What clients have to say…
Her presence gave us the confidence and support we were looking for; and, along with our midwife, she held space for our natural unmedicated birth.
She helped me a lot during the labor, adjusted my breath, a lot of massage which release most of my pain.
Amy is a beloved gift to our whole family and we are so thankful to have included her in two of the most important days in our lives.
I don’t know what we would have done without Amy.
Our experience with Amy was comfortable from the very first conversation. She is a warm and caring person and truly loves what she does.
"The Baby Lady"
With experience in Emergency Medical Service, infant group daycare direction, and specialized foster care for NHDCYF, I have been working with infants and families all of my adult life. I became a doula and lactation counselor in 2008. I have attended over 60 births and served hundreds of young families. I recently earned my ADVANCED Birth Doula certification from DONA International.
I am continually moved by how empowered mothers become when they take ownership of their experience. I can help you discover and harness your strengths and instincts as you prepare to birth and nurture your baby; instilling confidence and a joyful appreciation of your birth experience.
Demand a Certified Doula
Birth doulas are not licensed or regulated in the United States. This means that anyone can claim to be a Doula without any training, experience or standards of practice.
Certification provides assurance that your doula has meet a standard of education, experience, scope of practice and continuing education. Not only should you ask your doula if and by whom she is certified, but you should contact that agency to verify that it is current.
The best way to ensure that your doula has skills, education, and ethics you can count on, is to hire a certified doula from a well-known and respected doula certifying and training organization like DONA International.
Expect DONA Certification
DONA International is the oldest, largest and most respected doula association in the world. Their founders are among the foremost experts on doula care, and DONA International certification is a widely respected measure of quality and professionalism. You deserve no less.
Although I practice in many hospitals and birth centers, I have earned Affiliate status at WDH by meeting certain criteria and standards. If you are delivering at WDH, you can be confident that I am well respected and have a good working relationship with hospital staff.
View My Certifications
It is vital that a doula is continually expanding her knowledge base. Certification is only the first step in a career long education that keeps a doula abreast of cutting-edge, evidence based best practice; and newly emerging information and techniques that may benefit mother/baby outcomes. While daily reading, networking and experience are helpful, CEUs demonstrate that a doula is current and connected to her certifying agency.
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Amy’s Recent Continuing Ed:
10/25/16 – :Mindfulness Based Childbirth & Parenting” (1 hour). Danielle Schuman-Olivier, CNM, MSN, Mindful Birthing Boston. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Spiritual Care Conference.
10/25/16 – :The Science of Mindfulness : The Research” (1 hour). Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Spiritual Care Conference.
10/25/16 – :“Death Cafe” (1 hour). Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Spiritual Care Conference.
8/2016 -“Bereavement Doula Certification” (30 hours). Heidi Faith, Stillbirthday.com
6/16/16 “Big Babies and Gestational Diabetes” (3 hours and 0.3 ACNM CEUs). – Rebecca L. Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN , Evidence Based Birth.
5/28/16 Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding – Healthy Children Project Inc. Module C.
2/18/16 – Communication Skills Enrichment – Kathleen Drury; La Leche League of Maine and New Hampshire. 7 hours
1/23/15 Evidence On Vitamin K and Eye Ointment For Newborns – Rebecca L. Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN , UDEMY. (0.2 ACNM CEUs)
11/8/14 Tongue and Lip Tie Workshop – Alison K. Hazelbaker, PhD, MA, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA, CST, RCST™ and Dr. Martin Kaplan, DMD, Spirit of Healing LLC. 7 hours
11/8/14 A New Paradigm for Depression in New Mothers – Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D. IBCLC, RLC , LLL of Maine and New Hampshire Annual Conference. 1.25 hr
11/8/14 The Impact of Birthing Options on Breastfeeding – Julie Brill, CCCE, CLD, CAPPA Faculty , LLL of Maine and New Hampshire Annual Conference. 1.25 hr
11/8/14 Neuropsychological Effects of Sleep-Training and Its Implications for Breastfeeding – Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D. IBCLC, RLC , LLL of Maine and New Hampshire Annual Conference. 1.25 hr
7/30/14 What Men Need in Labor—Isn’t It Time We Cared? – Amy L. Gilliland, Ph,D., BDT(DONA) is an AASECT; Injoy 1 hr
5/14/14 New ACOG Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery Guidelines: Do They Raise More Questions Than Answers? – Penny Simkin, PT, CCE, CD(DONA), Bastyr University Webinar. 1 hr
4/27/14 Blood Borne Pathogens & Infection Control for Doulas, Midwives & Placenta Encapsulators – Biologix Solutions Training and Solutions. In accordance with the OSHA Blood Borne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1090.1030 1 hr
10/5/13 Postpartum Anxiety and Intrusive Thoughts – (Marisa McCutchen MA, LCMHC and Gerry Mitchell MSW, LICSW ) Presented by Capital Region Birth and Postpartum Care Group 4 hr
3/28/13 Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding – Healthy Children Project Inc. Modules A & B.
3/23/13 Blood Borne Pathogens & Infection Control for Doulas, Midwives & Placenta Encapsulators – Biologix Solutions Training and Solutions. In accordance with the OSHA Blood Borne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1090.1030
3/14/12 Blood Borne Pathogens & Infection Control for Doulas, Midwives & Placenta Encapsulators – Biologix Solutions Training and Solutions. In accordance with the OSHA Blood Borne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1090.1030
12/15/11 Listeria and Pregnancy – National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition webinar. Dr. Silk is a CDC subject matter expert on listeriosis, and has 16 years of experience in public health disease tracking, disease investigation, and research to prevent and control infectious disease.
12/8/11 HUG Your Baby – Strategies and Skill Building (Janice L. Tedder, BSN, IBCLC, FNP)
12/1/11 HUG Your Baby– Helping Parents Understand their Newborn (Janice L. Tedder, BSN, IBCLC, FNP)
11/17/11 Third Party Reimbursement for Doula Services – DONA International Webinar.
7/24/11 DONA Annual Conference Boston, MA
Breastfeeding Made Simple (Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC Department of Pediatrics Texas Tech University School of Medicine)
The WHO Code: Why Doulas Have To Care (Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC)
7/23/11 DONA Annual Conference Boston, MA
Spinning Babies: Belly Mapping Within the DONA Scope of Practice (Gail Tully, BS, CPM, CD (DONA))
Anesthetic/Epidural Medications and Their Impact on Breastfeeding (Thomas W. Hale, RPh, PhD)
7/22/11 DONA Annual Conference Boston, MA
Yoga Birthing: Yoga Breathing and Posture Techniques That Ignite a Deep Connection between Mother and Child during Labor (Dorothy Guerra, CCLD, RPYT)
Integrating Self-Hypnosis with Other Pain Relief Methods (Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LMSW)
Doula Practice in a World of Increasing Cesareans and Home Birth (Eugene Declercq, PhD, MBA, MS)
Third & Fourth Stages of Labor: Usual Practices under Heavy Criticism (Penny Simkin, PT)
7/21/11 DONA Annual Conference Boston, MA
DONA TENS Certification Training (Tanya)
5/24/10-5/28/10 ALPP Lactation Counselor Certification Training (Healthy Children Center For Breastfeeding)
9/25/09-9/27/09 DONA Postpartum Doula Training (Rosemary Mason)
9/11/09-9/13/09 DONA Birth Doula Training (Tara Poulin)