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Hi! I'm Dr. Amy L. Gilliland, an independent PhD researcher and educator.  My joy is taking research and making it useful for people -  in a wide variety of ways! If you are a doula or nurse, you'll enjoy reading my books, reading my free blog, discovering more about my doula research, and becoming a member to download journal research articles!  I also offer one on one consulting!  If you are a policy maker, go here for suggested resources.  If you are planning an event, visit my courses page for retreat and conference session options!  If you are a graduate student seeking a committee member or potential research collaborator, read more about that here!

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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Attendees: Doula Garnish

  • It’s very rare that an extremely intelligent person can communicate and deliver messages to people of a lower intellectual level in a way they can understand and feel good about.  You have a talent, woman!!

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

  • I gained an amazing amount of confidence in my myself and my abilities!  THANK YOU!

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