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Kate Lorimer (she/her)

Birth Journeys Doula Care Services | VIDA Doulas

Victoria, BC Service range 14 miles Will also travel to Sidney

250-920-9344

http://www.vidadoulas.ca

Birth Fee

$1100

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Birth Fee

$1100


Birth Doula Experience

3 years and 70 births attended


Doula Training

  • DONA International, November 2017

Type of practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas

Clients per month: 2 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Baby sign language education
  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • Miscarriage support
  • Parenting consulting
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental

Fee Details

As a Doula, I am fully committed to providing the most supportive and nurturing attention to all members of the birth team. All families are treated with respect and compassionate care. Your birth journey is an important experience in your life and I will work to ensure you feel confident and empowered in the birth you want. Call or email today to check availability! My Fee includes: *Free initial meeting to see if I am the right Doula for you. *Full access to my prenatal and postpartum lending library. *Two prenatal visits, *unlimited email, text and phone contact whenever required. *On call 24/7 from 38 weeks until you have your baby. *Continuous birth support whenever you need me. I am with you for your entire labour as well as until you are settled with baby- usually 2-3 hours after birth. Initial breastfeeding support. You will also have access to my TENS machine. *2 or 3 postpartum visits as required. ***Payment plans can be arranged.***

Victoria, BC Service range 14 miles Will also travel to Sidney

Client Testimonials for Kate Lorimer (she/her)

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Alycia McMillan

5/6/2021

When I first met Kate I could tell right away that she is a very warm & caring person. As I got to know Kate more I could see she is not only very compassionate, but she is highly skilled at what she does. 

In the months leading up to my birth Kate was always there to check in and talk through any worries. I wanted a home birth, but I kept doubting myself. Kate discussed this with me and showed me that she truly believed in me! I felt huge encouragement and support from Kate. On the day of my labour Kate arrived with her doula tool bag and plenty of knowledge on easing labour discomforts. Kate offered the use of her tens machine which was incredibly helpful. Kate rememembered everything we had discussed in our previous meetings regarding what was important to me; she checked in about my concerns and offered gentle guidance to keep me on track through every contraction. Kate was very positive throughout my entire labour and had a gentle "knowing" strength to her that made me feel calm & safe. My midwife actually commented that she thought Kate was a close friend of mine; this is a perfect example of how caring Kate is, and it feels like she takes you under her wing like she would her own family!

Kate continued to be ever supportive during the post partum period. She helped with breastfeeding and also helped me to work through some anxiety. Kate visited many times after my baby's birth and even came with dinner one day, and a sweet home made gift for baby! Kate has plenty of knowledge to offer about newborn care, breastfeeding and post partum recovery for momma. 

I am so happy to say that I achieved my dream birth, and Kate's care helped make it all possible! It takes a special person to share the intimate experiences in life with you and do it with grace, gentleness & compassion; that person is Kate! If you are looking for an amazing doula, I would recommend Kate!

Allison

3/17/2021

Kate is genuine, calm, wise, strong and caring. She was truly was a gift throughout our prenatal, labour, and postpartum journey. It nearly brings me to tears everytime I talk about the power of her support and the positive impact it had on our labour. Thanks to Kate my labour was an incredibly empowering experience. My husband also felt so comfortable in her presence and she was able to support him in being and feeling helpful for me. She provides amazing emotional support saying just the right thing at just the right moment. She also comes with tools, positions, and ideas that helped me manage the pain effectively and she shared them in a way that felt right. I'm beyond grateful that we had her support during one of the most important and powerful times in our lives. 

Jana

3/11/2021

Hiring Kate as our doula has got to be one of the best decisions we could have made. We felt completely at ease with Kate from our very first meeting through to postpartum days. She is so kind, compassionate, calm and knowledgeable. Leading up the birth she was always just a text or call away, and eased a lot of my worries. We had a home birth and Kate was by my side the whole time with suppprtive and encouraging words, a calm steady and strong presence, and her many magic doula tools to ease labour pains. After our daughter was born, Kate continued to provide so much needed support to us in the following weeks - from showing us how to get baby into the car seat, to helping us give her her first bath and troubleshooting breastfeeding, and even bringing us the most delicious food! (Now we are addicted to sandwiches from fol epi). She is truly such a thoughtful and caring woman. I would absolutely have Kate on our birth team again and again! 

Gabi G

11/6/2020

Kate is such a lovely doula.

When I first met Kate, we connected right away. She’s so sweet and easy to talk to about anything, I felt like we were BFFs! 

I’m a first time mom, and I’m so grateful Kate was able to join me and my partner in the many hours leading up to the birth of my little girl. It was such a relief to have someone so calm, supportive and experienced to guide me in the many hours of my labor.

She’s also given me some great advice on breastfeeding and provided me with some useful tools such as a book and nursing pillow which came in handy.

I would totally ask Kate to by my doula again, and I highly recommend her to any first time moms who are a little nervous about giving birth!

Shanna

10/5/2020

We hired Kate for our first baby in early 2020. Due to COVID-19 she was unable to come to the hospital (FYI doulas are allowed at VGH again!).

Despite not having Kate at the hospital, I would not have changed our decision to hire her as a doula. With Kate's support, I was able to labour at home until transition. As we were later told at the hospital, this is not typical for a first time mom! Not only is she knowledgeable in her field, she is also the kindest person and so easy to get along with. Kate is compassionate, accessible and always ready to meet you and your partner where you are at. Kate provides seamless support across the board - from mother to be, to guiding your partner, and during postpartum (she improved our latch within seconds). I could not imagine my labour at home being more calm and peaceful thanks to Kate. She will be my first phone call if we have another baby.

Lauren

10/5/2020

Kate is wonderful - she is knowledgeable, approachable, and thoughtful! Kate goes above and beyond to ensure that you and your partner feel supported through pregnancy, birth experience and post partum. She presents information in a very accessible and neutral way to support you in making informed decisions and supports you  without judgement.

Kate was accessible, easy to communicate with and visits/interactions were very helpful. She supported us through a challenging pregnancy, a tough c-section recovery and was a very helpful resource for us as we navigated baby's early weeks. As new parents, we are so glad that Kate was part of our team.

If you have the opportunity to work with Kate, do it!

Bethany

12/28/2019

Kate went above and beyond as our birth doula. From the first prenatal visit to my labour and postpartum follow up, I felt extremely supported. She was also helpful in laying out options beforehand to prepare us to make informed decisions. Her skills and knowledge put both me and my partner at ease as we moved through this wild experience of birth. 

I especially appreciated Kate’s caring, supportive and calm energy through this entire process. Knowing she was always there in case I needed her was invaluable. She was incredible throughout the entire process, and I cannot imagine going through this without her!

Kate is knowledgeable, professional, and above all - kind. Exactly what I was looking for in a birth doula. Highly recommend.

Kelly

12/14/2019

Working with Kate was a dream. We had her for our first baby and so I knew she would have to be there for our second! (And for any others we may have too). That's really just how much I love her! She is calm when you need calm, laughs when you need a light hearted moment, strength when you're at your last push. We had a scary moment with our second baby and I'd look to her as my anchor. Her calm helped me be calm too. She is 100% meant to be a doula. Not only is she amazing at birth but she was my strength in the early sick days, the joyous middle period and the long never ending final days of my pregnancy. She got me out for a walk and just listened to me talk. Then after birth she checked in too and made sure we were settled. She brought me my favourite kind of baked goods. It was all these little things that showed she was really thinking about us and making sure we were well. That meant the world. You won't regret having her as your doula!!!!

Carly

12/9/2019

Hiring Kate as our birth/labour doula was one of the best decisions that we have ever made. Kate was endlessly supportive during my pregnancy- she was always happy to answer questions and provided support whenever needed. My labour ended up being complicated and Kate was an actual lifesaver during the process. I honestly do not know what we would have done without her. She was at the hospital for over 24 hours with us and her positivity and emotional support never faltered. I cannot express how much she helped us through a challenging delivery. Kate is amazing. If you are looking for a doula do not look any further! 

Anya

12/7/2019

My husband and I really enjoyed having Kate as our doula. It was so helpful to have someone to ask questions of and talk things through before and after the birth. Kate's support though the whole process made us feel more confident and at ease with the experience. Kate’s visits before the birth made me feel more prepared and less anxious. It was nice to know that she was just a phone call or text away. I would definitely recommend Kate to any parents to be.

Shanna Faulkner

12/7/2019

We had Kate as our doula with our first son 2 years ago and knew without a doubt that we wanted her for our second delivery as well. Kate's help was just as valuable the second time around!! We highly highly recommend you choose Kate as your doula- she is knowledgeable, so easy to talk to and have around, intuitive, and proactive. Her hands on help during labour was so helpful (she put pressure on my lower back during contractions while I squeezed my husbands hands). Thank you Kate for everything (including coming over at 3am even though you probably could tell that I was only in very early labour and that I should just go back to bed!)

Ula M

7/27/2019

Having made the decision that I wanted a doula for my first pregnancy, I received Kate’s name upon a recommendation from my maternity Doctor, who had worked with her in the delivery room and liked how she interacted with her clients.

I feel so fortunate that Kate was available for the delivery of our baby in March this year.  In addition to being experienced, prepared and professional, Kate is easy to connect with and helped make me (and my partner) feel confident and at ease leading up to (at our two prep meetings) and especially during the delivery.  I ended up delivering a healthy baby without an epidural (I am not against epidurals), and I feel that a big component of that was the amazing atmosphere in the delivery room, which included Kate’s calm presence, her ability to anticipate my needs, and saying the right things at the right time.  Also, after the arrival of our baby Kate was there for us, even gave our baby his first bath, and was a huge wealth of knowledge for us first time parents.  

Kate is amazing and I highly recommend Kate as a doula.

Magnus Macnab

2/5/2019

From our first meeting Kate impressed us with her grounded and calming nature. She listens well and has a variety of tricks and techniques to help with various aspects of pregnancy and labour. In short, I can confidently say that my wife’s labour would not have been nearly as positive if it had not been for Kate!

My wife and I had been through the birth experience before, and were able to advise Kate about what had worked well in previous labours. It was obvious Kate listened closely to what we said, and came well prepared both with what we knew worked, but also had some great suggestions of her own. She was proactive, calm and tireless throughout the entire process, both leading up to and during labour. She provided much needed support via reassuring texts etc, to my wife in the last weeks of pregnancy, and during labour she ensured my wife was fully supported. She was committed, extremely pleasant and respectful of her role in working with other health professionals, and a rock of reassurance and support.

I highly recommend Kate to anybody looking for a doula who will provide exemplary care and attention.

Sincerely,
Dr. Magnus Macnab

Kathleen Brown

1/9/2019

When I think about how incredibly grateful I am to have found Kate, I instantly start to feel emotional. Her gentle care, along with her fierce "you-can-do-this!" attitude helped me have a such a positive birth experience. Her attention and commitment prior to labour & delivery was personalized, thoughtful and nurturing—exactly what I needed. I never felt rushed in our meetings, as she would patiently answer all of my questions. Knowing that she would be by my side gave my husband and I so much peace of mind.

Kate’s extensive knowledge of pregnancy, labour & delivery and post-partum care made her an invaluable addition to our birth journey. My husband and I welcomed our first child, our daughter Grace, in August 2018. Motherhood is no easy transition, but I can confidently say that I am so much stronger in my role now because of the support from Kate. She is more than our doula, she is an extension of our family. Should we decide to have another baby one day, we will be working with Kate again for sure!

Chutima Bunyasiriphant

9/11/2018

We are so grateful that we chose Kate as our doula. We knew the moment we met her that she would be a great doula for us because of her extremely pleasant and warm personality and her passion and knowledge about child birth…but even our high expectations were exceeded on the day of the birth!

Let me start by saying that the unconventional birth of our daughter was the perfect test for a doula and Kate passed with flying colours! A few hours into labour, my contractions quickly accelerated, and my husband and I soon realized that we were going to have a baby in our basement!

Things had accelerated so quickly that Kate recommended my husband to call 911 and let us know she was just a few minutes away.  When Kate arrived at our house, things were moving at lightning speed, but Kate just kept her cool. We were minutes away from delivering a baby....and guess what? Nobody in the room had delivered a baby before! Kate immediately took total control, with calmness and confidence, getting the area prepped and strapping on her latex gloves. Within just a few minutes, Kate actually delivered our little daughter! And you would have never known this was her first delivery! She just nailed it!

Its hard to put into words exactly how great Kate was, but suffice it to say that everything about Kate and how she handled the situation made our unexpected home birth an amazing experience. Kate's first priority was to ensure my well being and she was amazing at keeping connected with me, even amidst all the chaos. It was an amazing experience to share with Kate and we will never forget it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meaghan Thorkelson

8/26/2018

I was very nervous about labour and delivery and I had goals for a natural birth that I was worried I wouldn't be strong enough to attain. I was on the fence about whether I should hire a doula, but I'm so happy I did.  Hiring Kate was the best decision and well worth the money! She is such a caring, thoughtful person and instantly made me feel very comfortable. She supported my goals for a natural birth and provided the encouragement I needed to get through labour and delivery drug free, just like I wanted! Just knowing I had an experienced, knowledgeable person there gave me a confidence boost and made me less nervous. She was the perfect choice for a birth coach and didn't replace my husband's role as my birth partner.  

She was available to chat anytime, before or after the birth, all hours of the day. She is very knowledgeable, easy to talk to and has a great library of books for you to borrow. I would highly recommend having Kate as your doula, she is amazing. You won't regret it!

Veronica Verigin

7/28/2018

We are so thankful that Kate was our doula for the birth of our son!  He is our second child, but we knew we wanted to hire a doula again.  Kate was so kind and supportive throughout the whole experience.  She prepared us well before the birth, even lending us a book that was a big help!  She was always available to text or call with questions, and she was very kind and understanding when I was getting frustrated that I was overdue and might need to be induced.  When I did go into labour, she came over, and her, my husband and I became a team to mangage all the contractions together.  We got into a really good rhythm, and I have positive memories of labouring at home.  When we arrived at the hospital, I found out that I wasn't as dialated as I was expecting.  However, my son was born 2 hours after that, so the labour became really intense.  Kate was such a valuable support to my husband and I!  She knew what was going on with my emotions, my labour, and the medical staff, and she was there for us.  She supported us, gave us information, and knew just what to say to help us continue to labour well.  If it wasn't for her, we would have had a very different birth.  When things got more intense, the medical staff talked to each other, but no one explained to me what was happening.  Kate, however, was there for me, and she kept me informed so that I knew what was going on.  Kate stayed with us for several hours after the birth until she knew we were settled well into our room.  She stayed in touch, and her post partum support has also been very valuable.  I believe that Kate is more than our doula - she has become a friend, and if we have another child, we will definately be calling Kate again!!

Whitney Ann

7/11/2018

I can not say enough good things about Kate and the support and encouragement she gave us as our doula.  Kate was with us every step of the way.  She offered us guidance in the earlier days of pregnancy, when we didn't know what to expect from our birth experience.  She was unwavering throughout my very long labour and was a rock for both me and my husband.  And further to that, she has been an invaluable support as I navigate my life as a new mom.

Kate has a calm and confident presence that goes a long way in the delivery room.  She put us both at ease from the moment we met her.

I would highly recommend Kate to anyone looking for a doula.  She is truly a gem.

Deanna Clark

5/1/2018

The Prenatal, birth and labor, and postpartum support services that Kate has offered to myself and my husband have been truly invaluable and beyond words. I cannot imagine going through this journey without her, and I am certain I would not have had such an incredible birth experience and positive outcome had she not walked through it with us!!

Kate's attention to detail, compassionate listening, and availability to us were amazing, and left us feeling hugely supported and understood.

I can not recommend choosing Kate as your birth support highly enough-she has helped me have a birth experience I only dreamed possible!!! She also worked very closely with me to help me work through a lot of fear surrounding birth, which proved invaluable going into the labor room!!

Shanna Faulkner

4/17/2018

As a first time mom-to-be, I wasn’t sure if I needed or wanted a doula, but looked into it anyways. Man, am I glad Kate was a part of our birth experience!! It was (and is) so reassuring to have someone to reach out to with any question about pregnancy, labour, birth or post  partum. Kate is knowledgeable and so easy to talk to. During labour, Kate was such a strong support to my husband and I and had lots of ideas about labour positions and techniques that made the whole ordeal way more comfortable than we could have on our own! She was so very helpful without being overbearing in any way. Kate was just what we needed and I so hope she’s around if we have other children in the future! 

Rebecca Bradley

3/21/2018

I Was preparing for the birth of my second child my first boy and was unsure on having a doula. I had had a doula with my daughter and had ended up having a c-section.The Doula didn't end up having a whole lot to do. This time around I wanted to attempt a vaginal birth after cesarean and  do everything I could to increase the chance of that. So I met with a few doula,s early on in my pregnancy but didn't connect with any of them .I decided at that point to just have my partner and midwife as birth support. However as my birth approached I decided that I did want to revisit the idea of having a doula for extra birth support I met with Kate and liked her right away me and my partner discussed it and decided  to go ahead and have Kate as labour support.Kate helped me laminate my focal point pic of my deceased dad .I was able to labour at home for the first 24 hours.She came to my home early and supported me throughout that process . She was a huge support at the hospital setting up lights in our room. I had a long birth about 48 hrs of attempted vaginal delivery ending with in an emergency cesarean which Kate stayed and supported me through the entire process.She came to the hospital and visited me there as I had an Extended Stay my Baby was in the NICU for 4 weeks. Also Kate hand sewed a beautiful blanket and hand-knitted a baby hat for him which I thought was incredibly kind of her. Overall Kate was a loving supportive helpful influence during my birth and postpartum. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for extra support during labor and Beyond. I found that Kate Went the extra mile bringing her own special little touches to help support me through the labor process. It was a difficult process for me as I'd hope so much for that vaginal delivery but having Kate to help me through it and come see me afterwards really helped me get through that more difficult part of the birth experience and focus on my beautiful little baby boy :)

Robyn Penfold

2/17/2018

We feel so incredibly grateful to have had Kate as our Doula. She was incredible supportive and gentle throughout the whole process. She met with us before hand getting to know us. She also came to our house during early labour and helped to make sure I was comfortable. Her reassurance and ability to step in where needed was incredible. I'm not sure what we would have done without her! She was supportive afterward and kept in touch. I would highly recommend her as your birth coach, we are so grateful she has stepped into our lives.

Kelly Anderson

1/29/2018

From the start, I knew I needed Kate! Her personality was exactly what I needed and wanted: so positive, bright and confident. In the hardest parts of birth she was right there to hold on to (literally). I could reach out to her through text too before or after birth, and her awesome library of books was so handy! I truly believe that my birth went the way it did because of my awesome team of ladies and Kate was a huge piece of the puzzle. You won't go wrong having her be your doula! ??

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