Kathleen C. Kinard (Doula)
Covid-19 has affected many aspects of our lives today. I am now offering Virtual Doula support. As well as online meet greets or any time I would normally meet with a client. Keeping your family safe is my top priority. I am also limiting myself to working with 1 Postpartum family at time.
I have a love and passion working with families and young children. My husband recently retired from the Army. While I was an active duty Army spouse I have been able to work with and help families with children of all ages as I have moved and lived around the world.
I have been working with families of young children for over 30 yrs. I have worked in a capacity as a Postpartum Doula for the last 18years. I have been working as a Certified Birth Doula for 3 yrs.
I am Certified Birth Doula with Birth Arts Internal. I am also certified with Sacred Belly Binding and Closing ceremony as a Postpartum Mother Roaster. I am currently certifying though Birth Arts International for my Postpartum Doula as well as Aromatherapy for Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum. I am trained with Healing-touch Program, a form of energy medicine. I have trained also with Spinning Babies. I'm a certified water aerobics instructor through Fitour having taught classes at the YMCA in Georgia. In my classes I've taught people from all different walks of life including expectant moms.
Through my journey I have been led down a path of discovery in the holistic field. I use Young Living essential oil exclusively to support the overall wellness.
I have worked with families of higher order multiples, twins, single, all shape, sizes and color. I believe that Everyone deserves love and support through their transition into parenthood. It is a very special honor and privilege to be asked to join parents in that scared place their child is born. I treasure the time I get to spend with a parent during the postpartum period. It is a thrill to see this new parent grow with confidence and assurance. I have been honored to work with many families over the years and I would be honored to work with you.
I offer gift certificates for all services and packages.
I give 10% discounts to all Military, First Responders as a Thank you from me for your service. I offer discounts for repeat clients as well. While I am working on my certifications I will be offering discounts for my services for that certification till complete.
What is a Doula?
The word "doula" comes from an ancient Greek word. Today the word has come to refer to "a woman experienced in child birth who provides continuous physical emotional and informal support to the mother before during and just after childbirth"
(Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus (Mothering the new Mother)
As a Birth Doula I provide support to the Birthing person as well as the partner. I do not replace anyone the Birthing Person wants there I just add support. I also offer sibling care during the birth if it is needed. I am a 3rd party so I do not have the same emotional connection that a family member would have. I am hired by the family. Therefore I am not employed by where you choose to deliver. I go where you go. I work for you.
There are three types of support I can provide during the birth invisible, minimum support, and main support. Studies have shown that just having a doula in the room who did nothing, but sit quietly there and think positive thoughts that the Birthing person viewed the birth with a more positive outcome. The level of support you need would be decided by the needs of the birthing person.
I also teach the expectant family different techniques they can use during the birth as well as after. I am a resource for the family. I draw on all my education and experience to better serve the family. From relaxation technique, aroma therapy including essential oils (I only use Young living essential oils) to Healing Touch. I view birth as a natural part of life.
As Postpartum Doula I provide support to the new family. I can do light house work, quick runs to the store, watch older children, watch newborn while mother takes a shower or even a much needed nap. I have prepped cook as well as light cooking. I have even been know to provide night time support so the parents can rest.
If you have any other questions about what a Doula is or dose please feel free to message me.
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