Holding Hands

Meet the expanded So Zen Family 

Check out these lovely birth professionals currently enrolled in our mentorship program!

Cathy Gomez BSRN, CLEC, RYT, CD(DONA) 

The families I have worked with kindly gave me the name "Doula Cat"

I have always loved to serve, support and advocate for parent(s) and their families either through my profession as a nurse and/or volunteering with various family based programs. I first began my career as a pediatric nurse while also raising three children (my best life teachers) with my husband. I have had many adventures along the way such as living in CA, TN, and NJ. All of my life experiences have led me to my passion which is to provide comprehensive and compassionate birth doula and lactation support along with prenatal yoga, and reiki. I also offer Mindful Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) classes as a childbirth educator, and I am currently completing training in the "Body Ready Method" through One Strong Mama. I have had additional training in how to help prevent birth trauma and also training for providing culturally sensitive care for LGBTQ families. These educational experiences have helped me gain the wisdom to offer comprehensive support that is trauma and culturally sensitive to each unique birthing person/family and their baby(s) with the intention of promoting the best possible birth experience.

I believe the journey through pregnancy, childbirth and on into parenthood can be a transformative and sacred experience. My intention is to provide evidenced based information for informed decision making. I want to honor that this is your birth while also cultivating a sense of trust, ease, comfort and safety and not to forget joy and fun, too!!! I have attended births in a variety of settings (Hospitals, Birth Centers and at home). I have helped to support birthing persons through medicated and unmedicated births. I have supported Cesarean births, surrogate births, and VBAC births, as well.

Without obligation, I welcome the opportunity to discuss your unique preferences and expectations for your own birth experience and can provide a sliding scale if needed. Finally, I believe in lifelong learning. Please visit my website at DoulaCathyTLC.com for a full list of my trainings, testimonials and resources if needed. I would love to meet you!

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Cat Gomez
Doula Cathy TLC

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Lauren Henderson
Lauren Your Doula

After the birth of my second child, I experienced firsthand, the exhaustion and depletion that often follows childbirth. I realized how essential postpartum care is and began to research and evaluate what a body needs after birthing a baby.

Just barely out of my own fourth trimester, I started a postpartum meal delivery service so that I could help other people like me who craved nourishing, healthy, healing meals, but didn’t have the time or energy to prepare them. I decided to take a postpartum doula training workshop with the intention of having a deeper understanding of how to better serve my meal delivery clients. It was during this training that something inside of me unlocked and I knew that I wanted to work more closely with new families and help them get off to the best start possible. I also realized that helping families get off to a good start begins with their birth experience. Every birthing person deserves to have the birth experience they desire and the postpartum care they need to thrive. I aim to do whatever I can to help achieve that.

I am now a DONA International trained Birth and Postpartum Doula, working towards certification. I am also working towards certification as an Ayurvedic Postpartum Care Specialist (or Auyrdoula) through Inner Sun and Moon. As your doula, in any capacity, my only focus is your wellbeing. I will provide you with evidence-based information and resources to help you make your own informed decisions and provide unconditional and non-judgmental support in those decisions. I can offer a shoulder to cry on or a high five to celebrate the amazing things your body has accomplished. I will make sure you are hydrated and nourished and that you don’t feel like you don’t have to go this alone. I want to help you feel informed, empowered, and cared for, as you begin the amazing journey of caring for your baby.

When I’m not participating in all things perinatal, you will find me having dance parties with my little ones, gardening, or trying to sneak in a few pages of the latest book I’m reading. I look forward to meeting you and would be honored to support you in any way I can.

Recent Program Participants

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Kim Stalians
Your Doting Doula

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Alicia Stoddard
Birth Spectrum

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Hannah-Rose Kent
Into This World Birth