Doula & Placenta Service Provider
The births of my own children inspired me to want to support and share with other parents, the amazingness that is, "The Birth Journey". It wasn't until I began being called to friend's births to simply hold their hand and/or space, that I realized that this is possiby more than an opportunity to be a good friend with my own experiences, but an actual calling to assist birthing parents and their families along their own paths.
I've been with the Hudson River Doulas since the origin in 2013. My expertise lies in placenta encapsulation, baby wearing, cloth diapering, breastfeeding support/troubleshooting, being a doula to the birth partner as well and post partum support.
My strengths lay in a combination of my background as an occupational therapy assistant (COTA), my education in Communications (both spoken and non-verbal) and Religious studies as well as being a holistic parent. I use my COTA background to help moms understand the development of their newborns and young children as well as my attachement parenting skills to foster bonding between mom and baby.
I'm also a former Soprano I who performed at Carnegie Hall and The Met and have been known to breathe or sing along with birthing parents during their transition time.
Suzie is a friendly, humorous mom in Newburgh, NY to her 3 kids who are homeschooled. She has special skills in placenta encapsulation, comfort measures & rebozo work. Suzie provides a generous portion of our birth doula support and is fantastic with breastfeeding support.
RN, HCHI, HCHD, Doula & Childbirth Educator
I have been a registered nurse & Doula in hospital and home birts for more than 13 years. My experience as a nurse, combined with being a childbirth educator, and doula, gives me special insight on what expecting parents are looking for in their experience, and how to assist them in working towards that vision as they navigate their pregnancy and birth.
I love to work with Hypnobabies. Childbirth Hypnosis is a highly effective, easy to use tool, giving mom confidence and trust in her body, AND prepares her birth partner to be fully involved in the birth with the same confidence and trust. Birth partners are more engaged, and families are more satisfied with their experiences when they use Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis.
Additionally, I have special skills in helping parents navigate the medical system both prenatally, and during their birth. This gives parents to be the ability to worry less about the details, and just focus on the task at hand - birthing their baby.
I have a passion for working with parents-to-be and helping them understand ways they can work together as a team, be proactive, and enhance their experience. I believe that birth can be joyous, empowering, and transformative - not the traumatic, fear-based experience that many think birth could be. I enjoy helping a birth partner feel more capable of being part of the experience in ways they never imagined. I love to watch the bond between mom and birth partner solidify more after working together at bringing their baby earthside.
My philosophy is a combination of "East meets West". I believe in utilizing both medicinal and holistic modalities to balance your experience. I love to cherry-pick benefits from both holistic and medicinal routes, providing a 3-dimensional view on birth for my clients. Working in the Hudson Valley birth industry for 13 years, I've built relationships with providers that support breastfeeding, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, as well as providers for home and hospital birth to refer clients to.
Amanda is a Registered Nurse who has a passion for helping women have a more more holistic experience within a hospital setting. Her special skills include a deep knowledge of Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis, understanding of navigating a hospital system, and Childbirth Education. She enjoys providing prenatal support and education as well as birth support.