Registered Nurse (RN)
Completed an Associate of the Arts (AA) degree in General Studies in 2007 from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Graduated in 2009 with an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree from Purdue University.
Office nurse for Dr. Jakacki, a family practice physician, 2010-2012. Staff nurse at Parkview Regional Medical Center on the Ortho/Neuro/Trauma unit 2012-2013. Staff nurse at Bluffton Hospital Medical/Surgical/Pediatrics 2013-2014. RN at Adams Memorial Hospital in a primary care/urgent care clinic 2014-2017. Has her own business teaching natural childbirth classes, offering birth doula services, teaching CPR classes in the community, and doing birth photography. RN birth assistant for Earthen Vessels Nurse-Midwifery since 2012.
Amber lives in the southern Fort Wayne, Indiana region with her husband of 10 years and their three (soon to be 4!) rambuncious boys. Amber treasures making memories and spending time with her family. They enjoy spending time outdoors, reading, making messes and watching the same movies over and over again.
Additional training as a birth doula through Doulas of North America (DONA). Certified in Neonatal Resuscitation, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), S.T.A.B.L.E. (post resuscitation and pre-transport care of the sick newborn), Health Care Provider Adult, Child, and Infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and is a also Certified CPR instructor. Teaches private Natural Childbirth Workshops, volunteers to teach prenatal education at A Hope Center. Attended professional development conferences on waterbirth, breastfeeding support, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC), bereavement, pregnancy nutrition, and infertility. Had the opportunity to meet and learn from Penny SImkin and Barbara Harper. Licensed to practice In Indiana as an RN.
All her children have been born at home and each birth has been unique and wonderful experience. Amber has enjoyed working with expectant families since 2007 when she became a trained birth doula. She loves teaching the workshop she developed to educate couples how to be successful in having an unmedicated birth experience. Amber is also passionate about making a difference in her community and volunteers for the A Hope Clinic and has also organized a diaper changing and lactation station for an annual festival in her home town that involves over 75 volunteers. She enjoys the opportunity to work with families in the home setting applying her passion and skills as both an RN and a doula, while always looking for opportunities to expand her knowledge and skills. Amber feels privileged to be a part of the Earthen Vessels Nurse-Midwifery practice which believes in delivering quality, safe and evidence-based care and services to families.
“Whether you are blessed with Amber, Ryanne, or Megan as your birth assistant, we are confident you will be please with their professional, compassionate care of you and your baby.”
The birth assistant is a VERY IMPORTANT member of your birth team! Our birth assistants are carefully chosen from varied backgrounds. While most of our birth assistants are usually Registered Nurses (RN), other professional also make excellent birth assistants. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Medical Assistant (MA) and other types midwives may also be birth assistants. Our Earthen Vessels Nurse-Midwifery birth assistants are professional midwifes assistants who are licensed (when available) or certified and completed their educational background from an accredited institution. They are skilled in labor support, birth, and postpartum care. Some of their tasks include: assess vital signs and well-being of mother and baby, administer medications including intravenously (IV) and intramuscularly (IM), start IVs and draw labs, complete paperwork and charting, provide labor support, and assist the mother and family with all aspects of care. Some birth assistants are trained to do prenatal visits as needed and all do postpartum mother-baby visits. They help to keep out-of-hospital births safe and more satisfying for the family!