Katie The DoulaTM
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Rebekah Bohucki said:   June 13, 2015 4:09 pm PST
Katie is so amazing and she has such a nurturing and comforting way about her. Pregnancy and birth are beautiful experiences,but they also come with many ups and downs. This was my first pregnancy and regardless of all the research I did, there were still many moments of uncertainty and Katie was always there for me. Aside from providing my husband and I with tons of knowledge and information, she was a friend that I laughed with, cried with, and confided in. Katie helped us create a birth plan that was right for us. I was 42 weeks when I went into labor and my doctor had been pushing me to induce from 40 weeks on. I really wanted to wait until my baby was ready and Katie provided me with the support I needed to stand my ground. My labor lasted 24 hrs and Katie was right by my side the entire time. She supported both myself and my husband. My husband was a little hesitant about the need for a doula, but after meeting Katie and especially after our entire birth experience, he was so happy we had her! She never took away from his role and he felt he was able to enjoy the whole experience more because of her. I ended up having a very painful back labor and Katie helped me work through each contraction with her magic bag of massage tools, heating bags, bouncy balls, and words of encouragement. She made sure I stayed hydrated with her delicious laborade that she made for me. Just one of many personal touches she added to enhance our experience. Katie even helped get through 3 hrs of pushing when I was completely exhausted. She gently but effectively advocated for me with nursing staff and made sure the environment stayed calm and comfortable at all times. Katie is so much more than just a doula. She's a caring and nurturing gem who loves taking care of mamas. Katie has continued to be supportive after our beautiful baby boy was born. She has helped support me with breastfeeding and checks in on us regularly. Katie added so much to our birth experience!

Amanda Sohn said:   October 8, 2014 12:04 pm PST
Katie was our doula with our second child so when I became pregnant with our third child we decided to once again hire Katie as she has such a calming presence during what is an emotional journey. Mid way through my pregnancy I was told that tests indicated there was something wrong with me and I needed to see an oncologist. At 27 weeks pregnant I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and told that I would not be able to delay treatments if I wanted a good prognosis. At 29 weeks pregnant I began my chemo every other week. Fast forward to 39 weeks pregnant, I had a chemo treatment and my blood work (white blood cells, neutrophins and platellets) came back excellent. So much so that they decided that would be the perfect time to induce me and give me a chance to recover. I was induced two days later. When we got to the hospital they did another blood panel to check on me and came back with the news that my platellets were so low I was not eligible for an epidural. (I had one with both my other pregnancies and was leaning towards having one again.) Katie immediatley turned to me and said, "That's ok, we've got this, I can get you through it." I think I would have had an emotional breakdown if she hadn't been there. To say the pain was intense was an understatement, and I was only 2 days out from my last chemo. Katie stayed by my side, massaging my back, getting me in and out of the shower, rocking on the medicine ball, helped with breathing techniques, reassuring words, you name it. At the end the only person I wanted near me was Katie. I had the strongest most intense pain of my life and do not know how I would have coped with out her by my side. You only have a few babies in your life and having someone as experienced as Katie be there is so reassuring. Until this last birth I never knew how much a doula really does for you, thank you Katie, you are amazing!

Jessica Morris said:   August 3, 2014 7:18 pm PST
Hiring Katie as our Doula was one of the best decisions we made during our pregnancy! My husband and I had very little knowledge/experience with all things pregnancy/birth related and Katie calmed all of our insecurities with our first meet up! We just fell in love with her. Each time she came to visit we learned so much from her, and she never made us feel silly for not knowing things already. Although we had a relatively easy pregnancy we had some complications after 40 weeks. We ended up in the hospital overnight and even though we were not in labor, Katie rushed to our side while we were still in Triage. She stayed until we got situated in a room and even went and got us dinner! She kept checking in with us throughout our stay, and assured us that if we needed her there she was only minutes away. Fast forward a couple of days and having zero amniotic fluid left, we were rushed to the hospital to induce labor. Katie beat us to the hospital. She stayed right by our sides throughout the entire labor (which started instantaneously). She was an amazing coach and support system to both my husband and me. Katie also did a great job communicating with the nurses our birth preferences. Katie reminded me throughout the process of various positions to try and walks to take, so much so that my 10 hours of labor seemed to fly by. Once she was certain that our son was on his way out and my husband was right where he needed to be, Katie grabbed our camera and took the most amazing photos of his birth. She captured some of the most beautiful memories we have of May 20th. We had a bit of a cranky baby nurse, and Katie became very protective of our son and our wishes for what we wanted after his birth. Katie made sure that he got back to us much sooner than the baby nurse wanted! Once we were home she stopped by to make sure everything was going well. We have since had her over multiple times to visit because we consider her much more than our doula we count a friend!

Edeleen said:   July 30, 2012 3:57 pm PST
You are a God Sent!! You gave me the courage to follow through with my birth plan of NO drugs. I am so happy I did! You were there to be give me the encouragement thoughtout my entire pregnancy, especially in labor when i wanted to just give up. I really could not have asked for a better birth, baby or Doula ;)!! Love you Always

Crystal Sebastian said:   July 26, 2012 9:49 am PST
Your calm, grounded presence and state of mind helped me tremendously throughout a very difficult labor. I am so grateful that I had your support, encouragement and wisdom to guide us and remind me and keep me focused to create a beautiful birthing experience. We Love You Katie!

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