Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 0 to 3
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Current Vice President of Maine State Breastfeeding Coalition Previous Volunteer Coordinator of Community Doula Birth Program Previous Doula on staff at Portsmouth Hospital
Payment plans are provided as needed.
Portland, ME Service range 75 miles will travel 1.5 hours from home
It's hard to put into words just what it meant for me to have Amanda present before and during my son (my first child)'s birth. Amanda has always been a huge part of my life and when she told me that she was willing to hop on a plane to come to England to be present for my son's birth, I was ecstatic. I'm an anxious person and I knew that having the added support of someone else (other then my husband) that I both knew and trusted would make a huge difference.
To say the least Amanda was incredible. Amanda not only provided support, advice and guidance before and during labor, she also provided advice and gudiance on breastfeeding (upon my request) after my son was born. She was very professional and an amazing advocate during labor following not only what we had talked about before labor in my birthing plan but responding to and discussing any changes I felt neccesarry whilst in labor and relentlessly advocating when it felt as though my voice hadn't otherwise been heard. Amanda was also an incredible support for my husband and helped to keep both of our moods upbeat when we are exhausted and/or at our wits end. I would highly recommend Amanda and hope to have her present during the labor of any of my future children.
I met Amanda about a month before my due date, and I knew immediately she would be our perfect fit. I knew that my husband and I would need different styles of support from a single doula and that was going to be difficult to find. Her personality leant itself to a calm but confident coach for me and a relaxing and good natured support person for my husband. She knows what she's doing, but she aslo has an approachable sense to her work and brings humor which lightens the mood. We really enjoyed her levity. I love how she has just known she wanted to do this work from a very young age. She is passionate and studies all aspects. She is the total package - she brings prenatal support and suggestions, perfect labor support and wonderful postpartum connection. During my final month of pregnancy and the week I was overdue, she checked in and helped me have the right questions for my OB practitioners that I wouldn't have necessarily thought of on my own. She was a great complement to my OB care and then in the hospital worked seamlessly with the nursing staff. I know without a doubt that our birth would have gone differently had she not been a part of it. Being a first-time mom, you think you can prepare for labor, but once you are in it, things change. From the very beginning she helped me cope and pace myself, she encouraged good breathing and made me feel like I was doing everything perfectly. When I considered interventions, she helped me through those conversations without judgement and ultimately just having her and my husband was enough to get us through. My husband simply says Amanda is worth her weight in gold. Since our daughter was born, I feel a wonderful connection with her. She's vistied us and going over our birth story with her a few days postpartum was a wonderful gift to secure my feelings about such a powerful experience.
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