Postpartum Rate: Not specified
Fee Details: Culinary school prepared meal prep provided. Packages and rates discussed and customized per client needs. Unlimited phone and text communication while contract is current. *traveling outside of service area will require additional fee. ****find me on Instagram @KateVostaPostpartumDoula for a sneak peek of services provided for clients
Postpartum Doula Experience: 10 years and 521 families served
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 2 to 8Postpartum limits/restrictions: Non smoking environment
Latch & Chat weekly breastfeeding support group facilitator
Hiring a postpartum doula has been the key to happiness for helping me to enjoy the postpartum period more, and having Kate as a postpartum doula has made all the difference the second time around. Doing this has been shown to prevent postpartum depression, and it is obvious why. My doula has helped me to enjoy all the best moments with Hadley so I could focus on holding her, showering, sleeping, and eating. More than that, she has given me the most up-to-date info on infant care, having read tons of articles on everything related to pregnancy and child development. She's a genius with cooking meals that are healthy, which is likely why I've lost 20 to 25 lbs already without trying (though admittedly weight loss has not been my first concern, sleeping is!). Even better, she helped me to navigate some difficult moments with extended family members who struggle with boundaries. Some things are hard to balance as a new parent. For example, people often forget that the postpartum period is a time of complete exhaustion. If you have a C-section, it's still painful for a long time after. Some folks are excited about your new addition, and boundaries are super duper important to maintaining your sanity as a new parent. There are also folks who don't realize you can't do them a ton of favors bc you need to focus on bonding, recovery, and your family. However, it can be hard when you are sleep deprived to set those limits in a way that helps you successfully maintain relationships. Enter Kate to the rescue!! The cost is not exorbitant and Kate helps people from all income levels. Sometimes you need someone who can listen and give you support but is also sensitive to get when not to give unsolicited advice.
Kate is a Godsend to any mother and family with a new baby. Whether it is your first baby or fifth, she will educate and support the parents in all aspects of life with a newborn. Her calm matter and approach to education make it easy to understand and incorporate her teachings with your child. She is patient, kind, supportive, extremely knowledgeable and amazingly helpful. She is always available to calm and reassure you whenever you have a question or a doubt with no judgement. She goes above and beyond to support you and your choices. I would recommend her whole-heartedly and don't know how I made it without her after my first two children were born. She is simply the best.
I can't help but recommend Kate to any new mothers and their families. Having a baby is daunting enough - and then the hospital sent me home without an instruction manual! This is when Kate stepped in. Kate taught me and my husband so much and she gave me a different perspective on my time as a new mama. People spend so much time doting on mothers during their pregnancies and oftentimes - once baby arrives, people focus so much on baby that mama is almost an afterthought. She focused on making sure I was well taken care of by everyone around me So that I could take excellent care of my little guy. Kate takes the whole family into account with her approach and handles it in a gentle and loving way. She finds a way to make sure dad feels needed and helpful. Is mama finding the time to take a shower everyday? How about meals? Who is making the meals and ensuring that everyone is eating? Siblings? She will find a way to get them involved and make sure they feel just as important as before this new little creature entered their home.
Most importantly, I remember the way Kate made me feel - empowered! She helped me gain the confidence I needed to hold my little man (yes - I was worried I might break him ??). The confidence to give him a bath. How to take a shower when I was the only one home and baby was wide awake... How to take that onesie off after a blowout without getting it in his hair or on his face! What foods to eat that help with maintaining my milk supply. The list goes on.
So yes - I would recommend Kate in a heartbeat. She is amazing at what she does and I am so fortunate to have learned from her.
What can I say about my best friend!? She is an amazing woman, momma, wife, and doula! I cannot count the number of times I've had to consult her for everything from what kind of breast pump to buy to what is this weird rash on my kid? She is a wealth of knowledge, kind, and very supportive. You'd be hard pressed to find another like her!
I am a pregnancy and Labor Doula. I met Kate several years ago when searching for a new Postpartum Doula to assist my clients after birth. I had a client who had very specific needs and not all PP doulas offer the same services, so I called Kate and chatted with her about her beliefs, her practice and how she was comfortable supporting her clients in their home and through the early stages of parenthood. I LOVED all of her responses, but the proof is in the pudding. I check in with my clients regularly and heard nothing but good things.... Then the good things got better. I kept referring to Kate and she just kept exceeding my expectations. Kate is an amazing Doula. Not only does she make you feel safe, but she makes you feel conficent. Kate doesn't just take care of you - she teaches you how to be a mother. How to balance life and children. How to plan and prepare for your life. How to cope with the different issues that will inevitably come up as a new parent. And don't get me started on that meal prep and cooking. The most beautiful delicious food. You would all be lucky to have Kate cook for you. She makes you feel loved, because she loves you. She is a safe place, a soft landing point and a sounding board on those hard days when all you want to do is run away. Kate is generous, loving, kind, encouraging, supportive, passionate, gentle, nurturing and professional. In a word - AWESOME!!!! I am so lucky to know her and my clients are so grateful for her kind guiding heart! Thank you, Kate. Thank you! Thank You! Thank You!
Where to start? Kate has helped me out more than she probabaly realizes. First, baby blues affected me hard this time. It was nothing like my first pregnancy where I cried for two or three days and was fine. This was full on mood swings, feeling out of place and sobbing feeling so sad. She reached out to me and let me know I could call her anytime and would even come over. She did come to my house one day to show me how to use my baby carrier. I was never a baby wearer with my first son but having a 2 year old and a new baby, I knew I'd need to learn. As soon as she walked in the door she offered to do dishes or fold clothes. I was shocked. This was someone I had never met but had only talked to via facebook who was offering to do these things for me. Kate also helped me with breastfeeding. We've chatted several times discussing how much my baby should drink, how to pace feed and things I could do so I could be a sucessful breastfeeder while being a working mom. Kate obviously has a passion for helping new moms and it's nice to have someone who cares about you, your baby and goals with out judging your goals/lifestyle.
Being a new mom is scary. professionals and family members pull you in all sorts of directions. it gets overwhelming and I started to feel like no one was on my side. When I contacted kate she helped me ease my fears and always encouraged me. It felt great when she answered all of my questions and reminded me that I am doing a great job. She always followed up and made sure momma and baby were at ease. Absolutely love her!
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