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
The experience of becoming a mother taught me more about the birth process than the 20 years of experience as an RN ever has. My first birth was full of interventions, lasting almost 40 hours of birthing time. I was appreciative of the knowledge I had in order to make all of my birth choices and knew that knowledge was the key to feeling empowered during a difficult birth. When I had my second baby, I chose Hypnobabies as my birthing method. Hypnobabies completely rocked my world, enhancing my ability to birth, parent, and work within the birthing world. My experience utilizing childbirth hypnosis was quick (less than 2 hours), easy, and really quite comfortable. It was at that point that gave me the desire to show parents that birth can be awesome, and easier than they imagined.
I am a registered nurse with high-risk labor and delivery experience, as well as critical care nursing. My expertise is navigating the medical system holistically, birth education, troubleshooting common pitfalls during pregnancy and birth, and helping women have a lower intervention, unmedicated birth. My education as a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor has given me a distinct ability to calm or refocus parents during their birthing time and give them the ability to stay centered, more comfortable, and confident in what the birthing parent's body is doing.
My philosophy is a combination of East meets West. I believe you can utilize both holistic and medical modalities to your advantage, without having to choose one over the other. I feel it is important to use holistic and medical models to complement one another to add balance and comfort to your journey.
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.