Prenatal Preparation and Birth
Support Designed For The Birth You Envision
Nurturing Postpartum Care
'Wherever and however you choose to give birth, your experience will impact your mind, your body, and your spirit...for the rest of your life'
Ina May Gaskin
Expecting parents often feel overwhelmed by all of the information and options they encounter as they prepare for the arrival of their baby
My mission as your Doula is to support, prepare and help you connect with your unique birth vision. I will share resources, evidence based information and practices designed to guide you toward a confident, empowering birth experience!
A Doula supported birth starts long before labor begins. It's in the shared planning and preparation during pregnancy, the exchange and flow of ideas and information, the trusted bond that is formed over time between doula and expecting parents. It's knowing you'll have unconditional support as you make important decisions for yourself and your baby. It's bringing your partner fully in and helping them to feel prepared, involved, and vital to the entire birth experience. It's having a caring professional who is there for you... every step along the way!
My heartfelt desire is that your birth experience leaves you feeling triumphant, proud, and joyous!
'Kim’s compassion, empathy and knowledge gave me the tools and the confidence to prepare for the kind of birth I had hoped for' - Natalie B
I am a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, and have continued my education and training to include:
DONA Childbirth Education
Advanced Mind-Body Skills Training: Coping, Resiliency, Mindful Relaxation
Lactation Specialist Training
Comforting Touch for labor
Infant Massage Training
Infant CPR and First Aid Certified
I attend home, birth center and hospital births, and am proud to support clients from all cultures and communities throughout Sonoma County. I provide respectful and personalized prenatal, birth and postpartum care for every growing family!
Why Hire A Birth Doula?
The presence and care of a birth doula can have a profound impact on a woman's birth experience! Research and studies have shown that having the support of a birth doula often results in:
Fewer medical complications and interventions
Decreased need for pain medication
Decreased need for synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor
Reduced cesarean rates
Lower anxiety, stress, and pain
Increased satisfaction with overall birth experience
Doulas & Partners Working Together
Partners often have significant fears and anxieties surrounding birth giving.
In prenatal visits we have the opportunity to address and help alleviate those concerns, and to learn and practice comfort measures that your partner can offer, at their level of comfort, during labor. Having the support of a doula does not replace or diminish a partners role! Many partners are able to touch, hold, and assist with more confidence when they have the guidance, calming influence and caring support of their doula!
'From the partner perspective, Kim was as amazing for me as she was for my wife' - Cory A