Katherine Kowalski (she/her)
My name is Katherine. I am a DONA Certified Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator and Registered Massage Therapist. I reside with my family (human and fur) in Strathcona County. I live an active life, hiking and mountain biking being two of my favorite ways to enjoy the outdoors.
I am passionate about birth, health and wellness, nutrition, herbal medicine and gardening. As a mother myself, I have been blessed with two empowering births. My first daughter was born at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and my second daughter was born at home in the water assisted by midwives. Birthing my babies in two different environments has enriched the care I am able to provide to my clients because I have personally experienced both hospital birth and home birth. My births inspired me to support families in their childbearing years and I began my path as a doula in 2013.
It is my goal as a doula to help my clients achieve a birth that is empowering and one that leaves them feeling strong, respected and honored. My mission in this life is to return birth back to the hands of mothers, and to help women rekindle trust in their bodies. As your doula, I support and respect your choices and vision. This is your pregnancy, your story. I would be honored to walk with you as a guide on this journey.
DONA International Certified Birth Doula, Spinning Babies, Certified Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Doula, Certified GentleBirth Childbirth Educator, Registered Massage Therapist
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Jennifer and Sean Bergman
Katherine was an incredible doula and went above and beyond throughout our pregnancy and birth experience. She is knowledgeable, kind, caring and has a calming presence - it’s so evident that she truly loves her job. We highly recommend Katherine to anyone looking for a doula, especially first time parents. Thank you, Katherine, for all your support. We’re so grateful that you were a part of our journey!
Abby and Chris
I was recently one of Katherine's clients. My baby was born December 12, 2015. I found out my baby was breech at about 36 weeks pregnant and Katherine was such a source of support and inspiration for me during that tough time. I made the decision to try to labor naturally with tons of information provided by Katherine. When the day came for my little girl to be born Katherine was amazing! She made it possible for me to have the birth that I really wanted by reminding me gently but also following my lead. She helped me through my contractions alongside my boyfriend and encouraged me to try different pain relieving techniques even when I didn't want to move. Katherine has become a great friend and is such a great doula! I cannot say enough about her. Thank you so much!
Lindsey and Chris
Thank you for being such a valuable part of my pregnancy and birth. You are an amazing doula and helped shape my birth experience with Leandro into a much more positive one. Your calm presence + intuitive nature were exactly what I needed. You knew what I needed without me actually having to communicate it out loud, which I really appreciated. Even Chris agrees that your presence at the birth was invaluable. Hopefully we cross paths again. I'll definitely be hiring you for our next pregnancy.
Sofie and Tomas
“Katherine has impacted our lives in such a beautiful way, and forever. She has turned what could have been another traumatizing birth into a positive story. It started right when Tomas and I met her for the first time, and we both felt her genuine empathy. I had spent some time searching the web for doulas and even interviewing some of them, but it only took a few minutes to know Katherine was the one. Back then, I was suffering from birth trauma because of my first birth experience and I know I needed additional support for this second pregnancy.
Katherine understood my fears and my needs right away, and was there for us all the way. She is an amazing listener and always took the time to answer my many questions. This pregnancy was my first in Canada and thanks to her, I learnt how things work here and went into labour feeling well prepared. Even our first born, then four years old, saw her as part of our team. She has a very warm personality and has her own way to make you feel strong, supported and empowered. She’s also got what seems to be an infinite knowledge about prenatal matters, and a great network of colleagues and resources.
Most importantly, she is a professional who truly cares. At some point during labour, Tomas and I felt confused and abandoned by the medical staff, but Katherine, our ally, was there. My labour lasted for about 24 hours and she never once took a break. She kept suggesting ideas, moves and strategies to help me get the birth I wanted. In the end, we had to go for a caesarean again but this time I felt like I had taken part in my birth experience. I fainted after the surgery and when I woke up, I saw Katherine sitting next to me and Tomas, holding our baby in her arms. That sight felt like a warm and soft blanket you put on very cold feet. Katherine, our family will never be able to thank you enough – it’s people like you that make the world smile.