Hey there! 

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My name is Katie Rice. 

 

Like many, my pregnancy and the birth of my daughter had a profound impact on me.

As a Black woman, I knew before I even got pregnant that I would have to work hard to make sure I felt respected and safe.

During my pregnancy, I poured over books, podcasts, and articles online learning everything I could about birth. However, the single most important thing I did was hire a doula. It was such a relief to know that she would be there with me throughout the entire experience of giving birth to my precious little girl.

After my daughter’s birth, a tiny voice in my head started to suggest louder and louder that I might want to be a doula. Eventually, I decided to listen to that voice and embrace my calling. Since then, I have completed my certification with DONA International and am working towards being a certified Lamaze educator. I also teach childbirth education classes at a local hospital in Madison.

In my heart of hearts, I believe every birthing person deserves to feel respected and safe, no matter how they have their baby.

It is my strong desire to offer as many birthing people as I can unwavering support, encouragement, and the confidence to advocate for themselves AND their families.

It would be an honor to walk with you on this journey. As a birth doula, I support people through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Whether you need help locating evidence-based information about inductions, want someone to remind your partner to eat during the birth, or an extra set of hands to hold the baby while you take your first shower at home, I am glad to help. I’d love to get in contact with you to discuss how I can help you achieve your best birth!

Qualifications

DONA International Certified Birth Doula, 2021

TENS for Birth Professionals, 2021

Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminar, 2021

DONA International Approved Birth Doula Workshop, 2020

DONA International Approved Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas, 2020

DONA International Approved Breastfeeding for Birth Professionals Training, 2020

WI DCF Approved Abusive Head Trauma Prevention Trainer, 2020

Madison Doula Collective member, 2020

Culinary arts degree, Johnson & Wales University, 2013

Every birth is its own story. I have had the honor of supporting:

Vaginal births

Forceps-Assisted vaginal births

Vacuum-assisted vaginal births

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

Inductions

Planned cesareans

Unplanned cesareans

Medicated births

Unmedicated births

Waterbirths

GBS+ birthing people

Birthing people with gestational diabetes

Single parents

Blended families

Postpartum families

When I’m not wrangling my little person or working with families, you can find me singing and dancing with my daughter and husband, cooking my family a nice meal, or watching YouTube videos.

Probably that. 

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Katie is amazing and the best decision we made during our pregnancy. She is abundantly kind, reassuring, and helpful. She provided us with great information and resources during every stage of our birth process. She is a strong advocate for pregnant women and just the person you want by your side during a difficult birth. She has a calming presence that can bring clarity and peace to your baby’s birth.

-Carrie