Kirby Paterson, LMSW, PMH-C
The time immediately after birth, known as the postpartum period, can be full of intense changes, emotions, and adjustment. My passion is working with expectant and new parents to help them find balance and peace in their new lives. I love working with all parents and aim to be inclusive and accessible to all who need support. Every family deserves the support that a doula brings.
Welcome to Haven. I'm Kirby Paterson, a clinical social worker and postpartum doula based in Ann Arbor, MI. I have spent many years living in Ann Arbor and have always considered it my home. I attended a birth for one of my friends when I was 22 and in the middle of my MSW studies, which gave me my first hint that I may someday want to pursue something birth or postpartum related. In the time since then, I have spent a decade working as a clinical social worker - first, as a therapist, and more recently, in medical social work.
I had my first child in 2017 and my second in 2019. Despite knowing my resources and having a wonderful care team, I still noticed after my births that there seemed to be a huge gap in postpartum care. I started to learn more about the doula world and becoming a postpartum doula felt like a natural fit.
I completed my training with Lifespan Doulas in Summer 2020 and my Perinatal Mental Health certification (PMH-C) through Postpartum Support International in 2021. I feel honored to work with families during this intense time of adjustment and change.
Services may vary greatly depending on the needs of each family, but can include:
Emotional support/space for processing
Tips for postpartum recovery
Opportunities for rest and bonding
Basic newborn care
Coping for older siblings
Basic meal preparation
Light household assistance
Connection to community resources
Services are initiated with a complimentary consult (ideally before the birth of the baby) to determine if we would be a good fit for one another. If it is determined that we are not an appropriate fit, I am happy to connect you with another doula who may be.
All services are provided at an hourly rate of $35/hour, with a 20 hour minimum.
Note: Financial constraints should not be a barrier to excellent postpartum support. I offer sliding scale services on an as-needed basis. Please feel free to contact me for more information
I would love to talk with you about ways in which we can partner as your family grows! Please contact me via a message below, or directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734.623.9504.
I look forward to speaking with you soon!