Kaylah McCourtney

BIRTH DOULA, POSTPARTUM DOULA, YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Relevant Education

  • ProDoula Postpartum Doula Trained – 2016
  • toLabor Birth Doula Trained – 2017

I’ve been a mother longer than just about any other identity I can claim in this life.  At the tender age of 15, I birthed my first child and mothered her right into the arms of an adoptive couple. Love and grief in motherhood are so inextricably linked. She was my first lesson. The gift of her life and the magnitude of the loss planted seeds in me that would grow into deepening compassion and a sense of connectedness to the shadow side of life. I went on to bring four more children into the world over the span of two decades. Each child uniquely shaped me and taught me how to be a mother.

My call to become a doula came 16 years ago when my younger sister asked me to be her birth companion during her labor. Even though I had experienced birth myself, witnessing the power and vulnerability of a woman in labor from the other side of things really blew me away. I was hooked. Life with littles in a military family derailed my doula training aspirations at the time, but whenever a friend or family member asked for birth support, I would show up. And I learned something profound from every birthing mama I had the privilege of supporting. In many ways, each of those women helped shape me into the doula I am today.

I’ve been a certified yoga teacher since 2006. While training to teach prenatal yoga many years ago, I felt my desire to support women during big life transitions really crystalize as a deeper purpose. It set me on a path to finally pursue training as a professional birth and postpartum doula. It also sparked in me a longing to bring one more little soul into the world. My wild caboose baby joined our blended family of six just a year later. I have been gratefully serving our community through pregnancy, birth and postpartum care since early 2017 when I joined Bergen and Julie during a period of their own growth and transition. I adore both of these women and the gifts that they bring to our wider community. It’s a joy to do this work alongside beloved friends.

I share a home in downtown Frederick with my doting husband, our spirited preschooler, my teenaged daughter and step-son, plus three grateful mutts and two noisy cats. It gets a little cozier and a little more chaotic when my two oldest are home from college, but that’s when my heart is happiest. When I’m not doula-ing, I’m probably reading, organizing, mothering, cooking, dog-walking, or practicing/teaching yoga.