Katie Baxter (she/her) began her professional career studying International Relations and Diplomacy (M.A.) and quickly realized she enjoyed working grassroots, one-on-one with clients and students, transitioning to full time birth doula work in 2017. Katie has a passion for babies, and families, as she worked on and off in childcare as a nanny specializing in infants and young children since 2006.
As the co-founder of The Postpartum Collective, Katie is a skilled facilitator and guide - with experience in conflict resolution and mediation, who uses tools from her ongoing study of nonviolent communication (NVC), and Restorative Justice to work collaboratively with her clients.
When working with Katie, you can expect a grounded, calming, engaged presence, and an educated, well-rounded birth prep and postpartum experience. Katie is experienced at supporting folks with chronic illness, mental health, a variety of family and relationship structures, etc. from a client centered-balanced approach, and birth team support model.
Katie strives to empower clients to work as a team, and advocate for themselves, equipped with knowledge and confidence.
Katie currently resides on occupied Anacostan and Piscataway territory, (Washington, DC), and serves all hospitals, birth centers, and homes in the region.
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Katie is highly skilled in facilitating conversations, has lots of knowledge from a variety of teachings and experiences, and she is helpful in exploring the emotional side of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
Working with Katie was like having your best friend and advocate who is knowledgable about birth and maternity wards all at once! She always presented things in impartial ways, while supporting my decisions and providing validation. She had such stamina and positive attitude though a longer than expected labor, and having her there was truly a blessing.
This woman is a legend. I recommend her wholeheartedly!
Katie helped me regularly during the first month of my newborn son's life, and I don't know how I could have done it without her. She is kind, trustworthy, reliable, and wonderful with babies! She helped me enter motherhood with confidence, and get the rest I desperately needed to recover after my C-section.
Education and Relevant Training
M.A. International Relations and Diplomacy
Dubrovnik International University, 2013
The Catholic University of America, 2010
DONA International, September 2017
DONA International, January 2018
Thai Yoga Bodywork
100+ hours of unofficial study with various teachers in Thailand
Sivananda, Kerala, India
2015 200/hour Yoga Teacher Training
Past Tense Yoga, Washington DC
2018 Prenatal Teacher Training