Kate Finley CD(DONA)
Kate Finley is a DONA International certified birth doula working in partnership with her sister-in-law at Bluebird Baby Company. She attends home, hospital, and birth center births with a focus on under-served populations who wouldn’t typically have access to the doula experience. Kate is married with two young children.
I believe your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum time is as sacred and unique as you are, and that nowhere else in life is a person’s strength and power more evident than in childbirth--of any kind. I am honored to support, assist, and encourage you and your family through this journey. My job is to empower you by guiding choices that embody your personal values through education, conversation, and hands-on techniques.
I've recently completed trainings in AMANI Birth (Assisting Mothers for Active, Natural, Instinctive Childbirth), which has a focus on honoring Muslim cultural practices and beliefs through childbirth, as well as Trauma Talk, which is a training for trauma-informed care for birth and postpartum workers. My goals for these trainings is to help broaden my own perspectives of the human experience and to make it possible for me to support people from backgrounds different from my own with a deeper understanding and empathy. I believe ALL people deserve to be supported through birth, no matter their circumstance.
Trauma Talk-Trauma Informed Care
Sliding scale available.
Birth Doula Package $850
-One on-call birth doula throughout pregnancy and birth
-Minimum of 2 (and up to 4 as needed) prenatal visits
-Full support with birth planning
-Access to additional resources personally developed for ongoing guidance, information, and ideas for your pregnancy and postpartum period
-Full and continuous support through labor and delivery
-24/7 phone and text support
-Birth photography shot with cell phone/unedited
-One postpartum visit 1-2 weeks after birth
Scheduled Cesarean Support $550
Everything above in Birth Doula Package
Having a doula during a cesarean can still be very beneficial. Please note that most hospitals will only allow one person in the OR. If you have a partner supporting you with your cesarean, we will be in the wings ready to step in when your partner steps out to be with baby.
you need Kate as your doula. End of story. No matter where you are giving birth (hospital, birthing center, home). You need a doula and you need Kate.
Kate was our north star during our birth experience! I actually met her for the first time after I had already been laboring in the hospital. I’d been diagnosed with preeclampsia and needed to be induced on short notice, leaving my original doula already booked with another client, so Kate stepped in. The hospital environment and staff was very professional and supportive, but my labor went through many phases and lasted almost 40hrs, so naturally there were many staff changes. While the important clinical information is relayed shift to shift, it’s hard to translate the emotional journey we’ve been on. Kate created stability and a sense of progress, even when the way felt lost. She offered hands-on comfort and techniques when labor was happening, and sound, strategic advice when it stalled. I had my heart set on a vaginal delivery with as few interventions as possible, so beyond what was required with the induction process, I was resisting as many unnatural elements as I could, including an epidural. But after fighting through excruciating contractions from the Pitocin, Kate explained the pain vs suffering dynamic and helped me step back from my struggle and revisit my plan. I decided to get an epidural that provided me incredible relief and some much needed rest. After getting my first few hours of sleep in almost 36 hours, my dilation had completed and I pushed for less than an hour and finally gave birth. I can’t state how grateful I am for having Kate on my birth team.
I highly recommend Kate to anyone looking for a doula. I hired Kate for my first birth and could not be happier with the support my husband and I received. From my own perspective, it was worth every penny to have an advocate who could help me through my experience. There were times during labor that were much easier to get through thanks to Kates help. My husband was also grateful for her coaching on how to be helpful during the birth. Without her being there, he would've struggled with knowing when and where he could/should step in. I look back at my birth with very positive thoughts and I don't think I would feel the same without Kate being there.
We had the best experience with Kate! As a first time mom, she helped make my labor experience an extremely positive one. She knew what I envisioned for my labor and delivery goals which helped make both my husband and I confident and excited for the whole process. It’s important to trust your birth team, as it’s one of the most sentimental days of your life! Would recommend her to anyone, and would definitely use her for all future babies ;)
I wanted to share how much I appreciate my doula, Kate. This incredible woman sat by my side for 50 hours, nurturing me and helping my partner and I cope through my strenuous birth. I don’t think I could walk away from my birth saying it was a positive experience unless I had her by my side helping me advocate for myself MANY times. Helping me grieve every piece of my birth plan I had to let go of as I went. She is a so incredibly patient and pushed me where she knew I could handle it, which helped me to know I gave it my all. The ways Kate helped me through birthing Xan will forever shape my future. The world needs more kind compassionate and strong women like her. So much love for you Kate!
We had a great experience with Kate! We appreciated her candor and sense of humor and how she supported us through a bunch of unknowns. She has great materials and resources for preparing for birth. I ended up with a breech baby and first attempted a version procedure at week 34 to be able to have a vaginal birth. Kate helped me stay calm through the intense procedure, anticipated me wanting my husband’s support and helped him get in position and ready through the procedure. We ended up needing to have a c-section and Kate helped us get ready for the procedure and emotionally prepare and feel grounded in what would happen. She came to the hospital with us and gave me one of the best foot massages of my life as I anxiously awaited a procedure I was very scared about. We are very grateful she was their to support our journey into parenthood!
Kate is an amazing doula and helped my husband and I through the end of pregnancy and child birth. She is very knowledgeable about all aspects of pregnancy, labor and postpartum and shared her knowledge with us during prenatal appointments that helped us prepare for child birth. During labor, she was great emotional support and was very encouraging- I would not have been able to have an unmedicated birth in a hospital setting without her. She involved my husband during labor and had many effective strategies to get through each contraction. She is kind and understanding and an all around great person and doula. I would recommend Kate to all expecting mamas!
If you are lucky enough to have an option to hire Kate Finley as your doula, jump on it. Not only does she have the compassion to support you through your pregnancy and your birth, she has in depth knowledge, and she is constantly learning. Before I met Kate, I was terrified of birth. I did not think I was capable. I am a person who ended up at a stand alone birth center having an unmedicated birth, and I was excited about it. Kate provided me with support I needed to make the right decisions for me during my pregnancy and during the postpartum period. I learned about nutrition, supplements, self-care before and after birth, products I could make for myself to prepare for what I would need, including yummy recipes that aided in replenishment and lactation, as well as helping to source supplies I could buy that help me reach my goals. She is a caring ear but so much more. She helps you make the decisions that are right for you, whatever those may be. She has no agenda other than to help you meet your own goals, whether that is a birth center, a hospital, an epidural, an unmedicated birth, or whatever else is in between. She has helped me make some of the most important decisions of my life. I would not want to do birth without her.
My husband and I hired Kate late in my pregnancy to be our doula for my daughter's birth at the beginning of March 2022. Kate met with us multiple times and helped us to prepare a birth plan. Once I passed 38 weeks, Kate was available by text or email 24/7. As this was my first birth, the information Kate provided about what to expect during the birth process, coping strategies for labor and other resources for postpartum were extremely helpful. When I went into labor, Kate met us at the hospital and stayed with us until after my daughter was born. I was able to labor and deliver my baby without an epidural. I believe part of the reason I was able to do this was due to Kate's support as our doula. I'd recommend that any first time mom consider hiring a doula for support regardless of where they plan to deliver their baby. Having Kate with me gave me so much confidence in myself. She was an excellent advocate for me and also a great comfort during and after birth.
I can't thank you enough for your support and presence in welcoming Kiera into the world. I couldn't have chosen a better person to be there - so glad you are a part of our story!