I believe every family is unique and dynamic, each person deserves care that is sensitive to where and who they are. Informed choice and person-centered care are at the heart of all our interactions throughout your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period, and I seek to bring mindfulness, creativity, and beauty to your birth story and journey into parenthood.
KAT POTTHOFF, LM, CPM
It is said that midwifery is a calling. There is no other way for me to describe my decision to become a midwife than to say that I was, indeed, called to it. A deep curiosity stirred in me the moment I heard the word, landing in my heart as a very distinct and resounding “YES”, a knowing that lingered with time as I moved toward fulfilling and embodying this role, as a midwife.
Prior to stepping into the world of birth, I spent nearly a decade nurturing the growth and development of children and families as a nanny. In 2009, I became a birth and postpartum doula, attending births and supporting families through birth and into the early weeks and months to follow. After several years as a doula, my formal midwifery training began at Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery in San Diego and I began apprenticing with my two mentors, Dr. Deborah Gleisner, ND, LM, CPM, and Renee Sicignano, LM, CPM, IBCLC.
I am passionate about providing individualized attention to my clients, tending the emotional and physical changes during pregnancy and birth, and caring for families as they adjust to their new roles in the postpartum period. It is a deep honor to accompany you through the tenderness and vulnerability of pregnancy, birth, and all that follows.
Certificate in Holistic Midwifery, 2015 - Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery, San Diego, CA
BA, Psychology, 2007 - California State University, Northridge, CA
Current Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Midwife, California Medical Board
Certified Professional Midwife, North American Registry of Midwives
NRP (neonatal resuscitation)
Workshops and Trainings
Craniosacral Level 1 & 2, Upledger Institute, 2016
BEST (Birth Emergency Skills Training), 2014
Foundations in Ayurvedic Medicine, dhyana Center, 2010
Shiatsu Anma Massage, 2008
Our care ultimately begins with an initial interview to answer your questions about midwifery care and decide if we are a good fit.
Prenatal Care: Creating a Relationship
- Prenatal visits at your home on a schedule that is the standard in the local obstetric and midwifery communities:
- once a month at the beginning
- twice a month 28-36 weeks
- weekly from 36 weeks until you give birth
- Gain skills and information that will help you navigate labor and birth
- Receive support and referrals in response to your physical and emotional needs and information about optimizing the health of you and your baby through nutrition, rest, and stress reduction
- Discussion of the full range of tests and treatments available in standard obstetric care to allow you to make informed choices throughout your experience - blood draws are done in home; referrals provided for ultrasound
Labor & Birth
- Phone contact with your midwife to help support you during early labor and decide when it is time for her to join you at home
- Careful and respectful monitoring of both mom and baby's well-being
- Referrals for waterbirth tub rentals - clients are encouraged to have a tub available to them for comfort during labor
- Available newborn procedures are discussed in advance and your choices are verified with you at the time of birth
Postpartum care: through the first 6 weeks
- Your midwife stays with you at home for approximately 3 hours following birth
- Follow up home visits at 24hrs, 1 week, 3 weeks, and 6 weeks, with phone and email correspondence throughout
- Breastfeeding support, including help with positioning, latch, and common initial challenges - referrals for an IBCLC provided as needed