About Me

I have been involved with birthing since 1983 with the birth of my first son. I was a Labor Coach from...

Katie Bachand

I have been involved with birthing since 1983 with the birth of my first son. I was a Labor Coach from 1983-1986, helping 100+ women through labor and delivery. I also taught Childbirth classes and lactation. Then I took some years off to raise my five children. I maintained touch in the delivery room and at home births while attending and coaching my friends who were having babies. When my youngest daughter turned 12, I made the transition back into the world of birthing.

The Bachand Family

My passion is women mentoring women. In everything I do, I try to pass my experience on to others. So if I am making jam, helping a woman birth her baby, creating a henna design, making soap, or working on relationships, I’m always trying to learn, and pass on what I have learned. I believe we all have something to give and something to receive, and in that process we can make this a better world. I believe women can work together in cooperation and comradery instead of competition and cat fighting. We need each other.

I’m a Christian and am very spiritual, but not at all religious. My faith has an impact on everything I do and influences the choices I make each day. I am a breast cancer survivor. In 1999, I was treated for two types of breast cancer. I truly believe everyday I live, I experience the gift of life. I live in Kent, WA and work primarily in South King County, Seattle, and the Eastside, but am willing to travel depending on your circumstances.

My Training

In the 80’s I was trained in Visalia, CA, by Dr. Harlan Ellis who wrote the revision to Grantly Dick-Read’s book Childbirth Without Fear.

Formal Training

Continuing Education

My Birth Philosophy

My passion is women mentoring women. In being your birth doula I can pass on to you what I have experienced while birthing my own children. I believe a woman’s body instinctively knows how to give birth and that through education and support of the processes, a mother can better relax and have a positive, empowering birth experience.

Birth will change your life forever and I want to help empower you to trust your body to give birth without fear. I believe talking about and being educated about birth will have a tremendous impact on how completely you trust your body in this task.

I believe that you have the right to choose how and where you give birth, as well as who will care for you during your experience, along with feeling safe and secure in your birthing environment.

Your needs will be my single focus while you labor and give birth. You can have what you need, when you need it, and you should not feel guilty about asking. The inclusion of family members, especially a woman’s partner, will have a tremendously positive impact on the birth experience. I believe in supporting your partner, while they support you, and not taking over their position. Their support may be as simple as looking you in the eye or holding your hand. I will work with you and your partner at whatever level of involvement they want to provide.

I believe that you should be able to cope with your pain in exactly the right way for you, whether relaxation techniques, position changes, massage, medications, or a combination of any or all of these things. I like to talk about birth as hard work rather than as a painful experience, and I can help you prepare for this hard work, “labor”.

I believe you have the resources within yourself to have successful birth whether it is vaginal or cesarean, making your birth a success.

I am a Certified Birth Doula with PALS Doulas and with DONA International. I work for Open Arms Perinatal Services providing birth doula services to low income women in the Puget Sound region. I volunteer for Operation Special Delivery serving pregnant women whose husbands or partners have been severely injured or who have lost their lives due to the current war on terror, or who will be deployed at the time that they are due to give birth.

My Birth Experience

200+ births: natural; water birth; home birth; birth center; VBAC; medicated; epidural; planned cesarean; unplanned cesarean; emergency cesarean; stillbirth; known complications; IVF; adopted embryo IVF; gestational diabetes; adoption; relinquishing; birth defects; premature; twins vaginal; twins cesarean; pre-eclampsia; female circumcision; miscarriage. Mother with diabetes, mood disorder, PIH, and more.

Puget Sound Birth Center, Evergreen, Overlake, Swedish Ballard, Swedish First Hill, Valley Medical Center, Highline Community Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Group Health Central, Auburn Regional Medical Center, University Of Washington Medical Center, St Elizabeth, Saint Francis Hospital, Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

Contact me for more information on my experience and availability.

Katie Bachand CD(DONA), CD(PALS), May 2008