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My Background

Personal Profile

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, I felt a surprisingly powerful draw to the idea of becoming a midwife myself. I attended doula training, enrolled in midwifery school, and started attending births as a doula just a few months later in late 2005.  


I had 2 more children in 2007 and 2010. These two 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.

I began the advanced portion of midwifery school in 2010 and then my midwifery apprenticeship in 2011, graduating in 2014. I've spent time attending births in a variety of roles in home, hospital and birth center settings. It is truly my life's work. I'd even go as far as to say it's my calling as it's hard to imagine doing anything else.  


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 sincerely look forward to meeting and working with you and your family.


Midwife Amanda Macdonald listening to newborn baby's heart with twin brothers watching


Other Certifications and Training
  • Current Neonatal Resuscitation Provider

  • NARM Registered Preceptor

  • National Midwifery Institute Clinical Faculty

  • Nevada NACPM Chapter President

  • Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator 

  • Evidence Based Birth® Instructor Emeritus

Midwife Amanda Macdonald holding and smiling at newborn in her office


Licensed (LM)


Midwife (CPM)

I began the majority of my midwifery education in 2010 with National Midwifery Institute, a MEAC accredited school. After graduation, I passed the national certification exam through the North American Registry of Midwives earning my Certified Professional Midwife credential in 2014. I am also a licensed midwife in the state of California. Nevada does not license CPMs.


Birth Doula


Childbirth Educator (LCCE)

I trained and began attending births as a doula and trained as a childbirth educator through ICEA in 2005. I stopped attending births as a doula in 2016, but continue to teach childbirth education. I hold current certification as a Lamaze Childbirth Instructor and am an Evidenced Based Birth© Instructor Emeritus.


University of California

Bachelors Degree in Human Development 
Emphasis in Women's Development



I spent 3.5 years in midwifery apprenticeships, learning under both CPMs and CNMs in NV, UT, and CA.

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