Thank you for taking the time to learn about Beloved Birth Doula Services and Childbirth Education! Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your baby!  My name is Amy Rickard.  I am a trained birth doula and a Hypnodoula. I also teach HypnoBirthing® classes and private childbirth classes.  I serve families in Lexington and the surrounding Central Kentucky area, and have attended over one hundred and thirty births. I offer personalized doula services to meet your distinct needs, private and group childbirth education classes, placenta encapsulation, and belly casts. As a Doula, my philosophy is simple – I am here to support you in YOUR birth. I have the expertise and experience to provide you with the physical, emotional and informational support needed to help you have the birth you desire. As your doula, I will help you navigate your options and support your decisions for your birth. Many people believe that a birth doula is only for those who desire an un-medicated birth. However, families sing the praises of their doulas at all types of births. This is your birth and my role is to support you in your goals.