Katie's Reviews & Testimonials
I keep telling friends that the best decision we made during our pregnancy was to hire a doula. We had interviewed a few doulas but when we met Katie and she laid one hand on my knee and said a few encouraging words I knew I wanted her with us when the baby came. Her steady, strong and joyful presence guided my husband and I through a very long labor and delivery. We ended up transferring from a birth centre to a hospital and Katie was the only constant from beginning to end. Her experience and encouragement were crucial through every step. She saw us through every unexpected turn and though nothing happened the way we planned, we can truly look back and feel that we made all the right decisions with her support. The only drawback to working with Katie was knowing that she would be leaving the LA area shortly after our birth and we would have to find someone to replace her for the next one!
Having Katie attend the birth of our son as our doula was amazing! My husband and I agree that it was by far the best decision we made in terms of planning for birth and the one which did the most to facilitate the birth experience we were hoping for. Meeting with Katie during pregnancy was so helpful to educate and prepare us. She answered all our questions with patience and kindness. During labor and delivery, her presence was deeply comforting to both my husband and me. We loved having an experienced, knowledgable doula alongside us to reassure, guide, and support us. She gave great suggestions to help me cope with the pain. She stayed with me when my husband needed a break. It felt like having a sister with me - she has such a nurturing and loving demeanor. I highly recommend Katie and cannot say enough kind things about her!
Katie was the perfect addition to our birthing team, we couldn't have asked for a more perfect doula to walk with us through such an important life event. She supported me and my husband very well, we are SO thankful for Katie. She met with us pre-labor to get to know our personalities and our goals for labor and delivery. She keeps up to date with the current research and was able to offer us information for our specific concerns and questions. Katie respected our birth plan and helped me to embrace my goals more fully, her encouragement empowered me to stick to my plan even when it was difficult. Katie made herself available and accessible, making herself easy to get ahold of (text, phone, email) and staying absolutely present throughout the entire event. Throughout my (long) labor, Katie stayed by my and my husband's sides, I don't think she missed a single contraction! Her calming presence kept me focused and peaceful; her confidence in me and verbal/physical support kept me energized and productive. Our nurses and doctors all praised Katie on her professionalism and the incredible support she offered to me. Katie is a well rounded doula with excellent training, flexibility to the birth events, and she was the perfect match for our family. I highly recommend her!
Katie is a fantastic doula! From our first meeting, I knew her warm and encouraging presence was what I wanted around me during the birth of my first child. Katie brings the perfect amount of enthusiastic suggestions without an ounce of judgment or pressure, and she offered both practical advice and an empathetic ear before and during labor. I had a very long labor (48 hours), and Katie was so supportive to both my husband and me -- making sure we remembered to eat and rest, offering gentle suggestions for pain relieving techniques and keeping me comfortable and at ease. She negotiated with medical staff, asserting my wishes and well-being when neither my husband nor I had the stamina or clarity to do so. Katie was 100% for us, in the moment, and totally present.
Having someone like Katie on your team is invaluable. I would absolutely recommend Katie to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, warm, and supportive doula.
I can never say enough in praise of Katie Collins! She helped me face natural childbirth without fear and instead with a feeling of adventure, joy, and excitement. She was such a calming presence throughout the experience and she made me believe I could do it because SHE believed I could. She is a rock in the amazing, wild sea of childbirth. Whenever I needed her, all I had to do was blindly reach out my hand and she was always there to grab it and let me squeeze!
One moment that will forever stick out in my mind was when we got to the hospital: the nurses asked what we were doing for pain management and I was so overwhelmed by the fierce pride in Katie's voice as she responded "she's doing it!"
I am so grateful to Katie for helping me discover the joy of natural childbirth and see past the common cultural narrative of fear of pain.