“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” - Mark Twain
Hi, I’m Katelyn - a seasoned birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, placenta specialist, Ayurvedic postpartum care practitioner, and certified women’s health coach based in Hayward, CA.
My path into birth and postpartum doula work and health coaching 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 and health coaching. Every birth, every family's postpartum journey, and every health coaching session 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, I'm spending time with my own baby born July 2020, 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.)
My approach to birth, postpartum, and women's health
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.
As a certified women’s health coach, I offer clients 1:1 meetings and wellness programs to help them achieve their goals. With my knowledge, we co-create completely personalized actions based on their goals to move them toward their ideal vision of health within their unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and resources. Not only that, but I believe that health and wellness go beyond just food. Are they struggling with stress? Do they have unknown anxiety? I help them get down to the real reason they might be experiencing ailments outside of what they eat by listening to them first and foremost.
I am a DONA-trained birth doula and ProDoula certified postpartum doula. I have been actively doula-ing for 3+ years, have attended more than 100 births, and supported dozens of postpartum families.
Most recently, I am a MOTHER. And although I realize and understand that not all motherhood/parenthood journeys are the same, walking this path myself has only made me a better doula.
I am a certified BEST placenta encapsulator and certified GentleBirth childbirth educator, teaching expectant families how to navigate the unknown of pregnancy, labor, and birth. GentleBirth combines brain science, birth science, and technology to empower positive births through preparation. I offer weekend workshops to families in the East Bay. Learn more about that here.
I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories – Ayurveda, gluten-free, paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between. I help my clients with myriad of goals including, but not limited to:
- Lose weight
- Gain confidence in themselves
- Love their body (again, or for the very first time)
- Incorporate more movement into their day-to-day lives
- Reduce stress
- Discover their passions
- Free themselves financially
- Get into their creative groove
- Improve their relationships
- Much, much more
Great! If you’ve gotten this far, I’ll bet you’ll like reading more about what I offer my clients. Check out my birth/postpartum doula, placenta encapsulation, childbirth education, and health coaching services