“Remember this, for it is as true as true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.”
--Ina May Gaskin
Katie Schram, Birth Doula
Hello! My name is Katie Schram and I am a DONA (Doulas of North America) Certified Birth Doula. My journey to become a doula began before I even knew about what the role of a doula was. I'm a North Dakota native and started out as a pre-nursing student at UND, hoping to specialize in labor and delivery. I quickly realized that what drew me to nursing was the idea of supporting women and their choices, and that maybe nursing wasn't the best option for me. I decided to study Elementary Education and English language learner instruction (ELL), and went on to teach 2nd grade in Menahga, MN. While teaching, I had a few friends who told me about having a doula at their birth and I was fascinated by this. I thought "This is what I was called to do!" In October 2014 I completed my birth doula training and finished my certification in March 2016.
It is an honor to support women throughout their pregnancy and birth. All women deserve a strong support system. My role as a doula is to offer you evidence based information so you can make informed choices along the way. I want you to feel empowered by your birth experience, whatever that looks like. I support all births, and all birth settings.
Because I believe that all women who want a doula should be able to have access to one, I work as a doula at a non-profit called Everyday Miracles, which offers doulas to families on state issued insurance. I love working with families from a variety of backgrounds.