Birth Nerd - Amber Kay - DONA Certified Birth Doula Birth Nerd

Who I Am

My name is Amber Kay Bastian, and I identify as a birth nerd!

Nearly fourteen years ago, my best friend invited me to her birth to be a support person. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but when Birth Day finally came, not only was a baby born, but a doula was born too, me!

Since that first birth, I have attended hundreds of births as a certified birth doula. I also decided I wanted to educate and support families during more than just their births. This led me to obtain advanced training and certifications as a Lamaze childbirth educator, a breastfeeding counselor, a shiatsu & prenatal massage therapist and as a car seat safety inspector. I now work with a wide variety of new parents hoping for more knowledge, a better birth, or just a great massage.

I live in South Minneapolis with my wife Corrie, where I enjoy sewing cute things, baking gluten free cupcakes, and working on our endless home improvement projects!

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The Partnership

Exciting news: I have formed a doula partnership with Nicole Stecker, which means that we get hired as a team and are a "package deal." She is a birth doula, yoga instructor, new mama group leader, board member of the Childbirth Collective, and mother of two sweet kiddos. Together we have over 14 years experience and have attended several hundred births here in Minnesota.

Our goal at partnering, is to be able to offer families a complete pregnancy and childbirth experience and the peace of mind in knowing the doula at your birth. By hiring us as a team, you will be assured to have the continuous care at your birth from someone that you have built a relationship with, allowing you to focus on the other aspects of this beautiful journey.

To learn more about Nicole Stecker, visit her website: www.rockyourbirth.net.

Our Services

  • Meet the Doulas - non-committal meeting to see if we are a good fit
  • Two prenatal visits to discuss childbirth and postpartum preparation.
  • Phone and email support as needed during pregnancy and immediate postpartum.
  • Emotional and physical support during labor and birth.
  • Massage and acupressure during labor and birth.
  • Patient advocacy during labor and birth.
  • Photos of your birth and first moments of your new family (if desired).
  • Lactation education & support before and after delivery.
  • Sling (baby wearing) education and demonstration by Nicole
  • One postpartum visit after delivery to answer questions regarding the baby and lactation, and to review the birth.

Our fee is $1000. Please let us know if you would like to schedule an interview.

Say hello!


Quick contact:

Feel free to contact me.

Email: info@williamdavis.com

Phone: +123 456 789

Website: williamdavis.com

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Contact

To schedule a prenatal massage, sign up for a class, or attend a workshop, book online!  
 

 

   Click here  -- > Blooma!



For massage:

1. Click on the "Wellness Appointments" tab
2. Select "Minneapolis" as your location
3. Select "massage"
4. Be sure to select the actual type of massage you're looking for (ex. "Prenatal Massage - 60 min" or "Shiatsu - 60 min")
5. Scroll down to where it says, "Select Instructor" and select me.  (I'm listed as "Kay Bastian Amber")

   Voila!  You'll see the appointments I have free.  Select one by clicking "Book"


For childbirth education:

1. Click on the "Childbirth Ed" tab
2. I teach "Blooma's Birth Class" and "Blooma's Birth Class EXPRESS"
3. Be sure to note which location you are signing up for: we have studios in both Minneapolis and St Paul.


For breastfeeding workshops:

1. Click on the "Childbirth Ed" tab
2. I teach "Blooma's Breastfeeding Workshop"
3. Be sure to note which location you are signing up for: we have studios in both Minneapolis and St Paul.


For car seat safety classes or installation help:

Contact me directly to schedule a private in-home class + installation.
You call or text me at (612) 636-3953, or email me

A.  The Full Package   Cost: $45  (+$15 for each add'l car)    Time: approx one hour

- I teach you how to use your car seat  <-- this is what i see done wrong the most
    * I bring a doll to show exactly how to clip & tighten the straps & buckles properly. 
    * I also show you how to adjust the straps & buckles properly as baby grows.

- I show you how to install your seat properly in a way that works for your family & for your car.
    * I allow time for you to practice installing it yourself. Helpful if you ever need to take it out & put it back
    * I give you tips & tricks you may need if you install a base in any other car (grandma, nanny, rental car, etc)

- I give a quick overview of all the car seats you will need during your child's life.
    * I will tell you when you'll need a new seat (size + weight + age)
    * I will give you a small pamphlet to keep that goes over all the seats and FAQs with each.

- I will go over the common no-no's of driving with an infant in the car
   * This includes after-market products that are commonly used but actually not safe (& safe alternatives)
   * Also, how to dress your child for a ride in the car
   * And any other questions you may have

B.  the quick install      Cost: $35     Time: (hopefully) less than 30 minutes

- I will properly install your car seat in your car. **

(** On occasion, there are certain car seats that do not fit in certain cars. If this is the case for your seat, I will tell you all of the appropriate steps that need to be taken in order for the seat to be safely installed.  Anything that takes longer than 30 minutes to install may be assessed an additional fee.)


To find a doula:

1. Go to The Childbirth Collective website
2. Use the search function to find doulas who match your criteria

If you have trouble finding a doula who is available, come to the "All About Doula" night at Blooma in Minneapolis the first Monday of every month from 7-9pm. It's FREE, and there is no need to register, just come at 7pm. Many doulas come, and you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about doulas and how they work.

** If you still don't find a good match, feel free to email me your name, due date, what city you live in, and where you're planning to have your baby. I will take your information (with your permission) and post it on our closed forum of doulas - and send a list of available doulas back to you.** 



If you have trouble finding a massage or workshop, and would prefer to talk to a live person,

call Blooma directly at 612-223-8064

If you're still having trouble, feel free to call or text me at (612) 636-3953, or email me


All Massage, Childbirth Education & Breastfeeding Classes take place at: 
5315 Lyndale Ave S  (Suite A)
Minneapolis, MN 55419

(unless otherwise specified)


Follow me on twitter!  @DoulaOrDontcha.