Doula Care for All
Supporting Pregnancy, Birth and Expectant Families
I'm committed to helping birthers know:
your voice deserve to be heard,
your choices be informed, known & honored;
your birth experience(s) be positive with my consistent, loving support
throughout labor, delivery & beyond.
Kate Washleski, Trained Birth Doula
My awareness of advocacy began ten years ago when I birthed my first child, who has a rare genetic syndrome and global developmental delays. In finding my voice for him, I found my voice for myself. After my second birth, I developed postpartum anxiety and depression, but it went undiagnosed, and I suffered when I could have thrived. I didn't know that then. I've learned so much since then and I'm passionate that other birthers have the support they deserve.
Over the last ten years, I've found myself encouraging, supporting and advocating for friends and their families too. Becoming a doula is the next natural step for me as I continue to grow in my training and experience to support others in their pregnancy, birth and postpartum experiences.
After completing my professional training to become a DONA International certified doula, I feel honored to be able to share my expertise and knowledge with birthing people and expectant families around the Twin Cities and beyond. I'm currently a Doula Intern at Health Foundations in St. Paul and loving that too!
Choice-informed and doula-supported birthers have better outcomes for all. My goal is to provide physical and emotional support during labor, remind birthers of their choices and to act as an advocate for the birthing person and their family. I believe every birther deserves the support of a doula and I would be honored to serve as yours.
I do not discriminate on race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other identification that can be used to help others understand who you are in the world. I believe we are all "worthy now. Not if, not when, we're worthy of love and belonging now. Right this minute. As is.” - Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
What is a Doula?
A doula is present before, during and shortly after childbirth to help the birther achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
Everyone deserves a doula. Having a doula improves the physical and psychological outcomes for both birther and baby.
Many insurance companies have started covering Doula support for labor and delivery, and there are additional options to explore if finances are an obstacle.
Why a DONA Doula?
"DONA doulas adhere to the highest standards DONA International’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics are guides for doulas as they serve families, connect with colleagues and interact with the medical community."
Learn all about DONA's philosophies, research, approach and more on their website (quoted here).
Hiring me as your Doula
As a professionally-trained, empathetic and intuitive doula, my goal is to give you and your family the attention and knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your pregnancy and labor and to provide you with the support you deserve.
I had the support of an experienced doula during both of my birth experiences, in 2012 and 2015, respectfully. I began my doula journey in March of 2020, when I attended my first birth as a doula.
I love working with expectant birthers and their families to help them navigate the birth and labor process. I look at each new birth as a unique experience and offer non-judgmental and unconditional support and care.
My services and support are available to all people: first-time parents, parents expecting a subsequent birth, surrogates/gestational carriers and persons of all gender identification and sexual orientation. That is why I use "birther" instead of "mother" throughout my website.
Doula Care for All
Package Information & Services
Doula Care Package
Free Interview with me (in-person or virtual)
1 pre-natal visit
On-call availability from weeks 36-42
My caring, consistent, educated support during labor and delivery
Stay with birther after baby is born for 1-2 hours
1 postpartum visit
$30/hour; 3 hour minimum
Postpartum Doula Care (Daytime)
Pregnancy, birth and the early days of caring for your baby can be very scary and stressful. My role is to ensure you get the best information and care possible. I can teach you to listen to the sounds before your baby cries, to help meet needs quickly and more. No matter when you need me, I can be there offering support in your home.
$40/hour; 3 hour minimum
Postpartum Doula Care (Overnight)
Pregnancy, birth and the early days of caring for your baby can be very scary and stressful, especially during the first few nights at home. My role is to ensure you get the best information and care possible. I can teach you to listen to the sounds before your baby cries, to help meet needs quickly and more. No matter when you need me, I can be there offering support in your home.
"I enlisted the help of Kate for the delivery of my second baby in the fall of 2019. After a difficult delivery with my first baby, I knew I needed someone to not only encourage me during labor but to also guide my husband in ways to support me. Kate did both of these things with tenderness and an extreme amount of care. She met with us a few times throughout the pregnancy and we created a list of what I hoped my experience to be like and items that would bring comfort to me.
When the time came, she arrived to the hospital prepared. She listened and advocated for me when plans changed. My birthing experience was a much more positive one. She helped cultivate a calm atmosphere. I also felt a lot more confident with Kate’s assistance. She went above and beyond my expectations by staying late into the night to help me breastfeed as well. I would highly recommend her as a doula."