BIRTH DOULA + PREGNANCY DOULA

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Birth and Pregnancy Doula Amity Kramer

AMITY KRAMER
CERTIFIED DOULA

How you are supported in pregnancy and labor will have a lifelong impact on your memories.  When you hire a birth doula or meet with a childbirth mentor you benefit from a renewed peace of mind during this exciting and often stressful time.

While providers and nurses are focused on clinical tasks, I am able to give you and your partner undivided attention. I provide emotional and physical support to parents before, during, and after the birth. I work with all families and in all birth settings throughout the Seattle / Puget Sound area. > Learn more about my background and training as a birth doula and educator.

BIRTH DOULA

In labor, you need experienced, knowledgeable and reliable support. Hiring me as your birth doula includes:

  • 2 meetings before your due date to explore birth preferences.
  • 24/7 on-call support until you go into labor.
  • A back-up doula for days that I am unavailable due to teaching commitments or if I have an illness or emergency.
  • 1 to 2 hours post birth care in home, hospital or birth center.
  • 2 two-hour postpartum visits.
  • Free attendance to our Nourishing Newborns & Birthing From Within childbirth prep classes.

AVAILABILITY:  Schedule your interview to explore how we can work together. Cost is on a sliding scale basis from $1600 - $2000.

I provide birth doula support in partnership with Katie Spataro

or... hire me just as your PREGNANCY DOULA

Private pregnancy and birth mentoring is a great addition to traditional childbirth classes, helping you to feel truly prepared.

Sometimes traditional classes leave families wanting a little bit more; it might feel as though some key piece is missing. When you work with us for private childbirth mentoring our dialogue (similar to coaching)  will provide the time and space for you to expand your perspective and connect with your intuition.

Each private session will be tailored just for you based on an initial conversation to define your unique needs and interests. Along with the planned topics, sessions often bring up unexpected ideas or feelings. Families often feel both relief and motivation after a session.

Sessions may include emotional support, education, encouragement, process art projects, visualizations, mindfulness practices and much more.

AVAILABILITY: Sessions for individuals or couples are available in the Seattle area or online via Zoom. A 2-hour sessions is $125.

Curious to learn more about the experience of working with me as your birth doula? Here are some FAQ answered by my former doula clients Stef & Nick Demas:

How did having Amity help improve the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience?

We met Amity through taking her birth class.  So her role in preparation as a teacher and a doula blends together a bit.  For us, Amity very kindly and thoughtfully asked us questions that got us thinking about what we might need before, during, and after our sons birth. She didn't give us a list of things to do, but instead helped us to think about who we are as individuals and as a couple, and based on that what we might need in this process.

Was she able to keep all the appointments and time commitments?

YES!

How did her personality work for you as a doula?

For us, she had just the right balance of calmness and spunk. She was never overbearing and yet we could always feel her presence.  It was important to us to have a doula that didn't compromise or butt in on our connection as a couple, and we were delighted to find that Amity only supported and strengthened our connection as a couple.

Did you interview multiple doulas?  What made you pick Amity?

We didn't. Because we took the childbirth class for 7 weeks with Amity we really knew we wanted her as our doula. She encouraged us to meet other doulas, and did bring one along to one of our meetings as a back up, but we were always banking on having Amity 🙂

Were there any particular times during labor or birth where Amity's expertise was exceptionally helpful or comforting? What did she do?

There were so many times! She was extremely helpful in the midst of contractions, in the decision process of when to go to the hospital (we wanted to labor at home for as long as possible and then give birth at the hospital), and really in every single part of labor she was very present. It's hard to describe everything she does. Part of it is knowing what to say when and how to talk us through things. But a lot of it is also holding space for us and being someone in the room that has a sense of what you're going through and that it's going to be ok. Labor is intense, and to have her as someone who knows the intensity and can stay grounded in that, is so so helpful in keeping yourself grounded in labor. Looking back we would have payed double her fee for everything Amity did for us. We cannot imagine labor without her.

Amity Kramer Family Support

My Doula Story (by Amity)

I attended my first labor when I was just 16 years old when my older sister gave birth to my niece on my birthday! I witnessed the power of birth that day. I also learned that it is not just about the birth of a baby. Birth is the beginning of a new family with…

Choosing your birth doula is an important step in preparing for your upcoming birth.  I want to be sure you feel 100% confident in your choices for your birth team. I offer a free initial consultation in your home or our office to learn more about your needs and answer your questions about my role as a birth doula. No obligation, no cost. Simply a chance to learn more and discern the best fit for your birth needs.  I often meet with potential clients in their 2nd trimester, but you are welcome to call me even at 40 weeks of pregnancy!