Kathleen Ruvalcava, BIRTH DOULA, CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR
I’ve always been around babies and birth; I can’t imagine having any other job! I have been in the birth field since 2012 and have supported families in all kinds of birth in a variety of settings.
I am DONA trained, always learning and growing so I can stay up to date on latest birth practices. Whether you’re birthing at home, a birthing center, or one of the many hospitals in our area, you deserve a doula! I will help you plan for your big day, stay by your side as you bring your baby earthside and make sure you’re well taken care of after you begin the “fourth trimester”; that special period of time where you heal, adjust, and enjoy integrating your new little lovey into your family.
One of my favorite parts of being a doula is getting to know the stories of my clients, finding out your hopes and goals for your birth, and pointing you to evidence based information.
We will talk through fears and concerns, practice comfort measures, and discuss all the options you have before the big moment comes so you can make sure you and your care provider are on the same page.
My role is one of support; I work for you. If you have a partner, I will help them shine in their role as your #1 encourager.
Call me to set up a complimentary consultation! I’d love to hear from you. I attend births in the Ann Arbor area, as well as a one hour radius from Metro Detroit (Troy, Royal Oak, Novi, and Detroit to name a few cities).
When I am not at a birth, you can find me hanging out with my four children (probably watching FRIENDS), studying for my Bachelor’s of Science degree, and trying to make magic happen in the garden.
Let’s talk about ways I can support you!
“I'm not downplaying any of wonderful care of our medical team, but I can say with confidence that our doula brought a dedication to helping my wife through labor that was on another level... My wife benefited from having a "coach" to help her work through the various stages of labor and not become overwhelmed by challenges. As a husband, I appreciated being able to rest when I needed to during the marathon of labor, knowing that my wife was under the attentive care of our doula."
- Grant, 10/25/2019