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Catherine Fischer, MA



Catherine Fischer, a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula and Certified Hand in Hand Parenting Instructor, has been working with families since 1994. She is a former elementary teacher, an experienced birth and postpartum doula, and a long-time parent support group leader serving Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area families.

Catherine's Postpartum Doula Care
When helping families as a postpartum doula, she builds parents’ confidence by helping them understand and respond the needs of their individual babies, while providing the day-to-day support which parents and siblings need. Catherine will fit into your household according to your needs and create a smoother transition to life with your new baby or babies.
Catherine's Birth Doula Care
When working as a birth doula, Catherine built positive relationships with doctors and nurses while supporting families to advocate for their needs and preferences. She has supported families through both unmedicated and medicated labors. She has helped families to have positive experiences with vaginal births, including VBAC, and with planned and unplanned surgical births. Although no longer providing birth doula services, her experience deepens her understanding as a postpartum doula.
Catherine's Parenting Support
In her parenting class and consultations Catherine offers concrete strategies as well as empathy and a sense of humor in order to help families with the emotional challenges of parenting. Catherine has trained staff and parents at local day-cares and preschools. You can see some of her writing about parenting here.


  • Hand In Hand Parenting Instructor Certification, 2017
  • DONA International approved Birth Doula training, 2013
  • 90 hours of Professional Lactation Education, from Barbara Robertson, IBCLC, Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor 2013
  • Certified Postpartum Doula through Doulas of North America International, (DONA) 2012
  • DONA International approved Postpartum Doula training, 2010
  • M.A., Education, Goddard College, Plainfield VT, 1994
  • B.A., English and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1986


Earning her MA in Education from Goddard College, Catherine researched the importance of listening to children as an element of anti-bias curriculum. She trained as a postpartum doula with DONA International in 2010 and as a birth doula in 2013. She has completed over 100 hours of Professional Lactation training, and 1 1/2 years as a support person at a breastfeeding support group. She has been a certified postpartum doula since 2011. She is also certified in First Aid and Infant CPR by the American Red Cross. In 2017, Catherine joined the Hand in Hand Parenting team as a Certified Instructor.

Catherine is passionate about the power of listening and being listened to. She has served as the director and volunteer coordinator at a Women’s Crisis Center, an organizer of a school peer conflict mediation program, a peer counselor and parent support group leader and facilitator of community dialogues on race. Catherine has been married since 1998 and is the mother of a teenager. The listening tools she teaches to parents are the same ones she uses in her own parenting.

Catherine’s Philosophy

Catherine respects and supports all families. While she brings plenty of knowledge and experience to the table, she considers you the expert in your children. She shares what she has learned and also wants to understand and learn about the unique experiences and particular values of your family.

Catherine understands how giving birth and caring for babies and young children makes us vulnerable in new ways. Sooner or later, our parenting will present all of us with unexpected and sometimes overwhelming challenges. She considers it a privilege and honor to help, teach, reassure and encourage parents in their journey.


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