Kim Palmatary

She/Her
Birth Doula, Full Spectrum Doula
Location: Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Families Served: 900 +
Birth Package: $1,900 - $1,400 + Agency Fee & Taxes
Experienced Supporting: 2SLGBTQIA+ Families, Parenting and/or Caregiving, BIPGM Families, Immigrant and/or Refugee Families, Low-Income Families, Single Parenthood, Disabled Persons, Deaf Persons, Chronic and/or Acute Illness(es), Perinatal Mood Disorders, Multiples (Twins +), High Risk Pregnancy Care
Get to know Kim

Birth Doula Package

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Prenatal Care
  • Complimentary virtual or in-person meet and greet.
  • 2 Prenatal sessions, one virtual and one in person
  • Text and phone support as needed from hiring until 3 weeks postpartum.
  • Includes Brood’s Family Membership, with access to our 5 online courses, virtual private clubhouse, and the member’s area.
  • Colostrum collection kit with written and video instructions.
Birth Attendance
  • Unlimited communication in early labor via text or phone call.
  • Continuous support for your entire labor journey and 2 hours after delivery.
  • Comfort measures such as the use of a TENS machine.
  • First feed, latching, and newborn care support.
Postpartum Support
  • Two postpartum sessions (2 – 3 hours), with a focus on feeding and baby care support.
  • Text and phone support for 3 weeks postpartum.
  • Support in streamlining new family routines.
  • Connection to various support groups, peer-led groups, and specific resources such as counseling and lactation consultants if needed.

About

What languages do you speak?

English

What is your personal definition of “doula”?

A skilled and knowledgable person that helps prepare people for their labor, delivery and postpartum. Being kind, gentle, strong and helpful, and can sprinkle a lot of humour, ‘to help the person relax’ while they achieve their best birth!

What brought you to birth and postpartum work?

In 2001 I visited my brother and sister-n-law, the day after my niece was born. They raved about their Doula! Walking out of the Birthing suite, I decided to change careers. I wanted to have the opportunity to not only help people during labor but also to guide them, to become the best parents they could be.

In a climate of caregiver burnout, how are you caring for yourself?
My husband and best friend, is retired and an amazing cook, he feeds me when I have crazy long births, and is very supportive of my schedule 🙂 If I feel ‘burnout’ it is time for me to go play in my gardens, being a Virgo I like my hands in the dirt! It also allows me to be of ‘service’ and it brings out my nurturing instinct. I am also a Reiki Master and ground myself with meditation.
What is a standout book, movie/tv, etc about the childbearing/parenting journey that you return to?
TV
  • I loved the tv show ‘Call the Midwife!’
BOOKS
  • The Birth House’ by Ami McKay
  • Get Me Out by Randi Hutter Epstein, MD
Trainings
BIRTH/POSTPARTUM
  • Birth Doula Training, DONA.
  • Postpartum Doula Training, CAPPA.
  • Feeding Baby Support Training, La Leche League.
  • Reiki Master.
WORKSHOPS
FOR YOUR PERSONAL LEARNING, WHAT IS THE WORKSHOP/TRAINING ON YOUR RADAR?

In the future I might consider being a Death Doula, I have been with people, as they have transitioned. I am intrigued by the unknown of the beyond.

Testimonials

Kim went above and beyond during the birth of my second child. The birth started and stopped many times over the course of 2 days, probably due to my son’s compound presentation (“Superman hand”) although of course, we didn’t know that until he came out. She was quick to respond when birthing started up and ever-patient when it slowed down again. Kim helped us make the most of downtime by encouraging us to eat and sleep, and when I was SO DONE with that, she was able to suggest several activities and exercises to get the birth moving again. She probably came to our house 5 or 6 times over those two days and left us alone when it was needed. She related beautifully to my husband and to the midwives who were attending our home birth. Everyone really came together as a team to support us. Kim has attended hundreds of births which provided us with a perspective on the progress of our birth that we wouldn’t have had otherwise. The midwives were very busy at times with important medical-type things so it was great to have Kim be fully present for us throughout the experience. Kim’s energy is maternal, sort of like a cool aunt, which made me feel very safe with her. Her gentle sense of humor kept us laughing between contractions. She showed care in every word and gesture. Her presence was a big part of why our home birth was such a success, despite several hiccups and challenges. I would recommend her to anyone. Thank you, Kim!

We were matched with Kim as part of the South Community Birth Program doula matching. I was planning on attempting a VBAC and Kim’s extensive experience and high success rate with VBAC births made her an excellent fit for us. We had so many questions and fears leading up to labor and birth, but she was very confident and reassuring. She is warm, caring, and a very lovely presence to have around. My husband and I were so glad to have her in our birth space for support through my long labor. I do not recall a moment when she wasn’t there to help, support or lean on, emotionally or physically. She was also kind enough to provide me with a write-up of the timelines and many of the details of my son’s birth. I’m thankful to have had Kim as part of my birth team and was able to have a successful VBAC thanks to an amazing birth team that supported me and never once doubted my abilities. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Kim to anyone looking for an amazing doula.

Kim is a phenomenal doula. Her years of experience helping women and their partners welcome their new babes is so evident in all that she does when the big day comes. My baby came five weeks early so my partner and I yet had to meet Kim. I went into early labor and gave Kim a call and she was right on board with supporting me starting with my initial call. She put me at ease and told me what I needed to hear amidst the nervousness and anxiety that accompanied my baby’s early arrival. Kim was the first from my support team to arrive when I went into labor (even before my partner). This was the first time we met but because she put me at ease on the phone it felt so natural to have her in the room. As my labour progressed and the rest of my team arrived I was so grateful and blessed to have Kim with me. Based on previous experience I knew that my waters would be very hard to break. Kim’s experience shined in helping me try all sorts of things (within my comfort zone) to break my water. She even taught my sister a few tricks of the trade so that my sister could help me through my contractions. Kim also had such great practical tips for the use of the hospital room and she really interacted with the staff so well. Without Kim, I doubt labor would have been as smooth. If I have any more children, I definitely know who my doula will be.

It was a pleasure having Kim be a part of my birth experience. She was calm, knowledgeable, and sincere and made my first experience with labor much more relaxed. She was there to advocate for me and my partner and was able to explain things before they happened. I feel that doula services are very beneficial for first-time parents as there is so much anxiety around the birth process and Kim and Im sure other doulas are there to help guide and keep the process as relaxed as possible. I thank Kim for her time and experience.

We were so thankful to have Kim as part of our birthing process! She was a stand-in for us, as our doula was unavailable, so we only met her when we had already been in early labor for over 24 hours. She did a great job of getting to know us and understanding what we wanted very quickly. She was the perfect balance of kind and caring, but also clear and directive when needed. She was a huge support for both mom (suggesting positions, listening, caring, etc) and dad (helping him feel confident, giving him suggestions to support mom, etc). We ended up having a c-section and were so thankful Kim was there. It was so helpful to have one consistent familiar face from labor right through into the recovery room.

Fantastic. Kim has been my doula for both of my pregnancies – my first pregnancy I met her on a Wednesday night. That next morning (contractions started at 1 am) I had my baby. During the first, she was amazing with my husband. I barely noticed her there because she was coaching my husband to be right there for me (which was amazing! My memories from that birth are so sweet because I can still hear my husband coaching me to breathe or to relax, etc). She got him ice when he was flush and feeling funny. During the second birth, it was SO fast we were only together for 15 minutes (of horrible pain) until my daughter was born. She was great, relaxing me and letting me know I was okay. She stayed with us until we were comfortable. She was a great doula, always very easy to get a hold of, and responded to my messages immediately (even at 5 in the morning!). I felt like I was her only client which I know is definitely not true. I highly recommend Kim. She is very sweet and relaxing. She encouraged me and really felt like our support network. Always there, just in case. Always supportive and had great ideas during labor/birth. She really looked after my husband and I. As a fantastic bonus, she took great photos that I will forever cherish. I didn’t think I wanted pictures until she showed me them.

Kim supported me and my husband through the birth of our first child. She brought calm and confident energy into the room which was exactly what we, as first-time (or any time!) parents needed. We were so happy with the support (and FYI, also her wonderful pictures documenting the experience) that when we were expecting our 2nd child, there was no question that we were going to request her support again. She helped me to focus and motivated me to get the job done. Her sense of humor also had me smiling through contractions! If I was to have a 3rd babe, I’d call her…again. I would very happily and highly recommend Kim to anyone that is looking for a doula.

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