Kathie Neff, Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Birth Story Listener

CCE(BFW), CD(DONA), DAP Doula (RCHF), CLEC(UCSD)

Kathie Neff Childbirth Educator and Doula

Welcome to the Rite of Passage known as Birth!

As a Certified BIRTHING FROM WITHIN Childbirth Educator, I use the Three Ways of Knowing: Ancient Knowing, Modern Knowing, and Knowing Self to provide a strong foundation from which to prepare for your birth.

Utilizing a lens of knowing encourages a strength-based, adult learning experience, built into all of my services, which helps you to prepare for labor and birth in a way that also prepares you for parenting . . . and for life.

As a Birth Professional serving the Inland Counties and surrounding communities since 2009, I offer Doula Services, Online Childbirth Classes, Birth Coaching, Infant Feeding Consultations, and Birth Story Listening Sessions.

It is a privilege to serve as a Childbirth Mentor. The work enhances my growth as a human being and expands my inner spirit, since each set of parents come to me as both students and teachers; I learn something new each time I enter into the process.

KNOWING: Community Support During the Childbearing Year

Monthly Zoom meetings for mothers and others through the lens of KNOWING: Ancient Knowing, Modern Knowing, Knowing Self

Monthly communal support and a safe place to grow with baby.

This innnovative approach to supporting you through pregnancy will begin soon in 2021.

online childbirth classes

BIRTHING FROM WITHIN CHILDBIRTH CLASSES

As the days and weeks fly by, and you imagine meeting your precious baby for the first time, taking a class can help!

In the tradition of Birthing From Within, a variety of maps will help you to find your way through labor. Additionally, we offer a variety of tried and true Pain Coping Practices. No matter your particular plan (unmedicated, or epidural, or other plan) meeting the intensity of labor with strong Pain Coping Practices, practiced in advance, can instill confidence as you move toward that first contraction. The opportunity to explore the potential of each method in class allows you to "add" the practices you find most helpful to your "gathering basket" for labor.

Combining the Pain Coping Skills with practical information about your body's process during labor provides a well-rounded backdrop for how to use your voice and new skills during labor.

What do I already know about birth? What about a MAP for labor?

How the body works in labor and how to encourage labor progress.

Creating a Safe Environment in any birth location

Meeting Unexpected Surprises with Resilience

Planning for Practical Solutions Postpartum

Birth and Parenting as a Rite of Passage: What do I need?

Classes also include two 30-minute check-in's by phone for each couple; one mid-course and the other after the final class.

  • Cost of Class includes one of these books: Heart Centered Pregnancy Journal OR Labyrinth of Birth for each couple.
    • Regular Price: $260 per couple;
    • Twofer Price = Two couples sign up for only $135 each couple.
  • Use "Contact Me" below to get more information or to get a link to sign up!

"Kathie’s services were invaluable in helping me to heal my birth story. Following the birth of my daughter, I was left with a whiplash of complicated emotions. Kathie guided me through these raw emotions, helping me to process the most painful parts. Her nurturing and non-judgmental demeanor made me feel safe, and I am deeply grateful." -Macon

"Kathie's BFW Classes helped us to prepare for the unknown: labor & delivery and a new life with a new little one . . ."

" . . . her wisdom, gentleness, and non-judgmental spirit were our faithful guides. We are so grateful for her!" - Mandy and Matt

"Kathie was our doula for the birth of our third child. Before his arrival, she helped us heal from previous birth trauma and reclaim rituals to welcome him . . ."

". . . during his birth, her calm and confident knowledge of a woman's birthing body helped him make his way peacefully. Kathie is a wise elder that will nurture and help you grow your family." - Anna V

"Kathie is an intuitive teacher and comforting advocate. She gave me courage, knowledge, resilience and love in the anticipation of baby and during the labyrinth of labor!" - Erin M.

"As a husband working to support my wife through birth, I can truly say that having Kathie as our doula to support both of us was invaluable. That she's so knowledgeable, capable and present is just the start of it . . .

. . . it was her wisdom, her attention, her care and her confidence that rooted us in the moments when we needed it most."  - Rana B.

"Kathie, thank you for all your help and support during my first pregnancy. Your experience as a mother and as a doula guided me through every step of the process . . . "

" . . . and during my second pregnancy I found Birth Story Listening to be especially helpful while working through my feelings post-birth. It helped me to release certain feelings and expectations before the birth of my second child."  - M. Garcia

"Thank you for all your help, guidance, and advocacy throughout my pregnancy. You are a warm light in my small world and I appreciate all the time we have had together." - Jasmine

"Thank you for allowing me to be open with you, for being absolutely supportive with responding to my needs and guiding me towards a much more easing path of reflection. I am so honored to be with you for this journey."  - Emily V.

 

Pain Coping Workshop Labor

FREE Doula Services for IEHP Clients!

You can now request my services through the Doula Access Program.

INCLUDES:

  • Three (3) Prenatal Preparation Sessions
  • Support through your entire Labor & Birth
  • 3-Postpartum Support Sessions

My prenatal services include the Birth Story Listening process at no extra cost.

To talk with me about IEHP Doula Services, feel free to send me a message through the contact section below.

To find out more about the Doula Access Program, visit: rchf.org/doulaaccess
To sign up for a doula, or to request me as your doula: Call 951-788-3471, or Email: doula@rchf.org

PRIVATE DOULA SERVICES: $1250 - $1550 (depending on services included)

Designed specifically with couples to include prenatals, entire birth support, postpartum services, and birth processing for one or both parents if needed.

Virtual Pregnancy Support California

Pregnancy and Birth Coaching

The normal support infrastructure for pregnancy and birth looks very different right now due to COVID-19. Book a phone coaching call if you just need a quick dose of support or if you have questions.

  • Preparing for your birth during COVID-19.
  • Exploring hospital, home or birth center as possible birth locations.
  • Discussing your particular needs in birth preparation and how I might assist you.
  • Sliding scale of $25, $35, or $45 for 1 hour conversation.
Birth Story Listening Sessions

Birth Story Labyrinth Sessions

The Birth Story Labyrinth process is designed to help explore any residual feelings you may have from a challenging experience giving birth. 

A gentle, yet powerful, process to explore challenges that came up during your birth and to view them through a unique lens. This process can be helpful in offering access to greater peace of mind; as preparation for a subsequent birth; and as a helpful tool for birth givers and birth workers alike.

Appointments by phone or in person.

Sliding scale of $25, $35, or $45 per 1-1/2 session via Zoom.

Contact me to get started..

Service Area

Serving the Greater Los Angeles Area including Riverside & San Bernardino Counties since 2009.

E-mail

kathieneff@gmail.com

Phone

Phone: 951-203-9560

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Birth does not ask you to be fearless. It asks you to be Brave.

Britta Bushnell, PhD