Birth Fee: $800
Postpartum Rate: $35 to $45
Fee Details: Willing to work on a sliding scale.
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 13 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 3 years and 35 families served
Clients per Month: 1 births and 1 to 3 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: Non-smoking households - I am allergic to smoke.
Secretary on the Board of Directors for NAPS Doulas since 2016
Languages spoken: English
It is difficult to put into words what Amand’a presence did for me and my family after the birth of my second child. Her sessions of support each week were a desperately needed breath of fresh air. Amanda is a thoughtful and empathetic listener, which I found so helpful in coping with and processing the birth of my child. Amanda always has suggestions and resources to offer, when needed. I find one of her many strengths as a doula lies in her ability to offer the perfect balance of support - she knows when it is most helpful to offer space and independence for you, and when it is best to step in and be hands-on. Amanda kept our laundry and kitchen clean, did grocery runs, helped soothe my son so I could rest, and made sure I got showers and naps. What meant the most to me was her amazing cooking and her peer emotional support. I am still comforted by the thought of her help when I think about those early weeks. I would recommend Amanda’s postpartum doula support to anyone!
Amanda came into our home and proactively made sure every last thing was taken care of, and especially our baby and toddler. Her ability to balance detailed housework and childcare was an inspiring example! Amanda’s positive energy, compassion, and emotional intelligence helped me and my family get on our feet after adding a new baby into our lives. I enthusiastically recommend Amanda as a postpartum doula - she will meet you where you are at and help you on your journey!
I was absolutely terrified of child birth. I went into this upset that I had to do this and scared of all of the pain. I was particularly scared of tearing. I went through an extra long labor that was painful and intense (as most labor is) I also tore. After looking back on the day, one of the things that i remember most was the support team i had. Amanda was amazing to put it lightly. She seemed so comfortable with the situation it made me more comfortable she also complimented my efforts which made me feel stronger. She coached me through the pushing phase of labor and even though I tore I am looking back at that day as the best day of my life. I'm so thankful for Amanda and her skills during my labor and delivery. My husband and mother (the other part of my birth team) are also very impressed and appreciative of her services.
Amanda provided support and care for our family as we expected our second baby. She was thorough in understanding our needs from a doula and listened to our previous experiences. As we planned for our second home birth and navigated a few bumps in the road, it was extremely helpful to know that we had the emotional support and physical care from Amanda to help us prepare for a potential change in plans.
During labor and the birth of my son, it was important to me to have a doula that allowed me to listen to my body and offer quiet support, and Amanda was able to do just that. We also really appreciated her knowledge in helping me follow The Miles Circuit to help our baby be in an optimal position for his birth.
Amanda has truly found her niche as a doula, and we couldn't recommend her expertise and ability to care for new mothers and families enough!
We first started working with Amanda when our daughter was about 10 weeks old. I had unexpectedly thrown out my back and was in such a bad way that I wasn't able to even able to pick my baby up! We don't have any family nearby and our list of friends with daytime availability was wearing thin. Hiring a post-partum doula wasn't something that was on our radar and, to be honest, I was nervous about bringing in an 'expert'. As a new mom I had a lot of anxiety about whether I was doing things 'the right way' and was worried about being judged for our parenting style or for not being able to care for my baby with my injury. All of my fears dissolved within an hour of meeting Amanda. Her calm, confident, and caring presence was like finding a lighthouse in the fog and we all three benefitted enormously when she came into our lives. Dad learned methods to help soothe, bottle feed, and read the cues that our daughter was trying to tell us. Our daughter thrived in Amanda's care; she especially loved being worn in the baby wrap around the house and one of her first smiles was at Amanda's beautiful singing voice! I found relief in knowing that the household was taken care of while I recovered from my injury and when I came home from that first doctor's appointment (the first time I had ever left my daughter in someone else's care) to find that the baby was napping, the laundry was cycled and folded, the dishes done, and there was even a sandwich waiting for me on the counter (!) there was this tidal wave of relief that washed over me. Dad was happy and calm, the baby was happy and calm, and I was able to relax for the first time since giving birth. I'm only sorry that we didn't reach out for help sooner. Since then, Amanda has worked with us regularly over the intervening months, helping out for a half day once every other week, so that mom can get some respite. I can't recommend Amanda enough to anyone looking for extra support and loving care.
Amanda has been a postpartum doula for our 2 month old daughter on several occasions since Karuna was born. Amanda is fantastic. She is gentle, soothing, intuitive, and trustworthy. I wish I could employ her every day! She gives 100% of her focus to the baby, and is very receptive to the individual needs of the families she serves. When Karuna was sleeping, Amanda helped with housework and laundry, and even made me lunch when I was hungry! That might seem like a small thing, but when you are a new mother pressed for time, having someone make your lunch is actually priceless! On an emotional level, Amanda is also excellent. She met me when I was just adjusting to being a stay at home mom to a newborn, and I was having a really hard time. Amanda was non-judgmental, totally supportive, and helpful in her advice and presence. I would recommend her hands down, every time. You and your children will be well taken care of!
Amanda worked with our family for two months - starting the first day we came home from the hospital when my son was only 2 days old. She helped us with the transition from 1 toddler to 2 kids under two yrs old. Starting at 5 days a week and slowly transitioning to two days a week when we needed less help. Amanda helped us create a great start for our son and enabled me to get the rest I needed to be a better mom to both kids.
Amanda is a thoughtful caregiver and great resource for moms. She has a genuine love for babies and kids, and has a tremendous amount of knowledge about the newborn stage. Even as a second time mom (who breastfed my daughter for over a year), I found her breastfeeding tips super helpful with our newborn son. I highly recommend Amanda as a doula and think she is a real gem.
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