Hello! My name is Katelynn (pronouns she/her) and I'm so glad you've found your way here. I have recently completed DONA Postpartum Doula training, and am currently offering a discounted rate as I work towards my full credentials.
I love baking, hunting for vintage finds, and reading books with my daughter who is fabulously 4. :) I have a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioural Science, and prior to the last 2 years as a stay-at-home mama, I worked in the non-profit sector in both administrative and case working roles.
I came to postpartum doula work because of my own need for people who had 'been there' when we welcomed our daughter into the world. She was diagnosed prenatally with several medical conditions, as well as a chromosomal difference. Our first few months with her entailed surgeries, coming home on oxygen and a feeding tube, and dozens of follow-up appointments at the children's hospital. Had I known postpartum doulas existed, I would have fallen at one's feet with a squeak for "Help!!"
Those difficult postpartum days didn't last forever, but at the time, it sure felt like they would. I would love to offer my knowledge, training, and experience to help your family settle into life with your little one. I can provide hands-on, practical help as you recover physically and emotionally from birth, figure out feeding (whatever that looks like for you!), and adjust to daily life with a new baby. I have a special place in my heart for medical families and can also provide support while your baby is still in the NICU.
The word hearten means to instill confidence & courage. Helping you to trust your own intuition as your baby's caregivers is my dearest wish. My aim is to be a safe, judgment-free, and calm support as you navigate everything surrounding your little one's arrival. It is a high honour to be let in to this special time in your family's life.
Feel free to get in touch with any questions or to request a free consult.
Additional coursework & training:
Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Workshop via PILSC, March 2021
Dreaming of someone who can put away the laundry or get groceries, sterilize the bottles or *gasp* let you have a shower? I'm the type of person who doesn't need to be asked to put the dishes in the washer. My job is to show up and read what your needs are and help you and your other supports to meet them.
Whether you are breastfeeding, formula feeding, or needing medical interventions to support your baby's nutrition, I am here to provide current information and support you in this process that many new parents find more challenging than they expected.
Whether you are needing time to bond with your new baby, or needing someone to give you a break so you can give some attention to adjusting siblings, a postpartum doula can help find ways to ensure all family members are getting the attention & care they need.