Amanda StandleeShawnee, Mcloud, and the Oklahoma City Metro area, OklahomaAbout Me
Hi, I'm Amanda! Wife of Brent (since 2004) and a homeschooling mom to our 6 beautiful blessing. We live on a small farm near Jacktown, Oklahoma.
When our first two daughters were born I had what I believed to be a very standard birth
experience --induction with an epidural and a whole list of interventions. It wasn't until I almost had a c-section with our second daughter that I decided to educate myself and began to question this “standard” birth process.
My husband left for basic training when I was 6 weeks pregnant with our third daughter. I used those months while he was gone to read or watch everything I could find concerning the birth process. For my third birth I hired a doula for the first time and had a beautiful water birth-- with a midwife-- in the hospital.
After her birth, in September 2009, I decided I needed to be a doula. I trained in March 2010 and certified not long after. To date I've attended 23 births.
For babies’ number four and five we decided on homebirths. Both good experiences with well-trained midwives. There is nothing like sleeping in your own bed with your new baby.
After attending several births I realized that the couples in my area had few educational options for childbirth classes. I attended Birth Boot Camp training in September of 2012, with a 9 month old on my hip, I started teaching almost immediately and taught constantly for 2 years till our little boy was born December 2014. Life with 5 kids was a bit complicated so I took a break from all birth work for a while.
When I got pregnant with our sixth baby, things felt different. I trusted my intuitions and hired an amazing OB and planned a hospital birth. Our baby girl was born by an emergency surgical birth. Thanks to the education I’ve received as a doula and Birth Boot Camp instructor I feel no regret about my choice to go back to the hospital for her birth. I am so thankful that I understood all my options that day, and in the days following.
Since processing her birth I have gained a renewed passion for birth and look forward to supporting families through their birth journeys again.