The woman's presence in the life of her new baby is powerful and irreplaceable. The early connections you make will last a lifetime. Surround yourself with loving support as you prepare for the most important role of your life! Planning for a natural birth? Giving some thought to a home birth? Considering childbirth classes? We can help with that and more!
Encouraged to support women after the birth of her own daughters, Catrice Harris has been helping families with childbirth education, labor & birth, postpartum and lactation support since 1992. From day one, she loved being a mom, but before the birth of her two girls, she was not sure of what to expect in this new role. Because of that, it became very important to help educate others who felt the same way. Her initial Lactation training was through the University of Texas Health Science Center and City of Houston WIC Programs. Childbirth Education came next as she began teaching Lamaze classes to expectant families, birth moms, and adopting parents. In 2008, she was able to take the leap away from Corporate America, and focus full-time attention on caring for families; it was no longer just a part-time venture. Bridging the gap between Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding support, she began working as a Birth and Postpartum Doula, becoming certified through DONA and ICEA. Learning more about the wisdom of women’s bodies, Catrice realized there is yet so much more to learn. In that quest to learn more, she began the journey toward becoming a Midwife, and attained the Certified Professional Midwifery (CPM) credential in early 2023. Catrice supports aspiring birth and postpartum doulas as they complete training, and currently works as a doula mentor with the non-profit organization, Healthy Start, through the University of Houston whose goal is to make doula support available in underserved communities, and improve postpartum outcomes. As more doors of opportunity open, she is grateful that this work has found her!
Lauren is a compassionate birth assistant and postpartum doula, who understands from her own personal experience, the challenges and rewards of out-of-hospital birth. Lauren has been supporting friends and loved ones through their birth and postpartum journeys since 2014. Her knowledge was further enhanced with the birth of her own son in a free-standing birth center in 2018. Lauren believes all women should have the honor of birthing the way they choose, and as part of your birth team, she will support your wishes and goals with the kindness and respect you deserve.
Whether you are a first-time mom, first time birthing outside of a hospital, or if you have children already and just want extra support, birth doulas can be a huge asset as a part of your birth team. They provide hands-on, non-medical comfort and support throughout labor and birth, and many offer education to help you prepare for your best possible birth. Ask about our list of preferred doulas, or ask a trusted friend or family member who has used a doula.
In the words of John Kennell, M.D., " If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”