My name is Amy Anderson, I have been a doula since 2009 and a childbirth educator since 2012. I also train doulas and childbirth educators through Birth Boot Camp. I have been drawn to pregnancy and birth since I was young and always wanted a large family. I have 5 wonderful children, three girls and two boys, some day I hope to adopt and also become a surrogate. I have had a wide range of birth experiences, an emergency cesarean section, a repeat cesarean section, two hospital VBA2Cs (vaginal birth after 2 cesareans), and a HBA2C (homebirth after 2 cesareans). A fun little fact about me, see my headshot? Yea I can almost guarentee that won't be my hair color when we meet, I love expressing myself through my hair color. I've had almost every color you can think of, it has even been rainbow!
Going into my first birth I thought I knew it all, that knowing I wanted a natural birth was all it would take to achieve it, and that my spouse was the only support I would need. After her birth starting and ending very differently than I had planned and my second birth also not going as I thought my births would go I knew with my third that I wanted something more. This time I wanted something better, something different from my previous births. I knew if I wanted a better birth this time around that I would have to put forth more effort to educate myself, communicate openly with my support system what I wanted, needed and hoped for in this birth.
I watched videos, read empowering birth stories, read all the books and facts I could about VBA2C's and most importantly, I hired a doula. Going into this birth I felt I truly had the support every woman needs and deserves to have in pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. I had my rock in my significant other, my mom aka the prayer warrior, my incredibly supportive and empowering doula and an OB who believed in me and fully supported me. After my successful VBA2C and feeling that a great deal of that success had to do with hiring my doula and having a supportive birth team, I decided to become a doula hoping that I could have the same impact on other moms pregnancies, labors and births that my doula had on mine. After serving my first few couples, I saw the need for childbirth education and decided to look for a curriculum that was up to date, included the partner and wasn't just a method. In 2012 I found Birth Boot Camp and felt it ticked all the boxes for what I was looking for, so I signed up for their training and became childbirth educator.
My goal is that with the experiences from my own births, as a doula and a childbirth educator that I can help couples through Birth Boot Camp classes or as their doula achieve the birth that they desire.