Postpartum Doula, New Parent Coach
Having worked with young children and their families since 1996 (22 of those years in the Bay Area), Amy brings a strong understanding of child and human development and innumerable experiences that have convinced her that every family is a unique, dynamic ecosystem. Amy holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, focusing on infants and toddlers and has worked for over 20 years as an infant/toddler and preschool teacher, and child care center director.
For child development nerds, her view of early childhood, starting with birth, is strongly influenced by Erik Erikson; Urie Bronfenbrenner; John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth; Emi Pikler and Magda Gerber; Tina Payne Bryson and Dan Siegel; and Gordon Neufeld and Deborah MacNamara.
Amy is the proud parent of three nearly-grown (!) children, all of whom are in college (Mt. Holyoke, Boston College, and Carleton). In addition to babies, she loves traveling, eating, and napping or reading on a grassy lawn. Amy lived in Italy in the 1990s and speaks Italian (fluently), as well as English (her mothertongue). Amy is a 7th generation Texan, happily transplanted to the Bay Area since 1999.
As a postpartum doula, Amy offers physical support (cooking, light housekeeping, babycare, preparing sitz baths, etc.); informational support (feeding, babycare skills, context and perspective, information about products and local resources); and emotional support/encouragement for anyone in the family (including non-medical assessment of adults’ postpartum moods and experience, and care for older siblings).
Amy views herself as a professional partner who helps you learn what YOUR child and YOUR family need you to know. She is someone who can help you discover, find, and learn what you need, and she’ll do her best to smooth the edges of everyday life with a newborn so that you can get some sleep here and there and enjoy this special time.
Current on all vaccines (including Covid-19)
Clear background check, CA Trustline
Assorted newborn care and postpartum doula training through Golden Gate Doula Associates
Trained for formal postpartum doula certification through Childbirth International
Amy is a godsend. I would not be who I am as a mother without her gentle guidance, abundant knowledge and warm, loving presence.
My husband and I took all the parenting classes we could, read all the books, listened to all the podcasts but we wanted someone to join our family who could provide support as we found our footing as new parents. Even though my mom was nearby and helpful, it really was Amy who saw me through the hardest parts of my postpartum and new motherhood journey.
Amy was there the day we came home from the hospital, and she calmly and deftly took over, unpacking our hospital bags, organizing baby’s things, helping us adjust to our new settings with new challenges, making sure I was hydrated and fed, and holding baby so that I got a solid nap. It was incredible and I was actually able to relax!
She lovingly cared for both me and my son. She reassured me through all my fears, helped me through my frustrations latching, would make sure my water bottles were full, that I ate something, and then would usher me off to rest. Meanwhile she’d talk to my son as she picked up around the house, did dishes, folded laundry, refilled supplies and generally just made life easier. She encouraged me during painful, long breastfeeding sessions and gave very practical advice to help us figure things out.
We had had conversations about my needs, but when baby came a few days early, she intuited from our 2 conversations how to provide support specific to me, answered all my baby questions, and if neither of us knew the answer to a question, she went and found a research backed, evidence based answer for me. But she almost always had the answer and always provided a solid explanation for all my “but why” questions.
She also helped me to hold up boundaries with family. This is not a skill or expectation I had when it came to postpartum help, but she knew how important it was for me to rest, so she would gently explain to visitors that I needed rest and help me make a graceful exit. Even with my parents! Just another example of Amy’s beautiful ability to read the room and intuit needs. It’s incredible.
I’ve said this so many times to my friends, but every new mom needs an “Amy” (but there is only one!). I’m so thankful for her and she will always be a central part of my motherhood story.
-Marina~ San Francisco, Ca.
Being a first time parent is hard. It was scary for me and beyond stressful for my wife. So much new responsibility literally over night! That’s where Amy comes in. We interviewed Amy and immediately felt a connection: Not only was she sweet, thoughtful and sincere, she was incredibly qualified. To find someone that had solid credentials around early childhood development, then spent her entire life caring for children as a nanny, then in preschools, all the while successfully raising children of her own - it felt like a miracle combination.
Even knowing all that, Amy far exceeded our expectations. Amy doesn’t just know what needs to be done. She knows how you’re feeling every moment along the way. She’s intuitive and an amazing listener. She’s a supporter and a coach. She knows when to do, and when to have your back while you do.
The best advice I can give about Amy: If you’ve spent just a few minutes with her and it feels right, I can promise you it’s even more right than you can imagine.
-Aly~ San Francisco, Ca.