KAT STARBIRD, M.Ac.O.M, LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST, BIRTH DOULA,
Kat received her Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, MAcOM, from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the Oregon medical board, certified by the NCCAOM and DONA trained.
She offers a compassionate and intuitive approach to healthcare. As a practitioner of Chinese medicine she focuses on whole body health and specializes in hormonal health, with an emphasis on fertility, pregnancy, birth and postpartum care, as well as digestive health, oncology support and mental emotional health. She adores working with the whole family - from dads back pain to toddlers ear infection and back to mama and all things hormones! Her patients receive a blend of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, moxabustion, cupping, guided visualization, and intuitive work.
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.
Time travel- June 2009, I attended my sister's third birth. MAGIC! A gorgeous, 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. Many years later I am still completely inspired and passionate about this specialty!
LESSON: It is a societal norm to "check out" when someone is in pain or suffering. Am I right? We are taught as children to "fix it," to care take, to "make people feel better." This is an epic fail!!! Attending births, deaths, and holding space for men and women deeply struggling to survive- THIS has taught me one precious truth: If we hold the space for growth, pain and struggle, if we allow it, surrender to it, and honor it and all the gifts and growth that come with it (which can be a painful process) we open up the possibility for HEALING of the mind, body and spirit. Our bodies have a profound and innate capacity to heal when the proper emotional, physical and energetic support is offered.
I am SO inspired by the families I work with. By birth, by healing, by the journey of growing another human, by the suffering of whatever came before, and the journey that is your life. I am inspired by you, and I adore connecting, holding space, educating and offering the wisdom of this medicine.
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.