“The best gift I have to offer new and expecting families is my ability to instill confidence within themselves, and provide them with my knowledge, experience, and unwavering support that is truly free from judgment, opinion, or bias. When I leave a family and they feel better equipped, more confident, and well supported in their parenting choices, I know I have done my job."
Owner | Birth | Postpartum | Placenta | Education
Kaity’s desire to support, assist, and nurture others is deeply rooted within her, so becoming a doula came naturally to her when she learned about the benefits they provide during her own pregnancy. She was invited to attend the birth of one of her closest friends where she fell in love with her work as a doula. It was then that Kaity realized this is what she was meant to do, and her career as a doula was born. Her own wide variety of birth experiences has afforded her the opportunity to understand and better support all birth choices and experiences.
Kaity feels honored to be selected as the trusted and unwavering support system for parents as they go through one of life's greatest journeys; the journey to parenthood. Assisting new and expecting families in finding the information they need, and supporting each decision they make as parents are Kaity's favorite parts of being a doula. She knows that mothers need a safe place to be honest and real, and she hopes to be that safe harbor.
Having completed her first doula training in 2010, Kaity is committed to expanding her knowledge and understanding of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum to better serve the clients in her community through continuing education and self-study. Techniques such as Rebozo and Spinning Babies are among her repertoire of additional certifications and trainings.
Kaity’s love and compassion for others is felt from the moment you meet her. Her kind and genuine presence puts her clients at ease. Kaity’s strong ability to meet each family where they are and give them the tools to be successful has helped many parents feel confident in their own birth and parenting journeys. Kaity truly goes above and beyond, and her attention to detail is impeccable.
Born and raised in Independence, Kaity feels devoted to the families she serves here in Eastern Iowa. Opening an agency was the fruition of a dream to serve more families in a way that is unbiased, unconditional, and unwavering. She has dedicated her career to improving birth through educating and supporting families.
When Kaity isn’t tending to her clients, teaching, or in the agency office, she spends her free time with her husband, and their four children. She enjoys fun family trips to Phelps Youth Pavilion and exploring the trails at Hartman Reserve Nature Center. Fall is her favorite season as she looks forward to hoodie weather, Thanksgiving meals, and the beauty of leaves changing colors.
“My greatest gift for families is my ears. I like to say I have more than two of them. Compassionate listening is more than just hearing words and preparing to reply. It’s about listening from a deeper place; to hear their heart and connect with them."
Birth | Postpartum
Kelly began her birth work in 2010. As the founder of Northeast Iowa’s International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) chapter, Kelly has a passion for listening to and supporting parents through every type of birth and postpartum experience they may have.
Kelly is able to connect with parents on a deep level. Her ability to genuinely listen and validate each woman’s experience helps them feel respected, valued, and supported. She reveres birth as a life-changing rite of passage and knows empathy during this time can profoundly change the perspective of those involved in the birth process.
Kelly has attended a variety of trainings such as: Birth and Postpartum Doula, Birth Story Listening, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders with Postpartum Support International, Birthing Racial Justice, VBAC Facts, Rebozo, Spinning Babies, and Birthing from Within as an Advanced Mentor. Through these trainings she has developed a specialty in reducing and recovering from birth trauma. Kelly is currently in the graduate program at University of Northern Iowa studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Kelly’s other achievements include: ICAN Midwest Regional Coordinator, 2014 Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award for her work with ICAN, and guest speaking for many events across the Midwest and through virtual webinars for ICAN’s Speaker Series.
Kelly has lived in Cedar Falls for the last 10 years and has become fond of what Northeast Iowa has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys taking her family camping at Black Hawk State Park and, in the fall, eating everything that tastes like pumpkin.
"The best gift I have to offer new and expecting families is zero judgment. There is so much pressure from society on what is right, what is wrong and what is considered strange, what is considered normal. It can feel like we are constantly second guessing ourselves. My goal is to provide information and support for each family and to empower them to be confident in all choices they make."
Trish moved to the Northeast Iowa area in 2015. After being enthralled with the process and experiencing the benefits of placenta encapsulation herself, she decided to pursue training as a Postpartum Placenta Specialist.
As a strong and independent woman, Trish finds joy in helping other women connect with their own inner strength to make choices that work best for them. Being able to approach a new mother with no judgment or expectations makes her a valuable asset in clients’ homes after they’ve given birth.
Trish is easy to talk to and enjoys connecting with the mothers she encapsulates for while they learn all about their new babies or ask common questions regarding early postpartum transitions.
In her downtime, Trish loves to spend summer enjoying The Falls Aquatic Center with her kids, but in the winter she prefers the beach and vacations to Mexico. Trish resides in Waterloo with her husband and their three children.
“I want to connect with people to make them feel like they matter. Genuinely caring about them allows me to do that.”
Having experienced four pregnancies and labors allows Jessica Lake to understand what new families are going through and connect with them. However, it was the miscarriage of her son at 17 weeks that sparked her desire to provide postpartum support for families. She completed her Postpartum Doula training so that she could provide the critical support new families need - especially those families who have experienced a loss.
Jessica’s ease in making meaningful connections allows her to build relationships with her clients and better support their needs. She loves learning about each family’s dynamics so she is able to help them feel empowered when it comes to welcoming a new member into their family.
A lifelong resident of Northeast Iowa, Jessica and her family currently reside in Independence. While she loves taking her girls to the pool or for a summer picnic, fall is their favorite season and they look forward to family trips to Heartland Farms pumpkin patch and Allen’s Orchard.
“My passion is people! I find it extremely fulfilling to talk, relate, laugh, and cry with people, which is why I’m able to connect with my clients so quickly. Seeing the vast transformations in a family’s sleep habits result in them being happier and well-rested is so rewarding.”
As a Certified Child Sleep Consultant, Audrey uses the science of sleep and methods that have been proven over time to be the most effective in teaching healthy sleep habits. As a mom of four, she has personally worked through sleep struggles - ranging from environment and schedule to diet and personality - with success, having her babies sleep through the night by four months old.
Although Audrey usually only consults with families for a short amount of time, she strives to build relationships with her clients by sharing their frustrations and battles, and also their joys and celebrations. Helping families learn healthy sleep habits and seeing them live happier and more well-rested lives as a result is what continues to fuel her passion for sleep consulting.
Audrey and her husband have called Marion, home for over ten years. She is an active volunteer at her church, and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her kids. Their favorite activities include going to the park or pool, toasting marshmallows around the campfire, and cuddling under warm blankets for family movie night.