Birth Fee: $700 to $850
Fee Details: Fee varies depending on services requested, to be discussed at initial consultation. My clients have appreciated my abilities as an advocate, a support for both and mother AND father, and medical background as an RN.
Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 10 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Volunteer at Horizon Pregnancy Center as educator, lactation support, and mother advocate.
Languages spoken: English, minimal Spanish and ASL
Amanda was such a blessing to our family! From the moment we met her, we knew we had lucked out. We had started lookiing for doulas too close to our due date so most were not available. Fortunately, we found Amanda, who graciously accommodated us in her schedule. She is very professional while approachable. On our first meeting, she came prepared with a number of questions about our preferred birth experience. We wanted a natural unmedicated delivery and we got it thanks to her! She was also open with us when we asked her questions to make sure we had found a good match. In addition, her contract and payment were very transparent and straight forward.
On the day my contractions started, she came to our home and spent the night with us before heading to the hospital. Once there, she knew exactly what to do and conducted herself with ease. Being an RN, she quickly established a friendly rapport with the hospital staff. The environment that she created while I was in labor made the pain more bearable, the time go faster, and the mood much lighter for all. She was not afraid to try different comfort measures while always following and supporting my lead. She made sure that our needs were met and respected our decisions without judgement. My labor was 10 hours long but she spent even more time than that with us. She stayed in the hospital after the birth to make sure that we were all OK, in spite of not having slept much at all. She also came for a postpartum visit when she brought us cookies and a typed up document with the events of the day. In the haze of the labor and early newborn care days, it was difficult to recall all the details or find the time to write them down so we really appreciated her thoughtfulness. Amanda trully cares about you and your family, and she wishes the best for you.
I found Amanda on DoulaMatch.net around my 36th week of pregnancy (very late in the game). I had initially thought I wanted a doula to accompany me at my birth center birth, but I started to waver in that decision because I just couldn't find someone that was a right fit for me and husband (I'm a christian and really wanted a christian doula -- not easy to find). I'm so glad I kept searching though and finally found Amanda! I simply cannot imagine my birth without her having been there to support me. I labored over 48hrs total, with over 24 of that being active labor. Some of that time was at home, some at the birth center I had planned to go to, and the last 18 or so hours were at the hospital with an epidural. Amanda joined my husaband and I at home once I was past 3cm and quickly progressing. She helped me tremendously with massage and comforting, encouraging words during the entire experience. She made me feel stronger and like I could get through anything, and I did, with her help. She never once came between me and my spouse, but rather helped us both and helped him assist me as well. I loved having here there and never once doubted my decision. She was an incredibly comforting presence. During pushing (a three+ hour ordeal) Amanda was there by my side for every push, encouraging me and supporting me both physically and emotionally. I wouldn't hesitate to hire her again if I ever have another child. She is the reason I was able to weather such a grueling labor and I am eternally grateful.
Though Amanda Peters was not my doula (I live half a state away from her), she was an invaluable resource when I was struggling to breastfeed my newborn twins in May 2017.
She calmed my new-mom nerves, introduced me to breast massage to get me through engorgement and help me get the most out of my pumping sessions, and gave me advice for dealing with the general pains that come with pumping/breastfeeding.
Thanks to Amanda's help so soon after my twins were born, I've been successfully exclusively pumping for 4 months now and produce 60 ounces of milk daily for my babies. I wouldn't have been able to accomplish this without her expertise and compassion.
Amanda is so wonderful! Any time I have had a question or needed a listening ear, she has always been there! Her warm spirit and calm presence are a wonderful fit for the experience of birth and learning to live with baby. From momma and daddy support throughout the birth to help with nursing and sleep training, Amanda's knowledge is so helpful! I am blessed to have her in my life!
Amanda served as my doula three times, the last of which was for my twins. Her presence was invaluable through the whole process. During my first delivery, I was so grateful to have someone there who could speak with confidence, letting me know that what I was feeling was normal, and giving suggestions for how to cope with the discomfort. Because of Amanda, both my first and second labors were done without an epidural. I was given pitocin at 7 cm in my first labor, and Amanda helped me deal with the sudden increase in intesity that the medication brought on. With the twins, Amanda helped me get all the way to 9 cm before we requested an epidural, and was gracious and affirming in that choice. She truly desires to help accomplish your goals, and will encourage you to accomplish a medication-free delivery if you want, but will not try to force that on you and your doctor/midwife if you think that a medical intervention will be best. She is very knowledgeable, and I found it comforting that she knew exactly what was going on in each stage of labor, and could let me know what my body was doing. She is gentle and patient, but not afraid to be speak with confidence if the situation calls for it (e.g., she had to be pretty firm in helping me "relax through the pain" in order to let the labor progress... something she did with grace and care... but still firm). I would highly recommend Amanda as a Doula for any mom (especially first time moms!) who are looking for a calming, caring and gentle presence in the labor room. My husband was also very grateful to serve as my emotional support without having to have memorized all the stages of labor, proper breathing techniques, and comfort positions to try when the going got rough. Amanda's background as an RN makes her very comfortable in in a hospital setting, while her experience in a pregnancy clinic has given her a background in a more intimate setting.
Amanda is a dear friend and I have seen firsthand the genuine care, patience and compassion that she exemplifies in all areas of her life. She is incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about pregnancy, labor & delivery, breastfeeding and motherhood. Amanda values people and would advocate on behalf of her clients, ensuring that their desires are heard and supported. Amanda would be an invaluable resource and support for any mama to be!
I am a mother of 4 young boys and although I didn't have a dula ,Amanda is a very close friend and was always there to help when I would call or ask questions about my pregnancies. She is very caring and has a calmness about her that I found to be very soothing if I was worried about something during pregnancy. She is really easy to talk to and is a great listener. I still call her when thing come up with my boys and I need the opinion of an RN I know I can trust.
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