After an 11-year career in social work and the birth of her first child, Katie was drawn to make a career shift in the families she supported. Since 2013 she has provided comprehensive care to Greater Cincinnati families during their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum recovery.
After certifying with several other organizations which were often biased towards a particular birth outcome and parenting choices, Katie found ProDoula in 2015. She was immediately drawn to ProDoula’s standards of professionalism, dedication to non-judgmental support for families and mentorship for sustainable business practices.
“I left my first ProDoula trainings confident that I had tools to support any client in any of their birth and parenting choices. ProDoula builds the strong foundation that I wished I had when I started out.”
Today Katie is co-owner of Doulas of Cincinnati. Her experience of running a successful solo practice, opening the first doula agency in her community, and merging her agency with another successful solo doula has positioned her as a natural mentor. She has served over 500+ families as a certified Childbirth Educator, Labor and Postpartum & Infant Care Doula, Infant Feeding Specialist, Postpartum Placenta Specialist and birth and parenting consultant. She is an active member of the Cincinnati Area Doula Society and has served as a Change Agent supporting entrepreneurial mentorship to grant recipients through Cradle Cincinnati Connections.
Adjusting to life with a newborn is a time of great transition in personal identity and parenthood. As a Postpartum & Infant Care Doula Trainer and Postpartum Cross Certification Trainer, Katie helps attendees understand how to support each person in the household as they connect with each other. Through meaningful role-play, she helps professionals prepare to adapt when interacting in a variety of client family dynamics. Katie provides guidance and the practical skills needed to care for modern families including both parent and infant sleep, feeding needs, and balance as clients adjust to their new roles.
In all modalities, Katie helps attendees establish a foundation for building relationships with clients during the intimate time of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. She shares her knowledge in instilling confidence and comfort in clients and providing judgment free support to facilitate positive birth and parenting experiences for families. She focuses on exceptional service delivery and is committed to elevating the profession of doulas.
As a member of the ProDoula Training and Development Team Katie uses her knowledge gained from working with diverse families and her business experiences to train professionals and new doulas. She has served as an adult educator for over 20 years and draws from her experience as a community and college level educator, program manager, mentor and trainer to adapt and teach to each person’s individual needs. Katie is patient, approachable, and facilitates meaningful opportunities for learning and growth.
Katie lives in the charming Cincinnati neighborhood of Westwood with her two sons, Henry & Toby, and their dog Winifred.