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Doula & Birth Photography

Available in Orange County, Los Angeles County, & the Inland Empire

 

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Amanda Cagle
 

Amanda provides wraparound pregnancy, birth, & postpartum care along with photography services to clients from all walks of life in Southern California & beyond. Having supported 600+ families at births since 2011, Amanda is an advocate, an educator, a guide, a supporter, a documentarian, & more. She holds credentials as a doula, photographer, childbirth educator, lactation counselor, yoga instructor, & car seat safety technician.

 

Prior to founding Your Birth Team, Amanda worked in nonprofits specializing in pregnant, unhoused populations. She graduated with honors from CSUF with a Bachelor's in Sociology: Family Studies and has been happily married for a decade this year! 

*Availability is very limited; Amanda is currently booking for 2024.

Expertise, Artistry, & Attention to Detail

Every "How to Interview a Doula" blog ever will suggest asking about certification and experience level. So let's get that part out of the way! Amanda is a certified doula as well as a member of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers. She has trained with dozens of birth and photographer organizations, including DONA, Evidence Based Birth®, Birthing From Within®, Birth Becomes YouICEA, Midwives College of Utah, and more.

While working with Amanda as a doula and photographer does mean you have access to a decade's worth of perinatal health experience, research, and know-how, her doula & birth photography clients often emphasize the personal touches in care provided as opposed to all the certifications held. She's read the books you're reading, watched the films you're watching, and understands the studies your providers base their practices around. More importantly though, Amanda can validate your fears and anxieties without judgment, bolster you when your reserves are low, amplify your voice and wishes at every turn, and create beautiful images that capture your extraordinary self incredible things.

A Commitment to Reducing Birth Trauma

Amanda has been a dedicated doula and educator for over a decade, having worked with hundreds of expecting families in Southern California. Even with all that experience, birth still can surprise, delight, and awe. This is why Amanda is consistently seeking out opportunities to learn and skill-build in areas such as adult education, cultural humility, coping skills, accessibility in birth, comfort measures, communication in healthcare settings, patient advocacy, and more so that she may elevate the birthing and parenting experiences of anyone who wants to benefit from the presence of a doula + birth photographer professional.

Heirloom Artwork to Honor Birth as a Rite of Passage

As a birth doula and photographer, Amanda has the rare opportunity to highlight for each family just how unique and wondrous their experience of labor and birth is. The emotional journey, the physical experience, the connection between partners, and the arrival of a new baby are all worthy of documentation. Having photographic keepsakes of birth provides an opportunity for birthing families to start or build upon their visual legacy, so that generations to come may know and hold dear the gift of familial imagery. It is Amanda's privilege to provide undeniable proof of the beauty, strength, and resilience each person birthing a human into existence possesses.

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Birth Doula & Birth Photography 
Testimonials

Amanda is amazing - I literally could not have had an unmedicated birth without Amanda's assistance. 

When interviewing doulas, we were very cautious...as the baby that Amanda assisted with is our first born. My husband and I couldn't ask a question that Amanda didn't have an answer for, which was quite reassuring. As it turns out, her breadth of knowledge is much more extensive than she shared during our interview. Amanda knows so much about the birthing process and babies. After retaining Amanda's services, she shared so many great tips and tricks that we hadn't even thought of.

 

When Amanda arrived, she instantly soothed me, as she was calm, relaxed, and encouraging. I felt empowered. She knew what to do and when to do it, which was helpful not just to me, but my husband too. She shared pain management techniques that got me through the thick of it. Our plan was to labor at home as long as possible, and Amanda knew just when to head to the hospital. During the birthing process, Amanda was everywhere: comforting me, giving me instructions, sharing our birth plan with the staff, getting items from our car, snapping photos.... She did everything for us. She is even a lactation specialist and helped with that aspect - at the hospital and at our postpartum visit! I'd love to have her assist with our next little bundle of joy - she truly is amazing.

                   ~Kimberly, Irvine

Amanda is freaking amazing. She is exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced. But even more important for me, she is approachable, casual, and personable. Even now that our son is 6 months old, I still text her with random questions if things come up (ex. how do I know if the bottle is the right temperature? Should his poop smell like this? How do I use this baby carrier?).

Amanda was absolutely invaluable during our home birth. She arrived up at 3pm, about 5 hours before we called the midwife. Basically, she was just a sane person to guide us through the stages and help us get our minds in the right place. She talked with my wife and kept the mood positive and calm. She helped us know when it was time to call the midwife. Once the midwife arrived, she became an extra pair of hands to fill the tub, keep people hydrated, bring more towels, whatever. Our son was born at 1am and Amanda stayed another couple hours after that just making sure we were all settled in. 

Amanda is incredible. If you are shopping around for doulas - and I hope you are - she is absolutely worth meeting.

  ~Daniel, Irvine

If you're interviewing doulas, add Amanda to your list. She is an expert in all ways. I was, and continue to be, impressed with her knowledge and advice for mothers-to-be and new moms. She helped shine lights on unknown parts of the birth process for my wife and me. I could not imagine a better birthing experience. She was super supportive and helped me feel a part of the process as well. She is dedicated to her clients above and beyond expectations. Amanda is head and shoulders above the rest. 

                                                           

                                    ~Jeff, Santa Ana

I cannot express how much Amanda meant to us throughout the whole pregnancy & birth! She was such an asset in navigating a high risk pregnancy & difficult birth. I'll start off from the beginning, throughout my pregnancy my husband & I took classes with Amanda. They were so informative and she really took care & patience when answering all our questions. No question was too small to answer! 

She was also there helping & informing us along the way as we had to navigate my high risk pregnancy. With the information she provided in classes & also in texts or calls along the way I felt empowered to make every decision. When it came time for birth there were a lot of unexpected things, but Amanda guided us. Again, I also felt very empowered and knowledgeable as we made tough decisions throughout the whole birth.

She was such a calming presence during birth. With everything happening so quickly around you, it's nice to have someone there with you, looking you in the eyes and encouraging you. My husband sang her praises too! He felt empowered through her classes & her answering our questions. It was so helpful to him to have her during birth too! She is also an incredible photographer! A photographer & a doula in one?! YUP! She captured the most beautiful moments during birth. Moments that we will now have captured forever! Again in birth everything moved at a monumental speed, it's hard to digest everything. But seeing the photographs afterwards brought back every moment, even some I missed! There is nothing sweeter than seeing our baby's first moments here on Earth. They are priceless! 

If you are thinking of having a doula, Amanda & Your Birth Team are it! You won't regret having here by your side. 

                ~Leah, Orange

We're so grateful Amanda was available as a backup when our birth photographer got sick. She seemed to fit into our home birth effortlessly and worked with our midwife well. We had really hoped to document the entire birth from start to finish, but ended up having a quick birth. Even still, Amanda came to us fast and was able to get a bunch of cool pictures, including of my partner catching the baby. Even when taking photos, she has a way of being present with emotional support and words of love.

 

We didn't hire a doula, but can see now her approach is great. My wife and I especially appreciated that Amanda didn't require a release, so we can keep our photos private. We loved her and would highly recommend to any other mamas birthing who want support with incredible images at the end!

       ~Esmerelda, Long Beach

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Doula & Photographer Packages

Omnia

~6500~

  • Exclusive preparation & birth plan tools 

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    5 in-person childbirth preparation sessions

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    2 in-home preparation visits

  • Extensive registry & nursery planning support

  • Car seat buying guidance, education, & installation walk-through

  • Availability via text, email, & phone from hire through one month postpartum

  • Unlimited doula support during labor & birth via phone, text, and in-person

  • Photography throughout birth + professionally edited gallery & slideshow of birth images

  • 3 weeks of postpartum support

  • Professional photography throughout birth & the immediate postpartum

  • Artfully edited gallery with full resolution images

  • Customizable slideshow set to music

  • Complimentary heirloom album designed & gifted by the artist

Supra

~5000~

  • Exclusive preparation & birth plan tools 

  • 2 in-home preparation sessions

  • 4 online or in-person childbirth education and preparation sessions

  • Availability via text, email, & phone from hire through two weeks postpartum

  • Unlimited doula support during labor & birth via phone, text, and in-person

  • 2 weeks postpartum support

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    Professional photography throughout birth & the immediate postpartum

  • Artfully edited gallery with full resolution images

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    Complimentary heirloom album designed & gifted by the artist

Essentia

~3500~

 

  • Exclusive preparation & birth plan tools

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    1 in-home preparation visit

  • 3 online childbirth education sessions

  • 1 week of on-call status around the scheduled birth date

  • Access to the doula & photographer via text, email, & phone through two weeks postpartum

  • Unlimited doula support during labor & birth via phone, text, and in-person

  • 1 week postpartum support

  • Professional photography throughout birth & the immediate postpartum

  • Artfully edited gallery with full resolution images

  • Complimentary heirloom album designed & gifted by the artist

Cesarean

~2000~

~For planned surgical births~

 

  • Exclusive preparation & birth plan tools 

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    1 in-home preparation visit

  • Access to the doula & photographer via text, email, & phone through two weeks postpartum

  • Up to 6 hours of support on the day of birth

  • 1 in-home postpartum support visit

  • Professional photography throughout birth & the immediate postpartum

  • Artfully edited gallery with full resolution images

  • Complimentary heirloom album designed & gifted by the artist

Interested in Combining Birth + Postpartum Doula Care? 

Inquire for Custom Package Options!

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