Katie studied Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Child Development at Michigan State University. She taught preschool, was a nanny for 4 years, is the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at her church, and now gets to be at home with her 3 children. She is a Certified Birth Doula with DONA International, trained in Spinning Babies, and has her Advanced VBAC Doula Certification through The VBAC Link.
Katie absolutely loved being pregnant and witnessing everything her body was capable of doing, and had a very positive first birth experience, even though nothing went as planned. She was supported and encouraged through the whole thing, so it was still a beautiful core memory. But she heard from too many women that they felt like their birth happened TO them and they felt out of control, helpless, and vulnerable. So she decided to learn more about pregnancy, birth, and how to support couples as they did the incredible work of growing their families.
She took her birth doula training through DONA in 2018, and then took the Spinning Babies course in 2020 to further enhance her skills and support clients better. Katie loves anatomy and physiology and how the body was designed to work. Through Spinning Babies, she learned how to interpret where the baby is positioned based on the labor pattern and what mom is feeling, and how to move mom through a series of positions to help the baby rotate and descend into the optimal birthing position. Then, after supporting a few clients through cesareans, she wanted to know how to better support them later if they decided to prepare for a VBAC. She completed the VBAC certification in 2022 and added that tool to her birth doula toolbox! Katie has supported many different birthing options and truly feels unbiased to the “best” way to do it; “I just want to support my clients in whatever way makes them feel seen, known, loved, and secure!”
Katie lives in Rockford and has been married to her high school sweetheart since 2014. They have two sons and a sweet little red-headed daughter.
Katie is currently mentoring new doulas at Gold Coast and is not accepting new solo clients.