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Meet the Doulas

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Nicki Ament

Co-Owner/Certified Doula

Hi, I’m Nicki, co-owner and full-spectrum doula here at Birth & Beyond. I’m so excited you’re here! 

 

For most of my adult life, I’ve worked in home health and have loved getting to serve our community here in the Inland Northwest by assisting people with all aspects of their daily life. With the the birth of my first grandchild in 2020, a switch was flipped and it was then that I knew I had a calling for supporting people during the most life-changing times, becoming a parent.

 

Having me as your birth doula means constant emotional support throughout your pregnancy; someone who’s there to answer your questions, recommend good community resources (I know some really great people!), and even find the latest research so you can make informed decisions. It means having someone to also emotionally support those close to you; your partner/spouse, your family, your friends. It means having someone there for your entire labor and birth; helping you to stay relaxed and calm, providing physical support for pain management, and reminding you of the strength you already possess. 

 

As your postpartum doula, you may find me suggesting you go nap or shower while I keep an eye on baby and clean up your kitchen, prep a meal or fold some laundry. It may look like me providing you support with feeding your baby, helping you swaddle or wear them or even helping to bathe them. It most likely will look like me being there to listen, to let you rest and bond with your baby, and to ease your worries by taking care of the little things around your home so no one else has to. 

 

I am so passionate about this work and am excited that you’re getting a doula! It’s such an honor to work with new families and get to see them become amazing parents, with the kind of love and support that we all deserve. Thank you so much for your interest and I look forward to getting to support you!

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Kelly Kathrens

Co-Owner/Certified Doula

Hello! My name is Kelly, and I am the co-owner of Birth & Beyond, and a full spectrum doula. I'd love to tell you a little bit about why I got into birth work;

 

My passion for birth work initially began when 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, overwhelmed, and alone. Birth and parenting are hard...nobody should have to do it without support!

 

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!

Little bit about me personally;

 

I’m an active bi/ally within the LGBTQIA+ community, I have been a volunteer in pet rescue in Spokane for over a decade, and I love spending time with my children (26, 21, & 18), grandson (18 months), and partner. I’ve lived in and loved Spokane for my entire life. I’m incredibly passionate about providing evidence-based care, while still honoring cultural and religious practices. My continuing education consists of learning from BIPOC and/or queer educators, as I believe these communities are underserved, and I want to provide services to anyone who wants and needs it.

 

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

We serve the Inland Northwest area for in-person support but also offer our services virtually!

Kelly 509-475-8078

or

Nicki 509-638-2717

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