Hi, I’m Kathryn!

I love my job. I absolutely love every birth, every “I did it!”

Back in 2004 I was invited to my first birth. My friend believed I was the kind of person that could give the right kind of support during a big event like birth. We both learned she was right! It was 9 years before I invested in that idea and became a professional doula. I have given birth myself three times. All very different births, but all with a doula of my very own.

I believe…

  • you are smart and can make good choices. My job is to ensure you are fully informed and then fully supported in your choices, whatever they may be.
  • you are the owner of your birth. Not your doctor, midwife, hospital, or doula.
  • birth is a safe, normal physiologic event.
  • in undisturbed birth.
  • in lifesaving medical interventions.
  • in being fully present at every birth I am invited to. I offer you my heart and my hands.
  • that your birth experience matters.
  • how you are treated matters.
  • in whole health – mind, body, spirit.

Training:

2013

Doula Certificate, Heart and Hands Midwifery Intensives with Elizabeth Davis

SquatFest Attendance

Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Volunteer Doula Training

2014

New ACOG Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery Guidelines: Do They Raise More Questions Than Answers? with Penny Simkin

Grow Your Birth Business, Bloom Birth Professionals

Grow Your Placenta Business, Bloom Birth Professionals

Advanced Doula Trainings at Thrive Birth Center

2015

Doula Certificate, Madriella Doula Program

Massage for the Laboring Woman, Somatic Arts and Sciences Institute

Spinning Babies with Gail Tully

Placenta Preparation Certification Course (not yet complete) with Association for Placenta Preparation Arts

BirthKeepers Summit Attendance

  • Gentle Childbirth in the Age of Climate Change with Robin Lim
  • The Power of Sound with Nan Koehler
  • Life-Saving Innovations & Sustainable Birth Models from the Global South with Robin Lim
  • Having the Tough Conversations: Using the wisdom of MotherBaby to fortify our community. with Nekole Shapiro
  • The effects of fetal stress deprivation in the perinatal period. Lessons from pre-labor c-sections. Michel Odent, MD

Mindful Communication Course with Shiela Pai

3 Things Every Parent Need to Know About Hospital Birth, Cristen Pascucci

Advanced Doula Skills Training Workshops, Harmony Doula Training

  • Using a Rebozo (shawl) for Bodywork, Comfort, and Connection before, during, and after Labor
  • Variations on Normal and Optimal Fetal Positioning: Recognizing and Understanding Labor Patterns, with Suggestions for Improving Position

Deconstructing Common VBAC Barriers, VBACFacts Academy

2016

Advanced Doula Skills Training Workshops, Harmony Doula Training

  • Using Acupressure for Relaxation, Comfort, and Energy release Work for Labor, Delivery, and Postpartum
  • Understanding and Using Self-Hypnosis for Childbirth
  • Writing Great Meditations
  • Supporting VBAC Clients: From Evidence Based Facts to Panic Attacks
  • Essential Oil Safety in Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery, and Postpartum

Partner Certified, Joe Valley of Empowered Papa

I’ll Never be able to thank you enough for all the support, education, encouragement and love you’ve shown me. You’ve given me quite a gift. You’ve guided me through one of the proudest moments of my life and without your presence and nurturing it wouldn’t have been possible! I am proud of my birth experience and myself. Thank you EVER so much

Amanda ~ Benicia, 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.