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Welcome to Birth & Beyond Doula Services, LLC

Together, we’ve got this!



Where the Passion Begins

Serving Spokane, Washington and surrounding areas


Nicki Ament

Owner/Certified Doula

I've had a passion for helping people all of my life, and I’ve had the pleasure of being able to do just that for nearly 20 years as a caregiver to the elderly here in the Inland Northwest. Covid, the pandemic, and expecting my first grandchild in 2020, made me realize that my next path needed to be helping pregnant people, their babies, and their family.

It’s important to me to help empower people in their lives, with the decisions they make and how they go about making them, especially in the birth world. Far too often, we are made to feel that others know our bodies better than we do, and that has to change. I am here for that change. 

I’m a mother to three great kids, a Nonni to one amazing grandson, and a wife to one fantastic husband. In my spare time, when I’m not helping babies come into the world or new families in their postpartum, I’m involved in advocating for our state’s homeschoolers, fostering kitties for a local Spokane rescue, and then helping those kitties, and others, find their forever homes. 

I am excited about where this adventure is taking me and I’m so loving getting to work with people as they expand their families. There’s nothing quite like being a birth worker!


Kelly Kathrens

Owner/Certified Doula 

Hello! My name is Kelly. My passion for birth work initially began when I found out I was pregnant at the age of 15. I didn’t have much support, and I found the labor and delivery nurses to be less than positive about my situation. I thought I’d pursue an education in nursing so I could give my patients what I didn’t have, until I realized that what I desired was actually much more than that. While nurses are absolutely life-saving and crucial, they can’t provide 1:1 support to each person (as much as I’m sure they’d like to!). As a doula, I can! What I would have given at 15, to have had ONE person who was there just for me. To have someone help me in those early months of having a newborn and feeling unprepared, scared, and alone. I want to be that person for you. I want to comfort you, encourage you, and celebrate with you during this momentous time in your life. I want to sit with you, hear you, and answer your questions. It’s my passion to make your transition into parenthood a positive and beautiful thing…whether it’s your first, or seventh child! I’m an active bi/ally within the LGBTQA+ community, I volunteer in pet rescue in Spokane, and I love spending time with my children, grandson, and partner. I’ve lived in and loved Spokane for my entire life. I believe we’re only as good as how we treat others. I’m passionate about providing evidence-based care, and seeking out continuing education. Let’s do this, together!

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At Birth & Beyond Doula Services, it is our mission to provide the utmost care for birth people, regardless of race, creed, sex, gender, disability, National origin or financial status. We strongly believe that every birth person deserves to have all the information to make an informed choice in their birthing time.  Our vision is to enhance the physical, emotional, and psychological health of birth people, babies, partners, and families through evidence-based education, comfort and support during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood.


Contact Kelly or Nicki

Serving Spokane, WA, North Idaho, and surrounding areas

509-638-2717 or 509-475-8078

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