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Maternal Instincts

Amanda Abichar

Ames and Surrounding Areas


I graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and Health. I am a Certified Exercise Physiologist, and Exercise is Medicine Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. After working in a clinical setting teaching fitness classes and personal training, I found my passion in the prenatal community. I became certified in Prenatal and Postnatal Exercise. During my certification process I found the opportunity to become a certified Birth Doula. I felt this was a perfect way for me to strengthen, educate, and empower women before, during, and after labor. I am happy that I can now offer "full service" to women and their families during this exciting time of their lives.

I am married and a mother of two. I currently live in Ames, Iowa. I have a passion for helping educate and empower women, through exercise, education, providing support, and building long lasting relationships with mothers and their families. My hope is that I can teach women how to better support themselves both mentally and physically throughout their pregnancy, and help them make informed decisions about their birth and care of baby.

Doula Philosophy

I help women through their pregnancy, labor and delivery, and after to have the experience they desire. I want women and their families to be able to make informed choices about their pregnancy and birth, and I support that that through education and communication. I believe in evidence based practices, partner/family support, and advocacy for your choices. I believe that supporting a women through the journey of birth means supporting them both mentally and physically. Birth doulas have been proven to increase the positive outcomes of the birth experience, and I'm happy to be a part of creating that for women in my community. I do not discriminate, and work with women and families of all races, religions, sexual orientations and age.

Doula Type

  • Birth Doula
  • Postpartum Doula
  • Virtual Doula

Qualifications, Certifications & Licenses

  • Trained Doula

Special Services

  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Parenting consulting
  • Photographer
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Prenatal Yoga

Special Training & Experience


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    Fee Information

    I offer sliding fee scales, and payment plans for low-income needs. Postpartum care is charged per hour.

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