Birth Fee: $750
Fee Details: Do not let my fee hinder you from contacting me. Scholarship may be available. I can work with you on a payment schedule. I am open to barter. If you or your partner have a useful skill, let me know and perhaps we can work out a trade! I offer private birth education in your home, doula services, acupressure and acupressure for pain relief in labor for birth partners.
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 54 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Goochland, VA
I had had two C-sections, and I really wanted a VBAC, so I was looking for an advocate to help me. She helped me jump through the hospital's hoops to have a midwife instead of a doctor, and she was always readily available with answers to my questions. She regularly checked in with me to see how I was doing, and we prepared for a premature baby, as my other children had been as well. When I finally told her it was time, she beat me to the hospital and met me at the door. She pushed me up to the delivery area and helped to get me checked in. She was with me the whole time and was very accommodating and supporting. She told my husband what to do to be helpful. She advocated for me to work mostly with the midwives and eased any doctor concerns. She whispered in my ear what needed to be done, and she helped me succeed! With her help, I had a VBAC after two C-sections without any epidural! It was just about a perfect delivery!
I felt an immediate connection to Amy when we met. She was incredibly knowledgeable but what appealed to me most was her sense of confidence. As a first-time mom who wanted a low intervention birth, I had a lot of anxiety about what I should expect during delivery. Amy's calming presence was exactly what I needed to deal with whatever came our way.
In the months leading up to the birth, Amy helped us think through our priorities for delivery so we could develop a solid but flexible birth plan. She also helped fill in the gaps that remained after our childbirth education classes. I found it easy to communicate with her via text for quick questions or to ask her advice on various topics.
During delivery, Amy was an incredible support for both of us. I loved that she created a calming environment in the room, worked well with the medical staff, and supported me as I made decisions based on how I felt. She kept me focused on what I needed to do and provided support through positions, massage, and breathing to make me feel as comfortable as possible. She gives the best foot massages!! My husband felt she took some of the pressure off of him and he was comfortable following her lead. Even my doctor asked for her contact information so she could refer her patients!
I truly believe Amy made a huge difference in our delivery experience. I highly recommend her!
When I got pregnant I knew I wanted to give birth naturally and I felt that hiring a doula would be a good idea. I had no idea until after the birth how vital it would be to have Amy help us. My husband was extremely supportive but I think it would have been tough to labor unmedicated on our own without someone else there who has seen many births and knew how to support and help us both. We both really needed her help and she was an integral part of the team of people who helped deliver my son. Amy was always positive and helpful, listening to everything that I wanted and helping me to get there. She helped my husband help me and we both felt confident the whole way through that everything was going to work out alright. Being a doula is physically tough work as I needed near constant counter pressure on my back, Amy was there 100% and never once showed signs of fatigue or lost her cool. She also worked beautifully with the midwife and nurses who helped deliver my baby. My husband and I both agree that hiring Amy was entirely necessary for our birth experience. In the end, it was amazing, and I'm so glad went with hiring a doula.
My birth experience with Amy was both a surprise and also exactly what I needed! On the day I felt my body progressing into active labor, the doula I had originally booked was attending another woman's birth (which I knew was also a possibility). She let me know that she had a backup doula ready to go to attend my daughter's birth and it was Amy. Since I trusted my doula I had no worries that Amy would be perfect for the job. My goodness was she ever! I had met Amy once in passing and she definitely did not let that fact get in the way of being 100% "in" our birth experience. Amy was already in the area that afternoon just in case I did need her to get to the hospital quickly - so dedicated and professional! She jumped right in upon entering my L&D room rubbing my back and helping to hold my hips and work through contractions. She suggested and helped me try different positions to help however possible. When active labor hit she was helping me to move and coaching me through pushing - she somehow knew exactly how to coach me despite us basically just meeting (a true gift). My experience was everything I had hoped it to be: natural, strong and beautiful. She stayed with us following my daughter's birth to help get a few photos for us and make sure I was healthy and ready to move to our final room destination. I cannot imagine that experience without Amy's presence and am in awe of her gifts and abilities! I would recommend Amy to anyone who is expecting!
My husband and I were truly thankful for Amy as we prepared for the birth of our first child. As any first time parents, it can be hard to sift through tons of information and reading blogs of how to prepare for the arrival of a baby. We decided that we would benefit so much in having a doula and we are so glad that we did! We chose Amy because she seemed to have a professional yet easy going personality. As she sat down with us, she always presented new materials for us to consider and were insightful for my husband and I to discuss. She helped us think through a birth plan and we even enrolled in her birth course. That course alone provided so much helpful information and we know we will want to use in future births. Now my pregnancy had a lot of twist and turns that made my ideal birth plan not plausible but Amy was beyond encouraging and helpful as we were presented with news from the doctors. She made me feel so comfortable and helped my husband and I work through contractions together. She went over and beyond to protect our wishes and made the best of every hurdle. My husband and I ended up having a c section with our son and the decision could have been crushing to me but Amy was a vessel of grace and helped us make the best decision for our family. We enjoyed every bit of having Amy walk through my pregnancy and would definitely recommend her to any to be parents.
Amy was such a steadying presence during my pregnancy and delivery. My husband and I took advantage of her birth education class as a refresher to prepare for our second child's birth. We were extremely satisfied with every moment of our interaction with Amy. I love that she was sensitive to what I wanted during pregnancy and delivery. She made me feel supported in my choices and listened to my fears. She offers answers to questions without judgement. She is quick to respond to texts and emails and was able to quickly make it to the hospital in the middle of the night for our 4AM delivery. I HIGHLY recommend Amy and her services as a doula!
Amy was my doula for my last two deliveries. Amy had a remarkable way of meeting my every need, and being invisible at the same time. I had different needs for each delivery, and Amy was quick to figure out how to help me. She was also continually reassuring me that I was in charge of my birth, which I needed to here. A lot. Amy's help didn't end at the delivery room. I had a baby that wouldn't nurse, and she went out of her way to lend me a book, and find very helpful articles for me. If I were to have any more babies, I would, without a doubt, have Amy as my doula again. She is amazing! I could not have done it without her!
Amy was our doula as we welcomed our third child into the world in May (2014). I had experienced a posterior birth (baby turned wrong and ultimately becoming stuck) with our second child, so it was important to me to have a doula who was experienced and knowledgeable regarding posterior births and techniques to get baby to turn, both leading up to and during birth. Amy gave me several exercises to do and talked through several different scenarios with me to help me mentally prepare for a potentially hard birth. Instead, our baby was born after two hours of labor! During the hardest part of labor, right before I started pushing, my contractions were excruciating (I was fully dilated but my water hadn't broken) and seemed to lift my whole body off the table. Amy at one point went down and pushed against the bottom of my foot... I was surprised how much the counter pressure seemed to at least take the edge off the pain. Afterwards, she told me she'd used a pressure point intended to calm nerves and pain during labor - I'd never even heard of this technique but was so glad she did it! Early in labor, I was so scared of a terrible posterior birth that I was demanding the epidural right up until I pushed. Amy never pushed or condescendingly to me and even though things progressed too quickly to get the epidural, I felt supported in whatever decision I made. Overall, we had a wonderful experience and highly recommend Amy as a doula to ANYone but especially those considering or pursuing a natural birth! She is quick on her feet, intuitive, knowledgeable about all things related to birth and the different options out there - whether how local hospitals differ in practice or what to expect with a c-section - and most importantly, passionate about helping women achieve the best possible birth experience for her and her baby. Our baby boy is a daily reminder of the gratitude we owe in part to Amy for helping us bring him into the world!
In a word, "Wow." Amy provided all we needed as first time parents. She gave us lots of useful information, but she presented in a way that wasn't overwhelming. She helped us apply what we were learning with exercises that helped us make educated decisions about our birth experience and got us in a mindset to accept if there were challenges. Thanks to her, we were able to write a thorough birth plan to guide our nurses and discuss important issues before we were in the heat of the moment. We were also able to discuss some of our decisions with our OB ahead of time so she knew what our goal was and we could work together to devise a plan we could both accept. She believed in me and my desire for a natural delivery and I never felt she was trying to transfer her personal birth opinions on me.
On the day of our birth, Amy provided a sense of calm. She asked thoughtful questions, and she knew when to step back and when to step in. We trusted her completely to carry out our wishes and help us make decisions when things went a little differently than planned. She had the medical knowledge to give us the pros and cons to things as they arose and knew us well enough to advocate on our behalf with the nurse and the doctor. She was there until the bitter end, and we were confident that her ultimate goal was a safe, healthy birth as close to our original plan as physically possible.
At my postpartum checkup, my OB couldn't stop talking about how wonderful it was to have Amy in the room when our son made his debut.
When we were ready to adopt our first baby, we really didn't know what to expect. My husband and I have both been friends with Amy for years and seen the love and attention she puts into expecting Mommas, advising, educating and helping with the birth process. I felt like I was missing out on a little of the experience, even though we were really blessed to be a part of the process from early on with our birth mom, including ultrasounds, baby classes, hospital tours etc. I decided that this was too special of a day to go through it unsupported. Since we had agreed to not have our families at the hospital, so that we could be respectful of the birth mom and the very emotional event that was going to take place, I asked if Amy would come and support us- maybe snap a few pictures, but mostly to support us. I knew her knowlege and calmness would be reassuring to me, if anything medical would have come up. She really helped taked the edge off of the unfamiliarity of the process. She made me feel very special and loved, and helped us with our skin to skin contact with the baby at the very beginning. She took the ever important first photos, she even brought us food. Mostly her sweet demeanor and passion for equipping new parents with everything they need to negotiate the first few hours of parenthood stood out the most. She had given us the pertinent parts of her class on childbirth-- which was very well organized and informative. We learned what to expect, what was normal and what rights we had in the hospital, as far as the baby was concerned. It was very empowering. I have no doubts that ANYONE who uses Amy as their doula will have the exact same wonderful experience that we did. She is one of those people who recognizes the sacredness of what is happening- and is the exact amount of unobtrusiveness yet supportiveness that you need in that situation. We recommend her HIGHLY! I wouldn't have shared the birth of our son with anyone else.
Amy was very helpful as a childbirth educator. She anticipated my husband's questions, who had little exposure to childbirth and babies prior to my first pregnancy. She equipped us with real tools to understand and cope with the both of our childbirths. I have no doubt that she is well equipped to be a doula and would be my first choice should we have any future children.
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