Katie Rohs, CD(DONA), LCCE
“I ended up having pretty long back labor and Katie was fantastic. She had various massage techniques and suggestions for how to cope with the pain, extreme endurance, and was calming to both my partner and me. The return on the investment was wonderful and worth it.”
People often ask, “What made you decide to become a doula?”. My journey to becoming a doula began when I was a young child though I wasn’t aware of it until I was grown with my own children. My mother was a volunteer doula serving low income and at-risk mothers through a county program. It wasn’t unusual to wake up & have my dad making breakfast because my mom was “helping a mommy have her baby”. In fact, it was surprising to me when my friends relatives had a baby & I asked, “well, who is helping?” and they replied, “The doctor??”. My mom attended all the births of my cousins (I’m the oldest of 10 cousins), and countless other women. At my encouraging, my mom became a doula while I was pregnant with my twins in 2005 and was a full time, practicing doula until recently.
In 2010, I attended the birth of my niece as a support person, and the birth of my best friend’s second child as a support person for her husband. These two events moved me deeply, and in December of the same year I decided to become a doula myself. In January 2011 I took the Birth Doula Skills Training at Bastyr and have been busy “doula-ing” ever since.
I am trained in disability advocacy by the ARC of King County, and I am a Finding Your Voice Parent Trainer. I have founded several parent support groups for parents of children with disabilities including the Shoreline Special Needs PTSA. Having experienced a late-pregnancy loss of twins and being the mother of a child with multiple disabilities, I use these experiences to help empower others to advocate for themselves and their children during their birth and in years beyond.
I also work as Penny Simkin’s administrative assistant, and am past president of the Board of PATTCh, a not-for-profit dedicated to the prevention and treatment of traumatic childbirth. I live in north Seattle with my eleven year old twins Hank & Lily, and my forty-something singleton husband Todd. I studied Sociology at the University of Washington, and I bleed purple and gold. Despite being a rabid UW Husky fan, I don’t discriminate against Cougars.
Ten Tidbits About Me!
- I was in the Husky Marching Band for five years & can still sing the fight song.
- I have been to all PAC10 football stadiums (before we were the PAC12).
- I live next door to my parents and the house I grew up in. Which is awesome! No, really! It is!
- My husband spent the night before our wedding in the hospital.
- If it comes in purple, I’ll buy it.
- My favorite show of all-time is Friends. How YOU doin’?
- I have a glassybaby addiction.
- I lived in Boston when the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series & broke The Curse.
- I prefer candy over cookies and chocolate.
- I’ve served as campaign treasurer on six elected office campaigns.
Education & Training
- January 2011 — Birth Doula Skills Training, Simkin Center for Allied Birth Professions at Bastyr University
- February 2011 — PALS Advance Doula Training: When Baby Dies
- March 2011 — Northwest Doula Conference
- March 2011 — Advance Doula Training: Birth Story Medicine for Birth Professionals with Pam England, Birthing from Within
- June 2011 — Apprenticeship with Sharon Muza
- July 2011 — PALS Apprenticeship with Alissa Wehrman, SUNBirth Services
- September 2011 — PALS Advance Doula Training: Supporting the Journey, Avoiding the Obstacles: Working with VBAC Clients, Sharon Muza
- September 2011 — PALS Advance Doula Training: Ready, Set, Rebozo! Rebozo Uses for the Childbearing Year, Sharon Muza
- November 2011 — DONA Seminar on Third Party/Client Insurance Reimbursement for Doula Services
- November 2011 — Advance Doula Training: TENS in the Toolbox – Safe and Effective Use of TENS to Reduce Pain in Labor, Sharon Muza
- November 2011 — Advance Doula Training: B.R.A.S.: Breastfeeding Resources, Applications, and Skills for Doulas, Carrie Kenner
- November 2011 — Advance Doula Training: Supporting LGBTQ Families, Joy MacTavish
- February 2012 — When Survivors Give Birth 2-day workshop with Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus
- February 2012 — InJoy Webinar: Extraordinary Babies, Extraordinary Support (supporting premie babies and families) with Michelle Kinne
- March 2012 — REACHE Annual Conference: Birth, Baby, Breast, Business: What you don’t already know!
- April 2012 — PALS Advance Doula Training: Traumatic Birth, PTSD & The Doula with Penny Simkin
- May 2012 — Passion for Birth Childbirth Educator Training with Teri Schilling and Sharon Muza, a LAMAZE educator training
- July 2012 — Placenta Encapsulation Training with Carrie Kenner
- August 2012 — NW Area Childbirth Educators Forum (NACEF) Conference (Portland, OR): Childbirth Education – More Important Than Ever!
- November 2012 — Great Starts Childbirth Educator Training with Janelle Durham, an ICEA-approved Childbirth Educator Training
- May 2013 — Midwives Association of WA (MAWS) Spring Conference:
- Informed Consent: When Autonomy and Beneficence Collide – Keynote from Andrew Kotaska
- Decision Fatigue in this Time of Informed Choice and Complex Maternity Care – Penny Simkin
- May 2013 — Powerful Prenatals with Carrie Kenner
- November 2013 — Certified Doula with DONA International
- November 2013 — Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
- March 2014 — Praeclarus Press Webinar with Christine Morton: Doulas and the Medical Management of Childbirth
- May 2014 — Simkin Center Webinar with Penny Simkin: New ACOG Guidelines on Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery: Do They Raise More Questions Than Answers?
- September 2014 – Lamaze/DONA Confluence, Kansas City, MO
- General Sessions:
- Preventing the First Cesarean: Highlights and Recommendations from the February 2012 NICHD Workshop on First Cesareans – Katharine Wenstrom, MD
- What Listening to Mothers Can Tell Us about the Future Challenges in US Maternity Care – Eugene DeClerq, PhD
- The Confluence of Childbirth Education and Doula Care within a Shifting Landscape of “Evidence-Based” Maternity Care – Penny Simkin, PT
- Concurrent Sessions:
- Let’s Stop Trying to Turn Men into Women: Meeting the Real Needs of Pregnant and Laboring Fathers – Amy Gilliland, Ph.D., BDT(DONA)
- A Birth Plan for Your Business: Writing a Business Plan to Launch or Grow your Birth Business – Deena H. Blumenfield, E-RYT 200, RPYT, LCCE
- Views of Doulas, Childbirth Educators and Labor and Delivery Nurses on Each Other; Emotional Burnout and Quality Improvement: Results from the Maternity Support Survey – Megan M. Henley, PhD Candidate and Christine H. Morton, PhD
- Evidence-Based Care: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and How to Help Families Find it – Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC
- General Sessions:
- September 2014 – Breastfeeding Beyond the Hospital Stay: Understanding the Implications of Breastfeeding and Marijuana: Is there a Difference Between the Grass and the Weeds, Roger Dean RPh
- October 2014 – Undisturbing Birth Workshop with Sarah Buckley
- October 2014 – Northwest Doula Conference
- February 2015 – Webinar: Maternity Care Practices and their Impact on the Microbiome, Penny Simkin
- March 2015 – REACHE Conference: Preventing the Primary Cesarean: Your Role Within the New ACOG Guidelines
- March 2015 – Webinar: What’s New in Postpartum Depression Research with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
- April 2015 – Webinar: Providing Culturally Sensitive Care to LGBT Families with Kristin Kali
- May 2015 – Webinar: Boomers, GenX, Millennials & GenZs: Birth Trends & Tomorrow’s Babies, Penny Simkin
- May 2015 – Welcoming Black & Native Families to Your Practice, Sherry Payne and Camie Jae Goldhammer
- August 2016 – Webinar: For Allies Only, Ngozi Walker-Tibbs
- September 2016 – Lamaze/ICEA Conference, Las Vegas, NV
- General Sessions:
- No Day But Today – Elan McAllister, Choices in Childbirth
- What Does the Informed Childbirth Educator Need To Know About Labor Pain Relief & Family Centered Cesarean in 2015 – Dr. William Camann
- Watchful Waiting Revisited: Birth Experience & the Neonatal Microbiome – Joan Combellick
- The Perinatal Revolution: Reducing Disparities & Saving Lives Through Prenatal Education – Jennie Joseph
- Concurrent Sessions:
- General Sessions:
- October 2015 – An Evening with Dr. Amy Gilliland: From Lovers to Parents & Back Again, Portland, OR
- October 2015 – Northwest Doula Conference
- November 2015 – Healing Birth Trauma: A Two-day Online Conference for Birth and Behavioral Health Professionals – PATTCh
- February 2016 – Great Starts Instructor Inservice: Nitrous Oxide Use at Northwest Hospital
- March 2016 – How Longstanding Mental Habits Can Lead to Postpartum Depression – Praeclarus Press webinar
- March 2016 – REACHE 2016 Conference: What Does Today’s Research Say? Helping Expectant Parents Understand Evidence-Based Care
- PROM and GBS: Birth Plan-Wreckers or Legitimate Threats? — Rebecca Dekker, PhD, Evidence Based Birth
- Tipping the Scales In Favor of Safer Birth – Helping Families Find and Use Data to Evaluate Birth Options — Christine Morton, PhD, California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative at Stanford University
- Evidence for Common Interventions during the Newborn’s Golden Hour — Rebecca Dekker, PhD, Evidence Based Birth
- Moving Beyond the Facts: Equipping Families with Tools for an Evidence Based Labor & Birth – Sharon Muza, sharonmuza.com
- April 2016 – Spinning Babies Workshop – Gaily Tully, CPM
- June 2016 – Repeat: Healing Birth Trauma: A Two-day Online Conference for Birth and Behavioral Health Professionals – PATTCh
- July 2016 – DONA International Conference
- Pre-conference session: The Doula Business Makeover: Simple but Powerful Updates for All Stages of Your Doula Business — Alice Turner
- General Sesson: 2016: The Year of the Doula, Penny Simkin
- General Session: Aligning Your Doula Heart with Your Birth Business — Jessica English, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE
- Concurrent Speaker: Attracting the Clients You Love: Authentic Marketing Skills for Today’s Doula
- General Session: Health System Complexity and the Global Cesarean Pandemic — Neel Shah, MD, MPP
- Concurrent Session: Shop Talk with Penny — Penny Simkin
- General Session: Disrupting the Status Quo: Exploring What it Means to Care — Peggy Holman
- Concurrent Session: Doulas Working Together: Co-Ops, Agencies and Programs — Panel discussion
- General Session: Sweet Sleep: Is Bedsharing Safe for Breastfeeding Families? — Diana West, IBCLC
- General Session: Horizontal Violence and the Future of the Doula Profession: Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That! — Cristen Pascucci
- Webinar: Why Childbirth Education is Still Important — InJoy Webinars
- August 2016 – Joined the Swedish Doula Program
- September 2016 – 100% Doula Business Program – Alice Turner
- October 2016 – Dads & Perinatal Depression — Perinatal Support Washington
- November 2016 – Recertified, DONA International Birth Doula
- November 2016 – Recertified, Lamaze International Childbirth Educator
- February 2017 – When Survivors Give Birth, Educator Training – Penny Simkin & Phyllis Klaus
- March 2017 – Supporting Addicted & Incarcerated Clients – Swedish Doula Program Inservice
- March 2017 – REACHE: The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Provocative Topics for Today’s Birth Professional
- #thestruggleisreal: How to Build Understanding and Empathy with Millennial Families, Jeanette McCulloch
- The Science of Attachment and Breastfeeding: Understanding How the MotherBaby Bond Influences the Epigenome, the Microbome, and Long Term Breastfeeding, Laurel Wilson
- Just Say N2O! A Panel of Medical Experts Say Yes, No & Maybe to Using Nitrous Oxide During Labor & Birth, moderated by Kim James
- Up in Smoke: Influence of Marijuana on Pregnancy & Breastfeeding, Laurel Wilson
- July 2017 – DONA International Virtual Conference
Honestly, I can’t imagine what my birth would have been like without Katie because there’s no way to extricate her from how things went down.J & D
Katie helped me focus on exercises and tactics we had practiced earlier. I had back labor and it was too much to handle, but Katie tirelessly helped ease my pain. She remembered all the different positions and how much each had helped me or not.N & S
I think what I like best about Katie is how filled with love she is. She turned what could have easily been another traumatic birth experience, into a really positive one, where I felt surrounded by comfort and support.Beth C.