Hello! Thank you for taking the time to check out my website! My name is Amanda Kling. I was born and raised in South Central Pennsylvania. I have been with my husband Dan -whom I met in middle school!- since 2009 and together we have three awesome children. Jasper was born in 2010, Scarlett in 2012, and Maewyn in 2014. There is never a dull moment in our house! I have also had the amazing experience of birthing a baby as a surrogate to close out 2016. (Apparently I have a thing for birthing babies in even numbered years!)
During my first pregnancy I started reading anything and everything I could about pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, which started my passion for birth and wanting to support women. Being the open book that I am, it became known on social media and in my circle of friends that if you have a pregnancy or breastfeeding question, talk to Amanda! I attended my first birth as a doula for a friend in March of 2015 and that is when I decided why not make a career out of something that I have a strong passion for?! I decided pretty much right away to take a DONA childbirth education class and labor doula workshop in 2015. I was fortunate enough to be able to quit my full time job in May of 2018 in order to focus more on my family, as well as grow my business.
Having a positive recollection of your birth is crucial to having a great post partum recovery period. It is my goal to help you have exactly that-a birth that you can look back on and smile! I look forward to meeting you!
What is a doula?
The word doula comes from the greek word doulē which means female slave. In today’s modern world, the word has come to mean a person professionally trained to support a woman during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum which includes educational, emotional and physical support.
What will you do as my doula?
- During pregnancy I will help you learn as much as you would like about the things that concern you so that you can better advocate for yourself.
- At the prenatal we will discuss any and all things that you desire for your birth and I will create a Visual Birth Preferences sheet for you
- When you are in labor I will begin face to face support when you decide you would like it, either in your home or at the place where your birth will take place. Face to face support means different things to different women. You may want me to come and ‘hold space’ meaning just be there as a knowledgeable person to step in for a different level of support if needed. You may want me to come and support you emotionally with affirmations, or you may want my physical support in the way of counter pressure to your back, or a foot rub to keep your mind off of contractions. How much or little I do during labor is up to you according to your desires.
- Immediately following the birth (about 2 hours) I will be available to take photos (with your phone, camera or my phone, I am not a professional photographer), help initiate breastfeeding if desired, support you and your partner emotionally
- At our postpartum visit we can discuss your birth, feeding, and baby care.