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Kathy Gaalswyk

Brainerd Lakes Doulas

Website: https://brainerdlakesbirthsource.wordpress.com/

Phone: 2188202138

Birth Fee: $50 to $650

Fee Details: Includes prenatal and postpartum visits, unlimited access during on-call period. Will consider special circumstances, birth only rate, and benevolent rates.

Birth Doula Experience: 8 years and 24 births attended

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I have assisted with births at a variety of metro and rural hospitals (even before I was a certified Doula) and am able to build good working relationships with whatever team is present. I love the birth process and helping Mom and her husband/partner work towards the goals that are important to her/them.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I have not yet assisted at a birth center but have toured some and welcome the opportunity to work with licensed midwives in our area.
Attends home births? Some Home Births
I am happy to assist with home births provided there is a licensed midwife present.

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • High risk
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Military families
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Minnesota Prison Doula Project; Pregnancy Support Center partner

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for Kathy Gaalswyk

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Heidi Haines

Kathy was with me for two of my births. She was very calm, knowledgeable, and a reassuring presence. Kathy was actually with me when my daughter was born in the backseat of our car on the way to the hospital. While my husband and I were feeling frantic about having a baby in the car, Kathy remained very calm. She knew exactly what to do and was able to talk me through some breathing techniques that helped me wait to push until the paramedics got there, even though my body was ready to push the baby out all on its own. When my son was born it was so great to have Kathy around. My contractions were so slow and when I started to feel frustrated about how long the whole process was taking, Kathy was quick to encourage me and to remind me that my body knew what it was doing! I also had some difficulty with back and leg pain during that labor and Kathy had lots of different ideas of things to try to relieve the pain. She is also fun to hang out with during the many long hours between the first contraction and final push. 

Posted 5/17/2017

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jessica ostrowski

My husband and I have been blessed with Kathy as our doula three times and can't wait to work with her again during our upcoming fourth birth!  Kathy has been a true blessing to our family; her quiet but confident  personality has helped my husband and I feel calm and very supported during our labors and deliveries.  Her peaceful presence has given me the ability to feel strong and in control during labor and delivery.  Likewise, my husband has felt very supported by Kathy.  She has given him the encouragement to support me in ways he may not have been aware of on his own.  We highly recommend Kathy to every pregnant mama that we know! 

Posted 3/10/2017

Birth Availability for Kathy Gaalswyk

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