About Me

I found my way to supporting mothers through my own journey of becoming one. With over 15 years of working in holistic healing industries alongside working with families and children, I found a love for integrating these into postpartum and parenthood with the arrival of my own child. After discovering the many healing traditions and support systems during this sacred window of time for a mother I felt a need to be a part of bringing this more to my own community. While there is so much focus on pregnancy and birth in our country (which is amazing) there was little offered over the precious few months that follow the arrival of a new child. My desire is to help fill this void and to offer extra hands and provide a safe and loving presence to support a mama’s healing journey.

My Story

Pre-baby I remember having images in my head of the precious time I would spend with my newborn and my partner. The three of us cuddled in bed together, bonding, fully rested and in a bliss. While this moment did arrive… it took me over six months to get there.  And while I did have support of family and friends, the journey over these first few months was filled with many more ups and downs than I had expected.

 

My own little soul arrived full term, healthy and mighty - yet small at a whole 4.5 pounds. Due to her petitness she ended up being monitored in the NICU for the first week after her arrival. During those long days and nights sleeping on the sofa next to her, I dove into all the postpartum books friends had sent me. It was in these books I began to learn about the cultural and healing traditions around the world for mothers after birth. It intrigued me, and I felt strangely drawn into learning all about various traditions and somehow weaving them into my own culture, practices and home.  

I knew self-care was such an important key to healing, to integrating, and to being the best parent I could be for this new child. Yet the weight of making space for this felt huge on top of my commitment to bond with and comfort my tiny child, navigate breastfeeding and pumping and do all the other things moms are meant to do. I was lucky to have the support of my family and community that gave me the time to rest and to incorporate some of these self-care practices into my postpartum daze.  Between nipple shields, SNS systems and bouncing my baby to sleep I would find time for a yoni steam, a cup of bone broth, a bath, or just a simple nap. 

There were many times I wondered how other mama's did it without having the extra support and love new mothers' need in this sacred transitional time. A deep part of me wanted to be there as other mothers walked this journey as well. To both offer the extra hand and provide a safe space to support a mama’s healing on all dimensions.

Education and Certifications

Postpartum Doula Training ~ Natural Resources

21-hour program with a thorough preparation in attending newly expanded families. Includes training in: nutrition, newborn sleep, breastfeeding support, newborn care and behavior, facilitating bonding, mothercare after the birth, emotions in the postpartum period and more

Elimination Communication Coaching Certification ~ Andrea Olsen

3-Part Training and Certification process covering teaching and supporting families with EC from newborn to 18 months and potty training for 18+ months.

“We don’t have to do it all alone.

We were never meant to.” 

Brené Brown

Contact Me

Amanda Scharpf

Tel: 415.912.8975

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