About Me | Colorado Natural Childbirth | Amanda Dean, AAHCC, CLC

About Me

MY BIRTH STORY

I was determined to have a drug-free pregnancy, birth, and postpartum as long as the baby and I were doing well.  I have Fibromyalgia and Connective Tissue Disease (two conditions known for chronic pain and fatigue), which made this goal more challenging. But it was still very possible.  

My birth story starts on a Wednesday morning at about 3 or 4 a.m.  I started having contractions - just little ones but strong enough that I couldn’t go back to sleep.  The contractions continued to get stronger throughout the day.  After a late dinner Wednesday night, my husband and I went for a walk around the block.  On our walk, I had longer, stronger contractions, much closer together than they had ever been.  When we got home, I drank a lot of water and went to bed.  The contractions were too strong to sleep, so I got into the bathtub.  This is when we started to time the contractions.  Before long, they were close enough together that it was time to go to the hospital.

Around 1 a.m. (Thursday), we arrived at the hospital, 5cm dilated.  Because of our insurance, you’re unable to pick the doctor that delivers the baby.  The doctor that was on call at that time was terrible!  Of course, we wanted a natural birth and that included not having an IV.  She fought us about the IV for a few hours, but finally brought the waiver for me to sign.  The contractions had just about stopped at this point.  They picked back up after the new doctor’s shift started round 8:00a.m.  We labored most of the day.  My husband and doula continued to encourage me and reminded me we were giving baby the best start in life.  I would sit in the rocking chair, go for a walk around the hospital floor, sit on the exercise ball with my husband’s support, and spent quite a bit of time in the bathtub.

Around 3 p.m. (over 15 hours of hard labor and being up for 36 hours straight), I was only dilated to 6.5cm, so we decided to have the doctor break my water.  Because of my medical issues and the fact the baby was posterior, I was worried that I would be too tired to push, and/or be in too much pain to care for our baby once he was born if I continued to labor for several more hours.  We felt that breaking the bag of waters was the least invasive way to augment my labor, much safer than the use of drugs and far better than moving to a c-section.  It was because of the information in the Bradley classes that helped us to make the right choice for our situation.

This turned out to be the best for us, because as soon as my water was broken, the contractions were instantly much stronger and we entered into the transition phase of birth within minutes.  The whole time, my husband kept telling me what a great job I was doing and had me focus on the fact we were going to finally meet our baby.  About half an hour later, I was able to push.  My husband helped hold my leg (our doula on the other side) while I pushed when I felt it was time.  Once the baby was out, he was placed on my belly.  I was able to nurse him right away while my husband and I admired our new little boy.  I went on to nurse my son for just over 2 years.

I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, using The Bradley Method® of natural birth, and was able to breastfeed for over 2 years.  I loved the experience so much that I wanted to help others achieve the same wonderful experience, and give their babies the best start in life. 

Since 2012, I have helped couples prepare for giving birth at home, at birth centers, and in hospitals.  I’ve had first and second time parents and couples working with doulas or additional birth partners.  I help hundreds of breastfeeding families and have over 1500 hours of lactation support as well.  

Qualifications


Certified Bradley Method® Childbirth Educator*

I completed the 12-session series of student classes, and had an unmedicated, natural birth.  I have fulfilled the academic requirements set by the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth (AAHCC), including reading specific books on pregnancy, labor and birth, and writing extensive reviews of each book.  I’ve also interviewed local hospitals and birthing centers as part of the academic requirements, as well as meet with several home birth midwives in the area.  I have attended an intensive 4-day instructor workshop and pass all the required exams.  I continue to attend trainings, read books, news articles, and studies that relate to pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding to provide my clients with the most current information available.  


Certified Lactation Counselor

I am a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) with over 1500 clinical hours.  The CLC certification is the premier national certification in lactation management for the United States.  The CLC certification is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and awarded by The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (TALPP).  The CLC certification means that a person has received training and competency verification in breastfeeding and human lactation support including assessing the latching and feeding process, providing corrective interventions, counseling mothers, understanding and applying knowledge of milk production including in special circumstances and other commonly encountered situations. 


La Leche League Leader

In addition, I have been a La Leche League Leader since 2012.  A LLL Leader is a mother who has had a specific type of breastfeeding and parenting experience, meets the prerequisites for Leadership, completed specific reading and introspection and has finished the extensive written training curriculum established by La Leche League International. 


Breastfeeding Coalition

Because of my passion for helping breastfeeding families, I’m involved with the Boulder County Breastfeeding Coalition.  This coalition works to create a breastfeeding friendly community by supporting worksites, public venues, childcare providers, and lactation support professionals to meet the needs of breastfeeding mothers and babies.


*Only those teachers currently affiliated with the Academy may teach The Bradley Method®.  You can verify current affiliation through the Bradley Method® website (BradleyBirth.com).


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