After many years of experience in women’s wellness, I am thrilled to be supporting birthing & postpartum families as a Doula.
Before becoming a professionally trained doula, I spent 15 years working in women’s health clinics and in private practice as a health educator & patient advocate, in addition to volunteering in leadership positions with several non-profit organizations. Now that I have raised my own kids while working full time, I am enjoying the freedom to commit to a full time 24/hr on call Doula schedule, confidently supporting families beginning to build their own foundations.
As a parent, I became aware early on about the importance of building your village of support, starting during pregnancy (or in pre-adoption/birth phases) throughout their life! Along the way, through raising my own kids and supporting patients and friends in their parenting adventures, I became passionate about the importance of providing unbiased information, calm, and non judgmental support during periods of family growth and change. Building community to mentor you, listen to your concerns, provide a shoulder for your tears, or join you in some good laughs is imperative!
David and I live in Amberley, occasionally with our blended household of our 4 magnificent grown children, when we are lucky enough to have them in town for a visit. I am endlessly proud and in awe of Isabella, Nick, Mae and Eva, out creating adventures on college campuses, military bases, on stages, in their hard-working jobs, and in international travels. They are strong, intelligent, ridiculously funny, with boundless kindness and humility. We are very close, and although I miss the days of giggling little people running throughout the house, I’m really enjoying this phase of our relationship! They inspire me and make me laugh everyday. Thank goodness for FaceTime and good travel apps!
One of the most exciting aspects of my life recently has been the birth of my 4 year old Godson, Luka. Luka brings so much love, humor, immense and surprising vocabulary, and unending energy to my life.
I am also Mother to a very spoiled dog named Manny Owen, whose Dad (David) is a thoroughly reformed former anti-dog guy.
Collaboration & Continuing education
Labor Doula (DONA)
Postpartum and Infant Care Doula (ProDoula)
Know Your Rights Certified (Evidence Based Birth/Birth Monopoly)
Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR Certified
Member of Cincinnati Area Doula Society http://cincinnatidoulas.org/kate-gonzalez/
Long career of supporting and educating individuals and families in community clinics and private practice starting in 1994.
Supported as an advisory board member, group leader, speaker, committee member, or ambassador for multiple organizations including:
Cancer Support Community
The Right Action for Women