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Catrin Gunnarson

Rising Mother | Prenatal, Birth and Postpartum

Saint John, NB Service range 100 miles Ferries Okay! Currently crossing Canada/ USA Border!


Birth Fee

$1000 to $1600

Postpartum Rate

$35 to $40

Birth Fee

$1000 to $1600

Postpartum Rate

$35 to $40

Birth Doula Experience

9 years and 398 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

9 years and 287 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Wise Woman Way of Birth - Certified Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International-Approved Workshop, December 2016
  • DONA International-Approved Workshop, September 2017
  • MotherWit, February 2021
  • Wise Woman Way of Birth, March 2021
  • The Matrona, August 2021

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 5 births and 1 to 3 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: None

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth

College Education


Special Services Offered

  • Abortion support
  • Antepartum doula support
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth pool rental
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Child passenger safety technician services
  • Childbirth education services
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • LGBTQIA+ Support
  • Military families support
  • Miscarriage support
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Newborn care specialist
  • Pelvic floor health education & support
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Sleep educator
  • Sleep support consulting
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental
  • Vaginal steam/peristeam services

Training Documentation


Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Catrin's journey to Birth Work comes from a deep-seated need to empower, connect and hold space for birthing women and families. Intuition, patience and compassion are the foundations of her support. Her goal is to build a relationship of open communication and trust within your care team. Catrin is passionate about supporting families along their unique journey, whatever that may look like. Catrin is a DONA Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, MotherWit Postpartum Trained Doula, and The Matrona Holistic Doula Program Certified. Catrin is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist Practitioner in good standing with the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and Certified FEMM Teacher (Fertility Education & Medical Management). Catrin originally began her Doula work in Toronto, Ontario in 2015 and founded Rising Mother in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2019. Catrin has served on the Doula Association of British Columbia for 2 years as Vice President and President. Catrin is now servicing the Saint John, Fredricton and Moncton, New Brunswick Region as her forever home on the East Coast! "As a Doula, I am always honored to be invited to a birth, to hold space for families to have an empowered and positive birth and postpartum experience."

Languages Spoken

  • English

Fee Details

Standard Birth Doula Package is currently $1598.00 + tax with Sliding Scale and payment options available! Included in Rising Mother Birth Package: An initial consult with no obligation or fee • 3-4 prenatal education sessions • Weekly Check-ins • Unlimited phone/email support • Access to an extensive lending library • Use of an Elle TENS machine • On-call 24/7 from 36 weeks until the birth of your baby • Continuous support throughout the birth, I will attend as soon as you feel you need support and stay through to 1-3 hours postpartum for breast feeding support • 1-2 postpartum visits as desired. Rising Mother Postpartum Doula Support Fee: Daytime Service: $35.00/hr., Nighttime/ Overnight Service $40.00/ hr. Sliding Scale, Payments Plans and Discounted Packages Available.

Service Area

Saint John, NB Service range 100 miles Ferries Okay! Currently crossing Canada/ USA Border!

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Colleen O’Reilly


I'm so glad we chose Catrin to join us for our birth.

This was my first baby and my partner and I had no idea how much we both needed her support.

We planned to have a natural birth, but unfortunately this baby had other plans. Ultimately we needed more interventions than I planned on. Catrin was so supportive and knowledgeable throughout the whole birth process.

I felt very calm and confident with every decision we made because I knew we had someone who was advocating for us and our birth plan, and was still able to help us make the best decisions for a safe delivery.

Mary B.


Catrin came to help us at the end of February 2021. I had a scheduled c-section, and I knew I would need help after surgery and with a busy 3-year-old at home. It was a hard time since our families couldn't come to help during the pandemic. 

I remember the day Catrin came to our house for the first time. I was in my PJs, very tired and sore, and she came in a happy, strong woman of care and action! She was exactly what I needed! I showed her around the house, and soon she was washing dishes, folding laundry, holding my baby, playing with my little guy, and asking me if she could make me a snack! She worked hard and was so helpful around the house, and my husband was always asking, "When is Cat coming again?" It made a world of difference for us those first few weeks postpartum.

She was also very empathetic and compassionate. I had a very hard time nursing at first, and she kept encouraging me and supporting me through those struggles.  Often I just needed someone to listen to me and what I was going through. She never judged and always had words of encouragement. She also gave me some great health tips. She is a registered holistic nutritionist, and I enjoyed talking about my overall health with her. She is very open, and it was refreshing to have honest conversation with a smart and caring woman. She was also really good at answering questions over text and phone. I felt like I could call her any time.

Catrin was also great with my 3-year-old and new baby. She played a lot with my toddler when we started going on little neighbourhood walks. I was so grateful for that because I couldn't run! She was very careful and wore a mask when she held the baby too. I felt like I could talk to her about things if I was feeling uncomfortable, and she was always receptive and willing to adjust. We had a really nice month and a bit together, and I would recommend her to anyone! I’d have her back in a minute if I could :) 



We met Catrin the day I went in to labour - she was the back up for my Doula who unfortunately was not able to be with us on time. Even though we hadn't met before, it really didn't matter! Catrin stepped right in and made us feel totally at ease while we were in the hospital. I am a first time mom, so I have nothing to compare it to, but we honestly had a very easy going and relaxing 18 hours while we were together! She answered all of our questions as things came up and helped us to navigate how we wanted the experience to be. It was so helpful to just have someone else there who was experienced, not stressed out and could really offer support to both myself and my husband. I highly recommend Catrin and having a Doula with you for support through your pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

Manpreet & Babek Thandi


As first time parents with a 4 month old who was waking multiple times throughout the night, every night, we were exhausted. From the moment Catrin came into our home, she made us feel comfortable. She was present during our bedtime routine so our little one could get used to her, and then she stayed with him all night while we were able to get some much needed sleep. Catrin was very accomodating; she respected our preferences and did her best to make us feel confident having her stay with our little one. We knew that he was safe with her. 

After Catrin's nights with us, she continued to check in with us to make sure we were doing okay. And when she eventually moved, she provided us with contact information for other local doulas that we could connect with. Overall we had a great experience with Catrin and would definitely recommend her to anyone needing some extra postpartum help with their little ones! Amazing Postpartum Doula!!!

Erica Stewart


From our first phone conversation, I knew that Catrin would be essential for the remainder of my pregnancy, labor, and post postpartum.
During pregnancy, I could text or call her whenever about whatever and could expect an immediate response. Our prenatal sessions were loaded with useful information ranging from laboring positions to breastfeeding positions and were always fun to boot!
During labor, Catrin came to our hospital room and saved the day. My husband had been my support system for 24 hours at that point and was so relieved to have a break. I was rejuvenated to have Catrin's positive and knowledgeable presence in the room with us. When it came to following or deviating from my birth plan, Catrin was equally supportive and in the end, we all had a great birth experience and left with a beautiful and healthy baby boy.
Postpartum, she dropped off necessary items for the postpartum mom that I could not have lived without! Lastly, our postpartum follow-ups were just what I needed at the time: a friendly and experienced ear to talk to for a strung out and exhausted mom of a 2 week old.
Catrin is the best, my husband and I highly recommend her doula services. You will not be disappointed!

Courtney Chatburn


Catrin was such a pleasure to have during my pregnancy!  I was interested in having a natural birth and using alternative methods throughout my journey.  She was well informed regarding all the different options available to me.  Catrin listened to my concerns and desires and provided me with exactly what I needed.  She accompanied me to various hospital locations in order for me to choose what was right for my birth.  I always felt taken care of and in good hands with her expertise by my side!  I was also so happy to receive informational emails from Catrin throughout my pregnancy pertaining to my specific needs.  All in all, I am so happy I decided to work with Catrin and have her as my Doula!"

Birth Availability for Catrin Gunnarson

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