I wanted a doula because I was dealing with stress from my previous birth experience and not wanting the complications to happen again! When I met Kathryn, her energy really calmed me! She also had a lot of experience with Kaiser Walnut Creek where I was gonna deliver Jilly! She is very easy going and very sweet too! My goal was an all natural birth. Kathryn definitely helped me achieve my goal because as she saw I was losing my mind during the last part of labor, she helped me to get back on track and deliver drug free! Having Kathryn as my doula helped me have a great, easy postpartum and a thriving baby girl! Kathryn has the unique ability to do what the client wants and make it seem like we are friends… she never felt like a hired hand. Kathryn is calm, happy, patient, and has a lot of dedication. She will definitely be my doula again when I eventually have another baby!Lara ~ San Ramon, CA
After interviewing several doulas, we decided to hire Kathryn. I sometimes get overwhelmed in high stressed situations, yet after meeting Kathryn her warm personality and positive attitude put me at ease. Our number 1 goal was to have a healthy baby, but we were also wanting to have successful VBAC. Kathryn brought a wealth of knowledge, resources (books/DVD) and did several training exercises with me and my husband. After having a c-section with my first daughter, we were determined to have a successful VBAC. I had a successful VBAC! Kathryn was tireless, resourceful, and realistic through the entire process. I went into labor at 3AM on Thursday and ended up delivering at 6:30AM on Friday. Kathryn worked with us the entire time to remind me of our goal, and gave me several techniques to use during labor and delivery. I thank God for her and I’m glad she helped us bring a little “Joy” into our lives.Erica ~ Bay Point, CA
When searching online for a doula- I found Kathryn’s website to be very well put together and easy to navigate. That to me shows someone that takes the time to provide accessible material and knowledge. Kathryn was readily available via phone, text and email. Once we actually met her- its a no brainer. She has a very “light” personality that sat well with my husband and I as we spoke to her. We appreciated that she took my husband into account just as much as me. Her smile is very reassuring. Our overall goal was to feel empowered and positive about our birthing experience regardless of the actual birthing events. She helped by giving us real life experiences and knowledge every step of the way. At a glance it can seem like a doula is an expensive addition, especially because insurance does not cover. I never felt like Kathryn was a paid service. She was like a misplaced friend that i had not met up until now. She was readily available during pregnancy via phone, text and email. She never once made any situation or question awkward. During labor and delivery – she made sure I was comfortable at all times (from popsicles to foot massages). I can not imagine pregnancy, labor & delivery and post partum without Kathryn. Kathryn is worth every penny and more. I had an intense fear of labor and delivery. I was afraid of being out of control of a situation and my ability to cope with pain. I needed someone to hear me out without judgement or losing their patience and help me work through my fear. My labor and delivery was the complete opposite of my birth plan, yet my husband and I feel like we had a positive birthing experience because we had her supporting us. I am also so grateful for always answering my late night texts. I describe Kathryn as compassionate, sincere, and calm. She makes me feel like we have been friends for years. There is no topic off limits nor is there judgement when I confess my most inner thoughts and fears. She also has what seems like a endless knowledge about pregnancy, labor and delivery, the post partum womanly issues and babies. I do not think I will ever find the exact words to thank her for her presence. The entire experience was helpful, but having her at the hospital with me was the best. I probably could have done with out my husband and my mom, but not without her. She provided such confidence and calmness in the room and helped me push (literally) through when I was at my weakest point. Thank you again.Mother of Israel ~ Oakley, CA
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At 34 weeks, we knew the due date was fast approaching… But I wasn’t feeling ready to have my baby! I was tired from working too much, worrying too much, moving to a new house, not having enough time to attend all the birthing classes I thought I needed, to read all the books I wanted or to attend all the yoga classes I had imagined; I had too many doubts about trusting my body, I thought I was too old, too weak, too fearful to have a natural birth. But then, there was Kathryn… My wife and I are not from here. We don’t have many friends locally, and no family at all. 2014 was another crazy year in a string of many. Time was ticking and we were feeling behind, a day late, a dollar short. We needed to find someone to help us to make the birth of our baby girl safe and beautiful, with the least interventions possible. We NEEDED to find someone we could trust at one of the most vulnerable moment that any woman can go through in her life. We thought we wouldn’t find anyone. But then, there was Kathryn. We went to the Mount Diablo Meet the Doulas night less than two months before due date. I went there thinking it was going to be pretty impossible to click with anyone at that point, to find someone who would inspire connectedness and trust. We wanted someone that we could feel at ease with, someone who could be a trusting hand (literally), someone who we could count on at the very moment you can really only count on yourself. Someone who could work around our emotional needs and our financial needs. And there was Kathryn: a well balanced mix of professional but casual, respectful and respectable, knowledgeable and experienced but tuned in and aware that every woman, every family and every birth is unique, deeply spiritual but rooted, earthbound. Punk rock and hippie; half witch, half fairy but above all 100% human. After fun home visits, lively phone conversations, long detailed emails and lastly the urgent desperate text messages, the moment finally came. I never felt that Kathryn was imposing one or another idea, but instead, always educating us, showing us all the possible paths and supporting us at every crossroad, at every decision we had to make. I never felt that Kathryn spoke for me, but that instead I spoke through her. She was able to read me and to know when I had reached my limit or when I could go further. Not to mention, Kathryn gives a great foot massage! At that very scary moment that lasts for hours, when you are crying, screaming, laughing, cursing, there was Kathryn with a calming but firm hand, a sure voice and compassionate strength in her eyes, telling us that we could do this. And we did! Penélope was born from a vaginal birth, healthy at 41w2d. If you’re thinking about getting a doula, do it. At the moment you most need it, at the moment you’re not sure of anything any longer, at the moment you truly believe labor will never be over, it will be a relief to look around your birth room and say to yourself: Ahhhh… There is Kathryn!!!Naia ~ Concord, CA
AREAS I SERVE
Serving the San Francisco Bay Area, including the East Bay, Lamorinda, Tri-Vally and Delta Valley. Including Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Danville, Brentwood, Discovery Bay, Oakley, Antioch, Bay Point, Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Moraga, Lafayette, Orinda, Berkeley, Oakland, Albany, Richmond, and Pinole.
HOSPITALS I SERVE
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Alameda County Medical Center - Highlands, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center – Walnut Creek, Kaiser – Antioch, Kaiser – Oakland, Kaiser – Walnut Creek, San Ramon Regional Medical Center, Sutter Delta Medical Center, and Valleycare Medical Center.