I offer virtual doula services including consultations, education and labor support regardless of where you are in in the world or what stage you are in your pregnancy.
If you’re in Los Angeles and are interested in pregnancy consultations, please reach out! After 13+ years in the LA birth community, I can help you navigate the ins and outs of hospital and out of hospital birth, give feedback on providers, make referrals and help you find in-person support people.
I’m Katharine Deeb (she/her), a birthworker from Los Angeles, relocated in 2022 to North Florida! I support families in the greater Jacksonville area + surrounding counties.
I’m the mother of two grown sons and a grandson. In 2008, I began my path towards birthwork, drawn to the miracle of the birthing process and the desire to be of service.
Birth is the most intimate, personal experience a person can go through, and no two births are exactly alike. My primary role is to inform and educate you to make the best choices for yourself and your family. I have extensive experience in homebirths, TOLACs/VBACs, unplanned surgical births, unmedicated hospital births, water-births, scheduled cesarean births, medically managed births, epidural births and inductions. I am passionate about your informed consent, your rights as a birthing person, and protecting your sacred birth space. I support people of ALL identities and family structures.
My hope for you and your family is a positive, powerful birth experience and a smooth transition into parenting, and that’s what I strive to help you to accomplish. I would be truly honored to be a part of your journey.
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Training & Education
Gilligan’s Guide Workshop, 2022
Birth Assistant Training, Natural Birth Works, 2021
Reiki 2 with Mitra Sessions, 2020
Reiki 1 for Birthworkers with Mitra Sessions, 2019
36-Hour DONA Advanced Workshop for Doulas with Robin Lim, Debra Pascali-Bonaro and Yesie Aprillia in Bali, Indonesia, 2017
DONA Posterior Birth: From Pain to Power, Passion and Pleasure Training with Debra Pascali-Bonaro, 2017
DONA Comfort, Pleasure and Power with Rebozos Workshop with Debra Pascali-Bonaro, 2017
Carriage House Birth Advanced Doula Training (Lifetime Certification), 2016
Dr. Jack Newman: Breastfeeding Full Circle Workshop 2016
Belly Binding Workshop with Daisy Hamory, 2016
Homebirth Cesarean Workshop with Courtney Jarecki, 2016
HypnoBirthing Training with Alisha Tamburri, 2015
Breastfeeding Workshop for Doulas & Birth Professionals with Lacey Mackey, 2014
Intro to Prenatal Massage with Jenna Denning, 2014
Spinning Babies Workshop with Gail Tully, 2014
Herbs and Oils for Birthkeepers with Giselle Baturay, 2014
Level 1 Reiki Training, Tao Healing Arts Center, 2011
DONA International Birth Doula Training with Judy Chapman from Chapman Family Center, 2009
“I don’t have enough wonderful things to say about Katharine Deeb. Simply put she is extremely special. I wanted no nonsense support for my birth with someone I could trust to take charge when needed and she delivered. I decided to work with her when I was planning a hospital birth and at the last minute switched to home birth. Not only did she roll with the punches but she provided many resources that made it all possible. My partner found Katharine’s support to be extremely helpful, she helped him help me in the most discreet ways and it was a wonderful experience. I will use Katharine for all my babies and I truly feel so fortunate to have found such a gem.” -D. Klein
“Katharine is truly everything I was looking for in a doula. She is a knowledgeable and judgement-free resource for all things pregnancy and birth. A warm and peaceful presence with the ability to laugh when the moment calls for it. Because having a human body come out of your human body is craaazy. She gets it! And she’s just a joy to be around! I feel like one of her greatest gifts is the ability to step into a family dynamic and be there without taking over. She matches and supports the energy that is already there. And then in the throws of labor she was impressively intuitive. I appreciated her ability to support me silently, quickly and with purpose. And Katharine is STRONG. There were moments where I felt like she was literally holding my body together during contractions. And one particular moment where I felt like I couldn’t stay in my body and she steadily talked me back down and completely grounded me. The minute she helped me back, my water finally broke and on the next contraction my baby came out like a flash. I loved going into my second birthing adventure with Katharine at my side. I wouldn’t dare try it again without her, so she will be my person for my third baby this July. And thanks to Katharine, I welcome the adventure again!” -Jessica C.
“There aren’t enough words to describe what an amazing doula Katharine is. Her presence at my birth was so vital and I can’t imagine her not being part of my birth team. From the very beginning Katharine was always so fast and responsive via text or phone. She always made it a point to connect with my partner and I whenever possible. I have recommended her to anyone that’s pregnant, because I know wherever they labor, having Katharine there will make their experience that much better. When I was in labor, she was so intuitive to what I needed and what my partner needed. She has a gift to be so present and comforting during all the stages of labor for the birthing person and partner. I’m currently 5 weeks postpartum and Katharine still checks in and is always replying to my texts as if I’m still pregnant:) Katharine is part of our family now, she’s such an incredible human, anyone fortunate enough to have her as a doula is going to be well taken care of.” -B. Lopez
“My husband and I adore Katharine – she is a true gem, and we feel so blessed we were able to work with her. As we were interviewing doulas, Katharine certainly stood out – she was confident but humble, gentle but strong, calm but proactive, knowledgeable but open, and I knew she would be a great fit for our family. Throughout my pregnancy she was thoughtful, responsive and encouraging, texting me before and after doctor appointments, sending me books/articles to read, and providing endless emotional support as I marched on towards my due date and another two weeks after it! I think it says a lot about Katharine that my birth experience was literally the opposite of my birth preference list, but I still have very positive memories of it from start to finish. Katharine made us feel empowered to make the right choices for our family along the way, she steadied our stressful, and at times chaotic labor/delivery, and she was incredibly respectful of and collaborative with our doctor. I truly cannot imagine our son’s birth without her! Finally, I will say that my husband was originally neutral about having a doula – however, as we lived and then later retold our birth story to family and friends, one of the first things my husband mentioned is how much of a positive impact Katharine had on our experience, and how much he underestimated what a doula could provide for both of us. I’m quite sure he would not have said the same thing about just anyone – Katharine is very special!” -Jennifer K.
“There aren’t words to adequately express what Katharine means to me and my family. The moment I found out I was pregnant again the only thing I was sure of was that I wanted her to be my doula. This pregnancy was full of twists and turns. Before getting pregnant I had my heart set on a home birth. When we discovered I was carrying TWINS we continued with our OB, same as with our first child. About halfway through the pregnancy I decided home was where I needed to be. Katharine was always supportive and without judgement for both my husband and I during those seemingly tumultuous, anxiety ridden days and weeks when we were getting our team together and during the pregnancy as a whole. On the day, Katharine was my rock, my anchor. She was calm, intuitive, strong. She doesn’t just show up. She SHOWS UP. Fully present. She knew what I needed without me asking and before I knew. I never felt more seen, loved, and empowered. She held space for me to birth my babies the way I needed. She has a true calling and passion for what she does. Katharine is a gift to those she serves and will always hold a special place in our family.” -Sarah A.