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Katie Brenner

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Placenta Encapsulator




ProDoula Certified Elite Doula – Labor and Postpartum & Infant Care, Certified ProDoula Childbirth Educator *CCE, Certified ProDoula Infant Feeding Specialist, Certified ProDoula Postpartum Placenta Specialist, ProDoula Labor Doula Trainer, ProDoula Postpartum & Infant Care Doula Trainer


Phone: 513.655.7941

Kate Rich

Certified Labor Doula (CAPPA) 

Certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator


Certified Stillbirthday Birth and Bereavement Doula

Certified ProDoula Childbirth Educator

Certified ProDoula Postpartum and Infant Care Doula



Phone: 513.594.0853

Mission Statement

Cincinnati Area Doula Society is an organization of Doulas and Childbirth Educators that serves to promote and support the work of independent birth professionals in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas.

Our purpose is to promote awareness and education regarding options for pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum for families; to provide and encourage networking, cooperation and furthering education opportunities for the birth professional community; and to promote the use of and access to Doulas and independent Childbirth Educators to the general public.


Local Resources

Birth Organizations
Ohio Families for Safe Birth:
Birth & Beyond:

Lactation Assistance
La Leche League:  / 513.357.MILK
Bethesda North Lactation Consultants:  /  513.862.PUMP

Support Groups
Homebirth Circle (Yahoo Group):
Attachment Parenting (Yahoo Group):
International Caesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) (Yahoo Group):
A Lighter Shade of Blue (PPD Support):  / 513.225.7284  /  24 Hour Hotline: 513.931.WARM

Online Resources

Spinning Babies for Optimal Fetal Positioning:
Mothering Magazine and Discussion Forums:
Solace for Mothers: Birth trauma support:
Dr Sears Parenting and Pregnancy:
Kelly Mom: Breastfeeding and Parenting:
Brewer Diet for a Healthy Pregnancy:


Pregnancy and Birth
The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth – Sheila Kitzinger
Gentle Birth Choices – Barbara Harper
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth – Henci Goer
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin
Spiritual Midwifery – Ina May Gaskin
The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions – Penny Simkin
Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation – Pam England
Maternal Fitness: Preparing for a Healthy Pregnancy, an Easier Labor, and a Quick Recovery – Julie Tupler

The Nursing Mother’s Companion: Revised Edition – Kathleen Huggins
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Seventh Revised Edition (La Leche League International Book) – La Leche League International

Parenting/Infant Care
Good Nights: The Happy Parents’ Guide to the Family Bed (and a Peaceful Night’s Sleep!) – Maria Goodavage & Jay Gordon
Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason – Alfie Kohn
The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library) – Robert Sears, MD
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two – William Sears, MD
The Vital Touch: How Intimate Contact With Your Baby Leads To Happier, Healthier Development – Sharon Heller

Special Topics
The VBAC Companion: The Expectant Mother’s Guide to Vaginal Birth After Cesarean – Diana Korte
Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC) – Nancy Wainer Cohen
Having Twins And More: A Parent’s Guide to Multiple Pregnancy, Birth, and Early Childhood – Elizabeth Noble

The Safety of Waterbirth

In April 2014, ACOG (the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology) and the AAP (the American Academy of Pediatrics) published a joint statement rejecting Water Birth as a safe option for expecting parents.

The news caused many in-hospital birth centers and regular labor and delivery services to ban or slowly phase out water birth when they offered it before (such as Family Beginnings, in Dayton), or to cancel plans of offering it in the future, depriving many families of an increasingly popular comfort measure.

Evidence Based Birth just published a thorough analysis of the evidence used for the ACOG/AAP publication so you can decide what is safe for you and your baby: Evidence on the Safety of Water Birth.

Yes, you can delay cord clamping and hold your baby skin-to-skin!

The benefits of delayed cord clamping are becoming better known by expecting parents and care providers. Skin-to-skin is a wonderful part of birth and family bonding, and has been shown to improve infant health and breastfeeding relationships.

You may have been told by your provider that delayed cord clamping and skin-to-skin immediately following birth were incompatible, because gravity would prevent placental transfusion (when your baby continues receiving blood from his placenta) from happening, and that your newborn would have to be placed below his placenta until you were ready to cut the cord, preventing you from holding him right away.

However, this recent study published in the Lancet shows that no matter where your baby is right after birth (lower than your abdomen, or skin-to-skin on your abdomen or chest), placental transfusion still occurs and it is not affected by gravity.

The authors conclude: “Position of the newborn baby before cord clamping does not seem to affect volume of placental transfusion. Mothers could safely be allowed to hold their baby on their abdomen or chest. This change in practice might increase obstetric compliance with the procedure, enhance maternal-infant bonding, and decrease iron deficiency in infancy.”


Delayed Cord Clamping Should Be Standard Practice in Obstetrics