6 years and 160 births attended
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 0 to 4
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
As long as hospital policy allows
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
As long as Birth Center policies allow
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Midwife needs to be present
Free no charge meet and greets! Birth Doula package: Includes unlimited prenatal visits, early labor support, labor and delivery support and unlimited postpartum visits that includes breastfeeding support. No time limits on anything! Flexible wide range options for prenatal and postpartum visits. Great quick communication is my forte! I bring my knowledge, hands and heart to every birth, being a Birth Doula is my passion & my main occupation along with being a Midwifery student. 100% flexible with payment arrangements! Placenta encapsulation for extra fee.
Random Lake, WI Service range 50 miles
I believe I was Amanda's first COVID baby. Something like 4 days before I went into labor the hospital was only allowing one support person. Throughout the day I texted Amanda early on when contraction first started and all the way up until I got my epidural. Amanda was quick to respond and video chatted me through contractions. She was very supportive of my plan for VBAC. Unfortunately, things got bad and I had to have a crash csection. Amanda has helped walk me through those events and feelings month after birth. Thank you Amanda!
Amanda was just what I was looking for in a doula! I'm so grateful for her support during the birth of my 2nd son. She really takes the time to get to know you and your family beforehand. She was super responsive with any questions I had. When it came time for delivery she was a constant calm presence. I know my husband was happy to have her there as well. And as a bonus-- she turned out to snap some great photos of my son's birth. Thank you Amanda for all that you do ??
'Baby Z' was born last December and she made me and my husband first time parents. The road to her finally being in our arms was over a 3 year process of heartbreak and disappointment, but which ended with pure JOY. By my 3rd trimester, I realized that despite all my preparations, I needed someone to be my practical support through this first time process. I did a fair bit of research looking for the 'best' doula; talking to friends and having them share their experiences. I found Amanda through The Authentic Birth Center and she came very highly recommended, so I wasted no time in contacting her. What I appreciated most after that first inquiry was how quickly she got back to me. We set up our first coffee chat, and from that conversation alone, listening to her experiences and marveling at her knowledge, I knew 'she was the one'! I signed all the paperwork, and scheduled our future chats. 'Baby Z' made her entry into this world a week early, and having had at least two 'prep sessions' with Amanda, the night my water broke, I was excited, but felt strangely calm. Calm because Amanda had already walked me through what to expect and how we could respond. When we got to the hospital, I was able to recall from memory all of Amanda's advice on laboring positions and breathing. While I appreciated my own husband and the wonderful nurses, I was overjoyed to see Amanda walk in. Through breathing, massages and scents, labor was more bearable than I thought. Until it wasn't! Amanda supported me through my personal requests and was that calm presence I needed in the room. My favorite memory even as I type this, is during the final pushes to meet our little girl, I looked at Amanda and said "Can you count with me?". In return I was given a calming smile, and a squeeze of the hand, "Of course I will". Besides my own husband, Amanda's face is the one I remember walking me patiently through this surreal process and I wouldn't have had it any other way. Thank you Amanda!
I sought out a doula to help me process through my anxiety and fears about pregnancy, labor and new motherhood. As a first time mom I was scared. Having Amanda gave me peace and confidence is my ability to have a healthy pregnancy and birth. Knowing I would have an advocate there for me and to help me process through every step in my journey was so helpful. She always validated my feelings and gave me the confidence I needed to be a great mom! No matter the birth experience you are hoping for-- get a doula! You won't regret it!
Amanda helped to make my natural birth possible! She was a great resource before the birth and was available to meet with us when we needed, whether it be in person, on the phone and even a video call. When I had to be induced a few days before my due date, she was there checking in with my husband on my status and was available to come to the hospital as soon as we needed her. We knew it was going to be awhile, but she still came to the hospital to check in with us before I actually "needed" her to. Once active labor started, she was there for ME, making sure my needs were taken care of and anticpating them so I didn't have to think about what I might need as I focused on laboring. She also gave my husband peace of mind and helped guide him with ways to help me. We would hire Amanda again in a heartbeat!
Amanda was a great resource to my husband and I during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. She was always readily available to answer any questions and when we told her we needed her at the hospital, she came right away knowing she'd be there for the long haul...and she was, given it was my first labor! She stayed the entire time for us.
I am so glad to have had extra support during this process, especially as a first time mom. Amanda advocated on my behalf when I was tired and helped us communicate with the nurses and doctor. She is a calming presence during labor and delivery and I would recommend booking her Doula services to anyone looking for that support!
Amanda made my birth the exact dream birth I've always wanted. With it being my last, I didn't want to go without a doula. Amanda came HIGHLY recommended to me and I knew within the first meeting that she was the perfect fit. Being a mom who suffered a bit of a trauma from my first birth, Amanda really helped to comfort me and she was there for me at any time I needed her. Mid pregnancy, she recommended a midwife so I could go toward a homebirth after a bad experience with my previous provider. She instilled a lot of confidence in me and helped me prepare for birth. Once I got established with the midwife, it was go time and Amanda came immediately. Her assist doula Kim was there also and let me just say, my birth would not have been as beautiful and comfortable as it felt if they were not there. During my labor, they kept it light with pain techniques and making sure I breathe through the surges. Instead of feeling like staff, they felt like close friends. (It was hard to watch them leave). They were excellent with my toddler (who was sleeping during my birth) and absolutely amazing at making sure I was taken care of postpartum. I went ahead with the placenta pills which were ready almost immediately and were 100% worth it. I am so thankful for Amanda (and Kim) and I had the most perfect birth, for me, because of her. You can add me to the list of those who HIGHLY recommend her. Thanks so much, Amanda. Blessings. ??
Amanda is super knowledgeable and walked us through everything we needed to know prior to birth! We knew that our baby was breach and would likely be a C-section, and she offered lots of guidance in how to try to turn the baby, as well as how to approach the C-section. Well, I had a very determined baby who never did turn, so we had the C-section. We had a lot of questions about what happens at the hospital and what choices we needed to make about cord clamping, etc etc and she was able to talk us through everything very clearly, in a way that helped us make our choices. I really appreciated that she was very research-oriented and based her advice in studies and proven wisdom.
Although we did not have the experience of labor, I would say it was still very useful to have Amanda there for the delivery, and absolutely invaulable in the weeks after the delivery. It was my first baby and we were dealing with breastfeeding and latching issues, as well as sleep stuff (like everyone does!) and it was just very helpful to have someone knowledgeable and experienced to be able to call or text and just ask for some advice!
Amanda was very helpful and assisted me in achieving the unmedicated birth I aimed for by guiding my partner and having helpful tips for us. Thanks!
I really appreciated having someone with knowledge by my side, that was able to be an advocate for the care I wanted. She helped me reamain calm and stick to my birth plan as much as possible. I love the essential oils she provided during my labor. If you want peace of mind and someone that knows what they are doing by your side she is perfect!
Amanda helped in giving us an amazing birthing experience! Her knowledge and expertise were invaluable as we welcomed our precious baby girl into this world. I can't recommend her services and friendship enough!
Amanda is WONDERFUL! My husband is in the Army, and we didn't know whether he'd be able to come back from a deployment when our daughter was born. I knew I wanted a doula so I wasn't alone in the delivery room (and preferably someone who'd been to lots of births, since it was our first baby and I had no idea what to expect!). In the middle of these stressful circumstances, Amanda turned out to be the PERFECT doula. She is knowledgeable, caring, and one of the most generous people I've ever met.
When I interviewed Amanda, she spent hours with me in a coffee shop, talking about her experiences as both a doula and a mom of four. In that conversation, I was struck by how generous she was with her time, and how much she clearly loves her work. I felt good knowing that she'd been to more than 100 births. But I was still kind of hesitant, because as wonderful as Amanda is, she wasn't my husband. I went for it, and I am SO GLAD I did. The day I went into labor, it turned out I wanted a minimal approach to delivery--no music, no scented oils: I just wanted to concentrate on my breathing. Amanda followed my lead in being low-key, and quietly supportive. Or maybe it's more accurate to say that she figured out what I needed before I did, and set everything up perfectly before I even knew what to ask for. She gently suggested when to try the peanut ball, and when to get in the tub. She watched me when I was in the tub, and helped me arrange towels to get as comfortable as possible. She helped me when I was sick. I felt protected having her there.
When, by the grace of God, my husband got to the hospital two hours after our daughter was born, Amanda stayed even longer to make sure we were all set--that we had food, and were comfortable and confident as new parents can be. After my husband left, she generously came on postpartum visits when I was an anxious brand-new mom. I'd hire her again in an instant, and highly recommend her. You'll be so glad you did!
Amanda is an amazing doula! She provided great resources and was so helpful and supportive when things got stressful. She has a very caring and calming energy that was much appreciated during labor and delivery. I could not have done it without her!
I recently gave birth to my 3rd son, the first of which I had a doula present. Having Amanda present at my hospital birth with a second set of ears and eyes eased so many of my concerns related to my birth plan. I ultimately ended up with a csection but even then I knew my baby would be watched with the attentiveness I wanted to ensure all my wishes were followed by the medical staff, and they were.
My husband also appreciated the support and companionship she provided leading up to the delivery because it was an anxious and uneasy time for him. If I have a fourth baby I will definitely be using Amanda's services again. I feel she provides a great service for a terrific value. Thank you!
EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE A DOULA LIKE AMANDA!!! IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A BIRTHING AND POSTPARTUM DOULA, HIRE AMANDA!!!
She was there for my husband and I with whatever we needed. She goes above and beyond for her clients. Amanda worked with us through our birth and the postpartum period.
Our birth did not go exactly how we planned. Amanda was there through it all, supporting and advocating for us.
We are beyond thankful we had Amanda as a support system in the first few weeks after our daughter was born. She was able to recognize my postpartum depression symptoms and find me the help I needed.
I was on the fence for awhile about hiring a doula but now that it’s all said and done I’m so glad I did. Amanda was always so quick to respond whenever I needed something and was truly only a text or phone call away. Being a first time mom pregnancy, labor, and delivery can be a bit overwhelming and scary. She explained things to me in ways that were easy to understand during such a stressful time. She was such a great support for my husband and I and was extremely valuable. I’m so greatful we made Amanda part of our birth plan.
Investing in a doula was one of the best decisions I ever made. As a first time mom, in a state with no family, it was important for my husband and I to have an advocate. After doing some research, I found Amanda. Her experience and enthusiasm about being a doula caught my eye right away. As I looked around, I kept coming back to her.
When we first met, Amanda was very attentive about answering my questions. She was easy to talk to, outgoing, friendly, and very sweet. I could tell she had a lot of experience as a doula, and it made my husband and I comfortable that she would be able to help us navigate the birth process as first time parents. She made herself available 24/7 after that initial meeting for any questions.
When it was time to give birth, Amanda arrived quickly to the hospital. She was a wealth of knowledge when it came to getting me through contractions, giving my husband tips, and making me feel comfortable. Looking back, I could not imagine going through the process without her. Her support, and overall confidence in me and my body was above and beyond. I 100% recommend her to any couple's about to give birth. She is a gem in the doula world.
Having Amanda as a part of my birth team was exactly what I needed. She has helped me gain confidence, overcome my fears and empowered me to trust my body. Throughout my pregnancy and labor/ delivery she has been there and quickly responded to me whenever I needed something or had a question. She is very easy to talk to and always made me feel comfortable. She is very knowledgeable and truly cares about the well beings of future moms. I am so thankful for her help and support!
Working with Amanda was so great. The prenatal visits were really helpful to get to know each other and to develop a comprehensive birth “plan.” She was very knowledgeable about all things labor and delivery and was able to answer questions and provide real life examples of many different situations. She made me feel confident that I could achieve the natural and intervention-free labor that I wanted to have, which was SO valuable and important. She was super available during pregnancy when we had a question or concern. She also provided some helpful suggestions and ideas to deal with pregnancy discomforts and to help my body prepare for labor. In the end, my labor went really fast and we didn’t get a chance to try many of our strategies to labor and deliver naturally. I did achieve the birth experience that I hoped for, and having her there was comforting. I knew she truly believed I could do it, even when I started to doubt myself, and that was so helpful. I’m so grateful that we worked with Amanda and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for support.
By sheer luck, Amanda's profile was the first one I had clicked on when looking for a doula, and I'm so glad it was! We could not have asked for a better doula for the birth of our first child. My husband was initially sceptical and felt he was being replaced by opting for a doula; however with each home visit prior to birth Amanda was able to win his trust and reassure him that she was not there to replace him but to help both of us welcome our son into the world. Our birth did not go as planned and we were induced at 37 weeks. With this being our first we did not know what to expect. Amanda was amazing in preparing us for the induction and easing our minds about the process. When the day came she was amazing and both my husband and I were so happy to have her there supporting us. She knew the right aroma therapy oils to keep me calm. She helped us with different positions and techniques we never would have know about ourselves. She helped show my husband the best ways to support and help me through my labor. And best of all she never left our side. It was a huge comfort to both of us having her there. She is truly passionate about the work she does and it shows! We are truly blessed to have found her!
First, if you are on the fence about hiring a doula...just do it! Second, if you want a doula...hire Amanda! Amanda is dedicated and passionate about birth and babies and I’m so grateful that my husband and I had her there for the birth of our daughter. Amanda helped me work through my induced labor and allowed me to be medicine/epidural free for the majority of my labor. I’m convinced that without her, I would have gotten an epidural much sooner and possibly not had a vaginal delivery. She was a great resource for my husband and guided him, allowing him to help me in ways I’m not sure he would have otherwise known. She was a calming and reassuring presence for me and helped me move around, advocated for me and encouraged me. She arrived to the hospital at 5 am and never left my side until an hour or two after my daughter was born (10/11 at night!) Amanda does several visits prior to baby’s arrival and and a couple postpartum visits as well. She helped me with breastfeeding and built my confidence up. She is a vault of great information and is worth every single penny. Thank you, Amanda for everything you have done for my new family!
As I neared 37 weeks pregnant with my third child, my docter said I would be induced at 39 weeks due to my age. I started to worry as it was 9 years since my last birth, and I realized I was not happy with my previous birth experiences (both involving induction). I felt like I had no say, I felt alone, and I really wanted a 'natural birth'. Then the I found DoulaMatch. I reached out to few doulas; Amanda got back to me right away and it was clear she was professional, knowledgeable and loves being a doula. Because of her, I was able to communicate what I wanted despite being induced, and in turn, I had an incredible nurse that did all she could to make it happen. I am overjoyed when I think back at this birth experience. Amanda's calmness and attentiveness gave me strength, helping me manage the pain and avoid an epidural. Also, the aromatherapy was incredible. Amanda is so caring and giving of her time, she is a great person.
Amanda was such a blessing to have at our son's birth! I ended up needing to be induced due to high blood pressure which changed our birth plan quite a bit right off the bat. Despite the need for some medical intervention, Amanda helped me and my husband navigate the different decisions we had to make throughout our 33 hour labor. Having Amanda with us helped to keep things calm because she gave us the reassurance that we were making the best decision for the health and well-being of myself and our baby. I'd recommend her to anyone looking for an experienced, dependable, and professional doula.
My husband and I contacted Amanda when I was already almost 37 weeks. She quickly responded to us and we were able to work with her despite our shortened timeline. In our meetings prior to delivery Amanda was able to put my husband's anxieties about what would happen during labor at ease because he knew she would be there helping. After my water broke at night, Amanda came to join us very late at night in the hospital and stayed with us through my long labor (till the next night) and afterwards. She walked all of us through the process and helped me manage my pain and make decisions throughout the birth process. We were both very glad to have her!
Amanda was hands down what I needed for my extremely long induction and labor. Amanda was by mine and my husbands side for three days. She made sure I was heard and stood up for what I wanted during m labor. Amanda will for ever hold a very special place in our lives.
Amanda was exactly what our family needed to get the birth experience of our dreams. Amanda is kind, supportive and well informed. Amanda met with us in our home to get to know us and our birth preferences prior to "labor day." She was interested in our past birth experince and our desires for this experince. Amanda was always available by phone or text message - she even came to the hospital for a "false alarm" labor (and didn't make me feel the least bit bad).
On the big day Amanda was a kind and steady presence in the labor and delivery room - she helped my husband and me have confidence in our decision and desire for a natural birth experince (even in a hospital setting). She was next to me the entire labor and delivery experince saying encouraging words and massaging my back and squeezing my hips (!) - truly invaluable to have the extra set of hands.
We would recommend Amanda to ANYONE!
I wanted a doula for my last pregnancy but was unable to afford one. My husband and I were fortunate enough to get one for our 3rd child. I always wanted to go through labor without an epidural but with my first 2, my water broke and I wasn't having contractions so I had to be given pitocin. Baby #3, I told my husband I really think I can do this naturally if we have a doula that can help him to help me and take over fully if he's too tired. The plan was no pitocin, no epidural. Well, this baby wasn't 2 weeks early like his brothers, he was 11 days late and I had to be induced with the dreaded pitocin. Amanda was so supportive to my husband and I during the whole process. She gave us the confidence we needed before labor and confidence, support, and comfort during labor and delivery, not to mention support after delivery. I had my doubts of doing this with no epidural because of the pitocin, but I did it! My labor progressed more quickly than I thought it would, but Amanda got there so quickly and knew what to do to help me as soon as she walked through the door. I really feel that Amanda made a HUGE difference with helping me and my husband. The pain was more than I would have ever imagined but having her there to guide me with focusing on my breathing to help manage my contractions and her suggesting things for my husband to do to help me, I was able to go through my labor and delivery in 6 hours. I'm so grateful to have been able to go through it without the epidural and have an amazing experience of connecting with my baby while bringing him into this world. I have Amanda to thank for this because I don't think I could have done this without her.
4/28/2017 Amanda was amazing, and an invaluable part of my birth team! So thankful to have had her at our side!! She's a wonderful advocate, very knowledgeable, really helped our labor progress, and comforting during such a stressful time. Can't thank you enough!
Amanda was there for me at a drop of a hat when my Doula had a medical emergency and couldn't make it. She helped me feel comfortable and get to know her quickly. About an hour or so later baby was born. I'm so thankful for her help and support!
We were initially hesitant to hiring a doula, thinking we wanted the birth of our child to be something shared my just my husband and I. But my desires for a natural birth led us to decide on the extra support of a doula.
My labor went from relaxed and slow to intense and fast the moment my water broke. Amanda got there as quick as she could and jumped right in. Birth didn't progress at all how we planned, and we wavered from my desires for a med free birth, but Amanda's support never changed. She really proved to be a valuable asset (to my husband especially!) when baby started showing signs of stress and I was wheeled out for an emergency c-section. Amanda stayed with him until he was allowed in by me, and helped to calm him in a scary time too. She joined us again in the recovery room, providing a sense of calm and talking us through what all happened in such a short amount of time.
If you're on the fence about a doula, please, don't hesitate. I'm so glad we had Amanda on our side ??
Amanda was my stand-in doula when my original doula could not make it to the birth of my son. I was terrified and had so much anxiety-- that's the last thing a person in labor needs to hear. Amanda arrived very quickly. She was so attentive, knew just the right things to say and had a soft touch. She was EXACTLY what I needed. She coached my husband to be an active participant which is something that was very important to me. She had so many techniques that kept us moving and helped me feel like I was in control of progressing the labor along. I would so strongly recommend Amanda to any family looking for a doula. You will not be disappointed.
First and foremost Amanda is the most amazing person I have ever met. While in the hospital I was there alone due to my other half starting a new job. She checked up on me from the start. The minute I asked her to come she was there within the hour. She never left my side, she was very attentive, and did everything to make me feel as relaxed as possible. When it came time to push she was right by side coaching me and helping me through. She was able to cut the cord and was extremely proud. She's not only a best friend but an angel.
I have absolutely nothing but amazing things to say about Amanda!
When she arrived my contractions and nausea had just started full force. She literally walked in the door AMD jumped right in without wasting a second!
She was beyond helpful to my husband AnD i.
Amanda was very informative as well as
Very comfortable to be around. We couldn't be more happy with our experience with her as our Doula.
Amanda was so supportive, and attentive to my needs as a mother in labor. She loves being a doula! And is a great one!
I recommend her if your looking to have a support system on your side. And someone to explain and help you understand your options and stick to them!
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