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Amber Matusky

Fruit of the Womb

Website: http://fruitofthewombbirthservices.com

Phone: (206) 949-3958

Birth Fee: $1000

Postpartum Rate: $35

Fee Details: Sliding scale available upon request.

Birth Doula Experience: 10 years

Postpartum Doula Experience: 9 years

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS) - Certified Doula

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: to 2 births and to 2 postpartum families

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

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Cooking for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, or families with food allergies.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • PBi Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, PlacentaBenefits

College Education

  • AA/AS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Cesarean birth
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Baby sign language education
  • Babywearing education
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth Pool rental
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Elimination communication education
  • End of Life Doula Services
  • Military famiies
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Stillbirthday Bereavement Doula

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Volunteer advocate at a the DoVE Project (Domestic Violence Advocacy)

Languages spoken: english, some spanish

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Vashon, WA
Travel Range: 40 Miles

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Client Testimonials for Amber Matusky

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Rananda Soltani

Amber was exactly who we needed at our birth! From the moment I read her profile I knew she would be a great fit for us. Meeting her in person just confirmed it.  She is such a kind and pleasent person! She provided us with so much beneficial reassurance and even recommended a mid-wife when we were not satisfied with ours. The relationship felt more like a friendship and I was happy to invite her into our sacred space of birth. We trusted her whole heartedly.

The day I went into labor, I called her early in the morning and she answered the phone in her pleasent calm voice and got ready to catch the next ferry. When she arrived to our house, her calming presence was what I needed for my labor that was progressing quickly. She provided affirmations, took some photos as requested, and applied counter pressure to allieviate the pain. She remained calm and focused and she made me feel safe and comfortable. She made us breakfast after the delivery and those were the best eggs I have ever eaten! 

I recommend Amber to anyone who needs a knowledgable and kind doula! She is a great doula and an amlazing person. We are so grateful for her and cherish the time we spent together!!!! 

Posted 6/26/2016

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Maria Porter

Amber is wonderful! I really can't emphasize enough how perfect she is for the very intimate and important role she plays as a doula. She is calm, caring, intuitive, incredibly informative and fully committed to supporting you in your preparation for birth and in having a positive birth experience. She has a comfortable and comforting energy that is invaluable for all stages of birth preparation, labor, and post-partum support.

For my family, my husband's recent cancer diagnosis and treatment kept us from attending birth classes and added delicacy to our situation as first time parents - as well as the presence of many family members for all our meetings and our birth! Amber was supportive of all of us, answering our many questions and helping the whole family through my labor and delivery.

In our pre-birth meetings, Amber took special efforts to provide information and to help us to prepare and develop a birth plan in absence of birth preparation classes.

My labor was 22 hours and Amber was by my side providing comfort and support both at home and at the hospital. I think she was rubbing my back for most of that time! Her words of guidance and encouragement were so grounding and helpful. She also made sure my husband was taking care of himself throughout the long night and day.

We encountered several minor complications during my labor which necessitated decision-making and some diversion from my birth plan. Amber was a wonderful advocate and asked great questions of the medical staff that helped us to make informed decisions. I felt that I had a steady partner who was entirely dedicated to ensuring that I felt informed and empowered despite the complications - and with her support, I did!

Her follow-up meeting and post-partum doula support providing overnight nanny support have been equally caring and helpful. I am so grateful that we found Amber and can't imagine better support for first time parents like us!

Posted 5/17/2016

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Rebecca Allison

I interviewed quite a few doula candidates before choosing Amber. Upon meeting her, I knew she would be our choice. She was instantly calming and very relatable (I knew I needed someone grounded, with a good sense  humor for my babies birth). from  first meeting, Amber offered insight, gentle advice (much appreciated for this first time

mama!) and soothing reassurance that I could do this. My husband met her during our first prenatal meeting, and  liked her right away. I think one of Amber's most powerful roles in this whole process was supporting my partner. She was able to answer  many of his questions, and ease many of his worries regarding the home birth. Her innate calmness seemed to really help him relax in to the idea (that, plus having some help in supporting me on the big day!).

Amber made it promptly to our home during the 4th of July. Both my husband and I were so relieved to have her there with us. I don't remember a lot

of details from my daughters birth, but the memories of love and support are strong. Amber quietly soothed me, (again probally most importantly) supported my husband, and in general just kept things moving smoothly (getting food/coffee

for everyone, tending to our cats-these things are important during a 20hr home birth!). Our post-partum visit with Amber was very helpful and reassuring (she showed us how to swaddle!). She has continued to check in with us over this year and seems genuinely interested in our daughter. We're thankful to have her in our lives and can't recommend Amber highly enough. I love that she was present for the most difficult, magical day of my life. If we do it again, Amber will be there. 

 

Posted 5/12/2016

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Chingfen Hsieh Berleth yoikomama

I met Amber through my midwife when I had my first baby. I remember she came to my house after the birth and quietly working in the kitchen. Holding a new born and felling very tired. Amber was talking to me and asking me how I was doing while she was working on the placenta. She made placenta prints, a heart shape dried umbilical cord ?? which I love and a jar of placenta pills! 

Amber is very sweet, easy to talk to and always smiley. Even after 4 and half years since I had my first child, I still feel very blessing having homebirth and my placenta capsuled. After all, this is a gift that only women can have and it is so natural and healthy to take your own placenta pills. 14 months ago, I called Amber again! This time, she took placenta home and came back with a cute little bag that has all the special gift from the fruit of my womb. ??

 

Posted 5/8/2016

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Emily Kroman Huguet

We heard about Amber directly from the illustrious doula and birth educator Penny Simkin, who personally recommended Amber and encouraged us to work with her. Amber is kind, gentle, and cares deeply about helping women achieve their goals for birth. I had an extremely positive natural birth experience in a hospital setting (Swedish Ballard) with Amber's support. She was there as an advocate, a knowledgeable presence, and a calming support for me and my husband. She answered many of my questions leading up to the birth, recommended lots of helpful reading, and was available and encouraging throughout my postpartum experience.

Posted 5/5/2016

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Justin Huguet

As soon-to-be new parents, my wife and I were fortunate to have found Amber! She was a fantastic mentor and supportive guide throughout the entire pregnancy and birth, providing helpful tips, sage advice and comforting support every step of the way. I highly  recommend working with Amber as a doula!

Posted 5/5/2016

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NICOLE HALE

Amber offered support to our family in a way that allowed us to be fully present with the birthing process.  As a first time laboring mother, I knew I wanted a doula to offer a pillar of confidence and knowledge to the process. Amber was always there when needed and created a quiet atmosphere where I was empowered to do what I wanted with minimal interference. She offered suggestions to make the laboring process more comfortable and effective. She has a very gentle demeanor and worked with care. She tended to my husband's needs so he could be an effective support for me. The two of them made an awesome team which allowed the entire process to be as relaxed as possible. The birth of our son was magical and her postpartum services were beyond helpful.  It takes a village and we were blessed to have her expertise and tenderness. 

Posted 5/4/2016

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Faye Emmanuel

Hiring Amber was the best thing I ever did and worth every penny. I hired Amber as a PPD and she was amazing. So much so, that I ended up keeping her until my baby was around 8 months old. She had so much useful information, but didn't force any particular method or view on me - rather she provided me with all the information about a topic and let me make choices and supported me. (For instance we talked about alternatives to using formula).

Amber also showed me a variety of techniques to help my baby sleep, learn, eat, etc. For example, she encouraged me to wear my baby (it totally works!), and showed me how to use a breast feeding pillow for tummy time! She had different and unique strategies for keeping my baby entertained. In addition to that, Amber didn't waste a second. If the baby was sleeping, Amber would do things to make my life easier - tidy, cook some food, organize things, etc. This is extremely important because I have hired other Doula's from this site, who were great, but when the baby slept they used that time to surf the internet or watch TV on their phone. Amber makes sure that every moment she is in your home she is helpful and that is a hard quality to find.

I would have hired Amber as my Doula during pregnancy if my circumstances were different (I moved to Seattle just before giving birth). I could see how Amber's approach and support would be beneficial for pregnant ladies. 

Initially I was reluctant to let someone in my home, but Amber truly understood the importance of her role in my life and the importance of taking care of my child - another quality that seems hard to find in someone. I trust Amber completely and do not hesitate to recommend her. I am happy to provide more information if you need it! fayesuave@hotmail.com.

Posted 5/4/2016

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Kate Tonnessen

Amber was amazing! She attended my second home birth in December and I could not have done it without her.  She was extremely professional and was promt at answering emails and thoughtful enough to take me on walks and contact me regularly as I went post date.  There was a time in early labor when I thought to myself"maybe I don't really need a doula since I've alredy done this before?"  :)  :)  But once it really started progressing her care and coping skills were invaluble and I realized that we always need doulas.  She also prepared my placenta into nice little pills that I took during my post-partum which was a real treat.  I had considered doing it myself and then remembered that being in the kitchen was the last thing I wanted to do with a new baby around.  I reccomend her with no reservations,  since my birth she has remained a friend that I really appreciate having!

Posted 6/11/2013

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Jitka

With a due date of 1/1, I promised Amber I wouldn't go into labor on Christmas Day, and then I did. She was a great support to me, a first time mother delivering at home. Early on, Amber worked with us to make sure she understood our preferences, provided suggestions, and asked often how she could help. When the "call" came, she responded promptly, left her cosy Christmas celebration, took on her doula tasks as well as things beyond doula's duties (thanks for fishing out the garden hose, Amber! ;-). She let me soak her new knee pads in the tub (aaaaahhhh!, what a relief for those exhausted legs!), provided much needed back support, and served as a photographer as well. For the postpartum visit she brought a large pot of healthy vegetable soup, and baked me delicious gluten-free biscuits. Thank you!

Posted 3/8/2013

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Olivia Pendergast

  In looking for a doula I wanted someone I could relate to even outside the birthing experience. Amber is a creative and kind woman. After the birth we have stayed friends which is exactly the type of person I wanted to have at the birth.

 She was  confident throughout the process, which was very important as this was my first baby. She never questioned any of my birthing requests and was so respectful of my choices. During the birth she was always there when necessary, calming and reassuring to both myself and my husband. She also stepped back at the right times and gave my husband and I the space I needed to connect or to bond with the baby once she was here.

 She had an enormous amount of information that she readily shared with us during the pregnancy and postpartum.

 She is also a kind, gentle, fierce mama to her little girl. I loved that she has been through this process herself.

 I am so happy I chose Amber (after interviewing three other doulas) to be present at my birthing.

 I highly recommend Amber as a doula!

Posted 9/16/2012

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Katie Kiehnle

Amber was an amazing Doula. She came into my birthing experience exactly when I needed her and brought some very key things that helped make my labor so much easier and more relaxing. She was quiet and helpful and very 'behind the scenes,' letting things play out but helping where needed.

Afterwards was great  too- Amber brought the most amazing home canned peaches ever! I swear they seemed like the best thing I had ever tasted at that moment. She later came to my house and helped me encapsulate my placenta. I couldn't have asked for a better Doula or a better birthing experience, it was awesome...in the litteral sense. :) Thanks you Amber for being the person you are!

Posted 9/14/2012

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sucia sauer

Amber rocked!  I was new to the birthing scene when I met her- I didn't even know what a doula was, or that I needed one.  But when my midwife suggested that she attend my birth, I felt really good about it.  I hadn't known Amber very long, but I felt comfortable around her and was excited for the chance to get to know her better.  Now we're good friends and she has an open invite to any and all of my future births!

~She was silent and attentive.  She did exactly what I needed and when I needed it.  And she applied the perfect amount of pressure on my lower back as often as I requested.  Her own back ached for days afterwards!  Thank you, Amber!~

Posted 12/15/2010

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