About The Doula

I’m Katie

Doula, mother, & friend

I have 3 children and each of their births has had a tremendous influence on my life, leading me on the path to realizing my passion for empowering mothers on their own journeys.

I love reading, especially books related to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Give me a book, a warm cup of tea, fuzzy socks, and a cuddly blanket and I am a happy camper.

I have an extensive Lending Library of books available to my clients free of charge, click here to check it out.

My own motherhood journey took place in Stuttgart Germany. My first birth was a challenge for me, one which I was unprepared to meet and it was not easy. I walked away feeling disappointed in my body but happy to be a mother. Those difficulties motivated me to make some changes. The next time I was pregnant, I took a birth preparation course and gained some tools for labor. I rocked that birth and it was truly transformative. I walked away feeling powerful and strong. This experience inspired me to become a birth worker and help women put their feet on the path to a powerful, positive birth.

Skills & Qualifications

A mark of someone who is truly passionate about their work is continuing education

I invest a lot of my time and resources in specialized trainings and reading books about pregnancy, birth, postpartum and new parenthood. I work very hard to be researched based in all my approaches and understand how best to emotionally support mothers in all situations. I pledge to continue to do so!

Here are the trainings that I have attended so far.

Birth Doula

  • Trained Curtis Method Hypnodoula
  • Mentored by Doulaed
  • Massage and Reflexology Techniques for the Professional Doula
  • Advanced Rebozo Training
  • Accupressure for Labor
  • VBAC Doula Certification (VBAC Link)
  • Holding space for Pregnancy Loss (Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death)
  • Volunteer Member of the Utah Doulas Association Board
  • Spinning Babies: Optimal Fetal Positioning (Training June 2019)

Postpartum Doula

  • CAPPA Trained Postpartum Doula
  • CAPPA Trained New Parent Educator
  • Recognizing and preventing Postpartum Mood Disorders (Shoshana Bennett)
  • Massage and Reflexology Techniques for the Professional Doula
  • Infant Massage Techniques
  • Cuarentena Traditional Support

Interested in how I can support you with these techniques?

Testimonials

I hired Katie for my first pregnancy and I could not have made a better choice. I was very nervous about my pregnancy because I am single and also have been diagnosed with PTSD. When I met Katie I immediately felt a great connection and that she would be invaluable throughout my pregnancy experience. I was right, I can’t recommend her enough. I went into my labor feeling supported and prepared and I had an amazing experience with Katie right there with me.

I loved being able to text or call her with any of my concerns, especially since I didn’t have a partner or traditional support. She was calm and patient during my unmedicated labor and delivery (even when I was yelling at everyone in the delivery room). If you are considering a doula or if you’re curious about the process, I highly recommend at least talking with Katie to see if she is a good fit for you.

Heather Leavitt

Katie has a lot of great qualities that make her an exceptional doula. She’s confident, assertive, down to earth, kind, and incredibly knowledgeable about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

Heather Tolley

I absolutely loved having Katie on my birth team, she made all the difference in my birth experience. Although my birth experience was traumatic, I don’t have any of the lasting effects of the trauma because Katie was by my side the entire time. She guided me through each twist and turn and filled me with affirmations that made me feel like I was still in control and handling the situation with grace. I felt like she was extremely knowledgable and a great resource. She is a compassionate and kind person and I genuinely value the relationship we formed through her prenatal visits, my birth, and our postpartum visits.

I loved being able to text or call her with any of my concerns, especially since I didn’t have a partner or traditional support. She was calm and patient during my unmedicated labor and delivery (even when I was yelling at everyone in the delivery room). If you are considering a doula or if you’re curious about the process, I highly recommend at least talking with Katie to see if she is a good fit for you.

Sandy Earle

Katie helped me bring my fourth baby into the world and I couldn’t have asked for a better doula! From the start I felt a real connection with her. During the two visits she really learned what I wanted to achieve, helped me prepare for the things I was scared of or worried about, and gave my husband lots of good tips on new ways to support me. 
She is a wealth of knowledge and shared so many things with me that truly opened my eyes about our bodies and the birthing experience.
During my labor she did everything to make me as comfortable as I wanted. She helped me maintain my voice with the staff, made sure I knew all of my options, and provided information when I was unable to speak for myself. She reminded me of how strong I am especially during transition when I felt like giving up. 
She made this my best birth experience yet by giving me the tools I needed to be comfortable, confident, and have trust in my body and that it knows what it needs. I will be recommending her to everyone and if this wasn’t our last I would without a doubt be inviting her to be a part of my birth team again.

Susan Pullan

Katie has depth and experience beyond most Doulas I know. She has seen most situations and scenarios and knows how to ease your birth experience. Anyone is lucky to have Katie with them. 

Beth Garcia

As a first time dad, I was so nervous about the entire process. Sure, I thought I knew what birth was all about, but in reality, I was pretty clueless. When Katie came to do the prenatal visit with us, I was hooked on every word, and really resonated with everything Katie was saying. Because of her, we attended a birth class that completely prepared us for the process of labor. She helped my wife navigate the entire pregnancy. When it came to the birth itself, while it wasn’t at all what we planned for, Katie helped my wife navigate the confusion and changes and I believe it’s only because of Katie that we can look back at our birth and be so happy for what it is and not regret what it wasn’t.

Jacob Earle

Katie Förster: where do I start? She has the ability to connect with anyone, from the moment she first meets them. People are drawn to her. She is so knowledgeable about birth and the postpartum period and is always striving to expand her skill-set. Any mother would be so lucky to work with Katie.

Rickie Pehrson Bryner

Katie was simply amazing! As a birth photographer, I have been able to watch and document MANY doulas in action, so I was very excited to hire Katie, as I was confident in her knowledge and care.

She kept in contact with me throughout my whole pregnancy and was there for me via text during a whole WEEK of prodromal labor when things were start and stop.

When I finally decided it might be time to go to the hospital, she came down and supported me through a fast and extremely INTENSE labor. She reminded me to breathe, which was HUGE for me. But she also helped me visualize so I could bring my sweet babe earth side!

I’m so happy I decided to hire her for my birth and don’t regret a single thing. She was a phenomenal presence in my birth space.

I loved being able to text or call her with any of my concerns, especially since I didn’t have a partner or traditional support. She was calm and patient during my unmedicated labor and delivery (even when I was yelling at everyone in the delivery room). If you are considering a doula or if you’re curious about the process, I highly recommend at least talking with Katie to see if she is a good fit for you.

Rowan Steiner

Katie completed my mentoring program and thoroughly impressed me. She is organized, knowledgable, compassionate, intuitive, and experienced. Having taken an extra step to go through an additional mentoring program makes her an even sharper doula. She knows how to bring the most crucial information to her clients to help them make informed decisions for their birth. She communicates well throughout the process and is respected in our doula community. I’ve seen her other clients praise her and I am confident in recommending her!

Michelle Holmes

Katie is amazing and has been so helpful for me in loss, pregnancy and PP. I can’t even begin to describe the emotional support she has provided me during my journey! 10/10 would recommend!

Rowan Steiner

Katie provided postpartum services after the birth of my third child. She is so compassionate and knowledgeable. She showed my fun new ways to interact with my newborn and also showed me some great products to use during the different stages of my baby’s development.

Beyond her birth/postpartum services, Katie is knowledgeable in lactation support and basic troubleshooting with feeding and latch issues.

I’ve been very happy with my decision to hire Katie for postpartum support. I’ve felt supported and befriended, and it’s made my postpartum period less lonely and less isolating than with my previous births. In turn, it’s made my postpartum depression and anxiety much less severe.

Charissa Parkinson