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Amy Buckman

Sojourn Birth Services

Website: https://www.sojournbirth.com/

Phone: 403-510-0604

Birth Fee: $650 to $900

Postpartum Rate: $25 to $30

Fee Details: Birth fee is $900 and postpartum support is $30/hr, but thanks to donations from generous families, both services may be offered on a sliding scale to support anyone with financial barriers. Please inquire.

Birth Doula Experience: 1 years and 14 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 1 years and 20 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, November 2018
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 4 births and 3 to 6 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: No smoking in the home please.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I attend home births where care is provided by a Registered Midwife

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • 20 Hrs Breastfeeding WHO curriculum

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Twins
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Antepartum doula
  • Babywearing education
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

On the Executive of the Calgary Doula Association

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Amy Buckman

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Melissa Jeffery

When the special day arrived Amy provided excellent support not only for me but my support people as well! Everything went so much smoother than I ever thought it could! (It’s true what they say about the second time being easier!) I would suggest Amy for anybody’s birth plan. I had a home birth but I can imagine her to be very adaptable to any and every situation. Every birth is so different and no matter what bumps come along Amy provides excellent support!

 

38 weeks into my second pregnancy I had no doula and no idea what to do. I was feeling nervous, unprepared and unsure if a doula was necessary or not! My friend gave me Amy’s info and I contacted her. I figured I’d meet her and if it didn’t feel right I’d just not have a doula again. When I met Amy she immediately made me feel safe and listened to my concerns. She even helped me to see things I hadn’t even acknowledged about my first birth. I felt I could trust her to be the kind of support I was looking for! 

 


Even though I was so far along in my pregnancy she didn’t hesitate to meet with my husband and I and provide both of us with helpful tools and tips so we could be preparing my body for labour. I could only imagine how much more I would have benefitted if I had connected with her sooner! She is able to be involved as much or as little as you want! She takes the time to listen and asks questions so she’s prepared for your birth!

 

Posted 11/15/2019

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Francesca Siad

I met Amy after I was given the advice by my midwife to look for a doula. Since my husband was going to be out of town during the birth, and my mother would be watching the kids, they thought having one would give me extra support in my labor experience.

Am I ever glad I listened! From the moment I met with Amy, I felt completely comfortable. She is a very sincere, kind, and genuine person. 

When it came time for the baby to come, Amy came over to my house as soon as I felt I needed someone there, even though it was 4 in the morning and my contractions were still not regular. She is very knowledgable and helped me with some techniques to spin the baby into position. She was always patient and good natured, even when I lost my good humor at times!

Having a doula was a great experience, I only wish I had had one for the births of my other children! I would definately recomend Amy to anyone looking for an intelligent, caring and able doula. 

 

 

 

Posted 8/21/2019

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Robin

I had a wonderful birth experience thanks to Amy's emotional and physical support.  She was right there by my side when I needed her the most.  I highly recommend her!

Posted 8/8/2019

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Michael

I will admit that I had no idea what a doula was prior to having Amy join us for guidance and support as we prepared to welcome our first child. My wife mentioned that she would like a doula and we signed up for an event where you could meet many different doulas in one day - one of those that we met at this event was Amy.  Amy brought a sense of warmth/comfort, knowledge and candor when we first met her.  We are people that thrive on information and Amy was able to provide background and context to our questions.  We wanted to make sure that we also felt at ease inviting a person we barely knew into our home and personal life - there was never any hesitation in asking Amy to join us on our journey.

How you expect the birth to go and how it actually goes do not alway line up - we found this out the hard way.  A month before the due date high blood pressure readings took us to the hospital for what we though would be a quick 1 - 2 hour check up for my wife and our baby.  It turned out that we were in a more serious situation than we expected.  Over the next 24 hours things progressed rapidly.  We called on Amy to join us and she was there almost instantaneously.  She stayed with us through all of the difficult decisions we needed to make and provided a great deal of emotional support to my wife and myself.  I was happy to have Amy there with us through this difficult time.

I would enthusiastically recommend Amy to anyone looking for a doula.  

Posted 7/29/2019

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Sarah

Amy came to help our family a few weeks after my second child was born. Not only was she amazing helping me with my newborn baby, but also fantastic with my 3 year old. With no family nearby and feeling overwhelmed, I decided that I needed some extra guidance and assistance with the transition and I could not have asked for a better person to be around in the post partum period. From the moment Amy walked in the door she brought a sense of calm and she is so patient, friendly and easy to talk to. I would absolutely recommend Amy to anyone considering a post partum doula.

Posted 7/14/2019

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Alix

Amy has been such a wonderful presence in our home after we had our son.  At a time when I was physically and emotionally exhausted,  she graciously helped in many ways to make our lives easier in those first few challenging months postpartum. I felt completely comfortable with her from the first day we met and fully trusted her with my son while I caught up on sleep, exercised or just did a few things for myself that I'm not able to do with a baby.  She also helped around the house with laundry, sterilized pumping equipment, etc. Not only that,  but it was really great company having her around while my husband was at work and no family in town. She also taught me some great tips for using a baby carrier, sleeping and breastfeeding. I would without a doubt have Amy help out again if we had another baby. She's fantastic!!

Posted 7/8/2019

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Courtney

Amy was incredibly insightful and supportive in both the prenatal meetings and for the whole labour and delivery. Thanks to Amy's calming, maternal demeanor and her practical suggestions I was able to have the natural, unmedicated birth that I was hoping for. It was such an amazing and empowering experience and I couldn't have done it without her. She stayed by my side and kept me informed the whole time, and she was always looking for ways to make me more comfortable. Even in the chaos of the delivery room she was able to capture some beautiful photos of my daughter and I. Amy truly exceeded my expectations. I will always be grateful to have had Amy by my side and I believe any woman would be lucky to have her support.

Posted 5/23/2019

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Benny K

“Amy was superb. She played a dynamic role in helping us navigate not only the birthing process, but the advice provided to us by the medical staff. It was very useful to have someone else there to ensure we knew our options. Thanks for the very tender and compassionate support you provided us. We both greatly appreciate you as a person and a Doula!”

Posted 4/12/2019

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Rachel L.

As first time parents with no other family in Calgary, we decided to hire a postpartum Doula to help with our two-month-old son. We had such a positive experience with Amy! She has an easy-going nature and quickly integrated into our home. She is an excellent communicator and was able to elicit our needs. She's also efficient and took excellent care of us and our baby. We highly recommend her services. 

Posted 4/12/2019

Birth Availability for Amy Buckman

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