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
- Certified Postpartum and Infant Care Doula, ProDoula
- Certified Labor Doula, ProDoula
- Certified Infant Feeding Specialist, ProDoula
- Adult, Child and Baby First Aid/CPR/AED (Dec 2020)
Within 60 min of Jamaica Plain
What can I help out with?
Infant feeding support; Infant sleep support; Infant care (bathing and hygiene); infant care and soothing measures; baby wearing guidance; checking in about how you’re adjusting to parenthood;
Light housework e.g. baby laundry, cleaning dishes;
Letting parent(s) sleep or go out for a walk while you take care of baby; Back-to-work preparation;
Discussion of parenting philosophies;
Sharing of up-to-date information and resources;
as needed referrals to medical professionals;
Light meal prep
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. Will be vaccinated by end of March 2021.
My name is Kathleen Stern (she/her). I’m looking forward to learning about your pregnancy, birth and parenting journey, and honored to provide you and your baby with care and support. A little about me: With grandiose childhood aspirations of becoming an astronaut, comedian, or cake decorator, I found my groove and ultimately became a teacher. I earned my M.A. in Teaching from Simmons University and stepped into a rewarding career educating, coaching, and building the confidence and skills of others. After the birth of my second child, it became crystal clear that supporting and educating families as they birthed their babies and found their way as new parents was ultimately what I was put here to do. I live in Boston with my husband Eric who, amongst many other wonderful things, is a top-notch dad and engineer. We are truly inspired by our daughters, Addie and Rosemary, who couldn’t be more different from one another, but are the most hilarious, playful, kind sisters we ever could have imagined. In my down time, I love to garden and exercise. When time allows, you can find me beachside, with a good book in my lap.
How do you help new parents?
Kathleen provides non-judgmental, compassionate, and evidence-based care with the goal of helping parents emotionally and physically recover from birth, helping babies adjust to life outside the womb, and managing anything that interferes with parent’s and baby's adjustment to the “fourth trimester.” 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 increases parents' sense of comfort, confidence, and decision-making skills.
Why did you pursue this career?
My postpartum experience with my first child was filled with exhaustion, self-doubt, and conflicting advice from well-meaning family and friends. I knew there must be a better way. During my second pregnancy, I hired a postpartum doula to provide me with the nonjudgmental, hands-on support I knew I would need. The immeasurable value, and the juxtaposition between my first and second experiences, prompted me to become a doula.