Birth Fee: $650
Fee Details: I offer a free consultation so we can meet and get to know each other. Once you decide you want me as your doula I offer support by phone or email 24 hours a day, two prenatal meetings, continuous support during your birth, and one postpartum meeting.
Birth Doula Experience: 0 years and 7 births attended
Clients per Month: 1Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Volunteer Birth Doula, MercyOne Des Moines
Languages spoken: English
It’s hard to describe in words how grateful we are to have Amie as our doula during the birth of our first child. After our initial meeting with Amie, my husband and I felt very comfortable with her. Not only does she have a vast knowledge about the birthing process and comfort techniques, but she also shared the same belief in Jesus Christ. As we got to know Amie more after each pre-birth meeting, our decision was further confirmed. She helped us prepare a birth plan based on our wants, talked through what to expect, and readily answered the many questions we had.
The night that we went into the hospital, it was 2:30AM and was very snowy. Amie quickly jumped in her car and met us at the hospital shortly after we arrived. Physically, Amie helped with comfort techniques of counter pressure, massages and positions. More importantly, however, she encouraged us, prayed with us and reminded us to rely on God’s strength. She was our coach and cheerleader. At a critical point in labor, Amie used her discernment to help us make a crucial decision. She kindly and courageously stated, “I sense that fear is in this room and fear is not welcome here.” Her wisdom and encouragement empowered us forward in the labor process with as little intervention as possible.
As we reflect back on the labor and delivery process, we know without a doubt that God provided Amie as our doula. She helped make it a beautiful birth story that we will always cherish.
I am so grateful for the role Amie played in the birth of our son, Harrison. My husband, Brett, and I were both apprehensive about labor since this is our first child. I was nervous about how I would handle the pain, and Brett wanted to be supportive, but was worried he wouldn’t always know what to do to help. Labor ended up being much longer than any of us could have expected. If Amie hadn’t been there, I am convinced I would have opted for intervention much earlier. She got me through some of the hardest moments in the beginning of the second day of labor, and relieved my husband when he was exhausted and overwhelmed. Because of my wonderful team, I (narrowly) avoided a c-section. However, even when it looked like things might go that way, Amie was there to encourage me through my anger and disappointment. She was such a rock for Brett and I as we experienced the hardest thing we’ve ever done together. When all 46 hours of it were over, I felt like we had gone through a battle together. In addition to helping us get through it all, Amie captured beautiful pictures as my son Harrison finally entered the world. I will forever treasure those pictures because I feel like they capture the raw emotion we felt after such an arduous journey. In our meeting after our birth, I felt like she made me feel even more confident in my ability as a mom and in my ability to do this all over again. We couldn’t be happier with our experience!
Finding Amie was the best thing that could have happened for our 3rd birth. I was drawn to her confidence, passion, and knowledge about birth. She was helpful from the very beginning and texted me back whenever I had questions leading up to the birth. At the birth itself you could not tell it was her first time attending a birth as a doula. She helped me manage my pain through massage, positioning, and counter pressure, making sure I was comfortable with each as we went along. She worked well with my husband and showed him the spinning baby positions that could help my labor progress, and those holds really helped my husband and I connect and bond during labor. Her words of encouragement and coaching during my labor were extremely helpful, and she gave me opportunities during our meetings to let her know if there were phrases that would or wouldn't be helpful during labor. She wants you to have the birth experience you most desire and asks intentional questions to get everyone on the same page leading up to the birth. Another amazing thing about Amie is that she took incredible pictures for us during my labor and delivery. She made sure from the first meetings that I was comfortable with that and I was actually very excited to have those moments captured. I can't thank her enough for the lifelong keepsake those professional pictures will be for us. Thank you, Amie!!!
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