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Amy L. Gilliland, Ph.D., BDT(DONA), AdvCD(DONA), CSE (AASECT) researches and teaches about doula labor support, women’s sexual experiences, infant mental health, and the psychological needs of people during the birth experience. She is an AASECT certified sexuality educator, past psychology faculty at Madison College, and one of the first DONA International birth doula trainers. In her thirty plus year career, her work has spanned the perinatal spectrum. As a UW Madison research fellow, her current projects include a critical analysis of the birth doula profession and completing her model of human childbirth as an attachment based neurological activity.  

Dr. Gilliland’s previous research has been published in JOGNN, Midwifery, The Journal of Perinatal Education, Sexuality and Culture, and the Wisconsin Medical Journal.  She is considered to be a thought leader and visionary on birth doula issues through her influential blog, Doulaing The Doula, and her new book, The Heart of the Doula: Essentials for Practice and Life.

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  • “Amy takes large amounts of research and makes it so I can understand it and use it in my practice. I’m so thankful for what she can do!”  - Janice Banther, birth doula trainer and founder of Birth Behind Bars

  • Amy’s has an outstanding ability to take reams of research articles and organize material into an accessible way  - and THEN communicate it to audiences so they understand and are edutained  - I am blown away by her every time.  

  • “Amy is a visionary in our field.” – Penny Simkin, PT, author and founder of the modern doula movement

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