About Me

 photo by Kate Danson

 

 DOULA: 

A woman who serves.

A specially trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.

I’m Katharine Deeb, a DONA-trained birth doula in West Los Angeles. I am the mother of two grown sons and I am grateful to have experienced two unmedicated hospital births, thanks to the help of amazing caregivers (and genetics). I chose to become a birth doula based on my love of babies and women and the miracle of the birthing process. It’s an amazing gift to witness women giving birth to their babies…and to themselves as mothers.

I believe that women are their own best experts and have instinctual knowledge of their babies and their bodies. Birth is the most intimate, personal experience a person can go through, and no two births are exactly alike. Regardless of my own personal birth choices and experiences, I am very open minded when it comes to yours. I will never push an agenda with you. I will support you and your choice of birth at the hospital, birthing center, at home or in some cases, the operating room. Over the years I have attended homebirths, VBACs, unplanned surgical births, unmedicated hospital births, waterbirths, scheduled cesarean births, medicalized births, epidural births and inductions. My hope for you and your family is a positive, empowering 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 sacred experience. 

 

Training & Education

-36-Hour 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, 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

 

Memberships & Organizations

-DONA International Certification (twice certified, 3rd time pending)

-DASC, Doula Association of Southern California

-American Pregnancy Association

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With my sons.

“Thank you for helping to bring our daughter into the world. Your presence, knowledge, and kindness created an environment of comfort and support. We feel so lucky and privileged to have you as our doula. You have picked the right profession and no doubt will continue to thrive. “

 -Andrew and Jennifer

“I wanted to make sure to thank you for everything you did for us. You helped us with our dream delivery and we couldn’t have done it without you! You were amazing – thank you so much!”

RK

“I’ve now had both a natural birth and a medical birth (with you) and I would recommend you to anyone for anything!! Thank you for making me feel so safe …”

-Karen B.

 “I cannot express the gratitude and appreciation I feel for you being there for us during the labor and birth! What an intense, primal, surreal experience that was. I feel very blessed that you were a part of it.”  

-R.V.

“Thank you again for help us bring (our baby) into the world and make it such a joyous experience. We look forward to turning the memories of childbirth into our shared family history, and we’re so glad you were a part of it.”

 –C.R.

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