Amy is a certified prenatal instructor, birth doula and mother committed to supporting women and their partners through their whole birth process. Her mission is for every woman to feel informed, empowered and supported in every stage of her pregnancy and birth. And it is through both yoga and doula work that she assists women in having the birth they desire.
Amy completed her prenatal teacher training with Gurmukh, founder of the preeminent prenatal studio Golden Bridge Yoga in Los Angeles and author of Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful. She received her doula training through the progressive and internationally recognized ToLabor organization. Amy is certified in both Reiki I and II energy work, which she finds to be an useful tool during pregnancy and labor. She created the outreach prenatal yoga program serving Northwestern Hospital’s ambulatory care patients and piloted the Yoga For Recovery BAMS program bringing prenatal yoga to expectant inmates at Cook County Jail. She serves as a volunteer at The Ronald McDonald House teaching yoga and meditation to families with children receiving treatment at Children’s Memorial Hospital.
As a trained doula with ToLabor, Amy offers birth support to women through all stages of pregnancy, labor and birth. The term doula means, "women's servant." While the job of the midwife or doctor is to make sure the baby is delivered safely and healthily, the job of the doula is to take care of the mother during this time. Amy's mission is to support, assist, educate, inform, respect, listen and advocate for the expectant women to ensure she receives all she needs to have the birth she envisions and desires.
Birth is an emotional experience for both the mother and father, so Amy provides support to both the partner and the mother. A lot of partners want to be of help but don't have the necessary tools to know what to do, so Amy helps him or her to be an active partcipant and an integral part of the birth of the baby.
In addition to leading teacher trainings, workshops and retreats, Amy teaches prenatal classes at Yogaview studio and for private clients throughout Chicago where she was born and raised and currently resides with her three children.
"My birthing experience would have been completely different if Amy was not in the room to help my husband and I through what was one of the most challenging experiences of both of our lives. When my husband and I first spoke to her about the possibility she explained her philosophy and said that while the doctor was there for the baby, she was there for the Mom and that while she was not a medical professional, she would serve as my/our advocate and she was spot on.
Amy was with us every step of the way. She helped me breathe through my contractions, she helped my husband both be and feel helpful through the process and she reassured us that what was happening was normal. She also was the advocate she assured us she would be and helped us get the attention of our doctor when it was time to push. Four pushes later our daughter was born. We are so grateful for Amy's warm guidance and support." –Clothilde Ewing
"I admit I was not familiar with what a doula was, and now I can't imagine going through the birth without one. Amy provided guidance and comfort prior to us leaving for the hospital and stayed by our side during the entire labor. She served as an advocate for my wife without interfering with what the doctors and nurses needed to do, a yoga instructor to help manage her pain and a coach for me on how to comfort and generally be useful to her during her labor. Amy is warm and knowledgeable and helped make the birth of our daughter a remarkable experience. I cannot recommend Amy highly enough." –Jean (Clo's Husband)
2 prenatal visits
birth vision (sometimes called birth plan) assistance
on call 24 hour support
continous labor, delivery and postpartum support
initial breastfeeding assistance
1 postpartum visit
back up doula support
referrals for additional assistance as needed
increased maternal satisfaction
reduction of c section rates
less requests for epidurals
reduction in oxytocin augmentation
lower rates of newborn complications
increased success with breastfeeding
reduction in use of forceps
reduction in postpartum depression
increased bonding with baby postpartum