2 years of experience | 2 families served
Lives in Jamaica Plain, MA
$40/hr (daytime, 3-4 hour minimum per visit)
Fridays 9 am-3 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8 am-11 pm, Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs- 6 pm-11 pm
Experience & Education
- ProDoula labor
- ProDoula postpartum and infant care
- Adult, Child and Baby First Aid/CPR/AED (Dec 2020)
- Certified Infant Feeding Specialist
Within 60 min of Jamaica Plain
What can I help out with?
Infant feeding, Light housework e.g. baby laundry, cleaning dishes, Letting parent(s) sleep while you take care of baby, Letting parent(s) go out for a walk/coffee while you take care of baby, Sibling support, Light meal prep, Helping mom learn how to take care of baby
Health Precautions & Exposure
Wear a mask/double mask, wash hands and take off shoes immediately upon arrival, leave all personal belongings in the car, take and report temperature as requested, and will have a COVID-19 test at the first sign of any symptoms, exposure or as requested.
Hello parents and/or expecting parents! My name is Kathleen Stern (she/her) and I am honored to provide you and your baby with care and support. When I brought home my first child from the hospital after her birth, I felt like I was standing at the edge of a cliff without a parachute. My postpartum experience with my second child was completely different because I hired my own postpartum doula. That experience inspired me to become a postpartum, infant care and labor doula. I love getting to know clients, understanding what they need, jumping in to help, and ultimately building your own capacity and confidence. Whether it's holding your baby so you can nap, helping with breastfeeding positions and baby's latch, or discussing up-to-date research on various topics like infant sleep, I am here for you. When I'm not doula-ing, I love to tend to my vegetable garden and indoor plants, read, spend time with my husband and two kids (ages 4 and 7), exercise, and be by the water.
How do you help new parents?
Kathleen provides non-judgmental, compassionate, and evidence-based support with the goal of helping moms emotionally and physically recover from birth, helping babies adjust to life outside the womb (i.e. soothing, bathing, sleeping, feeding), and managing anything that interferes with mom's and baby's adjustment to the fourth trimester (i.e. sleep, breastfeeding and bottle feeding, parent philosophies, etc.). Kathleen deeply listens and intimately understands her client's needs. She provides a helping hand, shares resources and models techniques for parents. Her physical, emotional and educational support is meant to increase parents' sense of comfort, confidence, and decision-making skills.
Why did you pursue this career?
Kathleen's own postpartum experience with her first child was filled with exhaustion, self-doubt, and conflicting advice from well-meaning family and friends. When pregnant with her second child, she reached out to find a postpartum doula because she knew she needed a different type of support. After the birth of her second child, she witnessed firsthand the value of her own postpartum doula. Her doula was a supportive sounding board, a listening ear, someone who taught different breastfeeding positions, and a trusted human to hold her baby while Kathleen napped. Kathleen knew she wanted to be that type of support for others in the critical "fourth trimester." After 15 years as a teacher, instructional coach and adult educator, Kathleen transitioned to postpartum and labor doula services. She firmly believes in power of support, connection, increasing access to resources, and increasing one's own confidence.