Amy attended and supported the birth of my son, but her support encompassed so much more than just the birth. From my first phone call with Amy I knew I wanted her to be my doula. She has such a friendly personality and she seemed to understand the kind of support I was looking for right away. My husband and I got to know her during the two prenatal sessions which, in addition to providing childbirth education, helped us all develop a comfort level with one another. Amy lent me books from her lending library that I read to help me prepare for my birth, and she even dropped them off at my house. When my pregnancy went two weeks past my due date she checked in frequently to see how I was feeling and to offer support. She was extremely responsive whenever I contacted her and it was comforting to have her to turn to when I wanted to discuss symptoms or things such as how I was going to deal with the pressure to induce. I did end up being induced, and Amy was there to support me through that process just as she would have a natural labor. Since we had discussed potential interventions I was a well-informed patient, and this allowed me to feel like I was making choices rather than taking what was given to me. When I opted for an epidural Amy supported that decision, and provided me with her peanut ball to help keep my pelvis open. She supported me through three and a half hours of pushing, providing a rebozo which I used with my husband’s help and utilizing massage to help ease the discomfort in my back from pushing on my side. Amy visited me post-partum and continued to check in with me through those first intense weeks. When I needed to find an acupuncturist on a Sunday and talk to a lactation consultant late on a Friday she reached out to her network on my behalf to find someone. Amy’s support was invaluable and I highly recommend her! -Tracy H.