extremely helpful in the chaotic environment of a delivery room. She made sure my wife was comfortable and calm throughout the delivery. Her assistance allowed me to focus on my wife's needs and not feel overwhelmed. I definitely plan to have her in the room for our next child.
Amy was excellent! We learned about her through a reference and were able to meet her soon after. We instantly felt at ease, as she has such a calming presence. We were able to email some of her previous clients and all of them sang praises and had similar births to what we were looking to have with Amy. We were expecting our first child, a little girl, and she ended up surprising us a little early. My water broke at 35 weeks and we ended up calling Amy prior to our contractual time period, in the middle of the night. She answered our questions and was there for my husband and me to validate our thought process around how to proceed. We ended up staying in the hospital for a week trying to keep our little girl inside for additional development. She ended up coming naturally about a week later and again, we had to call Amy in the middle of the night with news of the contractions, which progressed rapidly. She was at the hospital in no time, calming me down and offering assistance to my husband and me with the contractions. Even the nurses told my husband to get Amy because her voice seemed to calm me down. It was a very emotional experience and we will definitely have Amy there for any future children - her calmness, ability to offer suggestions and ensure that we had the birth experience that we wanted was great. I felt completely comfortable with her presence, instruction, positive motivation and I could not speak more highly of someone that I would want at the most intimate time in my life.
I cannot recommend Amy Moy highly enough to those who want a caring, supportive birth experience. From our initial contact via email through to our postpartum meeting, Amy was available, professional, and ready to meet our needs.
During our pre-birth meeting, Amy reviewed options and information that was helpful both before and during birth. We reviewed our birth plan and Amy gave insightful and experienced feedback. When labor came, Amy was a phone call or text away, talking us through laboring at home and deciding when to go into the hospital.
My goal was to have an unmedicated birth and knew that having a professional in addition to my husband was more likely to make that a reality. With Amy's support, I was able to achieve this goal and can't imagine a better birth experience than the one I had--a glorious memory that will stay with me for a lifetime. I would hire Amy again in a heartbeat and have personally recommended her to pregnant friends.
I’m writing this testimonial from my perspective as birth partner to my wife, who recently gave birth to our magical little boy. Bottom Line: Amy Moy is an incredibly talented and professional doula, and I can’t possibly convey the extent to which she positively affected my wife’s pregnancy and the birth of our child.
We met Amy through Capital City Doulas, and from our first meeting she was professional, open, and kind. As first-time parents, we had SO much to learn about childbirth (and yes, now we have plenty to learn about being parents). Amy made time to meet with us days later on our schedule, and she was very well-prepared for the initial “interview”, with a folder filled with reference materials and some fun goodies. I was definitely impressed with her from this initial meeting, and my wife and I had an easy time selecting Amy to support our childbirth as our doula. Learning that she is essentially a one-stop shop for all things childbirth (except for medical services of course), we also signed up for Amy’s childbirth preparation class (Cornerstone Method) and placenta encapsulation.
Amy’s support of my wife's labor and delivery was simply incredible. I don’t really know how she can survive supporting a childbirth where she is neither a) having the baby or b) the partner of that person, given the stress, the emotion, and the long hours involved. Amy supported us for over 24 hours, as my wife’s induced labor ended up being very challenging and… laborious! Throughout, she was immensely helpful in providing physical support to my wife and to me, in providing emotional support, and in bringing us string cheese.
All told, I cannot recommend Amy highly enough - she was an INCREDIBLE support person for my wife’s pregnancy and challenging childbirth. If we are so fortunate as to go through this process again, we will DEFINITELY be calling Amy to support us again.
I am so glad that we hired Amy as our doula, as well as taking her Childbirth Education class! We were lucky enough to connect with Amy at a Capital City Doulas event, and from our first conversation she was warm, knowledgeable, and professional. The Cornerstone Method was a great match for our education needs, and Amy is a fun and supportive teacher--demystifying the process of labor and delivery, and making us feel well-informed and well prepared for what was to come. (Her awesome home classroom space and delicious snacks are also worth mentioning!)
I cannot overstate Amy’s value to our family as a birth doula. While we had hoped and planned for a natural birth, nothing about labor went as planned -- induction, premature rupture of membranes, 50+ hours of labor, epidural, multiple close calls with an emergency c-section, forceps birth, and then a baby who needed to be immediately transferred for NICU care. Amy was invaluable every step of the way: she scheduled extra video-calls to talk us through the induction process, supported my partner and I with comfort measures at the hospital (giving him much-needed breaks, helping with positioning and the peanut ball, providing counter pressure and ideas, etc.), asked the right questions at the right times, and held my hand when baby and dad were whisked away right after delivery. Despite circumstances that many have interpreted as “traumatic” I felt empowered in my choices, and my partner and I felt well supported throughout, including numerous check-ins from Amy during a seemingly endless 9-day stay in the NICU. It was such a joy to have Amy as one of our first visitors once we were home with our healthy, happy boy. Should we have future children, I would absolutely work with Amy again, and cannot recommend her highly enough for both her course and doula services. I feel so lucky that we found her!
We purchased the basic package of one prenatal visit and one postpartum visit. We had already taken birthing and breastfeeding classes at Kaiser, but our prenatal visit with Amy was still incredibly informative and empowering. She went through lots of different terms and procedures that could come up during labor and talked through the pros and cons of each one. It helped me form a better idea of what I wanted my birth to be like. It also helped me voice some of my needs and wants to my partner and doula before I went into labor.
We called Amy to the hospital once my water was broken. She reminded me to use different pain management and breathing techniques, which was REALLY helpful because I didn't receive any pain medication. My husband was like a deer in the headlights and I was a bit delirious, so having Amy there with a stable head on her shoulders was just what we needed.
I would not hesitate to hire Amy again. She was empowering, respectful and encouraging.
Amy was such an excellent presence at the birth of our of son. Labor didn't go as originally planned (of course it didn't!) and there were far more medical interventions that we originally expected, and Amy was there as a sounding board, cheerleader and hand to hold for my husband and I. There were so many beneficial aspects of having Amy as our doula than I ever originally considered; from having her as an amazing educator in preparing for our labor, being available by email for all my wild questions, borrowing from her lending library, continual support during a two day labor, having her detailed notes and photos postpartum...it was all such a worthwhile relationship throughout this entire adventure.
During pushing I can so clearly remember hearing Amy's voice encouraging me and offering a calm, soft presence. I had no idea where she actually stood, It seemed like she was right in my ear, her voice seemed to cut through the medical personnel, my own pain and fear and I really held on to hearing her words of calm encouragement when I didn't think I had any energy left. At a time when I needed a reassuring presence, Amy was there!
My husband and I would definitely encourage others to hire Amy as a support person; for before, during and after the birth...we were so incredibly pleased, we can't imagine our birth experience any other way!
Amy attended and supported the birth of my son, but her support encompassed so much more than just the birth. From my first phone call with Amy I knew I wanted her to be my doula. She has such a friendly personality and she seemed to understand the kind of support I was looking for right away. My husband and I got to know her during the two prenatal sessions which, addition to providing childbirth education, helped us all develop a comfort level with one another. Amy lent me books from her lending library that I read to help me prepare for my birth, and she even dropped them off at my house. When my pregnancy went two weeks past my due date she checked in frequently to see how I was feeling and to offer support. She was extremely responsive whenever I contacted her and it was comforting to have her to turn to when I wanted to discuss symptoms or things such as how I was going to deal with the pressure to induce. I did end up being induced, and Amy was there to support me through that process just as she would have a natural labor. Since we had discussed potential interventions I was a well-informed patient, and this allowed me to feel like I was making choices rather than taking what was given to me. When I opted for an epidural Amy supported that decision, and provided me with her peanut ball to help keep my pelvis open. She supported me through three and a half hours of pushing, providing a rebozo which I used with my husband’s help and utilizing massage to help ease the discomfort in my back from pushing on my side. Amy visited me post-partum and continued to check in with me through those first intense weeks. When I needed to find an acupuncturist on a Sunday and talk to a lactation consultant late on a Friday she reached out to her network on my behalf to find someone. Amy’s support was invaluable and I highly recommend her!
We worked with Amy for the preparation and birth of our first child. We interviewed a couple of other doulas first and didn’t feel we “clicked” with either of them. A big part of that was that we are a lesbian couple and we wanted to work with someone who felt like part of our community. We are so lucky that we were finally introduced to Amy. Amy is such a warm person who is a queer mom herself, and we instantly felt emotionally safe with her and like we would like to welcome her into our very personal and private birth experience.
We decided to seek the help of a doula because the non-birth-parent of our family felt insecure in knowing how to coach her partner through the birth experience. Birth was daunting for both of us. So we hope to have a little extra support on the day of the birth with things like getting in the best positions, helping with logistics and the like, and Amy ended up giving up so much more.
We met with Amy a few times before the birth and she gave us so much more support than we had anticipated. She gave us things to think about in creating our list of “birth wishes” (since “birth plans” rarely go according to plan), and helped us understand things we could do to try to avoid a C-Section, which was one of our biggest goals.
Every step of the way, Amy provided a knowledgeable and above-and-beyond supportive presence. She sensed when to reach out and when to fade into the background. She never pushed her opinion into the mix unless we directly asked for it, but when we asked for it she shared her very great perspective. Amy was so non-judgmental, and made it very clear throughout our experience that she was there to help us achieve OUR goals.
Amy was unbelievably helpful and supportive, and we’re so glad she was such a significant part of our birth experience. Should we decide to have another child, we would definitely hope to work with her again.
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