Kirby T & Baby K
Amanda was a friend of mine before becoming a doula and since I've known her, she has always had a very patient and calm personality. She manages being a Marine wife, a mother of two, a volunteer in the community and a doula with ease. Part of the reason I chose Amanda to be my doula was because of her calmness and her ability to manage her life in such an admirable way.
The other reason why I chose Amanda to be my doula was because I was having my first natural birth and I was SCARED. I think my husband was scared as well and both of us felt like we needed someone to give us tips- beyond the birthing classes we took. After our first meeting with Amanda, we left with confidence, knowing we can really do this and feeling like everything was "in control." I called Amanda a few times before I gave birth for advice and every time she delivered some of the best advice on labor I have ever heard.
Throughout my labor, Amanda helped my husband use techniques that I wouldn't have even thought of and as a team, they really helped me get through the pain. She was very in tune with what was working for me and encouraged me to keep doing what made me feel comfortable. My labor was low stress because I knew I had someone by my side that was going to advocate for what I needed. I think men have a hard time seeing their wives' in pain and have a hard time anticipating what their wife may need. It was nice to have Amanda, a woman who has had two children herself, to be there to anticipate what I needed and to give me praise and encouragement when I thought I couldn't labor anymore! I was a little apprehensive about using a doula but after this experience I plan to use a doula (hopefully Amanda) again if I am blessed to have another child. Thank you Amanda!