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Amanda Hayden, LMSW, CBC

Website: http://www.amandahaydendoula.com

Birth Fee: $1400 to $2000

Fee Details: My birth doula services include 2 prenatal visits, email and phone support throughout pregnancy, on call support 24/7 starting week 37, continuous emotional and physical support during labor and delivery, and 1 postpartum visit.

Birth Doula Experience: 1 years

Doula Training

  • Ancient Song Doula Services, August 2017
Type of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula

Clients per Month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Breastfeeding Counselor

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Licensed Social Worker (LMSW)

College Education

  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Plus size mothers
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • Therapist or counselor

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

My deep appreciation for the power of pregnancy and birth, combined with a desire to advocate for client centered and informed reproductive practices, drew me to pursue my path as a doula. I am a full spectrum labor and postpartum doula trained through Ancient Song Doula Services. I am also a lactation counselor, trained by Lea Rivera, IBCLC. I credit my own mother - who spoke of her pregnancies as magical and filled with love - for nurturing my passion for birth from a young age. Whether you're loving pregnancy, really struggling with it, feeling something in between or all of it at once - I'm here to listen and support you! I came to birth work through years of experience supporting families as a social worker. My passion for social and reproductive justice initially led me into a career in sexual health, adoption, and grief support. In addition to my role as a doula, I currently work in LGBTQIA+ family building at a community center in Manhattan. As a doula, I utilize emotional, informational, and physical support as well as active listening, calming patience, and laughter to build trusting relationships. I believe that all birthing persons and their partner(s) deserve to feel affirmed, attuned to, and cared for. My practice supports all bodies, all genders, and all sexualities. A child of the northeast, I made my way to Brooklyn six years ago. Outside of work, I love to spend time playing in nature, singing and seeing live music, arts and crafting, and hanging with my friends and family.

Languages spoken: English

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Area of practice: Brooklyn, NY
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Client Testimonials for Amanda Hayden, LMSW, CBC

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Joanna

We were so lucky to have Amanda as our doula! It was important to us that we have a doula who was down to earth and would support us in making the best decisions for us, whatever they might turn out to be, and Amanda totally fit the bill. When I went into labor two and a half weeks early on a day Amanda had already attended another birth, she came right away and stayed with us through a 19 hour hospital labor that included several non-medicated hours, an epidural, pitocin, and eventually a c-section! Through it all Amanda made sure we understood what our options were and that we were given the time to make them, and we came out of an experience that was full of surprises feeling confident in the choices we made. We would recommend her wholeheartedly!

Posted 9/15/2019

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Amber Marlow

Amanda is an incredible doula. 

Physically, she is strong, with the ability to precisely press, lift, knead, and manipulate exactly where I needed. I joked after that she was almost as good as an epidural.

Emotionally, they are empathetic and caring, with invarably measured, thoughtful responses to questions (and crisis of confidence.) I've also never met a better listener in my life, which is a rare and really beautiful thing to find in a person, and made me feel very HEARD, and calm, and cared for. 

It was about 27 hours of labour, and Amanda was there for the deepest of it, offering support to both me and my husband as needed, and a helping hand after to clean up after our home birth. We love Amanda!

Posted 6/4/2019

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Rosalie Knecht

Amanda was very knowledgeable about birth and the post-partum period and was totally open and nonjudgmental about the various interventions available to us and the pros and cons of using them. She was at our apartment shortly after we requested her during my labor, went to the hospital with us, and stayed with us through a quick breastfeeding tutorial after our baby was born. She also had a wealth of information on referrals for recovery after baby. What I really appreciated was that her manner was always calm and warm. I would absolutely recommend her services to other first-time mothers.

Posted 4/12/2019

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Andréa + Maxime

We were so lucky to match with Amanda early on in my pregnancy. She provided me with moral support, practical pregnancy support and invaluable birth partner support. As first time queer parents it was important that we worked with someone who could understand our perspective and help us navigate a traditionally heteronormative space (pregnancy). I felt cared for and deeply safe during my unexpected early induction. After being with us through one of the most intimate and life alterinng experiences, it feels like Amanda is family and we're excited to have her see how baby grows up.

Posted 3/22/2019

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Ingrid

My experience with Amanda as my birth doula was nothing short of incredible. As a young first-time mom, I didn't have any friends or acquaintances my age who had experienced pregnancy and birth before and was feeling pretty lost. I also struggled with severe anxiety throughout the pregnancy, and had a very difficult time distinguishing normal pregnancy symptoms from the scary ones. When I found Amanda, she showered me with resources like where to find free childbirth education classes, links to evidence-based articles, and showed me comfort measures to cope with contractions. My birth ended up being lightning-fast, and she was there to support me through a surprising and intense labor. During labor, she deepened my confidence in my body's ability to give birth to my nearly 9-pound baby! 

Posted 3/13/2019

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Jess & Kevin

Amanda was everything we were looking for in a doula. We very specifically needed someone who would take charge when we both felt clueless, and who could anticipate some of our needs as the labor progressed. Amanda is a gifted advocate and read our needs so well. We had a surprise induction, and Amanda checked in with us regularly until the moment we absolutely needed her with us at the hospital, at which point her presence was so welcome.

Throughout our labor, Amanda was much a support person for me in labor, as well as for my husband. When our labor went sideways and ultimately became a c section, she waited with my husband while I was in post-op, and stayed with us in recovery. We can't imagine having gone through this experience without her. Even in post-partum, Amanda has been a wealth of gentle, helpful resources. We are so exceptionally grateful for having gotten to work with her.

Posted 3/5/2019

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MC Forelle

There are a million wonderful things we could say about Amanda, but perhaps it would be easiest to break it down into how great she was in both preparation for birth and in action the day of:

PREP: Amanda was able to hit the ground running. My partner and I reached out to her two weeks before our due date, and were able to schedule an interview within days. Given how little time we had before the birth, she was very flexible about our prenatal appointments; we managed to cover everything necessary in one prenatal appointment since we didn't have time for two. She came prepared but never rushed it. It helped that Amanda is immensely knowledgeable and great at communicating that knowledge with us. We especially appreciated how thoughtful she was about labor and delivery with a queer, non-binary birthing parent. We felt immediately comfortable with her - no adjustment period necessary!

LABOR AND DELIVERY: We had an unusual delivery in that my water broke early and I never naturally started contractions. Amanda was very easy to get a hold of and easy to communicate with, helping us determine the best time for her to meet us at the hospital. She was very flexible about working around our needs, equally willing to pick up food or coffee for us as she was to help with the nuts and bolts of delivery - helping me get to the bathroom with my IV pole, suggesting different positions, or just holding my hand or my leg as I labored. During the painful or stressful parts of labor, Amanda was an absolute rock, providing us with comfort and information right when we both needed it. Plus, she is so easy to talk to, which made the hours go by all the faster!

It was not the easiest birth, but both my partner and I will always be grateful that Amanda was part of it. Her support, comfort, and knowledge made a sometimes boring, sometimes scary, often painful labor ultimately a very fulfilling and magical process. We cannot recommend Amanda more highly!

Posted 11/14/2018

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Ashley Hill

Amanda was absolutely wonderful as my doula. She has a natural gift and special passion for what she does... supportive, understanding, calming, composed, thoughtful, respectful, intuitive and so pleasant. She was the extra support me and my partner needed, as I am new to NYC and don't have freinds and family in the city. She helped me stay true to my non-medicated birthplan, even after 2 days and 13 hours in labor. I'm so gratefull that she was part of my child's birth and I would highly reccomend her in the future. 

Posted 4/23/2018

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