About-Kate-DansonKate is a Doula, Photographer, and Actress living in Venice, Ca.

Within her practice, Kate offers pregnancy, birth and postpartum doula support, lactation education and counseling, prenatal and postpartum ayurvedic treatments, and birth and postpartum photography.

Doula

Kate’s fascination with birth started at a very young age when her parents began telling her the story of the stroke her mother suffered during labor. It created a natural curiosity to explore and understand birth on a deep level. Years later, when Kate’s sister asked her to attend the birth of her first daughter, she knew she had to be there. Seeing this unbelievably beautiful birth first hand was a profoundly healing experience that opened up a calling to be of service and support women through pregnancy and childbirth in the most conscious and empowering way.  As a Doula, she works with women from early on in their pregnancy through their birth and postpartum experience, and has expanded her practice to include ayurvedic prenatal and postpartum treatments, lactation education-counseling, and birth photography.  She joined Carriage House Birth, Los Angeles, as part of their Birth Doula team and recently began working with Surya Spa in the Pacific Palisades as a Postpartum Ayurvedic Doula.  Stay tuned for more exciting news there.

PHOTOGRAPHER + ACTRESS

Prior to becoming a Doula, Kate studied Fine Art and Photography at the Art Center College of Design and then spent the last 8 years studying and working as an actress in Los Angeles. As a photographer, her work focuses on portraiture, lifestyle, and travel. Since the launch of The Birth Stories website, she has been main contributor to The Stories section, photographing and interviewing mothers and their babes on their birth experience.

Education + Certification

DONA International Postpartum Doula Training, Bini Birth, 2016
Lactation Educator Counselor Certification, UC San Diego, 2015
Maternity Support Specialist Program, The Mama Circle, 2014
DONA International Birth Doula Training, Bini Birth, 2013
BFA in Fine Art + Photography, Art Center College of Design, 2005