About Me

GILLILANDA059_ColorI have been a professional doula for almost thirty years and a DONA Approved doula trainer since 1997.  My master’s and doctorate degrees are in Human Development and Family Studies, and my bachelor’s and an unfinished master’s degree are in interpersonal communications and small group dynamics.  For the last fifteen years I have researched birth doula labor support in North America. My research is supported by a fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology’s Center for Child and Family Well-Being.

I’ve published articles in several peer-reviewed journals, speak frequently at conferences, and conduct continuing education courses for nurses. Over a thousand people have taken my Doulaing the Doula training workshops – with a 99% satisfaction rating! I have four adult children (3 bio, 1 step).  For more about my research, workshop dates, and publications, go to www.amygilliland.com. For more about me, you can read this blog post. You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

What is probably most important is that I have interviewed over 70 birth doulas, 40 parents, and 7 nurses about their experiences with doula labor support for my research studies.  This does not count my thirty plus years of listening to birth stories from mothers, fathers, and birth professionals.  My opinions in this blog are based on my experiences, research, and hard won wisdom from living the life of a doula, doula trainer and researcher for so long.

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