My passion for childbirth began as a child after watching my mother birth my four younger siblings. My mother believed in natural childbirth and chose birthing centers for all five of her deliveries. Thanks to this choice, I witnessed each birth and cut several umbilical cords as a young child. I found the experience fascinating, and completely normal!
I grew up to become a labor and delivery RN (2004) where I assisted hundreds of women through childbirth and their immediate postpartum period. I loved my job and nearly cried at the beauty of every single delivery! In 2007, I left the world of nursing when I gave birth to my son who was born naturally in a birthing center.
I welcomed two more children in 2010 and 2013 via natural water births. My third child was born at home.
These experiences changed my life and left me with a longing to help other women experience the beauty of an empowered birth experience. My desire to become a doula was born in order to help women achieve their ideal birth, no matter the setting, no matter the type of birth. I believe that women should be educated in their birthing options, and then supported throughout the process! The best choice for me might not be the best choice for you and that is ok. Every woman is unique but the important thing is that she is given honest, complete information and allowed to birth safely, as she desires.
In addition to my experience and training, my faith plays a strong role in my position as a doula! I believe we were all intelligently created by a loving God! I believe that it is plan for us to live a happy and healthy life, that He has plans for our future! (Jeremiah 29:11) I also believe that the words of our mouths and thoughts in our minds have a tremendous influence on our lives and I believe in the power of prayer. Although I am happy to serve clients of any, or no faith or religious background, and do so without judgement, for my Christian sisters, I offer you a spirit-filled doula who will pray throughout the process! In this life, we can have what we say, and if we have faith as a grain of mustard seed, we can move mountains. Throughout your pregnancy, I will work with you to shift your way of thinking and gain trust in your body, faith that God will see you through this, and courage to face the unknown with the Lord by your side!
In addition to my previous work experience in L&D, I became CAPPA trained in 2015 and am currently working to complete my official CAPPA certification.
So what is a doula anyway?
a woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born.
That’s the simple definition of it, but to get a real idea of what a doula does, it’s best to read a first-hand account. Check out my friend Leah’s answer to this: How I Learned The Value of a Doula
So why hire a doula?
A doula is helpful during a c-section as well! Whether you elect for a scheduled c-section or if your c-section is unplanned, doula’s help during surgical births as well!
Sarah A. (Birth of son in March 2012)
Amber has been a major role in my support system since I became pregnant. She is so wise and compassionate especially when it comes to bearing children!
Kelly N. (Birth of son in July 2014 and May 2016) *REPEAT CLIENT!*
Amber was such an encouragement to throughout the entire labor process. I was induced at 42 weeks and she stayed with me during the entire induction process. Although I was in the hospital for two days, she was faithful to encourage me and remind me of my goal of a natural, unmedicated birth. She helped me to stay relaxed and cheered me on when it was time to push. She also gave my husband ideas on how to soothe my pain and my fears. Without Amber’s guidance, I would have lost sight of my birth goals. I can’t imagine giving birth without her by my side!
Amanda M. (Birth of daughter in September 2015)
To all those that are currently pregnant, Amber is one of the major reasons I was so confident in knowing that I could deliver my child naturally. She was a continuous voice of support and reassurance that my body would carry me through labor the way its supposed to. Not only is she vastly knowledgeable about pregnancy and birth through her own experiences but through study. There was one point in my labor when I thought I couldn’t do it but she made me feel strong and she got me through with just her encouraging words. If you chose to have Amber as your Doula, you will not regret that decision! Thank you a million times over and over again, Amber. Every time I look at my sweet baby girl I think of you and your amazing energy and hope you rubbed some off on her when you held her for the first time.
Please feel free to call or text Amber at 803-577-2457 to schedule a complimentary in-person meeting.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org