Meet Amy Durham

Hello,

I’m Amy Durham, a Certified Birth Doula serving the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. metro region.

I became a doula in 2015 and have attended over 125 births.

Birth is absolutely magical! Caring for women and families as they welcome a new baby earth-side is such an honor!

My Training and Experience

  • Certified Birth Doula (BAI)
  • Certified Postpartum Doula (BAI)
  • Newborn Care Specialist
  • Advanced Breastfeeding Support for Birth-workers
  • VBAC Doula Certification
  • Comfort Touch: Massage for Doulas
  • Acupressure for Birth Professionals Certification
  • TENS for Labor Certified
  • Waterbirth experience
  • Hypno-Doula Certification (Hypnobirthing/Hypnobabies)
  • Rebozo Certified
  • Spinning Babies training (fetal and maternal positioning for an easier birth!)
  • High Risk Labor Support training
  • Emergency First Aid & CPR (Adult and Pediatric)
  • Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

Get to Know Me…

I was born and raised on the beaches of sunny southern California and I now call Northern Virginia home.  I am the mother to 4 fun loving children who teach me daily about the important things in life.  I enjoy reading (one can never have too many books!), charming coffee shops, dark chocolate anything, gardening, and spending time with friends and family.

My Philosophy

 

I believe our bodies instinctively and intuitively know how to labor and give birth, and that we should trust and respect those processes. I believe pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding are natural, normal, functions of a woman’s life, and in most cases–are not an emergency to be feared.

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 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 innate inner wisdom to and hold space for you.

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 is at home, in a hospital, or a birth center.  I will respect your family’s beliefs, preferences, communication styles and coping techniques in order to support you and provide individualized care.

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 are 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!

"A woman, as long as she lives, will remember how she was made to feel at her birth "

Anna Verwaal