Meet Amy Durham

My Training

 

  • Certified Birth Doula (Birth Arts International)
  • Postpartum Doula (BAI)
  • Newborn Care Specialist 
  • Advanced Breastfeeding Support for Doulas
  • VBAC Support for Doulas
  • Comfort Touch: Massage for Doulas
  • Acupressure for Birth Professionals
  • Essential Oils (Aromatherapy) for Birth Workers
  • Rebozo Technique Certified
  • Spinning Babies “Easier birth with fetal positioning”
  • TENS for Labor certificate
  • High Risk labor support training

My Education

  • B.S. Counseling Psychology
  • A.A Child Development     

 

Get to know me…

I am the wife of 20 years to Allan, and mother to 4 fun loving children. I am a lover of books, charming coffee shops, dark chocolate, and sunny sandy beaches. My own births have run the spectrum from a hospital birth with an epidural, to 2 home births. Pregnancy and childbirth have been a journey for me in finding my own strength and voice. It is also what has prompted my calling to help other women have the birth experience they desire. ​Supporting families, and helping them to feel nurtured, honored, educated and empowered is so important to me. I want you to be able to look back on your birth 10 years from now as one of the best days of your life!

"We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful, it's that women are strong"

Laura Stavoe Harm

My Philosophy

I believe that there are as many ways to give birth as there are women in the world, and there is no one right way. I believe a woman should labor and birth where she feels most comfortable. I support that choice whether it be in a hospital, a birth center, or at home. I will respect your family’s beliefs, preferences, communication styles and coping techniques in order to support you and provide individualized care. I will be there for unbiased, non-judgemental support.

I believe a woman’s confidence and ability to give birth can be either strengthened or diminished by those who care for her. Those around her can influence her progress or hinder it if they do not trust the process. As a doula I am here to support and encourage your inner wisdom and hold space for you.

I believe our bodies instinctively and intuitively know how to labor and give birth, and we should trust and respect those processes. I believe pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding are natural, normal, functions of a woman’s life.

I believe in honoring the labor and birth experience as a sacred one, which has the power to be a transformative life event.

I believe that every woman has the right to be an active participant in her own birth experience. I believe in true *informed* consent–parents being given balanced, evidenced based information about the risks and benefits of procedures, so that they can make decisions about what is right for them and their baby. As a doula it is part of my job to help you access this information.

I believe having a doula is an excellent way to ensure a laboring woman feels respected and supported!

“Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life.”

Ina May Gaskin