Kaitlyn J. Reece, BSN, RN, Professional Birth Doula
Kaitlyn is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Kris. Together they share 4 beautiful children: two boys, and two girls! Kaitlyn’s birth stories were each unique and each had pros and cons. Though beautiful and special, Kaitlyn sought out more after the birth of her first child. Kaitlyn birthed her second child with a midwife and a doula, at home via water birth. This birth had a profound impact on Kaitlyn’s desire to serve women. When baby number 3 and 4 came along, Kaitlyn developed a heart condition that left her high risk and unable to birth out of hospital. Through these two experiences, Kaitlyn learned the importance of seeking out the BEST midwives and OBGYNS in hospital to help her safely birth her last two children. While it wasn’t her ideal birth plan, her birth team helped her create obtainable goals and empowered her to have the best, most natural birth experience she could under her circumstances. It was these births that truly opened Kaitlyn’s eyes to the importance of not just having a doula for low risk mothers, but high risk, too!
Kaitlyn’s love for birth began at the tender age of 8 years old. She knew birth work would be in her future after her favorite movies quickly became anything associated with birth: 9 Months, Father of the Bride I & II, and Now and Then.
Kaitlyn volunteered from 2006-2008, as an “unlabeled” doula through Rome Memorial Hospital to gain experience working with families and laboring with women. In 2009, Kaitlyn set off to Fort Worth, Texas to attend nursing school at Texas Christian University. In 2013, Kaitlyn trained with DONA and became a professional birth doula, running her own independent doula business called Speak Life Birth Services. These became some of the greatest years in her life! In 2017, Kaitlyn received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Southwestern Adventist University and officially became the proud owner of the credentials, BSN, RN!! After moving back home to CNY in 2017, Kaitlyn went on to work as a Labor and Delivery nurse at CNYs Regional Perinatal Center at Crouse Hospital. Today, Kaitlyn works for Onondaga County Health Department as a Public Health Nurse (PHN) in maternal child health. Each and every day, Kaitlyn provides education, support and community resources to mothers and families across Onondaga County through pregnancy, post partum, and new born care. Kaitlyn’s most loved part of her job is the opportunity to support women in their breastfeeding journeys.
With more than 10 years of experience witnessing the miracle of life, Kaitlyn has attended more than 150 births and served families across Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas and Central New York! She has supported women through unmedicated and medicated births in home, birth centers and hospitals. She has guided women through VBACs, Cesareans, even multiples and NICU babies. Of all her clients, Kaitlyn holds a special place in her heart for her clients walking through bereavement. Kaitlyn knows the importance of holding this sacred space for mothers and their families and she respects the process of grief and loss.
With her passion for breastfeeding and having successfully breastfed 3 of her children beyond a year (and currently nursing her fourth child), Kaitlyn has begun her next educational adventure as she works toward becoming an IBCLC.
Kaitlyn is a Christian and a lover of Jesus. If you would like prayer or spiritual counseling, please ask. She would be happy to support you in that. If you are a non believer, Kaitlyn will always respect your beliefs. Kaitlyn does not discriminate or provide anything less than her best care regardless of race, ethnicity, religious status, socioeconomic status, or sexuality. Kaitlyn loves and supports LGBTQ families and welcomes you with open arms.
Certifications, Degrees and Trainings:
- BSN, RN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse)
- DONA Trained Birth Doula (cross certifying DoulaVersity Doula)
- Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (PBi)
- TENS Unit for Labor
- Acupressure for Pregnancy, Labor and Post Partum
- BLS (Basic Life Support)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program)
- Fetal Monitoring
- Infection Control
- Child Abuse
- Safe Sleep