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about gentle beginnings

Gentle Beginnings provides childbirth education, birth and postpartum doula services to women and their families in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts. Founded by Lauren Amand, Gentle Beginnings is committed to educating couples about their birthing options and encouraging women to build trust in the birth process and confidence in their ability to birth their babies with minimal intervention.

I have been teaching childbirth since 2003 after having been inspired by the beautiful, natural births of our two sons. I continue to be amazed by the transformative power of pregnancy and birth. Our babies' births were the most intensely joyful, spiritual, beautiful experiences of my life. Giving birth naturally gave me a greater appreciation of the depths of my strength and resolve in a way no other experience had before. My husband also felt deeply connected to and involved with the births of our children. I feel being cared for by midwives who believed in the natural process and were warm, encouraging and reassuring made all the difference.

My passion for birth naturally evolved into providing doula support. I have been a doula since 2005 and have provided support for over 100 births. I am a DONA certified birth and postpartum doula, a certified childbirth educator with The American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth (The Bradley Method®) and a certified lactation counselor. My background includes a B.S. in Human Development Counseling and Family Studies and 15 years experience in social services and education.

I am committed to helping you achieve a satisfying birth experience as you define it. I hope by attending my classes or having me as part of your birth team, you come to realize your own innate ability and inner strength to give birth as you envision. I hope partners gain greater confidence in their ability to support their wife/partner throughout this miraculous event.

Each baby’s birth unfolds in its own way, and I continue to learn and grow through each experience. The birth of our own daughter in 2008, though not exactly how we envisioned it, was also a beautiful experience. You will remember your baby's birth for the rest of your life. I strive to help make that memory a beautiful one and a source of strength for each woman and each couple. I would be honored to support you on your journey.

My life has been greatly enriched by my work and by my clients. I spend time with some of the most interesting, inspirational and genuinely kind people and truly enjoy supporting them during their transition to parenthood. In addition to my commitment to gentle birth, I enjoy kayaking, gardening, relaxing on the beach with my family and friends and spending time with my children as they grow into kind, amazing individuals.


Certified Childbirth Educator, The American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth (The Bradley Method®)


Certified Birth Doula, DONA International

PCD (DONA) Certified Postpartum,  Doula DONA International


Certified Lactation Counselor

Lauren Amand

Lauren Amand
(401) 480-2460




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