Hi, I’m Kate! I started the Portland MamaBaby Center after a year-long voyage through midwifery and doula life in Portland. An Oregon native, I left for seven years but returned a few years ago to be closer to family and to pursue my dream to become a midwife. I apprenticed with midwife Carrie Duncan and assisted in a number of water births at home and at the birthing center.
Mostly I discovered that while I loved helping Mamas and Babies, I didn’t really want to be an apprentice midwife at this point in my life… it was a really harsh reality to face, but it led me to create this amazing MamaBaby Space, and so clearly it was a very important part of my journey.
During that time I was also able to do several doula births, many in the hospital, balancing out the out of hospital births I was attending as an apprentice midwife. Now I feel perfectly positioned to support women through their pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum transitions. I prefer to do births in birthing centers or at home, or with clients who are planning for a home birth experience in the hospital.
I am a fully bilingual doula with clinical experience using the language. My initial training was working as a medical assistant for a Mexican physician and I continued to work with Hispanic families in Oregon through Salud Medical Center. I have a formal college and graduate school education (my BA and MA are in Spanish) as well as actual multicultural life experiences. I speak, read, and write Spanish fluently and have supported Mamas and assisted midwives and physicians entirely in Spanish. Serving traditionally underrepresented Hispanic populations has always been a part of my life’s work.
I am available for only one birth per month. This allows me to be a great doula, a great Mama, and and also do what needs to be done at the center.
Kate, the Mama
I have three children: my 19-year-old son lives in France and was birthed by another Mama; my 17-year-old daughter is a brilliant student and a talented photographer; and my 6-years-old daughter wants to be a farmer, midwife, baker, veterinarian, and Mama. She would like to be at the center every single day and wants to hold all the babies.
I’ve had all kinds of birth and parenting experiences: a hospital birth with a doctor and a home birth with a midwife, breastfeeding a toddler through her 24 month and bottle feeding my newborn from 24 hours old. Severe postpartum depression is also a part of my own personal MamaBaby history. I feel like my experiences give me the unique ability to personally connect with all kinds of Mamas in all kinds of different situations.
–Photo by Rachel Hadiashar