Amanda has always been drawn to birth, babies, and education. She grew up on a farm south of Duluth and still resides there, raising and homeschooling her three children that were born on the farm.
Her first path in life was public education; she taught high school math and earned her master’s degree. After resigning, she started down the path of birth education and doula support. Amanda has served dozens of Northland families in preparing for and birthing their babies at home and at the local hospitals.
Working with people during their pregnancy journey is a passion of hers. She loves helping them feel more comfortable in pregnancy and prepare for their birth experience and postpartum recovery. Amanda truly believes birth is about so much more than the narrative of “Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby” and aims to support people in finding what they truly want in their birth and to help them feel supported in their decisions.
Her interests (and lifelong love of learning) have led her to becoming a Spinning Babies Aware PractitionerⓇ, Body Ready MethodⓇ Pro, and Craniosacral & Myofascial Release bodyworker.
You can find out more about her and her services at www.AmandaLambert.net
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Midwifery found Jana at 18 years old, when a handbound pamphlet, Of Witches, Midwives & Nurses, literally fell off the library shelf to her feet. Subsequently, when her children were came along, she found midwives–first in the hospital, then at home.
The call to birth, children, and midwifery came on strong and insistent. First a La Leche League Leader in Ely, then a doula–one of the first in Duluth. Then an assistant to several area midwives. Soon a student midwife, including a clinical training in Central America. For a decade, an officially licensed baby-catcher in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and for a short time, Montana. Deliveries at home, birth centers, and hospitals. She worked as a college faculty instructor for another decade, teaching pediatrics, well woman care, and advanced comfort measures to midwifery students. She served as press officer for the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), as a consultant to the Sturgeon Lake Cree Birth Center, the second native-run birth center in Canada, and as editor for several midwifery books.
Jana has three grown sons and two foster sons, all of whom loved growing up in Duluth. Their family was very involved in Chester Bowl, North Shore Rugby, and running around Hartley on bikes. Today, Jana lives on a remote little bog lake, off-grid, in Isabella. She works as a freelance journalist, consultant, and occasionally as bartender.
You can find out more about her and her writing at www.janastudelska.com
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