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Ami Rickson CD(DONA), Hypno-Doula & Spinning Babies

MotherRoot Doula

Saint Paul, MN Service range 50 miles

715-808-1499

https://www.motherrootdoula.com/

Birth Fee

$800 to $1200

Birth Fee

$800 to $1200


Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Birth Doula Experience

7 years


Doula Training

  • DONA International, April 2013

Type of practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas

Clients per month: 3 to 4

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • Military families support
  • Miscarriage support
  • Parenting consulting
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I volunteer with the Twin Cities Doula Project, a non-profit doula organization that provides doula services to women who would not otherwise be able to afford one.

Fee Details

My Birth Doula services include childbirth education, birth preferences planning, 24/7 support via phone, text & email, continuous labor support, hands-on comfort measures, Spinning Babies expertise, birth preference advocacy, evidence-based information, immediate postpartum support, initial breastfeeding, and one postpartum meeting. Birth Photography add-on services for a $200 fee. I am available for one complimentary interview to decide if we are a good fit. After signing a contract and making a $400 deposit, I will secure your date on my calendar. The remaining balance of $400-$800 is due 30 days postpartum. I use a sliding fee as I feel it fits the nature of doula services better than a set dollar amount. This gives you an opportunity to reflect upon your birth experience, and determine the value of the services provided. I look forward to hearing from you, you can contact me through my website at motherrootdoula.com/contact

Saint Paul, MN Service range 50 miles

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Client Testimonials for Ami Rickson CD(DONA), Hypno-Doula & Spinning Babies

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Nick McVay

5/1/2020

Ami was a joy to be with, she answered all of our questions, and made the birth experience that much better. From the get go, she answered all of my wife’s questions, and my questions with professionalism, and a sense of humor to go with it(very important for us).

She was always available by phone, and answered my texts on odd questions, even if my wife was not wondering the same thing! She is also great with pets, if labor in your home is what you want. My dog doesn’t like people but she got along with Ami just fine!
On baby 's birthday, she was very professional, all smiles, and helped my wife have her natural birth that she wanted. The birth center staff were on a first name basis, which speaks to how much they like her. Couldn’t have done this without her!

Dan LaFontaine

3/30/2020

I am so grateful to have had Ami with us throughout my wife's pregnancy, labor, and postpartum experience.  She had effectively prepared us for the delivery and she was a wonderful advocate in supporting our birth preferences. In the weeks leading up to the delivery she provided useful information, and prepared us to face a range of different options depending on how the delivery was proceeding. She even provided guidance at 4 AM day of. When we met we got a sense of her nonjudgmental, supportive, and approachable personality, and we appreciated her incredible sense of humor throughout the experience.  On the day of the delivery Ellen felt strong and safe knowing Ami was at her side. Ami was reassuring and was invaluable in helping us process the experience after. As first time parents, we felt a lot of uncertainty early on in pregnancy but as soon as we met Ami we knew we had someone with great experience and skill who could guide us through our hospital birth. We plan to use her for future pregancies and would strongly recommend her to anyone considering hiring a doula. 

Cassondra Knudson

1/30/2020

If you are looking to have an empowered and enjoyable birth experience Ami should be your doula. We worked with Ami from the first trimester through postpartum. She walked us through all of the options available to us and helped us envision all of the scenarios birth could bring. Every time we had a question or worry she was available to help guide us through the process.

Ami was amazing throughout our pregnancy but it was during labor that she shined the brightest. She supported me and my husband and was an advocate for us throughout the delivery process ensuring my preferences of a natural labor and delivery without medical intervention were followed when I couldn’t advocate for myself. With her support, I was able to deliver a healthy, 10 lb and 6 oz baby boy vaginally without pain medication - even after we had to induce labor. Beyond that, every one of the nurses and midwives we worked with told us how awesome she was after our baby was delivered.

After we returned home, she visited us again to help us with breastfeeding and to walk us through the detailed notes she took during our labor.

Ami truly has a gift for supporting mothers and their partners during the biggest moments of their lives. She was truly our birth superhero. We are happy to recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.

Libby Kessler

4/22/2019

Partnering with Ami for the birth of our baby was one of the best decisions that my husband and I made in pregnancy. I cannot say enough good things about Ami. She is incredibly knowledgeable on pregnancy and birth, and she brought us evidence based information to help us make decisions. She spent a lot of time with us, getting to know us, and we learned so much during our two prenatal meetings with her. She was also always available to answer questions that I had. 

Ami brought such a great energy to our birth. She’s very calm, and so kind. She is also a great advocate. She helped both me and my husband through labor. I was so happy to have her there. If we are lucky enough to have another child, I would hire Ami again in a heartbeat! She is an incredible person and a wonderful doula! I would recommend her to anyone!

Scott Dillon

8/30/2018

When my wife and I started searching for a doula to assist in the birth of our daughter, Ami was the first person that we met with. We immediately felt comfortable with her and knew that we would be in good hands. We were so blown away by our initial meeting with Ami that we decided then and there that she would be the one we worked with! Ami is amazing in so many ways, but an aspect of her personality and approach that stood out to us the most was her willingness to adapt to whatever we cared about the most during the birthing process to bring our daughter into this world. Since our daughter was our first child, and we were learning as we went, we were very grateful to have Ami's expertise as part of our birth team. In fact, she ended up taking most of the photos after our daughter was born, because it was such a whirlwind! I can't recommend Ami enough, and you will be very grateful that you found her.

Carrie Borgheiinck

4/29/2018

I don’t know if I have enough words to describe how great Ami was! My husband and I are first time parents who were having a home birth. Before Ami got to our place I was having severe back labor. My husband and I were trying to get the baby to turn with no sucess. Once Ami showed up my pain went away by 30%. Just seeing her I knew she was going to be able to help me and she did! With some inversions and sideline releases we got the baby turned around and labor was tolerable again! Then my labor took off. Ami ended up catching our baby as our midwives did not think a first time mom was going to go as fast as I did and they hadn’t gotten there yet! She‘s so supportive and encouragin, had a great soothing voice to listen to when you need it most, and knows how to help manage your pain! You will not regret hiring her. She was worth every penny!

K I

4/3/2018

As a first time dad, I couldn't be happier we decided to hire Ami to be our doula. Why you ask? Here are 3 things that really stuck out to me:
1) We hired Ami very late (~37 weeks) yet she was flexible & super easy to work/communicate with. We squeezed in our initial meetings fast, she answered our urgent 2AM text messages quickly, and was at the hospital on super short nice when baby finally arrived.
2) Even as a first time dad - I thought there was no way we'd need or benefit from all of the pre/post birth meetings (after all we felt educated and had seen some friends & family go through the process). I was wrong. Ami did a great job of tailoring our meetings to fit our needs, she helped us ensure we knew what expect, and encouraged discussions on topics we hadn't otherwise considered.
3) She was a great resource for questions (before/during/after) and provided a continuity of care and accessibility that isn't offered in the hospital or from doctors. She's easy to talk to about any/everything and genuinely just a pleasure to work with.

 

Also -- my wife made me add: "Ami was very neutral in providing info.  It's clear she doens't have an agenda and she wasn't guided by her own opinions/bias/experience - she gave all sides of a decision and helped us make the best choice for our growing family. Her main priority was helping us have the best birth experience possible."

 

Overall - she was great!  Highly recomended. 

Leah Sawyer Baker

3/20/2018

One of the best things we did for our pregnancy and labor was to hire Ami as our Doula. Within five minutes of meeting Ami, I knew we would choose her to be with us when our baby was born! Ami is professional, organized, and committed to helping you achieve your birth plan.

Ami was there to let us know when things were progressing as normal and when it was time to head to the birth center. She is experienced and has a gentle confidence about her that put us at ease. With Ami by our side, both my partner and I felt comfortable to focus on the labor and our individual roles and let Ami tend to any outside distractions. My partner did not have to worry that if he left the room for a moment no one would be there to comfort me. As a laboring mother, I knew that I could count on Ami for guidance and encouragement no matter what the labor would bring. Ami said positive birth affirmations during the hours of pushing and allowed me to maintain my motivation to accomplish our birth plan. I really cannot imagine getting through those long hours without her.

Ami is the calm and reassuring voice that you want with you on the happiest day of you life!

Derrick Biggs

1/1/2018

Ami was an amazing doula! Having a baby is an exciting and super-personal experience for my wife and me. We decided to deliver at a birth center. Ami was super helpful. From assisting us in creating the birth plan, to helping us understand prenatal care options, to amazing presence and emotional support during the birth, and finally with caring postpartum visits... she was there every step of the way. During the birth, Ami was also a fantastic coach. On delivery day, she and I tag-teamed to make sure my wife was cared for, that our baby arrived safely, and that I stayed rested to be with my wife through the entire birth experience. She‘s a great listener, shows a lot of empathy for her clients, and is a wonderful friend. We would highly recommend her to any expectant parents!

Brian Miller

12/4/2017

As a husband and (now) proud father, I can’t recommend Ami enough. If there are any other future dads out there that are unsure of your role or the role of a doula, do yourself a favor and meet with Ami. From the first time we got coffee with her, my wife and I felt an instant connection. Knowledgeable, approachable and confident—she is the person you want with you for these crazy weeks/months. At our early meetings, she worked with us to outline a birth plan that worked for us, helped explain our options, and answered questions that we hadn’t thought about since high school health class. She made herself fully available (even proactively) for phone calls and texts as questions/stressful situations came up.
My wife went from comfortable to full-on labor (and the associated pains) in a very short amount of time. I was caught off guard with it, and my wife couldn’t communicate what she wanted, but Ami just led the way—making my wife more comfortable and helping me to be a better support person. Nurses came and went during the labor, and the doctor showed up minutes before the birth. Ami didn’t take a break. Between contractions (and hip-squeezes/back rubs), she was checking in on me or taking notes/pictures so that we would later be able to remember everything that happened on the day our son was born.
We received so much unsolicited advice from many family members, friends and medical professionals throughout the pregnancy. Instead of contributing to the noise, Ami asked us (repeatedly and sincerely) what we wanted. On more than one occasion, she put on her amateur psychiatrist hat and was able to get to the bottom of the things that were really worrying us.
In summary, you will want Ami with you before, during and after your child is born.

Ila Sheren

10/2/2017

I can't possibly recommend Ami enough! We worked with her for the birth of our first child, and from the start, Ami was a knowledgable, caring, and supportive presence on our team. My goal was for a natural, totally unmedicated birth experience, and Ami proved invaluable before, during, and after the birth. She was available via text, phone, and email for any and all questions, helping me navigate medical decisions (should I get rhogam? should I switch to a birth center?) and giving us practical advice for managing early labor.

During my 17-ish hours of labor, Ami was a constant and reassuring presence. I never once wondered where she was - every time I needed her it was as if she magically appeared by the tub or bedside. She brought along her birth ball for the triage room, and she helped to set the atmosphere with little electric tea lights. Ami is also a master of the hip squeeze, and this got me through the worst contractions. My partner and I planned this birth meticulously, using midwives, childbirth hypnosis, and laboring/pushing in water, but I can say with confidence that the best decision we made (of all those) was to go with Ami as our doula. At the end, our son was taken off to the NICU, and my husband was able to go with him while Ami stayed by my side. I was calm and reassured throughout that he would be just fine (and he was). 

At our first postpartum visit, she also brought the most delicious food, helped us recount our birth story, and just allowed for us to process everything that had happened. Ami has a deep curiousity about all things birth-related and a natural gift for supporting women (and partners) at this extremely vulnerable time. This makes her a phenomenal doula, and again, I recommend her to anyone, regardless of the kind of birth you are planning.

Mandy Hanson

9/21/2017

Ami was amazing in providing me with knowledgeable support! I hired her quite late in my pregnancy after we moved to Minnesota in my third trimester. I strugged with prodromal labor but Ami supported me with tons of options for relief. She kept me mentally strong when I was frustrated about how things were going near the end of my pregnancy. I never felt like I was bothering her when I needed support; she was always quick to respond in a positive manner! When my water started leaking but labor wasn't starting on its own, Ami helped me come up with a plan of action that I was happy with! Once labor finally started and things progressed much faster than expected, Ami kept me calm and comfortable through the delivery of my son. I was on the fence about hiring a doula before hiring Ami but now I  will tell everyone I know the importance of having a doula in your birth space after working with her!

Shira Fox

8/3/2017

We were referred to Ami, and found her philosophy on birth aligned with our own. We contacted her only 3 weeks before our due date, but she was nevertheless very accommodating. From the first meeting forward, Ami was a delight to work with. She asked a lot of good questions to find out how she could best help us. For my husband and me, information relieves anxiety, and we told her that. When I thought I was having contractions in the middle of the night, she responded to texts within minutes and was at our house early the following morning. She helped us decide when to head to the hospital. Once we got there, she helped make sure every decision was made with care and thoughtfulness. Our birth experience progressed slowly throughout the entire day and into the next morning. In total, Ami spent almost 24 hours with us. I would recommend Ami to anyone looking for a doula, and we will certainly reach out to her again next time.

Emily Lange

12/4/2014

Ami was a great help to our birthing process. She was easy to contact and had stayed in communication as we neared our due date. She familiarized herself with our birthing goals/desires and had a very respectful and helpful attitude to everything we wanted to happen and we quickly felt like we had a real partner. During the birth she had a calming and relaxing presence and was able to help me advocate for the birth decisions I wanted as well as offer advice in a very stressful situation of changing hospitals during the first stage of labor. I highly recommend Ami and hope you choose her to be part of your birthing team!

Heather Pound

9/14/2014

Ami was an asset to my brith team. She joined me at the hospital, where she jumped right, providing emotional and physical support. It had felt like she was with me all along. Ami provided the encouragement that I needed, and always said the right thing at the right time. She calmed me down during the epidural and was great to have when pushing, as she was able to direct me and breath with me through my contractions. Ami stayed with me after the birth, to get breastfeeding established and was back to visit me and my new son the next day. I couldn't have asked for a better support person. I would highly recommend Ami as a doula!

Birth Availability for Ami Rickson CD(DONA), Hypno-Doula & Spinning Babies

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