Whole Family Care
Parenthood is a journey.
Sometimes we just need a hand to get to where we want to be.
I’d love to join your family’s team at any point on your journey!
Birth and Postpartum Services
Birth Doula Services
As your birth doula, my approach is to discuss your preferences and hopes with you in detail and explore how I can best support you and your labor support team, to share my knowledge of the standard practices at our local hospitals and help you to find the information you need to make decisions about your care during pregnancy and your birth. Learn more >>
~ Katie Kusner, Ann Arbor
Sibling Doula Services
Care for your children during your birth, with ample opportunities for your children to get to know me and feel comfortable with me ahead of time. With years of experience helping families with sibling adjustment, I would love to support your little ones at this exciting, unpredictable time. Learn more
~ Stephanie, Ann Arbor“Catherine was great with my children. As my seven year-old son says ‘I can tell she was really paying attention to what I said.”
~ Dana, mother of three, Canton
Postpartum Doula Services
Help with every aspect of your postpartum adjustment–from rest and physical recovery to breastfeeding support; from understanding your baby’s cues, help with meals and care for older siblings to emotional support, reassurance and guidance for your individual family’s needs. Learn more >>
Postpartum Planning Consultation: An in-depth assessment of your family’s needs for the postpartum period and an individualized plan for your family including resources and strategies for sleep, meals, relationships, self-care, secure attachment, sibling adjustment and more. Can be done pre- or postnatally. Included in the Comprehensive Family Care Package. May also be purchased separately for $125 >> Contact me to request your session.
Beyond Doula Services: Check-Ins for the first year and beyond
As you transition out of the intensive support of doula services, set up some regular on-going support and benefit from the relationship and understanding developed during my time with your family. These can be one-time only, weekly or monthly for as long as you would like.
Parenting Support Check-in
If you are the only parent home, you can relax while I make you lunch or a snack and reconnect with your children. We’ll talk about how things are going for you and your family. This is not babysitting, but a mini-postpartum doula visit with an emphasis on providing you with resources and strategies for your current challenges as well as emotional support, reassurance and encouragement. Up to 90 minutes.
Included in the Comprehensive Family Care Package. May be purchased separately for $55.
Date Night Check-in
Relax and enjoy dinner with your partner while I reconnect with and care for your children. This is not babysitting, but a mini-postpartum doula visit with an emphasis on supporting your relationship as partners. If desired, we will also discuss your current challenges and resources and strategies which can help. Up to three hours. May be purchased separately for $125.
Strategies For The Emotional Challenges of Parenting
After the first year or two, many parents feel that they are in new territory again without a map. I offer the following services to help you understand the new world of toddlerhood and beyond.
Tailored to your unique family situation I will offer practical suggestions with no judgement to help your family out of a rough patch. Learn more
Hand in Hand Parenting Starter Class
Six-week class gives parents a complete introduction to using Hand In Hand Parenting listening tools and mentoring for using them with your unique family situation. Learn more
Understanding Tears and Tantrums Class
Three-week class gives parents the practical tools and emotional support you need to weather the emotional storms of parenting. Learn more