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Katie Schram

Peaceful Doula

Website: http://www.peacefuldoulamn.com

Phone: 612-723-8011

Birth Fee: $800

Fee Details: Please contact me for a free consult to meet. What is included? 2 prenatal visits, 24/7 phone/email support throughout the pregnancy, continuous labor support (including up to 2 hours postpartum support immediately following birth), and one postpartum visit in your home usually 1-2 weeks after baby arrives. I offer a sliding scale for payment and am always open to payment plans and/or bartering. I also take clients through Everyday Miracles, so please inquire if you are on state issued insurance. I also offer placenta encapsulation services.

Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 110 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, October 2014
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 5

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Placenta Encapsulator

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Cesarean birth
  • Domestic Violence
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I am available to work with clients who are on state issued insurance through Everyday Miracles.

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Client Testimonials for Katie Schram

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Kristi P

We feel very lucky to have had Katie as our doula. She is very calm, kind, and caring. I had a very fast labor and I have to attribute some of this to Katie--I call it the Katie Method:) To summarize, she encouraged me to continue on with normal activities through early labor, encouraged me to stay relaxed, and then she encouraged me to labor sitting backwards on the toilet. I went from about a centimeter dialated to delivered in less than 2 hours!

Amazingly Katie made it to the MotherToBaby Center in about 20 minutes after I asked her to join us there. She thoughtfully made the room more inviting by putting out tea lights and dimming the lights. Then she got me feeling comfortable laboring on the toilet facing backwards with my head resting on a pillow. I truly appreciated her being there with me through tough contractions and pushing. I also really appreciated her quickly finding the nurse when things were starting to move fast. My husband and I were very thankful that she was there to keep me company when my baby (and husband) had to go to the NICU. She even ordered food for me and my husband and picked it up from the delivery guy! 

I am very grateful to Katie for supporting us through labor and delivery. All women should be so lucky as to have Katie as their doula. 

Posted 10/26/2019

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Christine and Jason

We really loved having Katie as our Doula.

I (Christine) loved how Katie really cared about what we wanted for the birth. She was a great source of evidence based information and was there before, during, and after labor as a source of encouragement and comfort. Her experience and peaceful presence were awesome and a big part of having the kind of birth we wanted!

I (Jason) was initially skeptical about the idea of having a doula at all. I was concerned she would somehow take my spot. That was definitely not the case. She was there to help me and answer my questions too and to help me to support Christine throughout the labor and delivery. She was worth her weight in gold.

We definitely highly recommend Katie Schram as a doula and plan to use her for all our other babies too.

 

 

Posted 9/7/2019

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Jenny L.

My husband and I recently chose Katie as our doula to attend the birth of our daughter. Having had a long labor and difficult birth resulting in NICU time with my son 3 years prior (without a doula), we had a lot of fears and concerns with going through another birth.

We are so happy with our decision, as Katie met and exceeded all of our expectations! Prior to my delivery, she was always available to answer questions and would check-in frequently to see how I was doing. She went above and beyond to address all our concerns and help us formulate a birth plan (and even a back-up plan) which resulted in a very smooth, complication-free delivery. I wanted a labor that was as natural as possibIe and with minimal interventions, which she helped me achieve.

Throughout the labor she would assist me in staying comfortable during contractions (e.g. rubbing my back, offering me water) while encouraging me to move into positions that would help my baby find her way out. She reminded me that my body knows what to do, which helped during the times where labor seemed more difficult. She also helped my husband feel included in the birthing process, while encouraging him to take breaks once in awhile (e.g. grab lunch) while she stayed by my side. 


It was so empowering to have such an enjoyable birthing experience for my daughter's delivery and helped me in reconciling some of the trauma I had from the birth of my son. I'm so thankful to Katie for her help, and highly encourage anyone looking to have a more positive and peaceful birthing experience to reach out to her. You won't be disappointed!

 

Posted 8/13/2019

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Kadija

I worked with Katie for the birth of my two daughters. One was a home birth and the other at a hospital. Katie was a godsend in both cases. I see this not only because of the compfort she provides and the knowedge she has. Because, Katie's presence was comfotring. There aren't too many people when they are physically present you feel a sense of peace. Katie brings that into the delivery room. She is patient, focused and above all supportive. My last birth was very difficult and I had planned a natural birth and had given birth naturally twice however, this time it just felt different. Therefore, I was hysterical and wanted to get Epidural. The whole time I was crying Katie was there holding my hand massaging my back, and being a solid rock. At this time my husband was crying also. What was surprising was my daughter was there when I was about to get ready for the Epidural and did not need it. However, I was ashamed to not have pulled throug. And, I felt guilty for even requesting it. Katie was there to debrief with me at our postpartum visit and help me make sense of the birth. Birth is a joyfull event however, it can be trumatic too. And, Katie is the person I would chose to be there with me no matter the type of birth. I have recommended her to family, friends, and coworkers. I have full faith in her and will love to work with her for any future children I have. Thank you Katie. 

Posted 7/26/2019

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Cassie Frame

I'm so happy we worked with Katie has our birth doula.  My husband and I had little to no idea of what to expect for the birth of our first child this year.  We didn't have a predetermined "birth plan"--we didn't even know what would go in a birth plan.  In our prenatal sessions Katie was SO patient in explaining different options and scenarios for labor & delivery, and very supportive and non judgemental about our ultimate choices including a scheduled induction and planning on getting an epidural. 

On the day of, my husband got sick with flu-like symptoms and wasn't at his best.  Katie being there meant my husband was able to occassionally able to step back and rest without worrying about leaving me alone.  She was on double duty supporting both of us, and it made all the difference in the world!

Katie has checked in with us several times now that we're home from the hospital.  She brought over fresh food in our last visit :)  When I realized I would need additional support being at home with the baby, she recommended a great postpartum doula for me.

I can't recommend Katie enough.  At every stage--prenatal, labor and postpartum--she was just amazing!!!

Posted 4/17/2019

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Stefanie Benesh

Katie is a wonderful, supportive birth partner. She's a great doula! She is encouraging, helps make sense of complicated processes, acts as a calm guide, will take your little one's first pictures, will reassure your partner & conveniently schedules pre/post labor visits.

Posted 12/29/2018

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Lisa Nelson

Katie did a great job as our doula. She was very responsive and flexible when scheduling meetings before and after the birth, and was very pleasant and easy to talk to. This was our second child so we didn't need as much education or help with our birth plan, but she was ready with information and resources if we needed them. When the time came, Katie got to the hospital to meet us right away and was a helpful and calming presence throughout the birth. I would highly recommend Katie as a doula.

Posted 12/28/2018

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Nicole Gledhill

I can't recommend Katie enough! I have delayed providing a review because there are really no words to use when someone helps/guides you through one of the most painful/emotional times of your life so all I can do is share what she did for me and once you experience labor then you will understand. I will quickly  state that we will be calling Katie for any future deliveries though! 

 

I originally wanted a doula because this was my first labor and wanted to make sure we had someone to support not just me but my husband as well. My labor and delivery lasted around 30 hours, went against everything we had in our birth plan, resulted in a c-section and I required an additional surgery a few hours after the c-section. Katie never left my side and only slept when I was drugged to sleep for 1.5 hours. She was there to provide support when my husband and I were having to make tough decisions that conflicted with our birth plan but never pressured us or made us feel like we were making a wrong decision. I expected I would have back labor due to family history but I could have never predicted how painful it would be but Katie "held my hips together" through the majority of my contractions. I remember calling her name because my midwife was trying to apply pressure but Katie's touch was more effective. 

There are plenty more examples i can list of reasons why Katie is an amazing doula during labor and delivery but I'll quickly run out of space. After we were home for a few days Katie came to visit our sweet daughter and offered some post-partum support as well (tips and education on post-partum depression) but we also chatted about the birth more which was really appreciated because it goes by quickly and your emotions are on overdrive. I should also mention prior to labor she checked in a few times via text and gave me some tips. Overall, was there for me and my husband before, during and after labor. <3

Posted 8/12/2018

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Julie Jolie

Name: Julie Zook

 

Katie was there for the birth of my first son. I had big goals to give birth naturally, un-induced, without intervention, and unmedicated. I achieved my all dreams and beyond. My birth experience was amazing and incredible and I owe some of that to Katie. I was texting Katie for hours before we met at the birth center. She sent me suggestions on ways to labor and cope at home. Katie stayed in touch every couple hours all night until I called her at midnight saying it's game time! She met us at the birth center right on time at 1am! Katie made sure that both me and hubby stayed hydrated during the 8 hours of labor at our birth center. She made sure we were eating and always checking to see if we needed anything. She offered suggestions when I ran out of ways to labor. She constantly applied back and hip counter pressure during contractions. During every contraction actually, she was applying pressure and saying encouraging words so I could make it through to the next contraction. She was quiet and let me labor in peace, but never left me. Katie was completly apart of my amazing birth experience! One of the greatest things she did for us was take photos of our new family without being asked. I wouldn't have even thought about it if she hadn't asked for one of our phones. Thanks to her, I have a little photo album and 1 video of my little baby taking his first breath. I couldn't be more grateful to have been matched with Katie!!

Posted 5/21/2018

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Marisa Christina

I was pregnant with my first baby so everything was new! Katie made me feel comfortable throughout my entire pregnancy. She answered questions that I felt embarrased asking anyone else.

When my water broke at midnight, she hung in with me during labor all night. I felt overwhelmed and scared, and Katie helped me feel calm. She is knowledgeable of techniques to make labor easier. My son arrived 13hrs later and it was a beautiful moment!

When I have my second, I'll give her a call!

Posted 5/21/2018

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Dionne C

My experience with Katie was amazing. I have anxiety and a very low pain tolerance and so I'd been very worried about the whole ordeal. She was very knowledgeable and reassuring about everything, and made me very comfortable. I had plans for vaginal delivery all set up when I found out I'd need a c section, and Katie helped me get a whole new relevant set of birth preferences together and gave great information. When the day came she was so supportive and there for me every step of the way. She made my birth experience as perfect as I'd hoped it could be, and I would absolutely recommend her to anyone! I will be contacting her if I ever get pregnant again!

Posted 5/21/2018

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Tiah Colacci

I highly recommend Katie! Her calming and supportive presence was exactly what we were looking for in a doula. She is knowledgeable, skilled, and dependable. During our meetings before the birth, she made it clear that she was our advocate and wasn't judgemental about any decisions regarding our birth plan. When I reached out to her with questions or updates, she responded right away. During labor and delivery, she was right by my side making sure I had what I needed (water, massage, suggestions, etc.) while also being supportive of my husband (and mom!) as well.  She even took pictures for us right after delivery. We had a great birth experience and I know Katie was a huge part of that! 

Posted 3/24/2018

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Renee Baker

Katie Schram is a wonderful doula. I had an exceptionally long labor and she was so patient and comforting throughout the entire process from 10pm to 6pm the next day.  Because she was so calming and helpful, I didn't want her to ever leave my side.  Truly, I didn't think that I could have gotten through the painful contractions without she and my husband by my side.  I highly recommend Katie!

Posted 1/25/2018

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Kelly Knickerbocker

Katie was so helpful and encouraging and a big reason I was able to have the birth I had hoped for! She was encouraging and gave me helpful advice during my pregnancy. She was invaluable during labor and encouraged me to be able to stick with my birth plan. I would highly recommend her to anyone! 

Posted 1/11/2018

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karyn foster

my expiernce with katie was great! she helped in a lot of ways and made a hard delivery smoother. she was calm and postive and helped making breathing easier. also the support was great before during labor and after. 

Posted 12/4/2017

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Amy Johnson

Katie was so helpful to me during my pregnancy and throughout my very long and unplanned induction. She was always available for support and feedback and was there for me immediately when labor began. Her calm, gentle reassurance during my labor was exactly what I needed and I was so glad to have her. Having Katie at my birth was a blessing. Thanks Katie!

Posted 10/8/2017

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Tina Putney

She was so great!!! 

I called her one night hysterical about fake contractions. She came to my house and helped me count! She was amazing help and a great support after!! I will recommend Katie to anyone I know looking for a doula!! She is a great person all around! My son warmed up zo her right away!!

Posted 6/25/2017

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Amelia Cui

Being a first time mother, the thought of labor and delivery was petrified even though I took classes. I felt very graceful to have Katie. We met twice before giving birth and had a postpartum meeting. She taught me a few natural pain management strategies which were very helpful when I was in labor and delivery. I can honestly say that katie’s presence, alongside my husband, my mother were all the supports I needed in the delivery room. She is very patient and available when I had questions or needed someone to talk to. My husband and I were tremendously blessed by her and would love to recommend her to any mother.

Posted 5/30/2017

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Leah Bergstedt

Katie was really great to work with. She really took the time to listen. She provided very helpful information and practical tips. During labor and delivery she was right there. Right where I needed her to be. Such a calm and supportive presence! I feel like a gained a friend not just a dula.

Posted 5/7/2017

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Caroline Njogu

My experience with katie was just awesome , i love that she took the time to get to know me and my likes and dislikes while i was pregnant and very much advocated for my needs and wants when i was delivering . She was a wealth of knowledge and anything she did not know she researched and came back to me, katie is very sweet and loving and made feel very comfortable wih her which made it easier in the weeks to come. She was supportive and encouraging and at the delivery room she was a big help . I would refer her to everybody and anybody she is amazing and caring and her services although they end after you deliver she keeps in touch and is always available for a chat.

Posted 5/7/2017

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Magen K

I found Katie while looking for a doula to support an attempted VBAC after a very traumatic csection with my first child 6 years ago.  I also had a blended family where I needed a support person who wasn't judgemental of non traditional  families.

Katie was wonderful and supportive from the first meeting.  She was great about givving me questions about my healthcare providers policies that would support the birth I needed.

When I experienced 14 hours of prodromal labor, which continued for weeks and triggered a ton of trauma from my first birth experience,  Katie was patient and gentle and did so much to help guide me through the experience. 

She also was very supportive when I elected to schedule a c-section following 3 weeks of prodromal labor. Having her present at the surgery did so much to keep my partner and I calm, and truly helped heal the trauma of my first birth by reframing similar experiences in my second birth in a different view.

I would recommend Katie as a doula to any mama ever, but especially for women who have experienced previous birth trauma.

Posted 5/7/2017

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Shelly Kolwinska

We used Katie for our son's birth in October 2016. The pregnancy was full of anxiety due to a stillbirth in October 2015. Katie listened to our story and gave helpful suggestions on our birth plan. We met several times before birth and also gave updates through texting. She was encouraging and patient with us. My water broke around 7:30 at night and she met us at the hospital soon after. She walked the halls with me for several hours to help progress labor. She also assisted with positions in the tub and the ball. She gave helpful instruction to my husband and was very good with our nurses. We delivered a healthy boy by 6:30 am and Katie stayed about 1 hr after birth to make sure everything was fine. She also did a home visit 2 weeks after. We would recommend using Katie to everyone. 

Posted 1/16/2017

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Joy Berwald

Katie was wonderful! Prior to our daughters birth we met with her a couple times to talk about our birth plan, address inks we may not have talked about, and talk about concerns. Katie joined us at our house before we went to the center and I can't tell you how helpful it was to have her there; both as a reassurance that the time was right to head over, as well as an extra set of hands. Through our birth she was exactly where I needed her to be when I needed it and empowered my husband to be able to better focus on just being there for me. Our birth experience couldn't have gone better and Katie was an integral part of making that happen! 

Posted 8/22/2016

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Joanna Wallenberg

Katie was our doula for the birth of our third child. We had a previous C-section and were very set on doing a VBAC! Katie was supportive and invested from the start. She helped me research different medical interventions that I did and did not want during my birth. She helped me brainstorm about topics I wanted to discuss with my doctor and the labor and delivery staff so there wouldn't be any suprises when we went to deliver the baby. She also helped me find good, creible resources for researching labor and delivery topics. 

During the birth, Katie was with us all night! Her quiet, but supportive presence was reassuring to me and to my husband. She worked with me on different pain management strategies - essential oils, bathtub, counterpressure on my back. She also helped us keep nurse traffic to a minimum while I was laboring. 

Katie's support and care for us during our daughter's birth was WONDERFUL! If I ever have another baby I will definitely be calling Katie to be my doula again. 

Posted 11/24/2015

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