KAT STARBIRD, M.Ac.O.M, LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST, BIRTH DOULA,
She received her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, MAcOM, from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and is licensed by the Oregon medical board, certified by the NCCAOM and is DONA trained and has been attending births in hospitals, home and birth centers for 9 years.
She is a specialist in women’s health, hormonal balance, fertility, pregnancy, birth, & postpartum care.
Her work is to empower women and remind them how to connect with their bodies, truth, intuitive intelligence, emotional freedom, energetic power, sexuality, fertility, & Shakti life force energy. It’s blissful, ladies!
She teaches core concepts to understand, regulate & optimize your moon cycles (menstrual cycle), hormones & boost fertility.
She reflects how to live with the seasons & how to be you own healers.
She supports, prepares & educates women on their journey through pregnancy, during birth, the postpartum year & well into motherhood.
She holds space for women, partners & babies during this deeply emotional, spiritual & transformative time.
She facilitate healing & holds space for women to come back to their center.
Kat mothers the mother, so she can mother her baby.
She teaches women how to clear, ground & balance their energy, & how to raise & align their vibration to feel their best.
She teaches women plants, foods, herbs, flower essences, essential oils & stones to be used during different phases of fertility, moon cycles, trimesters of pregnancy & into postpartum balance.
She teaches women & families how to use food as medicine & how to create an apothecary of herbs, homeopathic remedies & natural medicine for their little ones.
Kat nurtures the whole family.
She would say she reflects & teaches the roles of divine feminine & divine masculine which both exist within everyone.
She works closely with OB’s, RE’s, midwives, MD’s, etc if you’d like collaborative care & communication please request on initial intake.
After surviving the loss of a number of friends and family members during my adolescence, dealing with multiple traumas and living with chronic respiratory and digestive health conditions, I found myself in a healing crisis. Searching for peace and purpose, I was introduced to Chinese Medicine. With the use of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and my own conscious awareness, I experienced a recovery to health and gained a new understanding of wellness. This integration of mind, body and spirit inspired me on my journey toward becoming a health practitioner. In 2012 graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with my master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. For years I owned a women’s health clinic in NW Portland Oregon, and as of March 2018 my clinical practice is full time at Vitalize Acupuncture. When not in the clinic, I continue to offer postpartum home visits, mothering the mother in-home sessions and birth doula support to the Portland metro area. This is the perfect balance for me on my own journey into motherhood.
MY INITIATION INTO BECOMING A BIRTH KEEPER
June 2009, I attended my sister's third birth. MAGIC! A gorgeous and sacred water birth. This experience taught me gentle birth, both physiologically and spiritually. It also confirmed my passion for women's health and birth support. Almost 10 years later and I am even more inspired and passionate about my work before, during and after birth.
I have completed advanced trainings in pregnancy, birth, fertility, postpartum and pediatrics with leading practitioner's and legendary midwives and doulas including; Claudia Citkovitz, MS, L.Ac., Soma Glick, L.Ac., midwife Robin Lim, and doula Debra Pascali-Bonaro, & the Integrative Fertility Symposium. As the years go on I learn that my patient are my greatest teachers and I am humbled to be witness to such profound healing.