My name is Amanda, I live in Northwest Georgia. I have been a doula since 2002. I took a considerable amount of time off after my daughter was born in 2005. She was our last, so I wanted to spend time with her.
I am also an educator, I teach with a group called Baby Steps. We teach two different childbirth education classes: Intuitive Birth and Preparing for Your Birth. We also have a host of other classes that include First Trimester Essentials, Why Choose Homebirth, The Green Baby and Circumcision Decision.
I teach locally at a chiropractors office and I am the online educator for the group.
A little more about me, I am going to be 30 this year. I had my first child when I was 18. He was born in a military hospital, after a necessary induction. I'm sure I could have avoided pre-eclampsia if I'd had a better education, but I didn't... My induction started when I as 3-4 cm, contracting regularly every 6 minutes, and took 9 hours. I had so many interventions, I was thankful for my vaginal birth, but haunted by it not being what I wanted. So, I got to furthering my education and that's when I came across doulas.
In 2002 I attended a DONA training, and began attending births pretty soon after. Due to lack of marketing and no real drive to find clients (I just let them 'find' me the first few years) I never certified. In 2004 I found myself pregnant again, and was extremely thankful to have a large group of doula friends to support me. We were of course heart broken when I miscarried.
A few months later I was pregnant again, we hired a local CPM and settled in for our plans to birth our second child at home. I hired two doula friends (and took my time doing so lol). I read A LOT. I read things again. I planned and preped for the birth.
At 39 weeks and 6 days my daughter came screaming into this world, she'd been well positioned since I had paid great attention during the Spinning Babies workshop. My labor was 28 minutes, and I think my birth team were all still pretty close to home, if not in their driveways when she was born. They came out and assessed us, fed me and put us to bed. It was incredible.