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Amanda Asplund

Bright Aura Birth

Phone: 336-337-0019

Birth Fee: $500 to $600

Fee Details: Fees cover two prenatal visits, birth attendance, and one postpartum visit, as per convention. But I like to establish a relationship of deep trust and rapport, so the standard minimum is not something I feel we are confined to. If I am your doula, I am available by phone, text, and email for any questions or concerns (or annoying symptoms, rambling emotional vent sessions, crazy dreams, bizarre cravings, etc) at any time. I am also happy to meet for tea/coffee/reruns of The Office if you want some extra face time. Please contact me regarding special discounts for single parents, IVF, and surrogate support!

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 10 births attended

Doula Training

  • DONA International, April 2016
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 4

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Completed internship at Embrace Birth Center in RVA.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Other Relevant Certifications

  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Expected stillbirth
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Plus size mothers
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Richmond, VA
Travel Range: 40 Miles

Client Testimonials for Amanda Asplund

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Abby Benson

Amanda was the perfect fit for my birth experience. From the initial meeting, she clicked with my husband & I and allowed us to get comfortable with her during multiple visits prior to the birth. She’s extremely knowledgeable and was a great help with assisting me on finalizing my birth plan for the hospital. My labor started & stopped 4 days in a row prior to my daughter being born & Amanda came out to our home whenever we felt like we needed the assistance but she also was able to understand that I needed some alone time to progress farther. She was great at suggesting different positions & challenging me to try different things during labor, but also understood that I did not like to be touched (except for holding hands). She was an irreplaceable tool for my husband to be the best birth partner he could be; she gave him the confidence to be who I needed him to be & make sure I was being taken care of. When I was at the hospital, she made sure to remind me of my rights as a patient & I was able to have the natural birth that I desired. She also helped us SOO much with dealing with extended family so I could have the birth that I envisioned & not be stressed by their presence. Hiring Amanda as our doula was probably the best thing we did in preparing to become parents. We even had her cut the umbilical cord for our sweet baby girl.

Posted 7/9/2018

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Erin Lano

Amanda was an incredible birth companion for my husband and I. She went above and beyond in every aspect of our preparation, birth and recovery. We met with her weekly leading up to the birth and she got a great feel for how we function as a couple and what our concerns were going into the birth of our first child. This really enabled her to help me through the birth and help my husband be a confident birth companion. We went over different positions to use during labor and discussed how to set up our home labor room. Labor itself ended up being very long, she joined us at our home for a few hours and then helped us make the transition to the hospital. I was in labor at the hospital for 27 hours before our daughter was born and Amanda was 100 percent on the entire time, it was just incredible! Our birth team at the hospital was great, but Amanda was always there to help us wade through the different options available to us and help us make the best decisions for us. She also visited us twice after the birth to help us navigate the challenges and questions that early parenthood bring and although we are done working with her in an official capacity she is still available via text to answer any questions we have. Having Amanda present for the birth of our child had a huge positive impact on our birth experience, and I would highly recommend her to any one who is expecting a baby. 

Posted 1/18/2018

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Isabel Carrasco

I gave birth three weeks ago and can truly say it would have been a completely different experience without Amanda. Me and my husband were attending birth classes where we were encouraged to look into hiring a doula, which I didn't realize was an option due to having been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. This suggestion was one of  the best things we got out of the birthing classes because it led us to Amanda. I was 34 weeks pregnant the first time we met, but despite being so close to my due date, the care Amanda provided made both me and my husband feel supported. She met with us both several times and each time she was able to build an incredible amount of trust and provided really good information regarding the birth process. 

The plan was to be induced due to the GD but I started to go into labor the day before my scheduled induction date. Amanda came to our house and was a calming and supportive presence while she worked with me laboring in different positions. Because of the trust she had worked to build, I felt positive and overall calm, which was exactly what I wanted to bring to my birth experience. We headed to the hospital after my water broke and Amanda was a machine! I was experiencing back labor and Amanda encouraged me through contractions and encouraged me to eat and hydrate, which was crucial to keep my energy up. I cannot stress enough how beneficial it was to have her in the hospital room with us during this time. My husband felt like he had support as well because hospital staff was in and out of the room, but Amanda was there through the entire process, providing information and support to ensure we made the best decisions for ourselves.

After giving birth Amanda continued to provide support, checking on all three of us in the hospital and when we returned to our house. I would highly recommend Amanda to anyone looking to hiring a doula. She is amazing at what she does. 

Posted 9/15/2017

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Kris Burton

Amanda assisted my wife and I during the birth of our son. I cannot say enough good things about her. She was simply amazing to have as a resource during the whole experience. She met with us numerous times before hand and after. She was a valuable source of information and knowledge beyond what I could have imagined. She was simply amazing to have present during the labor and birth. It was a busy night and if she hadn't been there it would have been mostly just me with my wife during labor. I cannot say how much help it was to have a focused knowledgeable person present the whole time that was only focused on helping my wife with her labor and not all the patients in the wing. She is passionate and dedicated to what she does and wants to make sure that you have all the information possible to make sure you are making the most informed decisions possible. As a concerned husband and first time dad it was reassuring to have someone I knew we could trust available before, during, and after the birth. I will recommend her to anyone I know that is pregnant as I cannot imagine our birth experience without her.

Posted 9/15/2017

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Billie Jo Wood

My experience with Amanda has been excellent to say the least.  I had planned an out of hospital birth at a birthing center in the Richmond area and my midwife, who I trust implicitly, suggested that I select a doula that I felt was a good match for me.  Immediately my hackles raised, it isn't so much that I'm extremely private as I feel awkward around new people and I just couldn't imagine what it would be like to have someone that I barely knew in my birthing room.  After talking to some other trusted friends, my husband and I took the plung and went to a doula meet and greet.  Everyone there was nice and kind, but I just clicked with Amanda. 

She took the time to meet with me several times as my birth approached, which helped me feel comfortable and prepared.  I was ready and I was confident that she would be a good support.  And then things took a turn for the unexpected with my health and it became clear that I would need to abandon my out of hosptial birth plan and head for an emergency induction.  I called Amanda, not sure how this would work, but she dropped everything to make it to the hospital.  During the long (like 70 hours of labor, long) induction process, Amanda never left my side.  She was helpful in distracting me, reminding me what I was fighting for and advocating for me. 

My family situation is a little volatile and Amanda willingly stood in the gap and acted as a buffer, knowing that it would leave her in an awkward situation with parents on both sides.  When my labor wasn't progressing, she fought for me and helped my doctors see that unless it was an emergency, I didn't want a cesarean.  She lived with me at the hospital for three days and never once complained.  She was a rock and an encourager and I'm not sure I would have made it without her.  I cannot recommend her enough.  She is an amazing women, mother, friend and EXCELLENT doula.

Posted 6/8/2017

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Sierra Spiller

Amanda agreed to take us on in the last few weeks of my pregnancy, but still managed to make our experience very special. She made it a priority to still meet with us to check in and go over labor tools. The real testament to her love of being a labor doula came when she stuck with me through a very rough 28 hours of back labor. She made sure I ate to keep my strength up, alternated with my husband rubbing my back and applying counter pressure, helped me change positions when I needed to.. I could go on and on. I am so glad we had Amanda's support for the birth of our beautiful daughter. 

Posted 5/25/2017

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