Amelia Has RetiredBut still providing support!
Due to difficulty with night driving and the grueling nature of birth work, Amelia has made the very difficult decision to retire from birth work after sixteen years of serving the Hampton Roads community. This decision has not been an easy one, but a necessary one. She has loved serving her hundreds of beautiful and amazing clients over the years and feels a great deal of sadness about leaving birth work. But she is not a quitter!
She is busy birthing a new blog to continue with her passion to support women and their families during the peripartum period. She is planning all kinds of free resources for expectant parents, new doulas, and homeschoolers.
Thank you to all of my precious clients and my doula friends who have supported and encouraged me over the years! I love every one of you!
Please check back soon for the upcoming birth!
Image credit: Anita Avila
Amelia has served Hampton Roads since 2006. She is certified as a birth doula by DONA and Mercy in Action, a childbirth educator by CAPPA, rebozo certified in the Gina Kirby method, and has extensive lactation training. Amelia is mom to eight beautiful breastfed people and wife to Horace, a thirty year military veteran. She has access to all bases and offers a 10 % military discount to active, retired, and veteran families.
Image credit: Michelle Lynn
Amelia is slowing down on her doula work after June of 2019, and won’t be taking too many doula clients. She will continue to serve repeat clients or the occasional home birth client. To serve you, Amelia recommends Liz Pelletier, of 757 Doulas, who has been her amazing partner. Also, check out Peninsula Doulas, Doulas of Tidewater, and Doula Match, to help you in your search for a doula.
Photo credit: Amelia Avila
“Amelia was incredibly supportive of me (and my husband) throughout the entire labor and birth, and if I were to have a third child I would definitely want her to doula by my side. My husband, who was initially unsure of why we needed a doula, later said that having Amelia there was “like having another husband there…one that knows exactly what to say and do.” And he was right.”
"If you are looking for calm, quiet encouragement during your birthing experience, then Amelia is an excellent choice!"
"She stayed with me for nearly a full day, and kept in touch afterwards to see how I was doing physically and emotionally, as well as to see how my baby was. I could truly see her being a lifelong friend."
"Having Amelia at the birth was so beneficial. She was such a calming influence on the entire experience. I truly feel that I owe my VBAC experience to her."
"Su apoyo fue esencial mucho más en nuestro caso que no contábamos con la ayuda de ningún familiar ni amigo."
"Amelia came and rescue us like an angel when we were in a dire need of some motherly figure. She is very knowledgable, compassionate, loving,caring, super positive and overall a very calming presence."
"After birth I was having trouble with my milk and breastfeeding and I completely feel that Amelia helped me become successful at breastfeeding."
"Amelia is so patient, loving, kind, and such a calming presence. I don’t know how I could have gotten through the experience of birth as a first time mother without her gentle support."
"Amelia helped in so many ways, it is hard to list them….the magic she worked on my lower back was priceless. She also did a great job of involving my husband; she really was there to support the whole family."
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb...Psalm 139:13
Serving these Birth Locations:
Riverside Regional Medical Center
Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Langley Air Force Base Hospital
Sentara Careplex Hampton
Sentara Obici Hospital
Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center
The Midwifery Center at DePaul Medical Center
Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
Sentara Leigh Hospital
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
Homebirth attended by CPM or CNM