My path to midwifery began shortly after the birth of my first baby in 2005. After a patiently supported pregnancy and labor with a Certified Professional Midwife, which moved to the hospital for safety during labor, I felt a surprisingly powerful draw to the idea of becoming a midwife myself. I attended doula training, began midwifery school, and started attending hospital births just a few months later in late 2005.
I have since had 2 more children. Both of those pregnancies were also under the care of midwives- both Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Professional Midwives, one planned in the hospital and the other planned at home.
As a midwife, it is my passion to provide safe, respectful, evidenced-based care. I am so grateful for the opportunity to provide in-depth support and individualized midwifery care to pregnant people and their families here in Reno.
I believe pregnancy and birth are usually normal, natural, and often transformative experiences, worthy of the utmost respect and care. I also believe we live in a remarkable time with advances in technology and medicine, which when used appropriately, can provide us with an increased level of safety and security. The timeless wisdom and instinct of our bodies, mixed with just a bit of modern technology and medicine, can be an amazing combination.
I am honored to care for and support birthing families and their babies, according to their individual needs, through what I hope to be some of the most precious times in their lives.
"I really felt like I was in good hands and that if any problems did arise, she would guide me through the next steps. She worked with me to have the best, safest home delivery possible and that's exactly what it was." Amy H.
“My birth at home with Amanda's assistance was peaceful. Amanda let me labor how I wanted to while she calmly and quietly got ready to catch a baby.” Dawnah M.
Licensed and Certified Professional Midwife
I began the bulk of midwifery school in 2008 with National Midwifery Institute, a MEAC accredited school. After graduation, I passed the national certification exam through NARM earning my Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) designation in 2014. I am also a licensed midwife (LM) overseen by the Medical Board in the state of California. Nevada currently does not offer licensure for CPMs.
Birth Doula & Childbirth Educator
I trained and began attending births as a doula and trained as a childbirth educator through ICEA in 2005. I hold current certification as a Lamaze Childbirth Instructor and am an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor Emeritus.
Other Certifications and Training
Current Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR Certification
Nevada NACPM Chapter President
NARM Registered Preceptor
Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
Evidence Based Birth® Instructor Emeritus
Placenta Encapsulation Training with PBI
Stillbirthday Doula Training
Continuing Education is a requirement for recertification and licensure. Topics include things such as hands on training in acupressure, rebozo, IV skills and blood draws, suturing, craniosacral therapy, breech birth, as well as didactic studies in fetal heart tracing interpretation, gestational diabetes management, and hyperemesis. Trainings vary by year.
Bachelors Degree in Human Development
My emphasis is in Women's Development.