Amanda Bernstein:
Sydney Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Ka Huna Massage, Pilates

 Little one loves kisses and snuggles!

Little one loves kisses and snuggles!

 My emergency c-section

My emergency c-section

 My VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesearan) - a beautiful drug free water birth

My VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesearan) - a beautiful drug free water birth

 Our first full family photo

Our first full family photo

 And another family photo! Love my boys xx

And another family photo! Love my boys xx

Hi there, thanks for checking me out here on my Essential Me website.

I’m Amanda.
A Doula, Ka Huna bodyworker and Pilates instructor. 
I’m also a mum to two beautiful boys, a wife, sister, daughter etc… 
I wear many hats and enjoy sharing many talents.

My passion is supporting and empowering women and couples during their pregnancy, birth and postnatal recovery period.  And while this journey didn’t start off so nicely, it finishes with me being here and able to offer this heart felt service to you… 

Emergency Cesarean

In 2011 during my first pregnancy, I hired a very expensive private obstetrician to make the best decisions for me, and gave up my responsibility to birth my baby.  I was uneducated in the things leading up to and including birth, induced early, and one thing led to another followed by a cascade of intervention which resulted in an emergency c-section in 2012.  The whole thing was a highly traumatic experience for me with a painful and tough recovery. 

Pilates Instructor

It’s why I became a Pilates instructor in 2013 and have specialised in pregnancy and postnatal recovery.  I run another business called Pilates With Purpose and offer a convenient mobile service where one of my amazing team comes to your home or office, on a day or time of your choice.  I’ve taught private one on ones, mums and bubs classes, girls’ nights in, corporate classes (my favourite was at Google!), large classes at gyms, reformer classes at studios, and my most rewarding sessions; going into the homes of new mothers and showing them ways to apply Pilates exercises back into their everyday lives to help prevent future injuries.

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

Then in 2014 I was pregnant again.  This time I interviewed 3 different private obstetricians and chose the one I resonated with most – I wanted a VBAC (a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) and embarked on a long process to educate myself about all things birth, including attending the She Births course.  At 19 weeks gestation, the obstetrician I had chosen suggested I might feel more comfortable in the public system birthing with a midwife instead of an OB, and thanks to this recommendation, and the support of some amazing staff at RHW Randwick, my second child was born – a drug-free water birth.  This for me, was an incredibly healing, empowering and emotionally rewarding experience.  I DID IT!  I birthed my baby!  I had my husband, my doula, a midwife and the head of obstetrics at the public hospital all on my team.  They believed in me – I believed in myself too. 

I knew then that I wanted to be a Doula.  I wanted to help other women feel the way I felt at that very instant.  I wanted to be able to connect with them and apply all my skills to help create the best possible outcome for them and their family.

Ka Huna Massage Therapist

However with a newborn baby it wasn’t the right time and instead in 2015 I found the beautiful Ka Huna massage through Mette’s Institute, and have since continued down this path, with Pregnancy massage, Polynesian floor work, completing level 5 Ka Huna and also Lomi Lomi Heartworks in early 2017.  These amazing styles of Hawaiian massage are so deeply connecting and luxurious.  For me, I was able to help hold the space for people to feel and release, and see the difference for them from when they arrived, to when they walked out on clouds.  Ka Huna has allowed me to open my heart space and flow into my feminine while Pilates has kept me grounded. 

Birth and Postpartum Doula Services

And finally, I have become a Doula, graduating in 2017 with the Australian Doula College, and continue to further my knowledge by attending industry events, conferences and other relevant seminars like the Spinning Babies Workshop.  I'm currently participating in the first ever We Birth Mentorship Program (advanced education and further training for Doulas and other birth workers).

I’m excited.  I’m here for you.  Here “to serve” in any way that benefits you.  I’ll do my best to be there for you and your partner, supporting you in your journey – emotionally, physically, spiritually, informatively and practically – in every way I can.  My goal is to ensure that no matter what happens, you have been present for your birth journey, that you understand and consent to any decision made along the way, ultimately creating a positive experience for you to own. 

Essential Me is actually Essential You.

 

 
 
 Big baby, birth with Sydney doula services, happy family with second born child
Having Amanda by my side during birthing was an absolute godsend!! After my first birth experience I was disappointed by the support I received, that’s why I wanted a Doula the second time round. Amanda was so helpful throughout the pregnancy and helped me to understand so many things about birth that I was never told. During birthing Amanda was the perfect birth partner. She constantly knew what I wanted or needed before I even had to say it. Having her there made my experience 100% better than my first time and I can not recommend her enough.
— JESS, BIRTH DOULA PACKAGE CLIENT
I found Pilates a great low impact fitness option during pregnancy to help me maintain stability, strength and balance. Amanda adapted the class accordingly and made sure that I focused on exercises that were going to help me specifically during pregnancy and birth. This definitely helped me avoid common pregnancy ailments, assisted me in having a natural uncomplicated delivery as well as a quick recovery. Pilates coupled with Amanda’s Ka Huna massage helped me stay fit, focussed and relaxed through my pregnancy.
— LAUREN, PREGNANCY PILATES & KA HUNA CLIENT
 pregnancy pilates, pregnancy massage, sydney ka huna massage client
 Happy baby, settling baby, feeding support, postpartum doula / postnatal doula
Amanda helped us as a postpartum Doula. She is very organised and knowledgeable, and extremely resourceful in the kitchen, making a fresh and nutritious meal for us out of whatever she could find in ours. As hubby was at work, Amanda supported me and looked after our baby while I managed a 2 hour nap!
— Mother Megan and Baby Isaac

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BEHIND THE SCENES PICS

 Attending a birth with a Doula client - pregnancy, birth and postpartum Doula services Sydney

Attending a birth with a Doula client - pregnancy, birth and postpartum Doula services Sydney

 Supporting a birthing Doula client with massage and sips of juice while she labours under the shower and over a fit ball

Supporting a birthing Doula client with massage and sips of juice while she labours under the shower and over a fit ball

 Mums & Bubs postnatal recovery Pilates class in a private home with babies fom 3-6 months old

Mums & Bubs postnatal recovery Pilates class in a private home with babies fom 3-6 months old

 Giving a beautiful Ka Huna massage - amazing Hawaiian flowing bodywork session, relax deeply - body, mind, heart and soul

Giving a beautiful Ka Huna massage - amazing Hawaiian flowing bodywork session, relax deeply - body, mind, heart and soul