Amanda Pieters is a birth and postpartum doula and the Founder of Avocado Doula, based in Fargo, North Dakota. In August 2021, Amanda became the first Evidence-Based Birth Instructor® in North Dakota as a trained birth doula through DONA International. Amanda attended the University of Wisconsin La-Crosse, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English Education and received her master’s degree from North Dakota State University in Educational Leadership.
“My education background has proven to be an incredible asset in my entrepreneurial journey. Having experience in the classroom working with people and sharing information and experience on the administrative side of education has helped me think critically about how to communicate with prospective and current clients,” says Amanda.
The last eight months have been influential in Amanda’s decision to pursue her entrepreneurial journey. “If you would have asked me three years ago if I’d be starting my own business, I would have probably laughed in your face.” This brand new journey of pursuing the entrepreneurial route has been an exciting time for Amanda and her career.
Though Amanda is in the very early stages of her entrepreneurial journey, she is 100 percent confident in her doula skills, along with her ability to serve the families she works alongside. From a young age, birth has always fascinated Amanda. Through her interests, she learned many things about birth work, and what she found was information that she wanted to help educate families on. “I believe that the person who is pregnant deserves as much care and attention as the new human they have brought into this world,” says Amanda. As a doula, Amanda serves as an advocate for the families she works alongside. She helps them to understand what is going on during each step of the birthing process.
“Could I have learned how to ride a bicycle without my dad’s help? Sure! Was it a lot easier to learn and enjoy bike riding with direct support and extra guidance? Absolutely. Women and birthing people deserve to have the education they need to feel empowered in their choices; they deserve uninterrupted support during labor and birth.” A doula can help weed through information all based on one’s wants and needs.
About Avocado Doula
The mission of Avocado Doula is to educate, empower, and support, and that is what it is all about. Doulas are not clinicians, so doulas are uniquely positioned to pay full attention to the laboring mother in front of them without having responsibilities or the need to care for others. Having a doula during labor also supports the mother’s partner, giving them time to rest, communicate with family or tend to their own needs. A doula NEVER takes the place of the birth partner. Every birther deserves a doula. Avocado Doula is a resource and service for all women and birthing people. Providing education, offering continuous physical and emotional support during labor and birth, and providing postpartum support to help new moms and families successfully transition into parenting.
“I have the drive to support ALL women, especially Black and Indigenous women who are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. Most of these pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, but these maternal mortality rates persist in the United States.”
In conclusion, birth work helps people in our community. If you or someone you know is looking for support throughout the birthing process, consider looking into hiring a doula. Learn more about Avocado Doula on their website, or visit them on social media @avocado_doula.