Hello! My name is Kat – I’m a Doula UK and Nurturing Birth doula living in sunny south Birmingham on the Birmingham/Worcestershire border with my Partner, Daughter, a Greek cat and a barmy hound. I’m Mum to three children, 2 boys and a girl aged 29, 24 and 22 respectively. I’m also a grandparent to a 9 and 7 year and 3 year old who are a constant source of joy in my life.
Having had an elective caesarean section with my first child, followed by two VBACS in the 1990’s, I understand the stark contrast that can exist between birth experiences, and what it’s like to feel satisfied with a birth outcome, extremely dissatisfied, and sometimes both at the same time! I firmly believe that whatever the circumstances one finds oneself in, with knowledge and good support a positive birth experience can be achieved.
The crux of my philosophy is that women’s bodies are incredibly powerful and capable of astonishing feats; women’s minds are powerful and perfectly capable of making the right decisions for them and their baby. My role as a doula is not impress on you my own beliefs about birth. It is definitely not my place to tell you that one mode of birth is better than another, or to tell you how to bring up your baby.
The simple fact is, I love being a doula, and will move heaven and earth to ensure you feel fully supported in a way that is meaningful to you, so that you can approach birth and early parenting realistically, positively, and with clarity and confidence in the decisions that you make about your care. I’m a good listener, calm, caring, friendly, organised, resourceful and passionate about ensuring that parents have all the information they need to make informed decisions that they feel good about.
For details of my doula packages and the level of support you can expect if you book me, please feel free to browse my website and if you have any questions feel free to drop me a message or give me a call. Choosing a doula for your birth or postnatal team is a very personal decision, therefore I offer a free face-to-face consultation providing a valuable opportunity for you to ask any questions that you might have directly, as well as see how we get along.
I am available as a doula to those going through the anguish of miscarriage and still birth.
I have had experience supporting complex and uncomplicated pregnancies, single parents, LGBTQI+ parents, poly-families, water birth, hospital birth (on consultant and midwifery led units), home-birth, baby loss, teen pregnancy, post-dates (40+ weeks), 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th time parents, birth following previous birth trauma, induction, emergency caesarean section, VBAC, hypno-birth, breast and bottle feeding.
I have personal experience of both bottle and breast feeding. In addition I also have personal experience of postnatal depression and birth related PTSD.
I am one of the facilitator’s of the Birmingham South Positive Birth Group.
I am also an active member of my local Maternity Voices Partnership.
When I’m not working I can usually be found either walking (with the dog), curled up with a good book or playing violin with a local amateur community orchestra.
I have a full clean driver licence with business insurance.
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Nurturing Birth Doula Preparation Course
AMMET EFT Levels 1 & 2 practitioner training in 2009
Continuing Professional Development:
Water Birth Study Day with Diane Garland (Midwife Expert)
Microbirth with Bridget Supple
Baby-wearing Peer Supporter training with Sophie Messenger
Loving the Multiple Mamas with Mars Lord
Spinning Babies with Jennifer Walker
Supporting Every Birth with Michelle Every
Resolving Malposition with Selina Wallis
CASP & Cochrane UK workshop __ Understanding Research for Decision Making
Amazing Births Hypno-Birthing course for parents
"Amazing birth experience with Kat. Been with me since 19 weeks pregnant. Adapted and supported amazingly well during Covid-19. Provided informative and empowering support and service. There's never any stupid questions with her. Will be booking again if we decide to have another baby. Lgbt+ friendly, poly friendly and disability friendly." LH
"Against the wider background of a global pandemic, Kat helped us to navigate the uncertainties of pregnancy and childbirth. The perspective she offered was unique, a calm voice alongside the advice we were getting from medical professionals and from our friends and family. She was a vital element of the support package we put together for ourselves. As we got closer to delivery day and labour, Kat's counsel was really valuable. We always felt that Kat did everything in her power to support us. We never felt judged for the decisions that we made. Kat is very kind and really listens which meant that both of us felt a strong rapport with her from very early on. This helped us to develop the level of trust needed for the process to flourish. She took care to build a relationship with both of us and, at different times, both of us really benefited from that. We would definitely use Kat again, no question." TT
"I have no doubt that the outcome was far better with Kat, in terms of both pain relief and mode of delivery that it would have been without. A friend or relative could not have provided such knowledgeable support"
"I chose Kat as I trusted her and felt comfortable to talk to her openly about my concerns [...]I felt confident in her ability to advocate for me" LC
Kat was really friendly and incredibly easy to warm to quickly, it felt like she always wanted the best for us and went out of her way to understand what the 'best' for us would be. We were impressed with Kat's knowledge; every question that we had was answered fully on the spot of followed up with detailed information via email. She also offered suggestions that we would never have thought to ask throughout the process."
"Kat was a perfect model of what a Doula should aim to be and I couldn’t think of anything she could have done better. We both really appreciated everything that she did for us." FE
"Kind, caring, empathic, loving person who genuinely cares. When she talks about pregnancy/labour, her compassion for supporting the woman/family is very clear. She was a fountain of knowledge & up-to-date with research. If she didn't have the answer she found it. She was a strong enough character to support me & also I felt confident she would share my wishes with others when needed." RH