Austen Tate is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Certified Postpartum Doula, and Doula with more than 11 years of experience as a Massage Therapist. Her interest in becoming a doula sparked during witnessing the birth of her baby brother and two home births of her own. In 2011, Austen took the the Cornerstone Doula Training in the East Bay and has been continuing independent study through classes, reading, and birth work. Being a nurturer at heart, she provides holistic support and comfort during pregnancy to the woman and her partner, during labor to after delivery.
She believes in a woman’s natural ability to give birth and provides the tools of empowerment to mamas and their partners for a safe and satisfying birth experience. She sees birth as sacred, a rite of passage, an experience to cherish and remember, and a mother’s blessing. With her loving hands and presence she will provide the reassurance for the type of birth you want in a hospital or at home. She also helps new families with postpartum support with hourly assistance at the hospital and home. This includes breastfeeding tips, cooking nourishing meals, baby care, post birth processing, and assessment of needs for the family.
Austen has taught workshops on holistic health care in numerous locations, a childbirth and postpartum series at UC Berkeley, a moon time calendar class, and mentored youth at a non-profit organization called Hatch(young parents creating community) to become doulas for the past three years. In this time period, she also worked alongside her midwife to learn more about birth work. Recently, she has moved back to Santa Cruz to be closer to nature and continue her study of plant medicine. She is currently enrolled in Aviva Jill Romm’s program Herbal Medicine for Women. Austen is an Aztec dancer, ceremonialist, and life long learner. She will be offering Childbirth Preparation classes in the Spring.