DONA Certified Doula.
completed DONA Doula in-class training December 2011
Completed Breastfeeding course January 2012
Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator 2014
I gave birth to my baby December 2010. I loved my Doula and what she brought to my birth. This experience led me to pursue becoming a Doula myself. I have been a doula now for three years and I have completely enjoyed the journey. Every birth is unique and I learn something every time. But what I’ve seen over and over again is how strong women are. They are like lions! I am so inspired by these women’s courage and determination. I consider it an honour to witness that beautiful day!
My baby was born with a congenital heart defect and has had multiple heart surgeries. I look forward to particularly supporting women who face mothering a baby with compromised health as I have experience navigating this potentially confusing and unfamiliar medical world.
$700 -Attending Births in Victoria
For the complete Birth Doula package
-Free first meeting with you and your partner (if applicable)
-A minimum of 2 prenatal visits
-Attending 1 appointment with your midwife/doctor (optional)
-24/7 on call availability for onset of labour
-Continuous support throughout labour and birth
-Photographs taken of the birth and/or immediately postpartum. (Not professional)
-2 hours postpartum care immediately after the birth
-2 postpartum visits within the first 6 weeks to help establish breastfeeding, to answer any questions and to debrief about the birthing experience.
-Phone and email support throughout your pregnancy and 6 weeks postpartum
-A written copy of your birth story
-A home-made meal
I knew that I wanted a doula to help my partner and I with the goal of a natural birth, but what I didnt know was how important of a presence Amanda would end up being. She went above and beyond my expectations and of her job requirements during the pre-partum period, labour, and post-partum. I dont know what I would have done without her during my 12 hour labour; my partner was very supportive, but it was really wonderful having a woman there who was so experienced and nurturing. Amanda made a very positive impact on the entire experience and I would highly reccomend her to anyone looking for a doula!
Amanda made the birth of my son better than I could have imagined. It could have been, by all rights, a stressful and fearful delivery. My previous experience with the delivery of my daughter was traumatic and resulted in a c-section. Where my husband and I had those nagging memories toying with our minds, Amanda came with a clear mind, a calming hand and assuring presence. She conveyed nothing but belief in me and my body’s ability to perform a successful V-BAC and deliver a healthy baby. She also supported my husband in guiding him through my contractions. Before and after the birth, she was always a text message away from providing valuable wisdom regarding pregnancy, breastfeeding and a whole range of issues in the post-birth realm. Having her at my son’s birth made the experience into an unforgettable time of joking, story sharing and experiencing the miracle of birth together.
I had no idea why we were getting a doula or that she would be so awesome. My wife’s labor took about 2 days and without Amanda I probably would have come out of it dehydrated and rocking back and forth in the fetal position. Amanda was calm, helpful, encouraged food and drink (which was so important) and helped with communicating to our families and caregivers. She also tagged me out when I was hungry and exhausted from supporting my wife in labor. She provided so much support, lots of different ideas for positions, provided comfort, reassurance and distractions when needed. Hire Amanda, you will not regret it.