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Founded by Lauren Amand, Gentle Beginnings is committed to educating women and couples about their birthing options and encouraging them to build trust in the natural process of labor and birth. As a doula, I provide nurturing support to women and their families in a way that honors their personal experience and individuality.

I have been teaching childbirth since 2003 after having been inspired by the beautiful, natural births of our two sons. I continue to be amazed by the beauty and transformative power of pregnancy and birth. My babies' births were the most intensely joyful, spiritual, beautiful experiences of my life and gave me a great appreciation of the depths of my strength and resolve. I feel being cared for by midwives who believed in the natural process and were warm, encouraging and reassuring made all the difference.

My passion for birth naturally evolved into providing doula support. I have been a doula since 2005 and have provided support for over 350 births. I am a DONA certified birth and postpartum doula, a certified childbirth educator with The American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth (The Bradley Method®) and a certified lactation counselor. My background includes a B.S. in Human Development Counseling and Family Studies and 15 years’ experience in social services and education. From 2012 to 2016, I worked as a research assistant at Women & Infants Hospital for The Infant Brain Study. In this capacity, I assisted two brilliant midwives in their research looking at how delayed cord clamping enhances early brain development.

I am committed to helping you achieve a supported and positive birth and postpartum experience, I hope by attending my classes or having me as part of your birth team, you will approach your baby's birth feeling relaxed and confident. I will guide you to draw upon your inner strength to achieve the birth you envision and adapt to how your baby's birth and the postpartum period unfolds. Partners will gain greater confidence in their ability to support their wife/partner throughout this miraculous transition. You will remember your baby's birth for the rest of your life. I strive to help make that memory a beautiful one and a source of strength for each woman and each couple. I would be honored to support you on your journey.

CCE (AAHCC) Certified Childbirth Educator, The American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth (The Bradley Method®)

CD (DONA) Certified Birth Doula, DONA International

PCD (DONA) Certified Postpartum, Doula DONA International

CLC Certified Lactation Counselor