Testimonials From the Families I Have Supported…
“Kathy is wonderful! Her Bradley classes were integral to our birthing experience and we learned so much. Everyone should take her classes before giving birth and she is so supportive. My husband and I wanted to have a natural birth and Kathy helped us. She is very knowledgeable and recommend her highly!” Monica W. 2019
“Kathy is wonderful. We took the Bradley classes with her and also hired her as our doula. The classes were very informative – Kathy is extremely knowledgeable and prepared us well for the big day. There is a LOT of information to take in, but she did a great job to break it down.
I will say, however, that her true value shined through as our doula. Hiring her was the best decision we could have made! My husband and I planned ahead that we wanted as natural a birth as possible. No drugs, and I wanted to labor at home before going to the hospital. Unfortunately I had to be induced because they were concerned about my daughter’s growth in utero. Although I had to be induced, I was able to deliver our daughter without any pain meds. I could not have done this without my husband and Kathy! She was by my side every minute, talking me through when the pain got unbearable. I would have given in to the drugs if not for her! She had the perfect balance of being firm and not letting me give in, and also being compassionate in my time of need. She is a tiny lady, but she let me lean on her, and breathe in her face as I exhaled through the pain. She poured lavender oil in front of me to calm me. She stroked my hair and rubbed my feet to comfort me. I felt so loved. Kathy is passionate about what she does and truly cares for all of her moms and babies. Our daughter Hannah came out, eyes wide open, and ready to nurse right away. My recovery was quick – I was up and walking an hour after giving birth. I’m so thankful for Kathy!!!” Jen H. 2019
“I can’t say anything but positive things about doulas. They do amazing, impactful work. If I were to recommend any one thing to a pregnant friend, it would be to work with a doula. Our doula, Kathy Abbate Voigtsberger, was so integral to the relative smoothness of both of my labors and deliveries, and my ability to follow my birth plans as much as possible.
During the birth of Parker I swear she was the reason my labor was onl…y 12 hours and not significantly longer. Parker wasn’t engaging even though my body was doing what it needed to be, and Kathy suggested one particular method that very quickly moved me to the next stage of labor. It was smooth sailing from there.
During Tatum’s birth, Kathy helped me stay firm in interactions with a less-than-accommodating triage nurse. She also kept me grounded and focused during transition and pushing. We didn’t know till she came out but Tatum was sunny side up, and that made transition and pushing so much more painful and difficult than it was with Parker. She partnered with Tony Kellogg to empower me throughout. And when Tatum had to be seen by the NICU team in our room immediately after delivery, she helped keep me calm and focused while I waited to see her.
For sure my midwives were amazing teammates and helped give me the experience I was hoping for through both births, but Kathy was the real MVP! Couldn’t be more grateful to have found her.” By Nicole K. 2019
“Kathy was such a strong and calming presence throughout my labor and birth. She treated me like a daughter—speaking softly, holding me up, and helping through each contraction by massaging my jaw or back. She followed my lead but had suggestions when I needed to be comforted or to change course throughout labor. She was the perfect birth partner along with my husband—down to the very last push! I also so appreciated the prenatal breastfeeding lesson, her birth photography, her beautiful record of our birth story, and the postpartum visit. It was like a family member coming by to check in. I can’t speak highly enough of her as a human—her doula services are clearly her calling and she will always have a special place in our hearts!” – KCR 2018
“Our experience with Kathy while taking her Bradley Method classes was educational and empowering. Kathy was very knowledgeable about natural birth and she didn’t talk over our heads. We loved that Kathy emphasized teamwork at all times during our birth journey. Taking the Bradley Method classes gave us the confidence to have the natural birth we desired.” Destiny J. 2019
“Kathy’s Bradley Method classes are great – engaging, interesting and helpful – but as a Doula she absolutely shines! We had her at the birth of our first child (and took her classes to prepare) and she was amazing! Kathy was calm, encouraging and thoughtful throughout my labor. My labor lasted only 12 hours and I am thoroughly convinced this was mostly due to Kathy. When baby wasn’t engaged, her years of experience guided her and after we implemented her suggestions as a team my water broke and labor progressed quickly. I wholeheartedly believe she is the reason my labor was smooth and fast. My birth plan went exactly as I hoped with Kathy by my side. I won’t do a thing differently with the next baby.” Nicole K. 2016
“No card or words can ever express the love and gratitude we have for you in my family! You are an amazing woman and even more outstanding Doula! You have been with me for 3 births. You don’t get enough praise and recognition. When we have another, you will get a call from us. Keep up the fabulous work you do. Families need you!”
Kathy Voigtsberger is the best doula in Dallas! She was with me through labor of both of my daughters. And I could not have done it without her.
“After I became pregnant, I was committed to having a natural birth. But I knew that the odds were against me by wanting to have a natural birth in the hospital. I researched different birthing methods and came across the Bradley Method®. I knew it was something I wanted to learn more about, and that is how I found Kathy Voigtsberger. And thank goodness I did! Not only did I take the Bradley Method® class from Kathy, but I also hired her as my Doula. She is immensely passionate about what she does and it shows. I believed that I was already very educated about the natural birth process; but after finishing the Bradley Method® class, I learned more than I could’ve ever imagined! I truly believe it made the difference in my having a successful natural birth.
Kathy’s knowledge and experience was one of the main reasons I hired her, but her compassion and love for pregnant mothers is really what sets her apart.
I was in labor for 22 hours, and Kathy came to my house as soon as I needed her. She gave my husband and me suggestions on different positions and things we could try to make my labor progress quicker. Everything she suggested seemed to do the trick. I was so thankful to have her. I went from the bath to a birthing ball to standing and swaying positions, etc. Kathy was so knowledgeable in knowing what to do at every stage of labor.Experiencing birth for the first time came with a lot of fear. Simply having Kathy there and knowing that she’s been to so many births and was so educated about the process gave me so much confidence in knowing that what I was experiencing was normal. I knew that I could ask her any question at any time and she would know the answer. The way she comforted me and helped me during the most trying parts of labor gave me so much security and diminished my fear from the entire process.Kathy never got in the way of the special, intimate times during labor that I experienced with my husband. What she did was make it more special by the way she was able to document everything and write the most beautiful birth story. I was so grateful to have the pictures of my husband supporting me during labor and also to see it written on paper. After I read the story, I cried! It was so beautiful! I achieved natural childbirth and was able to bring my daughter into this world in the best way possible.
After my daughter Audrey was born, Kathy was able to help me breastfeed within the first hour. I was so thankful to have her there to help with that! I would highly recommend Kathy as a Doula and Bradley Method® Educator. I guarantee she will be at my subsequent children’s births. She made all the difference in the world for me!” – Allison P.
“Jamie and I are happy to report that our little angel Lauren Whitney Ruiz was born here in our home on Sun. March 25th at 12:15pm. Aside from our stand-in midwife getting stuck in the traffic of the local marathon and arriving just in the nick of time, everything went well.
It was a fast and intense labor.I began contractions at 3am, Jaimie contacted the midwife at 7am after timing them and determining that they were 7 minutes apart for over an hour. Our midwife arrived at 7:30am and after checking me, told me I was 3cm dilated. Jamie had been timing the contractions off and on since 3am and knew that Lauren wasn’t going to wait much longer, so when our midwife had to leave to check on another mom in labor, he began filling the birthing tub with water. By 11am I had the undeniable urge to push, so Jaimie suggested I get in the birthing pool while he called the midwife…the midwife said she would send her assistant when she heard me going through a contraction.From there Jamie noticed I hit the transition stage (read panic-stage..ha ha) and after a very brief time with that I began pushing (which was the most gratifying part up to then), at 11:45am the midwife’s assistant arrived and began getting things ready. At 12:10pm Jamie was in the pool with me waiting to catch Lauren. At 12:14pm the midwife unlooped the cord which was wrapped three times around her neck and with one more push Jamie caught Lauren, gave her a gentle and loving kiss on the forehead, put her in my arms and covered us both with a towel to keep us warm.
It was an amazing experience. My husband was the best coach anyone could ask for…Kathy you would have been proud.
We used everything we learned in your class, but Jaimie most certainly relied on the emotional signposts the most. He even was telling me to remember the plateau when the midwife said I was only at 3 cm, because at the time, my contractions were 7 minutes apart, lasting a minute (at least) and had been continuing like that for 45 minutes when she had to leave. I never would have dreamed I would have been a “speedster” as the Bradley book calls it! It went so fast even the midwife thought this first-time mom had hours to go. But Jaimie wasn’t fooled… HE saw the signposts and KNEW!
I feel like I’m in heaven here; just the 3 of us together bonding and getting to know Lauren. These past few days have been such a blessing! Now we begin the next challenge…breastfeeding. I have enlisted the help of a lactation specialist and things are now going well.” – Ashley R.
“Thank you both for your instruction and support. Amy delivered Harvey 100% natural. We have Kathy to thank for her teaching and coaching. Kathy rocks. Proud daddy, prouder husband. “- Mike C.
“It was a month before we were due and I decided last minute that I would need a doula. My husband and mother-in-law were great support, but I felt that having a doula who understood the whole birthing process would be instrumental in helping me stay focused. I was determined to give birth naturally, without medication.
So, I went online and did my research. I came across three doula’s in my area and I emailed them all. Kathy was the only one who responded back to me. So, without any delay, we set an appointment with her to go over her services and just to get to know her. What we really liked about Kathy was her calm demeanor and her gentle personality. Her calmness and gentleness really helped while I was going into labor!
Kathy is so dedicated. The minute my water broke, I called her and she walked me through the whole process. She came over to my house where I mostly labored. She came prepared with all her goodies! When my contractions were getting closer together, she followed us to the hospital and helped me labor some more there. I can’t express how supportive Kathy was. She just knew what to say to me during those times where I wanted to give up. Before we knew it, our baby was born and Kathy was there at the finish line cheering for me. I had an amazing natural birth experience! I believe a lot of it has to do with having amazing support. And Kathy was definitely that!
To make our experience even more special, throughout the laboring and birthing process, Kathy took notes and pictures. When she met with us for our follow-up appointment, she presented us with unforgettable photos and the story of how our baby girl came into this world. It was so precious and sweet.” Willie B.
Kathy is passionate about what she does and extremely gifted. We HIGHLY recommend her to parents who are looking for someone who is compassionate, knowledgeable, and caring! – Shirin O.
“After having an epidural and an induction with my first birth, I knew that I wanted to attempt a natural birth with my subsequent pregnancy. Having researched the Bradley method, I met Kathy who was an outstanding teacher of natural childbirth. As our doula, Kathy was a responsive and a caring guide of a very scary process. Due to her support, sensitivity and encouragement, I was able to achieve a completely drug free birth after 9 hours of hard labor. Kathy showed me that, with the right support and preparation, I had the strength to get through even the hardest pains and birth a healthy 9lb, 2oz baby boy without drugs.” Shirin O.
Though always available, Kathy was never overbearing and respected the intimacy of the birth experience that I shared with my husband. I could not have done it without her and would highly recommend Kathy as a doula and Bradley teacher to anyone considering natural birth. – Lisa P.
“Kathy was my doula for the birth of my first child in May 2010. She was also our Bradley Method® instructor. Kathy is a very warm, loving, compassionate woman and she reminded me of my own mom very much. Right away after meeting her, I felt comfortable. Her knowledge on childbirth and child care was excellent.
As a doula, she was very attentive to how I was feeling early in my labor. Once I needed her, she was at my house shortly after I notified her. What I loved most about Kathy during my labor was that she wasn’t pushy or harsh with me. She was gentle in the way she gave me advice about what would help to progress my labor.” Lisa P.
I was able to have a water birth in a hospital with Kathy’s help. After my daughter’s birth, Kathy wrote the most amazing story of my labor and birth. She was also VERY helpful after I had given birth. She gave me advice on breast feeding when I was desperate for it and referred me to lactation consultants. I highly recommend Kathy as a doula, I was so happy with the work she did. – Jessica W.
Kathy was exactly what I needed during my birth — the perfect complement to my husband. Kathy was the gentle motherly touch and soft voice that I needed to calm me and remind me that I was okay, and I could get through the contractions. And she knew what to do to help me manage the pain. She was placing warm rice socks on my belly before it had crossed my mind.
I had a long labor that lasted from around 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Kathy was there the entire time. And when my plans of natural birth at a birthing center took a turn, and I was transferred to the hospital and told I would have to have a caesarean, Kathy was with us, helping us through. In the midst of my tears, Kathy stood alongside my husband and I and said a beautiful prayer — that was answered! At the last minute my baby descended, and I was able to deliver her vaginally.” Jessica W.
“Kathy is exactly what a laboring woman needs. Her name should be in the definition of doula”. – Vince W.
You were there for us at the last hour, the moment that could have gone one way or another, when we were drained, exhausted, ready to give up….. YOU were there to give us strength and I’ll never forget the beautiful prayer… – Jennifer F.
You really went above and beyond what anyone could ask from a doula. When I found out about my pregnancy complications, you were very supportive (and seemed to appreciate my condition more than my ob did!). When we determined we would need to induce at 37 weeks to protect the baby, I feared that I would not be able to have the un-medicated birth I wanted. Your encouragement helped us to decide to try for a natural birth rather than give up.
Then we had a marathon labor. On the first day, you were with us, encouraging and offering suggestions all day. I think your presence/interaction with the nursing staff also encouraged them to be more supportive of my natural birth. When we didn’t end up with productive labor that day and I needed to spend the night and start over the next day, I intended to wait to call you until labor was really progressing. I wasn’t at that point yet when I looked up the morning of day 2 and you were coming into the hospital room and telling me that you couldn’t stay away. I cannot express to you how totally supported I felt at that moment.
Finally, we had productive labor and you were talking me through every single contraction. Transition was really tough for me, but you really helped me to pull myself together and get through it. I remember you massaging my hand when I finally got through the sobbing and realized I could do this and I was ready to push that baby out.
I also appreciated how supportive you were of my husband. After the birth, I was very moved by the pictures you sent of us together. I was able to really see how focused and beautiful he was during the labor. In short, we wouldn’t have had a natural birth without you. I think we would have had an epidural on day 1 and ended up with a c-section that day. I am so grateful for my healthy baby girl, and the experience of bringing her into the world and feeling her tiny body emerge from mine will be with me forever. Thank you for being such a profound part of that experience for us.” – Jennifer F.
“Elizabeth Brion was born at 5:59pm on April 29th. She was 7lbs, 4oz, 20″ long. Thanks again for teaching us about coaching & the Bradley Method®. It definitely enabled us to have the birth experience we hoped for. As painful as it was, I loved being able to feel my daughter working her way out & feeling like all 3 of us were working together to bring her into this world. It was the most amazing experience ever!” – Heather and Jeremy H.
The following account was written by Laura describing what Laura and Danny learned during their Bradley Classes with Whole Heart Birth.
The perfect coach
I never want to forget the midnight hours spent with Danny ushering our son into the world.
How Danny sprung into action so fast when I woke him up at 2:00 am on July 6th to tell him I was in labor that he fell off the exercise ball onto the floor.
How Danny brushed his teeth got dressed and then sat at the edge of the bed walking me through relaxation techniques and belly breathing while I groaned and squeezed his hand.
How EVERY time I opened my eyes Danny’s brown eyes met mine and told me, both with and without words, that I COULD do this.
How Danny lit a candle and drew a warm bath for me when contractions were getting unbearable, and didn’t complain when I sat in it through one contraction and said “That doesn’t feel good,” and promptly got out.
How Danny patiently and unceasingly squeezed my hips together to relieve some pressure while I labored on all fours on the floor.
How no matter what spot I moved to in the apartment Danny always brought the yoga mat and put it under my hands and knees so they wouldn’t get worn out from the carpet.
How Danny continually changed the music, from peaceful rain, to roaring waves, to our relaxing playlist, to lullabies, to praise and worship.
How Danny sweated out the night and constantly changed the thermostat as I labored with chills (in a sweatshirt and pajama pants) and then a minute later was throwing everything off in a hot sweat.
How Danny never complained about his sleepless night, and yet I kept wondering how he wasn’t falling asleep, as I was exhausted in between contractions and only the pain was keeping me from keeling over into bed.
How Danny played Cannon’s song over and over again (Godspeed by the Dixie Chicks) and I prayed over and over again for God’s speed and for Cannon’s safe arrival.
How Danny always offered me food, afraid I wasn’t getting enough nourishment to keep up my energy and then finally, finally made me eat one of those honey packets we’d snatched from Chick-fil-a.
How, when I wanted so badly to quit, so badly wanted to go to the hospital, and begged him incessantly for an epidural that he looked at me and said, “Remember our goal. This is what we’ve practiced for. You didn’t want an epidural remember? I KNOW you can do this.”
I always want to remember laboring together in those early morning hours. How Danny never left my side and how only he and I will know what it was like to be in our apartment and then in that hospital room the morning that God caused Cannon to breathe life.