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Kimberly Bergrud CD(DONA)

Kimberly Bergrud Birth Services

Tacoma, WA Service range 20 miles

Birth Fee


Birth Fee


Birth Doula Experience

9 years and 267 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International-Approved Workshop, October 2015

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Midwifery Birth Center in Tacoma, The Birthing Inn in Tacoma, Puget Sound Birth Center in Tukwila

Attends home births? Some Home Births
I will support any home birth that is attended by a Certified Nurse Midwife operating within the boundaries of Washington State law in regards to home birth. I will not attend unassisted home births.

Special Services Offered

  • First Aid and CPR
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I have worked as a doula on staff at the Midwifery Birth Center in Tacoma for 3 years. I have volunteered my doula services at St. Joseph's hospital in Tacoma and St. Francis hospital in Federal Way.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Fee Details

I would be happy to meet with you in person or over Zoom for a complimentary consultation. I am Covid-19 vaccinated.

Service Area

Tacoma, WA Service range 20 miles

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Client Testimonials for Kimberly Bergrud CD(DONA)

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James S.


Kimberly was a fantastic doula and my wife and I would both recommend her. She met with us before the birth of our son and answered all of our questions. She also strategized with us on how we could accomplish our birth plan and provided helpful, concrete advice.

She was available via text to answer any questions or concerns we had leading up to the birth, which was awesome.

Kimberly unfortunately caught COVID a few days before my wife went into labor and couldn't be present, but she found an **ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC** backup doula for us and we were VERY well taken care of.

Highly recommended!

Sierra & Glenn


Kimberly was everything we were looking for in a doula. Her soothing energy, calm confidence, and years of experience made her such a valuable asset to our birth team. She provided respectful guidance, resources, and wisdom throughout pregnancy and the fourth trimester. When the birth of our first child took an unexpected turn, Kimberly offered a variety of comfort measures, reassurance and advocacy that continued to make the whole experience special. She was exactly what we needed and we couldn’t have done it without her.



Kimberly was such a good find for us, and an essential part of our delivery team! I was so happy to have her support, as my husband was ready to head for the hills thinking about labor, and she was able to help him, help me. She also saved me from an unnecessary c-section by catching a miscommunication between providers. She stayed for our whole induction and labor, providing support all along the way. The information and resources she provided before and after were also very helpful. I'm glad we invested in adding Kimberly to our team. It was worth every penny! 

Laura P


I have trauma from a previous c-section delivery, so when got pregnant this time I knew I needed help. Throughout the entire process Kim has been nothing but informative, helpful, accommodating and supportive. The day of my repeat c-section she had no problem voicing her concerns and mine to staff. She did everything that I needed to feel supported in a way that I wasn't last time. She helped give me the power to reclaim my experience, which was restorative and healing. If we want to grow our family in the future, we'll definitely hire Kim again! 

Katie Ball


Kimberly was amazing and helped me make my birth space what I had envisioned. I gave birth at Overlake and she was wonderful helping me keep my focus and making my birthing suite a safe space for me. I felt incredibly supported and cared for by her and in turn by the nurses helping as well. 

She had all the tricks too and knew when to have my partner hold me, when to just sit in silence and when I needed a cool washcloth.

I will 100% use her again in the future and appreciate everything she did for our family.

Brittany Furgason


I recently attended a birth at The Birth Cottage in Enumclaw where I'm a midwife with Kim and she did a phenomenal job. Kim came in and had never met the client she was to support, but stepped in and made her and her family feel so comfortable and well supported. From my perspective, she was very intuitive about when to step in and make suggestions and when to step back and let the client be. At a later postpartum visit this client let me know that she felt Kim was the perfect doula for her and she was so happy she decided to have a doula come to support her. Thank you Kim! Hoping we can work together again soon! 



My wife and I were expecting our first child and were quite nervous. My wife learned about doulas and wanted someone else to be there to help us through the process since both of our families are in different locations. After meeting with Kim over zoom my wife told me that she was the perfect match.

Kim is very knowledgeable and was patient with both of us. She has many years of experience and it was quite evident from our first face to face meeting. She provides not just your typical doula services, but also has a plethora of resources that can help put new parents to ease. Also, she was able to work with my wife being military and understood the process of getting a pass for the base.

I think the biggest compliment I could give is to mention that the nurse at the hospital praised her knowledge and skill as a doula after our son's birth.  My wife likened Kim to a "light in the darkness" as she provided a lot of comfort to us new parents. Kim is definitely worth your consideration as a doula.

Anna Chang


Kim was such an excellent dula! She was very knowledgeable with working with hospital staff and had a lot of different things to try for pain management. My husband and I know we  couldn't have had a natural birth without her. Kim was also great at helping us think about what we wanted our birth to look like, sending us resources and helping me think of questions to ask my midwives. She was also an amazing emotional support! My birth ended up being an induction and I was able to have a medicated free birth because of Kim! 

Olivia Griffin


Kimberly is a caring, knowledgable, and professional Doula. We could not be more happy with her service and would strongly recommend her to anyone looking for a Doula. With our first meeting Kimberly helped us prepare for the pregnancy and gave us a number of resources to review. When we arrived at the hospital Kimberly checked on us to make sure everything was ok. When the time came at 3:00am Kimberly was right there with us, reassuring, answering questions, and helping as much as possible throughout the whole experience. We are confident that she made the pregnancy was a much more manageable experience. Thank you so much! 

Mariah Apostol


Having Kim as my Doula was such a blessing at the right time. I was high risk pregnancy the first trimester. And towards the end of my third I was no longer a risk, so I reached out to Kim. After talking to her about my experience so far with my pregnancy and my OBGYN, I made the best decision ever to switch over to a midwife. Kim helped me prepare my mind for labor and birth. When I was confused about signs of early labor, she reassured me all is normal and soon I would meet my daughter. It made being in for over 48 hours bearable. Because of covid-19, I couldn't have my mother alongside me in the delivery room. Kim is actually one of my friends mom. So it felt like I had my own mom with me, even though she couldn't come. I was really out of sorts during labor and couldn't think straight. And a lot of things the nurses and on-call midwives were saying were confusing. Kim knew what my husband and I wanted and was our voice. She helped me make the best decision for me and my baby. I was in labor for over 30 hours. Laughing gas wasn't working. Nor was the fentanyl. Felt like I was going through labor unmedicated, even though I had some. Eventually, I got an epidural and pitocin because I was still 5cm dialated and didn't want to cause more stress to me and the baby. Kim helped assure my husband and I that all will be fine. She reminded my husband when to rest and eat. And also how to support me. She in turned helped me to listen to my body, and to try different movements and stretches to help the baby move. After I got the epidural, she helped me get comfortable. And I labored down the final hours of my labor. Delivery was amazing! She helped hold my leg, took pictures, and a video of the birth. She is superwoman! I love her so much and am grateful for all she did during my labor and delivery. She also visited me in my home postpartum to check on me. I will be forever grateful to Kim for helping my husband and I bring my daughter into the world. 



This review is 8 months late but I wanted to take the opportunity to let you know I think Kimberly is wonderful. It was so nice working with Kimberly!  I hired her not only because of her Spinning Babies Parent certification but also due to the fact that she was a take charge personality. During my labors I like to have a confident knowledgeable doula and Kimberly checked the block. I took a risk hiring her since we lived over a 100 miles apart and since this was my third delivery she didn't make it on time. Kimberly did however find a wonderful backup doula that was able to provide some support after the baby was born. I appreciated Kimberly's knowledge, accessibility, frequent check-ins and especially her ability to send relevant resources when I needed them. She also made sure I thought about all my labor decisions and tried to empower me to make the best decision that worked for me. 

Jessica Munch


I wasn't sure we needed a doula. I didn't want to seem high maintenance. We already had a midwife and we're birthing at the hospital. Well, the midwife wouldn't always be in the room with me like I originally thought. I felt I needed someone just for me and my baby in the room. I needed to be informed but I didn't have the time to do my own research and there's no way to get experience at 4 months pregnant. You can watch all the birth videos in the world and you will still not be prepared.

My husband, Nick, who is very good at many things, has never seen a live birth. I doubt he would be the BEST birthing partner without a little help. I envisioned him stark white, speechless in the corner trying to stay out of the way. After interviewing Kim, Nick decided we NEEDED her. He said "she's like a dad coach." It was so true.

Kim started proving her worth long before the birth. She was available by text everyday and sent us several  suggestions for various resources as our questions arose. Having Kim as our doula saved me many hours of researching and agonizing. If I had a question she didn't know the answer to she had a credible resource to help.

She helped us figure out when to leave for the hospital. Something I hadn't considered. It turns out it's not like the movies.

Kims calm and assertive presence made our birth experience a time of bonding and strengthening of our marriage. She encouraged Nick to  try various comfort methods on me which made him seem competent and confident in a situation he was a stranger to. She stepped in with some deep breathing meditation just when I needed her. For having only met her once before the birth she fit seemlessly into our birth story. We will see you on our next one Kim.



Working with Kimberly was the best decision.  I had a high risk pregnancy and was 35+.  Being healthy was a must. Kimberly has great resources to support in all areas. Spinning babies kept me feeling so good. I never got super achy or sore. 

When writing our birth preferences Kimberly was very knowledgeable! We went through both vaginal birth and c section options.

As the pregnancy processed my baby ended up getting sick and needed to arrive early via c section. Kimberly was amazing! My husband was still to cut baby’s cord and focus on baby while Kimberly supported me. My spinal tap didn’t fully work and I was in lots of pain. She also took photos that we would of missed out on.

If I do it again I would definitely use Kimberly again!



There are not enough kind words that I could generate to describe the experience that Kimberly provided for my husband's and I birth experience. I knew I wanted a doula to be part of my birth team because this was our first child and I wanted the support to have an unmedicated birth at Tacoma General Hospital. From our first phone call meeting I knew that she had a special passion for being a Doula which really struck me. She took such a vested interest into understanding exactly the birth plan we wanted to execute, answered our questions that we had about the process, and stayed very much engaged as we approached our due date (and beyond by one week). Kimberly was responsive, knowledgeable, kind and she provided the patient advocacy I was seeking while in communication with me and the medical staff. More importantly, she helped coach my husband throughout the birthing process to be the best birth partner he could be. We are both so grateful that we chose Kimberly to be part of our birth team. Through her coaching and guidance we successfully gave birth to a beautiful baby girl without any unnecessary medical interventions. Without a doubt, if having a doula is part of your birth plan then I cannot recommend Kimberly enough! She is an absolutely amazing person and an even more amazing Doula.



Kim was emotionally and physically supportive of me through my late term pregnancy and a challenging delivery. She helped me advocate for myself when I didn't know how to and was there for me when I needed someone to advocate for me. I felt so cared for. I am beyond grateful for her calming presence in the delivery room and OR when we had to transition to an emergency C-section. I will hire her again for my second pregnancy and reccomend her doula services to any mom-to-be. 

Ruby Y


We absolutely enjoyed having Kimberly as our doula and be a part of our daughter's birth. My husband and I decided last minute that we were hiring a doula. Kimberly was one of the doulas we interviewed. Right away, we felt that Kimberly was professional, knowledgeable, and passionate about her job as a doula. After we decided to go with Kimberly, she checked in with us regularly and offered credible/evidence-based resources whenever we had questions. We discussed with her our birth plans/goals and she was very attentive and gave us feedback along the way. She is someone who takes initiatives but also knows how to "read the room", where she honors her client's wishes and does not overpower or assert her opinions/views. 

When I went into prodromal labor, Kimberly continued to check in with me and offer helpful advice. She offered to come by our house to help me cope with my symptoms. Kimberly has a really calm demeanor and reassuring presence. I knew that I could trust her to help me get through labor. She came prepared with all the tools to help me breath through each contraction. Later that same night, we decided to go to the hospital and it was then that I quickly went into active labor. And even though Kimberly had just gone home not too long ago after spending 5+ hrs with me at my house, she immediately responded that she was on her way (this was already 2 in the morning). We don't know what we could've done without her. She worked really well with my midwife and the nursing staff. My midwife was extremely impressed with Kimberly, which says a lot. After delivery, Kimberly stayed to make sure everyone was settled in before leaving. Throughout our stay at the hospital, she again checked in with us to make sure we were okay. We could tell she cared. We will, without a doubt, recommend her to our friends and family who are considering hiring a doula. She's awesome and we look forward to working with her again. 



Choosing Kimberly as our doula was the best decision we made for our birthing experience! When our birth took an unexpected turn and we ended up at the hospital, Kimberly’s presence absolutely transformed this monumental event. From the moment she walked into the door, her confidence took charge in the most calming way. She immediately asked what we needed. She rubbed my feet and encouraged my husband to take a power nap. Throughout the birth, she remained positive and always had a new “trick” she literally pulled out of her Mary Poppins bag. She had beautiful affirmation cards, lollipops, combs for pressure points, a honey stick to get me though the pushing and best of all, LED votive candles for when I got into the jacuzzi. She cued my favorite playlist, cued my husband on how to support me, and guided me through relaxing my entire body with each new surge/contraction. When it came time to push, I felt uncertain, saying to her: “Can I do this? I haven’t slept in days.”

“Oh, absolutely! You’ve got this,” she replied.

Immediately, I went from drained to energized. Kimberly even helped coach me through pushing in a kneeling position, which was important to me. I felt truly invincible. Kimberly made what started out as a rocky birth, into something special, safe, empowered and beautiful.

When she left a few hours after the birth, I found myself saying to her: “I love you.” I’m not generally verbally affectionate to people I have known only a short time, but all I felt toward Kimberly in that moment was truly complete love and gratitude.

If you are looking for someone to bring out the best in you and your partner for an unbelievable delivery, choose Kimberly. She will make you feel like you received the Disney Resort package for your birth — no matter the circumstances.



Kimberly was wonderful to work with! She was so helpful in our prenatal meetings, not only giving us great resources to look into but also prepping my husband and I for the realties of birth and postpartum. She  was so supportive of our birth plan and the choices we wanted to make for our family. She was a safe space for us to bring any and all of our questions. She was an advocate and clear communicator for us at the hospital when Aiden was born. Thank you Kimberly for all your hard work and making this journey as easy as possible for us! 

Makala Collins


We used Kim as our doula and we couldn't have gotten through everything without her. We had somewhat of a plan that we wanted to follow but like our pregnancy it didn't go as planned. Kim spent time showing my husband how to help me throughout my contractions. She was right there helping get me into different positions to move baby. While we ended in c section due to baby not tolerating labor I needed her even more in the OR. She constantly was helping talk me through different things and helping me process what was happening. She constantly checked on me both through pregnancy anxiety and after baby came stresses. She was our safe, calm and confident voice when things were going different than we thought during labor. We felt supported in every way that we have needed. Forever grateful for everything she did to help us bring our sweet baby boy into the world safely. I feel like I cannot fully express how thankful we were to have her by our side for such a emotional and incredible time in our life! Highly recommend Kim to everyone!!!

Rosa Gallegos


This is the THIRD time Kim is my doula and I honestly cannot even imagine having a baby without her being there. She has this calming and assuring presence about her. My nurse was suspecting that this third baby was sunnyside up and it was causing lots of lower back pain and slowing the process down. Kim was able to help my husband and I virtually with some positions from spinning babies to help turn our baby girl around. It worked because after seveal exercises the lower back pain went away and contractions became more regular. Our daughter came much earlier than expected and Kim was out of state when we where admitted due to ruptured membranes. She did everything in her power to help while she was gone, including helping me through FaceTime until she arrived. She went to the hospital straight from the airport and was able to help through the hardest part of labor. We are incredibly thankful and grateful for her efforts. Our family is complete, but if we ever had another baby again we would call Kim without hesitation. 

Xia O'Brien


Kim is amazing, working with her in short was a massive blessing! Having two hospital births and wanting a different experience with my third in a time of transition and during a pandemic, working with Kim was pivotal. Kim met our family, really heard us out, supplied us with an awesome spinning babies class, had tons of recommendations like prenatal acupuncture and chiropractic, both amazing.. she walked us through exercises and poses from spinning babies to put into practice and she was a huge help in finding a midwife we could connect with. Her hands on care, disposition and knowledge were invaluable, Kim truly cares and that can be so hard to find. We had a beautiful, relaxed, love filled home birth with our two older girls present though one asleep and we are eternally grateful! Kim’s care and my experience with my third delivery has me wanting to join Kim in the beautiful world of birth. Maybe one day we can work side by side? 

Kelsy Lawson


So happy we hired Kimberly as our doula! We were so afraid we wouldn't know what to do during labor and knowing we wouldn't be alone and would have someone knowledgeable to help us was 100% worth it. Funny enough we did end up being alone, my labor went so quickly, but Kimberly made sure to show up as soon as she could and sent out a backup doula  that was able to be present for delivery and took photos! Although she's wasn't there in person, my husband and I felt completely prepared because of her. She also made sure to text my husband the entire time to check up on us. The spinning baby techniques and labor and delivery information she supplied me with, I feel truly set me up for success. I was able to make informed decisions about what I wanted. My labor and delivery was exactly what I wanted and without her help, I probably would have been way stressed out!! Thank you Kimberly!

Stephanie McDowell


Working with Kimberly was awesome. She came to our house beforehand and went over everything we could do to make sure baby was in an ideal position, and also gave us a night time routine to help with relaxation and sleep. She also checked in with me often. When it was go time-I honestly cannot imagine not having her there! She helped me and my husband with suggestions and pressure points! When it came time to have the baby, I started to panic, but she helped me focus and have the calm birth experience I wanted. Thanks so much Kim for everything! 

Salomé Valencia-Bohné


Kimberly was absolutely phenomenal. Her Spinning Babies class helped our baby move into the correct position and remain there. It also reduced my physical pain and improved my sleep quality. I would highly recommend taking this class from her. She is personable and always made herself available in answering our questions.

Alyssa Starks


Where do I even begin? Kim was absolutely amazing! This was the birth of our second little boy. I hadn't done this in 6 years and I didn't have the best experience with my first birth. Kim helped me understand a whole new side of pregnancy and delivery. I can't thank her enough for helping us bring our baby boy into the world. I was able to do an all natural birth with her help. I really don't think I could have done it without her support and understanding. I will be ever grateful for her help.

Christina Slack


Working with Kim as our doula was a wonderful experience! She was always easy to get a hold of and had answers to our questions, if she didn't know the answer she sent us resources in our community to find whatever we were looking for. Very knowledgeable about the labor and birth process. I wouldn't have been able to avoid the epidural for as long as I did without her help. She was supportive of my birth plan, even as it changed throughout labor! Would highly reccomend! 

Aundreaha McAuley


My labor and delivery was anything but traditional. To start I suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum my entire pregnancy.  With all my anxiety and fears, Kim was present to provide knowledge and guidance which brought us peace of mind before, during and after delivery. When I went into labor, I was able to call her and she literally saved the day(s). The amount of support I received during the hardest time of my life was off the charts. Kim was calm, kind, patient and very educated. She gave us options, helped us navigate our plan and held my hand when I didn't think I could do it anymore. During the process, a lot didn't go as planned and she helped us continuously create a plan that would work best for us. During labor Kim was amazing at reminding me to relax, breathe and be present. Taking every contraction as they came, relaxing my shoulders, breathing through all the ups and downs. Kim empowered, encouraged and was right there bedside with every need I had (even ones I didn't know I needed). All of her hard work helping us navigate through the hard labor and ultimately saved us from a c-section. I was so exhausted, fatigued, and tired I wanted it to end, I wanted to call it quits but Kim brought me back to the present. She guided me through every single contraction, every decision, every tear I shed. She was there. Due to ALL of her work, she and my husband helped me gut through labor.  The spouse work she provided as well, was beyond exceptional. She brought my husband to the table, gave him a voice as well as coached him through all the processes. Her work with the both of us brought us ease. Anything he needed, she assisted without question or hesitation. We are blessed at the amount of work she poured into the three of us before, during and after the labor and delivery of our healthy little girl. My husband and I have no doubt if we do this again, she will be right there with us. 

Haley Evans


Kim was an amazing resource throughout my pregnancy and beyond. I gave birth at a birthing center with a midwife. The biggest reason I hired a doula was for reassurance in case something went awry and I had to be transferred to a hospital. My midwife did not have jurdisdiction to practice in a hospital so having Kim be my advocate no matter the circumstances gave me peace of mind. During labor I felt well cared for, supported and empowered. When things got tough, Kim was there to remind me to relax and breathe. She provided direction and support to my husband as well. She connected me with a lactation educator when breastfeeding was a challenge and even had some nanny options available when I went back to work! I am so grateful to have Kim in my corner and highly recommend her. 

Tyenia Borthwell


There are so many words that come to mind when I think about my experience with Kim. So I will give my top three. Calm, empowered and connected.

  This was my second child and for some reason I was extremely nervous. I think because I thought I knew what pregnancy and labor was. Now that I look back on it, I really didn’t until this child. The knowledge and resources that Kim brought to the table gave me such a calm. When you have someone that can give you the resources and information you need, it opens up new options you never knew you had. I have to say I ended up having the best conversations with my doctor because I felt confident. Kim was able to help me connect with my little one before and during birth and connect with my own thoughts. This was amazing because it really allowed me to enjoy the process of having a baby. During the birth she was not only there for me but my husband and my family. The way she guided my husband to help me during labor is something I will not ever forget. Sometimes our love ones freeze or don’t know how to help us but Kim was there to keep the flow going. Everyone should have a doula.



We loved having Kimberly with us for the birth of our daughter. She was personable and a wonderful coach for my husband and I to help me relax and move/position differently to get through contractions.  My labor did not progress well on its own so there were many interventions discussed and performed and she was wonderful at helping us talk through options when there were decisions to be made. She also helped me ask great questions of the medical team when I was too sleep deprived and worn out to remember all the details of my questions! We would recommend Kimberly to anyone looking for a Doula!

Diana Chetraru


This is the second time we had Kim as our doula. She is already twice part of our family history, having an important role in the birth of our two children, boy and girl.

When you become parent of the second child, you may think: "This time I can do it by myself, I know how it works!". But no, every pregnancy is different and every delivery is different, you always need someone besides your husband to guide you and to help you to make good decisions (knowing your birth plan) and we were lucky to have again Kim as our doula by our side, especially in corona virus time! She did a great job!

She was at the hospital at 4:40am, in 22 minutes since I texted her! We got there at the same time and she stayed with us three more hours after delivery to help! Kim is always ready to help, even in the middle of the night you can rely on her! You can see from afar that she loves her job, and that’s important!

I felt so comfortable with Kim! I was unsure whether or not to use the bathtub for the last part of labor.  Kim encouraged me.  It was a good decision because it turned out to be an effective pain relief option for me. Then she assured me that letting yourself be guided by your body is best and there is no shame.

Both pregnancies were a great experience for me, for us as a family, from start to finish, and this is also thanks to the presence and professional work of a wonderful doula like Kim.

She attended over 200 births and has 5 years of experience! So you can be confident that she does a professional job. Give Kim a chance and you won’t regret, actually you will recommend her to all your friends!



When my partner and I first met Kim we instantly knew that we were going to hire her as our Doula. Birth is unfamiliar territory and even if you read all the books, you can never understand until you go through it. Kim made that scary daunting journey easier by listening to my fears and by being a strong presence when I needed it most. 

Annika Piehler


Kimberly was amazing as our doula! She was able to tailor her approach to fit with my husband’s  and my needs. She was able to help make sure that our birth plan was followed. She is very kind and is directive when needed. My husband and I both felt very well supported by her. Her knowledge of Spinning Babies techniques also helped contribute to our baby being in perfect position for birth. I would highly recommend her to anyone!



Kimberly empowered me to have a birth experience as close as possible to what I desired.  She brought a calm, confident, and compassionate demeanor which helped my husband, young daughter, and I feel very comfortable under a variety of circumstances. Her knowledge base and experience as a doula were quite valuable throughout my pregnancy, during, and after delivery.  Kimberly shared her wealth of knowledge and her time with kindness and insight. She was absolutely unbiased and empowered my husband and I to make objective and informed decisions that I feel had a profound positive effect on the health of our new baby, my health during pregnancy, and on our decisions during and immediately after the birth of our baby.  I highly recommend Kimberly to my friends and family. She is an amazing doula and a wonderful person. 

Sarah McCoy


My husband and I had the best birth experience with Kimberly by our side as we welcomed our daughter into the world! She made us feel empowered throughout the whole delivery. She was truly a blessing throughout my pregnancy and in the delivery room as we delivered our daughter earlier than expected. I cannot recommend her enough, she is absolutely wonderful!

Jenny Pearson


Kimberly is an excellent doula.  Prenatally, she helped my husband and me by showing us exercises to help our baby be more likely to be in the best possible birthing position. During labor, she helped my husband to know what to do to help ease some of my pain. This took a lot of pressure off of him and allowed him to participate in a meaningful way. She helped me by making suggestions to help facilitate my baby moving down, she tried to make an environment with which I would be at ease, and she helped me to focus on things other than the pain, which greatly reduced my pain. During delivery she was a support, friend, and cheer leader. Kimberly truly helped us to have the VBAC birth that we wanted, she used her training and experience to assist us. She is an excellent doula.

Diana Chetraru


Kim is my mom’s age, so she was more than a doula for me! She always gave me practical advice on request, but also on her own initiative and was so careful and flexible with me and my family!
Since I do not speak English well, I appreciated her patience on explaining me in a simple way during her prenatal visits how to prepare a birth plan, what kind of exercises will help me to have a easier labor and about natural labor induction. I also appreciated that her counseling isn’t based only on her own experience when it comes to answering the questions, but she does careful research to make sure it meets the client's needs, even if it is a question outside of her range of work.
With her presence and with the right words she transmitted calm and tranquility to my husband and my sister-in-law, who were worried seeing me suffer so much during labor.
Kim helped me to find important information for me even after giving birth: how to avoid the problems related breastfeeding (breast engorgement, breast massage and hand expression, plugged ducts, mastitis), how to dress the baby for bedtime, when introducing bottle and pacifier and other. Being still tired and having no time, I really appreciated her support with the research, but also practical help, for example she prepared a dinner for my family!
Since we are first time parents, Kim helped us to understand all about eye ointment, vitamin K shot, Hep B shot, delayed cord clamping, immunizations, and even finding a good pediatrician for the baby.
We had a really beautiful experience thanks to Kim! If you are looking for a doula, look no further, she’s the best!
Thank you so much!

D. Freeman


Heaven sent and magical are the words that come to mind when I think of Kim and her work as doula. Knowledgable, compassionate, gentle and yet powerful in her touch. This woman is amazing and I couldnt me more thankful for her support during the pregnancy and birth of my 3rd child. I am a labor and delivery nurse and desired a different birth experience than what I had with my 2nd child. I was fearful this baby would be malpositioned as my last one was and I would require pitocin as I had before. My nurse brain wouldnt shut off, but my momma heart desired the spontaneous labor and birth. Kim heard my cry and understood my internal battle. As my due date approached and passed Kim checked in with me often to offer support and see how I was doing. We did spinning babies techniques in hopes to get baby in the optimal position.At 41 wks I was still pregnant. I had my membranes swept in hopes to stimulate labor. My midwife told me my baby was malpositioned, and Kim came to my rescue. Spinning babies it was... After about 2.5 hrs of spinning babies magic, my contractions went from irregular to every 2-7min. I went home and my water broke about 3 hrs later when the intensity increased shortly after. Kim checked in to see how I was copeing and we made a plan that she would come in about an hour. When Kim arrived to my house,  I told her I wasnt sure I could do it and I wanted an epidural. She told me that was okay, if that is what I wanted. Very quickly I had a contraction, and she did the most amazing hip squeeze... It was magical and I then realized with her support and encouragment I could get through one contraction at a time. She encoraged certain positions, but also allowed me to flow with my bodies natural movement. Her presence allowed my husband to relax and enjoy the birth process as well. Four hours later my baby was in my arms. No pitocin, no epidural.... The beautiful unmedicated water birth I desired. I couldnt have done it without her.

Caitlin Rozman


My husband and I found Kimberly through doulamatch and interviewed her early in our pregnancy with our first child. Kimberly initially appealed to us because she was already a mom with grown children, her doula experience was extensive with many births, and her personality was practical yet very positive. From day one, she was a great resource for us for everything from pregnancy concerns and symptoms  to preparing for labor. We wanted a non medicated physiologic birth in the hospital and we wanted my husband to be as involved as possible and supported as possible. In many ways we expected Kimberley to be there more for him then me.

Our little girl decided to join us 10 days early, and in a hurry. By the time we called Kimberley to let her know we were really in labor it was already time to head the hospital . She met us there at the same time we arrived and never left our sides from that moment till a few hours after. We had a relatively fast labor for a first and she was everything we hoped for for this process. She was a voice of encouragement , calm, direction and she made sure my husband was comfortable, informed, hydrated and also encouraged and supported. We had an unforeseen complication  that she easily coached us through to a very favorable outcome and so even with that we got to have exactly the birth we wanted!

We believe that a doula is as important a part of a birth team as the nurses and doctors and  Kimberly was the best choice for Us. We would recommend her to any parents in any birth situation or birth goals. It is her personality and experience that make her a gem! And we will be calling her again for our next child too!

Kelly Brown


Kimberly was my doula for my 4th child, she was born 10 weeks early. I was scared, didn't have time to get my husband to the hospital with me, and didnt have childcare arranged for my older three yet as we thought we still had a couple of months. Without Kimberly I would have been alone. I met her just the day before delivery because she was a backup for the doula I chose, who was out of town, I immediately felt comfortable with her as she is very friendly and caring. Having her with me was so calming, she was so attentive to my needs. She knew all of the right things to say and the right questions to ask the doctors after they'd overwhelm me with information causing me forget what I wanted to ask. I never felt as though she was in a hurry to get back to her life, she stayed with me while I was in recovery and until I was settled in my room with my husband and older kids, when told her I was comfortable with her departure. Kimberly has regularly checked in on me since the delivery and I cannot wait until we can do my post partum visit, which I chose to postpone until baby is home. If we were having anymore babies I would not hesitate to hire Kimberly again, and would recommend her to any friends and family!

Elizabeth Fairbanks


This was my second time having Kimberly be my doula. Kimberly actually reached out to me to see if I was interested in her being our doula again, I honestly was hesitating asking because our family relocated to outside Kimberly's area. She's so amazing though, she didn't mind the almost hour drive to attend my son's birth. Kimberly showed us again what great support she is. We knew what to expect this time around but having her company and knowledge is priceless.

Rosa Gallegos- Salmeron


Kimberly was my doula with my first daughter in 2015 and without a doubt she HAD to be part of my delivery for my son on 2/22/18. She met with me around my second trimester and discussed what my "goals" where for this delivery. In my third trimester she met with my husband and I once again and discussed what each role would be, how things where going and all the "what ifs" that come with pregnancies. With my first I had so many medical interventions and with my second I invisioned  a natural, unmedicated delivery with the least amount of interventions. Due to my previous experience, i was afraid to have a baby in a birth center but Kimberly agreed to work in a hospital setting while still making it as relaxed as possible. I was still induced at 37 weeks and things didn't go as planned. Kimberly was my advocate for everything, from being mobile in labor to using a tub to cope with the pain and not using an epidural. Towards the end of my inductions I started to doubt that I could keep going and deliver this baby without an epidural. I kept saying that "I couldn't do it" and she kept reassuring me that "I COULD do it". My husband and sister where there as well and she kept them calm. I still can't believe I had a son without an epidural... in the future, without a doubt, Kimberly will be part of any other babies I deliver.

Shaleka Quezada


My experience with Kimberly was a joy!  ( My backstory) This was my third delivery and I was so anxious about it. I had been traumatized by long Hospital births. My first being 25 hours and my second 23 hours. Both births I got induced and got an epidural both of which experiences I did not want with this pregnancy. So I did a lot of research on methods and ways in which this delivery could be different. When I learned about doulas and what they can do to support during labor and delivery, the search began. From the moment I met her, her magnetic energy and sincerity drew me to her. She answered all my questions during the consultation and give me answers to ones I didn't even ask!! She was truly just a phone call away.... And call her I did! But each time whether it was pictures I sent or calling in tears from being overdue she was always patient and kind. The day my dear son was born she was such a support to me and my husband. Her grace and focus in supporting me on having the birth I envisioned came to fruition. I birth my son in only 2 hours and 55 minutes. Unforgettable!

Lorann Young


Kim has a quiet, calming, soothing yet powerful appeal in the birthing room.

She gives voice to the birthing mother & father in kind but firm manner.

Our daughter was in labor for over 30 hours & Kim held down the fort & kept everything in control

reassuring, keeping the mood positive & progressive. Kim is compassionate yet professional when needing to get a task done.

She uses humor at just the right time. She also suggested precious picture moments that are priceles!

When many family members & friends are apart of the birthing experience Kim knows how to show respect to all but keep everyone in there proper place -prioritizing birthing mother & dad #1.

Kim in a word is WONDERFUL

Ashley Akers


Two friends who recently had babies encouraged me to hire a doula, and I found Kimberly on DoulaMatch. From our first meeting, Kimberly was very down-to-earth, personable and professional.

Kimberly offered two prenatal consultations as well as two post partum, in addition to being present during the entire labor and birth. This was of great value to my husband and me, since this was our first baby and we needed a lot of hand holding. Kimberly was open to any type of birth we wanted, while also providing resources to educate us on the pros and cons of different birthing methods, medications, ways to induce, etc.

I expressed to Kimberly that I wanted an all-natural childbirth if at all possible, and she was completely supportive. She helped me to realize I was strong enough to do it, as this is what our bodies are made to do.

As soon as Kimberly got to the hospital when I was in labor, she helped me relax through the contractions and not fight them, but embrace them. She massaged my hips and helped find positions that would support the baby getting into the right position and out more quickly. (Before she arrived, I was tensing up with each contraction without even realizing it.) I fully believe the labor went faster thanks to her presence.

My husband and I welcomed our baby girl only about 6 hours after my contractions started, and thankfully there were no complications. It was painful, but nothing I couldn't handle, especially with her support. If we have a second child, I won't hesistate to call Kimberly again.

Ashley & Kelly A.

Brittany Cappa


UPDATE: 12/8/2017 Kimberly reached out to us and apologized for what happened. She also informed us that she updated her policy and contract to communicate her availability more effectively. She also refunded us our money. These actions show that she really cares to improve and she likely won't let something like that happen again. - Brittany Cappa

Kimberly was very nice upon initial contact and meeting. My husband and I decided to hire  her for our baby's birth about 4 months prior to our due date. We had a few meetings with her to get ready for our baby. Unfortunately, Kimberly missed our entire labor and birth because she decided to travel out of town about a week before my due date without adequate cell phone service. We find this to be incredibly unprofessional as she first decided to mention this trip at our last prenatal meeting a couple weeks before our birth. She said that she goes on this camping trip yearly so she knew about this when we hired her. I contacted her at 11pm the night my water broke and we didn't hear back from her until after 1PM THE NEXT DAY. Because of her behavior, our birth experience was incredibly compromised. We could've hired someone that was fully available if she was upfront with us. We are very disappointed in how everything happened when it mattered the most.

Lauren Brodie


Kimberly was the most amazing and supportive person as my husband and I had our first child!  From the first meeting with her we felt comfortable.  She was incredibly easy to talk with and focused on understanding our needs during the birth process.  She helped us to consider questions about our birth plan that we would not have thought of and was incredibly non-judgmental in the decisions we made.

We had two pre-birth visits with Kimberly and she was incredibly gracious in working with mine and my husband's hectic work schedules.  She was great in providing information about the birthing process and helping me to understand what would be soothing and comforting to me during labor (always knowing that things could change).  Kimberly was available to me after every pre-natal doctor's appointment and would check-in periodically to see how I was doing.  She was incredibly responsive when I called/texted with questions and helped me to identify which questions would be good for me to follow-up with the OBGYN about.

I had a scheduled induction for my pregnancy due to some medical concerns.  Kimberly met us at the hospital and was incredibly helpful, supportive and amazing throughout the labor process.  She helped me to consider all of my options as I made changes to my birth plan during labor and was great in knowing different questions I could ask the nurses and doctors based on the conversations we had during our prior meetings.  My labor lasted approximately 31 hours (from induction to pushing) before it was decided that a C-section needed to be performed.  Kimberly was there in the hospital with me, my husband and mother the entire time.  She then came in the OR during my C-section for support as well.  My family and I could not have handled the birth process without the support of Kimberly. She is incredibly amazing and I plan to have her there when we decide to have another child.

Lindsey Paenitz


One of the warmest and most genuine women I've had the pleasure of knowing and working with! I found Kimberly through my midwife's office. From our first meeting she was so helpful answering my husband's many questions and passionate about helping mamas through their birthing experience. What I loved about her service is she offered 2 prenatal visits and 2 postpartum visits, and was happy to come to our home. She checked in on me periodically via text and phone calls as my pregnancy progressed, which I loved! Also, being able to text her and ask if the new symptom I was having as a first time mom to be helped alleviate a lot of stress.

~ My birth experience ~

We had planned and prepped for an all natural birth at the birthing center, and Kimberly also had me research and become familiar with a hospital birth just in case. Thank God, because my birth went almost completely opposite of our plan! With pre eclampsia at 38.5 weeks I was sent straight to the ER and Kimberly came at 6 am as soon as my husband called! Even though I had to be induced and received an epidural very early on she still adapted some of the birthing techniques we had planned like the peanut ball. My family lives out of state so she stood in for my mom until she could arrive which was invaluable, and any new mom needs a mom to get through the process! When I was out of it and the Dr's came in she would help remind me what I wanted to ask. As labor continued into the wee hours she massaged my hands with my favorite lotion and slept in the waiting room chairs, she never left or acted inconvenienced by my long induction. When it finally came time to push she was in the room with my husband and mom. She fed me ice chips between pushes and reminded me how strong and amazing I am! I will forever be grateful for her help those 3 days!

I can't say enough great things about Kimberly and highly recommend her for your birthing journey!!

Gena Schwam


I found Kimberly by contacing Bastyr University to see if I could be matched with a doula who was in training. I was happy to work with someone who hadn't yet been certified in order to be able to afford to have a birth coach. I was pleasantly surprised to learn about Kimberly's expertise from years of being a volunteer doula at a hospital in Tacoma. Not only is she experienced, but she's also confident and that confidence put me at ease immediately. In our prenatal visits, Kimberly was always extremely prepared and professional, and I knew right away from meeting with a few different doulas that Kimberly was the right choice for us. It turned out that she actually did complete her certification shortly before I had my baby, so at that point, she had become a certified doula anyway.

Kimberly was amazing during the labor and delivery process. I unfortunately had a very long labor - 25 hours - it was a frustrating process for me when dilation stalled out for a long time. When Kimberly arrived she had some great ideas about different positions for me to try to get things moving again. She guessed (correctly) that the baby's head was at an angle and that was why I wasn't dilating. Since I had an epidural, I was confined to my bed, but the labor nurses had been having me turn and move as much as possible. They were unfamiliar with some of the positions Kimberly suggested, so we tried the new ones and sure enough, my labor began to progress again. I credit Kimberly's ideas for helping me avoid a C-section. If my labor hadn't started to progress again, I'm sure a vaginal birth would have become less and less possible as time went on. During the delivery, Kimberly was right there coaching me and helping me get through the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life. Having her there gave me comfort and confidence. Her personality, expertise and accessibility were fantastic. I really feel she was my lifeline and recommend her highly!

Sara Protasi


Kimberly was a very supportive and present doula. She often checked in with me via text during my pregnancy and after the birth, promptly responding to my requests for advice. Her prepartum visits were very helpful, and so were her postpartum ones. She is a warm person who genuinely cares for your wellbeing. Most importanty, her presence was crucial during my labor and delivery. She comforted and encouraged me throughout the process. Thanks, Kimberly!

Elizabeth Fairbanks


When I first e-mailed Kimberly the one thing that struck me right away was her interest in knowing more about my pregnancy, myself, fiancee, and my birth plan. She also told me about herself and clearly stated the services she offers.

After meeting with Kimberly and feeling the educative, maternal, supportive, and nurturing vibe from her that I was looking for I knew she was the one. (Finding a doula that gets my fiancee's crude humor is a must as well!)

My birthplan did not go as planned and when the day finally arrived and I was to be induced, Kimberly was ready to meet us at the hospital whenever we were ready and came right away when we were. Accompanying her was her mentor Michelle, who is equally as awesome as Kimberly!

Throughout the whole labor, which lasted 38 hours, Kimberly was with us. Kimberly kept me up and moving with alot of different tricks up her sleeve that helped moved baby and relieve pain and yet when I was tired and wanted to relax she perfectly set up the atmosphere in which to do so. She also kept me motivated with continuing my non pain medicated labor and when the labor progressed and I was in Transition, it was Kimberly who was right there holding my hand getting me through the most intense part of labor.

My fiancee also felt very comfortable with Kimberly and was glad to have someone show him techniques to help me through contractions. He was also glad to have someone trade off keeping me company, rubbing my back, etc so they each could get some rest.

I was so happy that even though my birth plan changed a bit, Kimberly was there right by my side and I was still able to accomplish a part of the birth I wanted and for that I am eternally grateful and I would definetly recommend her to anyone I know that is pregnant, unless I'm pregnant and we're due near the same time, because I want her again.

Kyong Yu


My wife and I did not hire a doula, and educated ourselves by visiting sites online and watching youtube videos (this was our first child). When the big day came, Kimberly happened to be volunteering at St. Joseph's hopital where we were going to give birth, and we were lucky enough to be offered her services. Nothing could've prepared my wife for the amount of uncontrollable pain she experienced through her 16 hours of labor, and nothing could've prepared me for the feeling of absolute helplessness to see your loved one in so much pain, and not being able to do anything about it. Everything we researched and prepared for went out the door. Kimberly remained calm and talked us through the whole process. She had a great deal of knowledge on how to use massage and different positions to alleviate some of the pain, as well as helping my wife get into a calmer state of mind. Although she was volunteering, she devoted 100% of her attention to us and never left our side until some time after the baby had arrived and we settled in -- a total of 12+ hours. . We cannot imagine that day without Kimberly's support and highly recommend her!

james mccorkle


My wife was lucky enough to find Kimberly after I returned from a military deployment. Prior to the birth we interviewed another doula only to decide that Kim, Lea, and I seemed to be a great match. We asked her to be our doula during the process and we meet a couple of times prior to the birth to go over our birth plan and to allow my wife lea and Kimburly a chance to get to know one another. Kimberly was very knoweledgeable in the process and was able to answer additional questions my wife had as well as pointing us in the right direction regarding possible birth complications, relaxation strategies, and other possible post birth options. Kim took time out of her busy schedule to meet with us and our primary provider so that any questions we may have not recalled about the upcoming birth, we would know the answers too. The importance of the doula was unknown to myself until the moment my wife went into labor. In fact, I had never even heard about it prior to this process. Late at night, Lea and I decided we needed to go to the hospital to get checked on. Turns out she was starting her labor processes which is when we called Kim. She made the decison at that point to come to the hospital even thoough we were unsure if we wuold stay. After several hours it was decided that the baby wouold follow. She assisted us throughout the entire night and late into the next day. She acted as a guide and liason between us and the doctors. She answered additional questions based on the doctors guidance. She never left us throughout the process. She was able to advice me on things and support me in aspects of the birth I had no idea about. She held my wifes hand during the entire process, offering postions that may reduce the pain, acting as an outlet for my wife to voice, and reducing Leas worry and concerns. I do not feel that the labor would have gone so well considering the difficulties we had during the process. Her kindness and support will never be forgotten. Thanks

Rosie Gallegos


Being a first time mom I was very nervous about having a baby. I was also induced which made the experience even more terrifying! Kimberly was there through the entire process. When the contractions finaly started and the intensified I knew I was in for hard labor. I experienced terrible back labor in which Kinberly was able to apply counter pressure and maneuver my hips to relieve the pain. That was amazing! Though I had my parents and husband there with me, it was good to have the extra support. She was able to keep my family calm. She knew what the next move was when no one else did. She was more than my "doula" she was a family member. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a doula in this area!

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