Birth Fee: $1600
Postpartum Rate: $30
Fee Details: I am a Swedish Hospital Doula and my birth fee through Swedish is $1,600.00.
Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 30 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 5 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: No smokers
Assisted in Penny Simkin's home and hospital birth classes.
Languages spoken: English and some basic American Sign Language (3 years in high school and 2 quarters in college)
My husband and I decided to hire a doula for the birth of our second child after the traumatic birth of our first. With our first, we felt like we didn't have an advocate in the room, and as things progressed outside what we had been prepared for in our hospital-sponsored birth class, we were scared and completely out of our depths. We wanted to make sure that we wouldn't have another similar experience this time.
I lined up four interviews - Amanda was the first and I was most excited to meet her after reading her profile. We chatted on Skype and I immediately loved her, so much so that I canceled the other three interviews and signed her contract the next day. She was so kind, honest, and confident. I knew that she would be the advocate I needed.
We met with Amanda twice before the birth: once to talk about ourselves, what we needed from her, and our birth plan, and a second time to check-in and go over "what if"s (this included what would we need from her in the event of a c-section).
The day of the birth went completely not-to-plan. The baby's cord was crushed by the contractions causing her heart rate to plummet. In her distress, she flipped right-side up and began to descend down the birth canal feet first. This resulted in an emergency c-section, during which I hemorrhaged and lost about 1/3 of my blood. My husband and newborn daughter left shortly after her birth to get out of the cold OR. Without Amanda, I would've been alone. For over an hour, she sat at my head, rubbing my temples and keeping me calm. As I lost blood, I began fading in and out of consciousness, and each time I awoke Amanda would update me on what was going on, tell me how much time had passed, and relay any questions I had to the surgical staff. She was more of an advocate than I had ever imagined, and I owe her a deep debt of gratitude. Hiring her will be the best decision you make in your birth plan - it was for me!
I enjoyed working with Amanda very much. We had an appointment discussing my birth wishes and what I expected for fhe birth experience. She discussed a lot of the good points that I don't even realize that I needed but very important to have a good birth experience. At that point, I’ve already taken the childbirth class, but looking back, the points she brought up to the discussion prepared me very well for the real child birth process. The most benefits that I have received is that she gave perfect solution to the potential problem that I might face. Throughout the actual birth process, she managed calm me down when I had fears and doubts. She worked very well with my husband and met our needs for support without us saying what we need at that moment. Her calm and warm personality made both of us enjoyed working with her as well. She took pictures within my comfort level and also written a memo for the birth experience. I did not know how much I would like those beforehand but now I’m so thankful that she did those. If you want a smooth, enjoyable birth experience, she is the one to work with since she will make the whole process enjoyable your own experience with right support at the right moment without you even notice or had to ask for. Her postpartum support was excellent as well. I would highly recommend her to anyone I know.
I cannot begin to explain the positive difference Amanda made in my pregnancy and birth as my doula. Beforehand, we had an extensive prenatal appointment where all concerns were addressed and Amanda really took the time to understand what we wanted out of the birth. Throughout my labor Amanda was a constant support, and seemed to always know just what to do or what position to change into to make me more comfortable. At our prenatal meeting we talked about how I was practicing hypnobirthing and wanted to try for an unmedicated birth. Although she was unfamilar with hypnobirthing at the time, by the time I went into labor she had gathered resources that aligned with our practices so that she could help us in the perfect way. I had an extremely long labor, and Amanda not only was a huge help to me, she was a huge help to my husband and mom, allowing for them to step away at times while she took over being my support. She stayed alert and helpful throughout the entire time, and stayed for an hour after Baby was born so that she could support the first breastfeeding and the first hour. We had an awesome follow up appointment one week after the birth, where even more resources were given to us. By far the best decision when planning for birth was hiring Amanda as our doula!
Amanda was extremely professional and cared so much for my family and I. She took into consderation her schooling (of course) and her personal experiences, which helped shape how she treats and cares for her clients. She asked questions that I never even considered and helped to advocate for me when I felt uncomfortable or didn't know that I could. I was a 2nd time mama when using Amanda's services so I had already experienced a birth. I had a good idea of how I wanted my 2nd birth experience to go and Amanda helped to execute it perfectly! My birth experince the 2nd time around was quite different than my first (not using a doula) and I couldn't have asked for a more peacful and easy birth! She helped me to relax and keep things in perspective no matter what came up - big or small. I am naturally anxious so this was very important for me. Amanda asked questions throughout the entire experience and reminded me of things I wanted from this birth experience (per our pre-birth meeting). It was also super helpful that Amanda was taking notes and data (and I love data!) during the entire process which was both helpful to me and the hosptial staff at times. During labor, it's as if things are happening so fast and there are a good deal of serious questions from staff and family. It was nice to already have a plan in place before getting into the thick of laboring! She also took pictures of my babys birth which I will cherish forever! What ended up being most helpful for me wasn't necessarily the birth (although of course I needed the help!) but it was the before and after support that she provided. I can't recall how many times I leaned on her for support or direction in further care and she was ALWAYS there! Postpartum is such a difficult time where support from another mom/doula is so crucial and special. I cannot say enough good things about Amanda's sevice but I will forever recommend her and use her services in the future!
My husband and I were so incredibly lucky to have Amanda as our doula! After losing our first baby at 21 weeks, we were not interested in attending classes or doing much research (wanted to avoid over-stressing myself) and Amanda was able to easily guide my husband and myself through the entire labor process. She met with us mutliple times to prepare and then after the birth as well. Amanda met us in the hospital at 4:30 in the morning after I had been texting with her in the middle of the night. She does a wonderful job of not only coaching, but advocating for us without being pushy at all! Her help with coaching through the pain and telling my husband how to help me was huge! She worked wonderfully with the nurse and doctors. I will absolutely use Amanda again as my doula and hope she'll be available. I am happy to serve as a reference for her if anyone has any questions. Her calm, soothing personality is perfect for this career! I trust her not only as a doula, but a wonderful mother!
Amanda was my doula for the birth of my son in September 2018. She provided the most unbelievable physical and emotional support throughout my labor and delivery. She kept me calm, encouraged me and advocated for me. She also helped me with postpartum doula services, when I was anxious, scared and stressed as a new mom. Her help was invaluable to me and my family. I could not have gotten through the experience without her! I highly recommend Amanda George-Ray Doula Services.
Sarah Hakala RN, BSN
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