Birth Fee: $1000 to $1200
Fee Details: Some Birth services available at an hourly rate.
Birth Doula Experience: 15 years and 112 births attended
Clients per Month: 0 to 3Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
25 years experience providing foster care to medically fragile newborns. Past experience as FF/EMT.
Languages spoken: English
I used Amy's placenta encapsulation services and was very happy with them. Correspondence via email was easy in the lead-up to my birth, and she was immediately reachable by phone even at the inconvenient hour of 2:00am and came to pick up the placenta soon after. The pills were delivered the next day, and it was a pleasure to meet her. If I had been in the market for doula services, I would have considered hiring her.
Regarding the pills themselves, I feel they helped me a lot. This was my fourth post-partum experience but the only one in which my placenta was saved, so I have direct comparisons. I'm sure that my prior experiences and perspective helped me through those crazy first few weeks with a newborn, but I also take into consideration that I was also caring for three other kids and my military husband was gone. I'd say this was my easiest postpartum recovery, both physically and emotionally. I wasn't overcome by exhaustion, breastfeeding (and my supply) went well, and there were no signs of "baby blues" to any degree. I was most surprised at how much energy I had, which was crucial during those long days and nights. I credit the pills with helping with all of this. I used up the first jar of pills Amy made and am saving the second for future needs. Overall, my experience with Amy and her encapsulation services was wonderful and well worth the money.
I felt amazing after taking my pills. I didn't get any mood swings, I had plenty of energy throughout the day and my milk supply was incredible, I can pump 5oz from each breast at each sitting. I loved taking the placenta pills, I will be doing it again with my second child. I got so many I still have some left and my son is 3 months old.
Amy was amazing! She was a great blessing for my husband & I. After my son was born in the middle of the night (or crazy early in the morning depending on how you want to look at it), she arrived bright & early the very next morning. And since she has worked with the hospital I delivered at before they had everything ready for her in our room. She was so sweet when she stopped in, offering some tips to help my son & I with breastfeeding & very professional, but not overly so. Then before I knew it she was back to give me the finished product, which included the umbilical cord as a keepsake. I will admit, taking the pills has not always been pleasent, I can have a hard time with pills sometimes, but it has been every bit worth it. It has helped with my major mood swings (not eliminating them, but making them more managable) & helped my milk supply. Thank you so much Amy!
Our first birth with Amy was very long, very slow and quite the exercise in patience (for everyone!), but this second birth was quite different in all aspects! Amy arrived at our house within an hour of my contractions first starting, and she was a very grounding, calming presence the entire time. She listened to me, asked questions when appropriate, and sat with me as I rocked and labored on my birthing ball. She wisely encouraged me to rest, and later directed me to some specific positions to help my baby descend and prepare for birth. She was very protective of my personal space and helped create a zone of silence, solitude and peace around me as I moved through the toughest, most focused portions of my labor (even with both parents, my husband, my preschooler and my brother in the house at the same time!) Amy was realistic with me - explaining what my body language was communicating to her and preparing me for the magnified intensity of each next phase. I'll never forget when, immediately after confirming my water had broken, she said very calmly and confidently "things are going to get REALLY intense now". Somehow, it was very relieving to anticipate the surge of contractions. I knew I was close, and I didn't feel overwhelmed by it! As a second time mom, my labor was fast and intense, and Amy was totally crucial in the final hour before our daughter arrived. As I pushed, she whispered words of strength to me, reminded me how powerful I was, and reassured me I was making fast progress. After delivery, I loved hearing her re-tell the story of how each person in the room was supporting me in unique ways. It made me feel loved, strong and very proud of myself for the hard work I had done. Amy is a beloved gift to our whole family and we are so thankful to have included her in two of the most important days in our lives.
Amy is great! I immediately felt at ease with her and trusted her to guide me through the birthing process. She did not let me down! My experience would have been very different without her support and guidance. I am immensely grateful that she was with me for the birth of my son.
Our experience with Amy was comfortable from the very first conversation. She is a warm and caring person and truly loves what she does. This was our first time with a doula and we are only sad we didn't have her with our first child. She was extremely informative and helpful throughout the entire pregnancy. She fielded questions regarding any concerns we had about the pregnancy and delivery, met with us in person three times to go over our plan in great detail and consistently followed up to see how we were doing. The information she provided was invaluable and truly helped us prepare for the best possible experience.
Our delivery was extremely fast, but she made it to the hospital at the best possible time to help me and my husband. She kept me focused on relaxing and embracing the delivery and was a calming presence. She captured the entire delivery and first visitors on film and shared those pictures with us on CD. She was a welcome presence helping me with the first latch, showering after delivery and just enjoying our experience with our newborn son. We hated to see her leave!
After delivery, she followed up to see how we were managing in the hospital and again when we arrived home. She visited the following week with her famous lactation cookies and a gift for the baby. She again supported me several times with lactation questions and simply making sure I was feeling ok. She was a positive and calming presence during a wonderful, yet nervous time in our life. We are so very grateful we hired her and feel blessed to now call her a friend.
Amy was awesome! Not only did she show up right away to pick up my placenta, but she went the extra mile and sat and chatted with me shortly after my delivery. She was actually the first person I saw when I "came to" and was the first person I spoke with about my birth experience. It felt so good to talk to someone who has experienced many births and hear her words of encouragment about my own story. It's obvious that Amy goes the extra mile for her clients. She is passionate about what she does and everything baby! She is kind, gentle and compassionate. I would highly reccomend any of Amy's services to anyone. Thanks again for everything Amy! You are great.
Amy is absolutely wonderful. During my pregnancy she was a source of information, support and guidance. She offered me the latest evidence available, but I never felt that she was pushing me one way or another. I chose what seemed best for me and she helped support my choices. She helped me develop a birth plan for labor, delivery and after birth care.
When the big day came she was just amazing! I know for certain I could not have had the birth I wanted without her presence. She helped keep me focused through my labor, coaching my husband and mother on how best to support me, guiding them and making sure I didn't have to worry about them. I never had to ask for anything; I was able to use all my mental resources to work through each contraction. I labored for 12 hours and Amy renewed my confidence and strength with encouragement each time I was beginning to feel "I can't do this". As I came to the end of my labor, Amy said to me "Look around the room, everyone is getting ready because your baby is almost here". It was exactly what I needed to hear!
After my daughter was born she had issues breastfeeding. I also began to suffer from post partum depression. I had been texting with Amy about the issues I was having with breastfeeding and she came to visit me. I didn't even realize how bad off I was, but her presence and support were so reassuring. I owe a great deal of my breastfeeding success to Amy.
Amy also took notes and pictures during my labor. I have looked at the pictures dozens of times since that day. They are a special record that I cherish.
If I ever have another baby, I will be sure to hire Amy again.
Amy is so wonderful - not only was she prompt and respectful with regards to the placenta encapsulation, she was also an incredible source of support in my post-partum days. Her guidance and wisdom helped ease me during a stressful time. I would highly recommend Amy and her services to anyone interested in placenta encapsulation or anyone needing any kind of support for life with a newborn. Thank you Amy!!
Amy Peterson has been a source of calm & strength to us from the moment she arrived at our house to "work the night shift" at 9p days after our twins were born. Believe it or not, we'd never met her until that moment, but about 2 minutes after we first saw her, I think my wife and I both wanted to give her a huge hug. She's strong and confident, but in a way that always left us as parents feeling smarter and better about ourselves. We've been very, very lucky to have in our and our twins lives.
Having Amy Peterson as my post-partum doula was a blessing. I delivered my second child prematurely at 34 weeks, and had to go back into the hospital for an emergency surgical procedure. Amy came to the hospital every night that I was there to help me with everything from nursing, to pumping, to getting enough rest. When I was released from the hospital, she helped both me and my son to transition to life at home. She was truly amazing with my son-- it was clear from the first night that she has extensive experience caring for premature babies. She helped my son to establish better sleeping rhythms, and taught me some crucial techniques for soothing and getting my son to sleep. Amy is also an amazing woman—she offered tireless support during the most challenging time of my life, and aided my healing process far beyond the physical. I called her many times when she was not “on the clock” to ask her questions, seek guidance, and/or look for emotional support. Our family is definitely better for having her work with us during a very difficult time. Even our three year old son, who Amy brought books and little toys for each day, would look forward to her arrival. I believe that anyone who has a baby would be extremely lucky to have Amy be part of the process—she is a very experienced woman who will help you to deepen your own knowledge and experience of the birthing and newborn process.
From the first moment I met Amy I felt like I had known her forever. I was instantly comfortable with and trusted her, both important things when you decide to share one of the most precious and stressful experiences in life with someone. Amy guided us through the weeks leading up to our delivery with tons of support and information. She started us discussing decisions about birthing options and pain management; she also armed the information to help us make these decisions. She was also not judgmental of our decision to use pain medication during labor.
When it finally came time for our son to arrive my OB decided to induce labor. Amy was by our side for all 36 hours of labor and over 2 hours of pushing. Throughout that time she was a calm and supportive guide for both my husband and I. She not only helped me through contractions and kept me focused, she made sure that my husband took care of himself by staying hydrated and eating. When my husband was unsure how to help sooth me she made helpful suggestions. She was also able to know when to step away and let my husband and I have some time alone.
I would never consider laboring without her in the future.
I would highly recommend Amy Peterson as a birthing doula. This was my first pregnancy so I was nervous about the delivery and didn't know exactly what to expect (even though I took classes). You just never know how you are going to feel or react to things when the moment comes for labor and delivery. Knowing Amy was going to be there for me really put my mind at ease and then during labor she was so calming and helpful. She knew exactly what to do and when to do it - almost like she was reading my mind. She took the pressure off of my husband and we were both able to enjoy the experience as much as possible. I honestly could not have been happier with Amy, she was absolutely fantastic. The most priceless part of what she did for us was to document the days events and took pictures. I didn't realize how much that would mean to me until she gave it to us. You think you will remember everything but you don't and the pictures are something I will treasure forever.
As a single mom I hired Amy to support me through the end of my pregnancy and the birthing process. I was hoping for a natural undedicated child birth but was not confident I could achieve it. I was successful with having a natural birth and I don’t believe I would have been if Amy hadn’t been present. Amy supported me throughout my 16 hour labor. She did everything I needed from filling the bathtub and keeping me warm in it to keeping me hydrated with water and ice chips. The peppermint spray she brought helped me through nausea and the TENS unit she had was a lifesaver for back pain. She knew exactly how to help me progress when I needed to and how to help me get a few moments of respite and rest when needed. In addition, Amy worked very well with the hospital staff and my nurse. Having her there to support my wishes was key as I was not in the frame of mind to talk much or ponder position options. She just had me try different things until we found what worked. There were times when I said “I can’t do this” and Amy would respond that I was doing it and that I was doing a good job. Hearing that from a professional was key for me to keep going. I had my son 13 days ago and I am still on a natural high from the birth. It was the most amazing experience of my life. I was very nervous about caring for a newborn but after I birthed him so successfully I felt an amazing confidence about my abilities as a mother. I don’t believe I would be doing so well if I hadn’t had Amy with me because I think I would have ended up receiving pain medication and not having the experience that I wanted but never thought I was strong enough to accomplish. Amy helped me find the inner strength I never knew I had and for that I am eternally grateful.
My Name is RAMESH RONDLA and I am writing a review for Doula Services provided by Amy Peterson.We are Immigrant family from SouthEast Asia and me and my wife have very few friends in New England Seacoast Area.We were referred about the Doula services provided by my wife's Gyno Doctor, for Postpartum Doula services,which we really needed as both my parents and my wife parents were not here to help us through my wife's pregnancy and this being our first child,we had a lot of doubts and misconceptions of our to take care of our newborn son.My son was born in Fall of 09' and immediately I was eagerly looking out for some sort of support ,both to my wife and my new born son.So we decided to use the expert help of Amy Peterson,as I came to know about her as she had a very long experience with kids/new mothers and especially her support with postpartum in women after preganacy/new child.
When I first met her she was really kind to visit us at our home and examined our baby to see how he was doing after he came home.Amy is also a good listener, as we were asking her all sorts of questions about my son's feeding methods,sleeping habits and stuff like that.She also helped in evaluating, how we are coping with the first child like sleeping/eating properly etc.. and more importantly she had good interaction with my wife to provide her that extra support which is much appreciated.She helped us in
1.How to properly breast feed the baby and how to hold him before/after feeding.
2.How to change his diapers/wrap him to keep him warm and also with giving him his first shower bath.
3.Most importantly, she helped my wife get through her inhibitions as a new mother and enjoy her motherhood thoroughly.
I hope this review helps in deciding your Doula from your neighborhood,who is caring and also available right when you need her the most.
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