"Because of her professionalism, positive attitude and continuous support, my birthing process was calm, peaceful and enjoyable." - Zielia C.
Specialties: Maternity Nursing, Trauma Coaching, Lactation
Look at those cheeks at 3 months!
Ameenah is a Labor and Delivery Nurse, Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Counselor, Healing Birth Coach and Student Midwife. She has worked with women in birth for over 15 years. She is inspired by the strength women find within, during the birth process and is honored to share that space.
Ameenah has four children, born in hospitals, a birth center and at home. She delivered her first child while her husband was deployed and having had that experience she shares a special connection when she provides doula care for military families.
Accepting inquiries for birthdays in 2017 and 2018 in the Tampa Bay & Land O'Lakes area
Her meeting location is Buttermilk Provisions at 2653 Bruce B Downs Blvd., Wesley Chapel, FL 33544. Ameenah supports birthdays at the following locations:
Tampa General Hospital
BayCare (St. Joseph's - Women's and North)
BayCare (Morton Plant)
Florida Hospital (Tampa and Wesley Chapel)
Breath of Life Birth Center
Labor of Love
Trinity Medical Center
Brandon Regional Hospital
Spring Hill Regional Hospital
Get To Know Ameenah
- She rides motorcycles. Although the last one was sold a couple of years ago...
- Ameenah loves to travel and has visited or lived in over 10 different countries.
- She graduated from college, got married and moved away from home all in the same weekend.
Why would someone planning to deliver in a hospital need a doula, isn’t that why there have a labor and delivery nurse? Labor Nurses are trained to provide medically sound, knowledge based and extremely competent care in all possible scenarios of birth. Labor nurses manage medications, the labor process to ensure safe practice, physician orders, obstetrical complications, obstetrical emergencies as well as any additional healthcare concerns that a pregnant woman may be experiencing. In contrast, the role of the doula is to be 100% focused on the physical and emotional well being of the woman (and her partner) in labor. While both roles are vital to a successful birth team they are very different and it is important for women to know what kind and how much support they will be receiving.
Why did you become a childbirth doula and educator, and a healing birth coach? Wasn’t being a nurse enough? I LOVE the birth process! I love the power women experience when giving birth. Unfortunately, as a labor nurse I was not able to meet women until they arrived at the hospital ready to give birth and much of the empowering support women needs comes throughout her pregnancy. Becoming a doula and a birth educator gave me the opportunity to support women in birth in a different more holistic way. The coaching has evolved from providing a safe space for women who have had any type of traumatic birth experience. It has become a common occurrence for mamas to suffer in silence only to have the same issues resurface in subsequent births. Offering coaching adds to my holistic approach to birth support.
What are your thoughts on pain medication in labor? Labor and birth is a unique experience. No two births are the same, not even from the same woman! The labor and birth you experience is YOUR BIRTH STORY and it should be whatever you want it to be, because it will stay with you for the rest of your life. I do not walk into a birth with any expectations. Birth is unpredictable and sometimes things we are not expecting to happen, happen. My goal as your doula is to empower you and your partner with the knowledge you will need to face whatever comes your way with courage, confidence and most importantly happy memories that will stay with you forever.
What are you most proud of in your life? I am most proud of my four beautiful children. They are such incredible unique individuals and as they grow up this is becoming more and more apparent. However as different as they are they each bring massive amounts of courage, compassion, confidence and love to everywhere they go. They inspire me to greatness and make me want to be a better version of myself. They challenge me when I need to be challenged, still climb in my lap for cuddles, ask for
bedtime stories and to be tucked in at night. They remind me of how beautiful the world can
be and what an incredible miracle it is to be their mom.