Kathy Voigtsberger – Birth and Postpartum Doula, Natural Childbirth Educator and Lactation Specialist
When you are searching for a doula, you are looking for experience and commitment to you, the Client! I bring both of these to the table. I have served over 175 couples as their Birth Doula, and I am thoroughly committed to my clients. I diligently serve you within DONA International’s Scope of Practice as a resource and information bank with suggestions and hands on help in keeping Mom and Dad calm and as comfortable as possible. I tenderly care for each mother as I would my own daughter. You may call me any time with your questions; and in fact, I encourage my clients to ask questions. I want you to feel as comfortable and knowledgeable as possible leading up to your birth.
I am a full service Birth Doula. I will support you during labor while you are still at home. I will follow and support you at your chosen birth place throughout your labor no matter how long it takes. I do not work on a shift schedule with other doulas. I feel you have hired ME for a reason. I will not schedule a vacation during your on call period. I will not over commit myself. The only reason I will call a back-up doula is for an emergency, illness, or if I am already at another birth.
I am also a Postpartum Doula. This service extends your options to include my support as your advisor and helper during your postpartum period after you return home from the hospital, birth center or after your home birth. This service is especially helpful for mom’s who birthed with a cesarean or do not have family help experienced in breastfeeding staying with them for the first few weeks.
I am fully committed to the individual needs of each of my clients. I named my practice “Whole Heart Birth Experience” because I attend each birth with my whole heart to support each mother in the way that she desires.
My Path to Birth Work
First, I am a Christian; I have been married to my best friend, Karl, for 39 years; and we have 3 married daughters. I home schooled my daughters for 12 years. My husband and I treasure our newest roles as Granddad and Nana to our 9 precious grandchildren, the last two were twins!
My passion for natural childbirth began with my own births. The first was a medicated birth attended by an OB in the hospital. The second was a natural home birth attended by a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), and the third was a natural birth in the hospital also attended by a CNM. I have always been affectionately called “baby crazy” by my family and friends. I have read many books about birth throughout the years, and attended the births of friends working in the capacity of a birth doula even though I was not aware of the occupation. Of course, that continued when my daughters began having children. That is when I learned about the occupation of a Doula.
It is my belief that women were created to know how to birth. We have an amazing body that uses a specially designed group of hormones to instinctually make all the parts of labor and birth work. We work best when we naturally go through this process. Women need emotional and physical support, dim lighting, privacy, and time to bring their baby into this world gently. Your decision of care provider and birth place will greatly affect your birth outcome.
Training and Education
In the mid 90’s, I apprenticed with a Midwife for two years. During that time, I completed a week-long training class given by the Association of Texas Midwives and the Neonatal Resuscitation class given by The American Heart Association. I also taught childbirth classes for the Midwife’s clients.
As my grandchildren were coming along, my daughters wanted to have natural childbirths of their own. That is when I began my journey (2006) toward becoming a Certified Birth Doula with DONA International (www.dona.org). The following year (2007), I became a Certified Bradley Method® Educator. I have completed the Breastfeeding Education Seminars (3 two-day seminars) offered by the TX State Health Department (WIC). In 2016, I extended my training to become a Postpartum Doula with DONA International. I have also taken the Spinning Babies Seminar and use these techniques when I am working as a Birth Doula. They have proved to be very helpful when labor is not going as smoothly as previously planned. I am also experienced in the “Happiest Baby On the Block” techniques to calm a fussy baby.
I am always looking for opportunities to further my knowledge and education in the birth field.