I’m so glad you stopped by! I’m Amy Moy, owner and sole proprietor of River Bend Birth Services. Birth Currents is my spot for writing about all things birth worker related. I’ll post musings about my life as a birth doula, childbirth educator, and placenta specialist, as well as helpful bites of evidence-based information backed by the most current research for folks in the birth world – including birth workers and parents in their childbearing year.
– Amy Moy, Certified Birth Doula
A little about me and, later, my birth business, River Bend Birth Services
I have been immersed in the birth world for about 7 years and became certified as a doula with Cornerstone Doula Trainings in the Summer of 2015. My interest in birth all started when my wife and I decided to have a baby. You see…when I want to learn about something, I LEARN about it! After countless books on the inner workings of the reproductive system, how to conceive via artificial insemination (you didn’t think my wife and I would be able to do it the old-fashioned way, did ya?), choosing a birth location, anatomy and physiology of labor and delivery, bonding and attachment, parenting styles…you get the picture…I LEARNED about the birth world and beyond…we finally got down to the brass tacks of making our little peanut. Only…it wasn’t quite as easy as we thought. Long story short, I tried to play host to Peanut (not her real name!) in my belly, but it wasn’t meant to be. In our little family, we had the luxury of making a presto change-o to my wife’s womb. And, wouldn’t you know it? Peanut commandeered that womb in no time at all!
Thirty-nine weeks and four days later, after 15 hours of labor, my rock star wife and I ushered little miss Peanut into the world! It was such an honor to support my wife throughout our pregnancy and especially during labor. We had a fabulous doula on hand to support us for the birth, but I was my wife’s primary active physical support person every step of the way…except for the time our care provider strong-armed me kicking and screaming (well, not really, but you get the point) over to the couch for a quick rest! I developed a new level of awe and respect for my wife, having watched her brave the uncertain waters of labor and birth. I will always be grateful to her for making me a Mommy!
Our daughter was born in a peaceful environment – dimly lit, quiet, on her own time, and in her own way. Shortly after her birth, I began to wonder about the impact a peaceful and informed pregnancy and birth has on our planet and its people. The more I learned about this way of bringing a baby into the world, the more I wished more babies came into the world this way. I was so profoundly impacted by our daughter’s birth that I began thinking about how I could turn my new admiration into a career change that would bring a whole new level to the meaning of the adage “Leave your mark on the world.”
I let this idea gestate (see what I did there?) for about three years until I heard about an amazing doula training retreat opportunity on the big island of Hawaii…uhhhh…yeah! Sign me up! What I learned from Cornerstone Doula Trainings in those seven days will be treasured for the rest of my life. I took so much more away from that experience than becoming a professionally trained and certified doula. I become the next level of who I want to be and how I want to serve my community.
River Bend Birth Services was born out of the idea that families CAN have the kind of birth that they desire. Whether they are planning to go the au-naturel route or they want all the bells and whistles associated with a medically managed birth, this time in their lives should be about what they want for their birth experience – not what anyone else prescribes. Families should all have access to the information they need in order to make informed choices throughout their pregnancy and birth. They also have the right to feeling supported and respected – every step of the way. That is the kind of doula work I want to do. I want to meet my families where they’re at in this exquisite process and help them get as close to their hopes and dreams as I can. You see? I have a selfish, vested interest in this business plan of mine – when families are satisfied with their birth experiences, babies come into the world just as their parents’ plan – and we all win!