Bringing a new baby into the world is no small task. Having a doula by your side during birth or the postpartum period can make this life-changing time go a little smoother. I provide my clients with evidence based information to empower informed choices, as well as nonjudgemental labor and postpartum support. I believe all birthing bodies are valued and deserve to be nurtured during this critical time.
I'm Kate Soloff, a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, Breast/Chest Feeding Counselor, Childbirth Educator and Integrative Lactation and Feeding Specialist based in Brooklyn, New York. I live in Flatbush with my partner, Morgan, our daughter Clementine and our fur baby Gus. I've been a babysitter/nanny throughout my life, in addition to being in the service industry and doing improv comedy. Working together, listening and problem solving are some of the skills that have helped shape the kind of doula I am. It's important to me that each birthing person be viewed as a unique, beautiful, individual with their own plans, hopes and dreams. My goal is to help facilitate the most ideal birth or postpartum experience possible. Birth and babies are unpredictable. Having the right person by your side, cheering you on, can really make the difference.
What I Offer
As Your Doula
As your doula, I am here to provide emotional, informational and physical support! I am here for the whole family, to parent the parent(s) in the process which can be really overwhelming.
I take clients solo and also in partnership with Jessica Apfel (thewealthyapple.com) in a doula partnership. This model allows the support of two doulas with a well rounded birth and postpartum support package.
Partnership of two doulas - one of us will attend the birth.
Three prenatal visits where we will meet with you virtually and in-person to discuss birth planning and preferences, postpartum recovery and basic newborn care + lactation + feeding support (w/Kate) and comfort measures + coping techniques (w/Jessica).
Support throughout the pregnancy via text, email, or phone.
24 hour on-call support from 38 weeks to 42 weeks (or until the baby is born). Once labor begins, Jess or I will join you once you feel we are needed. Throughout your labor, one of us will offer you continuous informational, emotional, and physical support and will stay until the baby is born. Once the baby is born, we stay up to two hours after birth, or until the initial latch is made (if desired).
Resources of recommended practitioners, workshops, podcasts, and books.
Two postpartum check-ins with you and your baby, process the birth experience, and offer any support through resources or answer any questions. Kate can offer additional lactation and feeding support, if desired.
Pregnancy, birth and the early days of child rearing are an adjustment for any family, whether it's the first or fifth baby. My Postpartum Support goal is to give you get the best information and care possible. I can help nurture the birthing parent (and partner if applicable), care for older children or pets, do light housework and chores. I also offer delicious, nutritious meal plans (please inquire about this separate service). Whatever you can use a helping hand with, I will be there offering support.
I am available for postpartum services. Jessica and I also offer birth packages with extended postpartum support.
Contact me to learn more about all of the services that I offer.
"Kate showed up to be whatever I needed during the laboring process. She was prepped with a big bag of comforts to offer if I needed such as chapstick and a speaker, which came in super handy as we forgot ours in the rush of getting to the hospital. She was a lovely companion to spend those hours with. Kate has a contagious positive energy. Always there to be fully supportive without being overwhelming. She's always ready to go beyond expectations. She held my leg and coached my pushes!"
"Kate was a wonderful doula from prenatal visits to postpartum! I felt supported during the entire journey of pregnancy into new parenthood. I particularly appreciated Kate's sense of humor, her groundedness, and her knowledge of labor and birth. I had a very long labor and she supported me the entire time which empowered me to feel calm and capable through labor and delivery. My partner was also very thankful to be able to share caring for me with someone who had been through the birth process before."
"We were lucky to have Kate help us out through the postpartum period. She came in confident and took over and that was really needed, can’t stress having the professional support enough. She was great with our baby and made lots of yummy foods, would highly recommend Kate to anyone looking for support!! You won’t regret it."
Getting meal prep from Doula K8 was one of the best choices our family made in the haze of the postpartum period! We had a meal train and were so grateful for it, but nothing really beat the sense of peace and nourishment we got from being fed by Kate. It was especially great to have a thorough conversation with her before she cooked anything where she asked about our preferences, restrictions, nutritional needs and goals. As the breast feeding parent, I was hungry ALL THE TIME and my partner was struggling to juggle his own new parent feelings and transition, going back to work, and trying to cook for both of us. The meal prep service was not only delicious and convenient, it helped eliminate a source of tension and that is priceless in those early postnatal months!