Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I consider myself a modern doula with old school training. That means you won’t get a “hippy dippy” vibe from me. But you will get someone who’s trained and certified in birth and postpartum, and benefited from studying under my my mentor Tracie Enis who has nearly 20 years of experience in the birth field both as a doula and a midwife. You will feel supported and educated throughout our time working together. I believe that birthing people have the right to know their options when it comes to pregnancy, labor, childbirth, and postpartum, and I fully support how my clients choose to birth and raise their babies. I also believe that birthing peoples' bodies instinctively know what to do and when to do it. My hope is that every person I work with feels like a badass as they welcome new life into this world. As a doula, I also believe in ongoing education and that no one can ever be an "expert" when it comes to birth and each individual family's postpartum journey. With every birth and every circumstance, comes something to learn and gain awareness around. In addition to my birth and postpartum doula training, childbirth educator training, and placenta encapsulator specialist training, I am also a Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner. As a Spinning Babies practitioner, I am able to suggest and perform specific stretches, positions, and movements to help properly engage baby into your pelvis while also loosening specific body parts to encourage a smooth delivery.
What led you to become a Doula?: My path into birth and postpartum doula work is a bit unconventional. I didn’t study women’s health or dabble in birthwork as a young professional. But at 17, I watched my sister give birth to her first child and was forever changed. After spending many years in the tech PR scene, I decided to make the jump into full time doula work. Every birth and every family's postpartum journey brings me so much joy and humbles me along the way. When I’m not doula-ing, teaching childbirth prep classes, processing placentas, or working with women during health coaching sessions, you can find me getting outside enjoying nature, exploring the East Bay's crazy good food scene with my husband, spending time with my five nieces and nephews, and traveling all around the world (when I’m not on call, of course.)
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
I am a calm, reassuring presence that offers non-judgemental support to empower my clients throughout their birth and postpartum journeys. With my extensive experience working with families of all shapes and sizes in the San Francisco Bay Area, I am equipped to support them through all stages of birth and postpartum.
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: My resources page on my website is a wonderful place to start if folks are looking for specific resources around pregnancy/parenting in the Bay Area: https://holistickatelyn.com/resources/.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?:
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Non judgemental support.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Favorite TV show of all time is The Office. Other favorites include The Wire, Game of Thrones, and Seinfeld. I'm not a huge movie fan, and would way rather watch a TV show
What is your favorite place to vacation?: I like any type of vacation that includes a healthy mix of exploring and relaxing. I've gone to many places, and current favorites include: Mexico City, Rome, Maui, New York City
What is your favorite food?: Anything Mexican
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Relaxing in bed all day with good food and a good show. Or going to a spa and getting pampered.
Who lives in your house?: I live with my husband, dog, cat, and in-laws. I'm also currently awaiting the arrival of my first baby (due July 2020).