Kathy Farnsworth RN, BSN, IBCLC
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Dancing For Birth™ Class Instructor, DONA Birth & Postpartum Doula
Kathy Farnsworth, owner of Trust Mothering, LLC, has been a registered nurse for 19+ years, graduating from Deaconess College of Nursing, St. Louis, MO in 2000; specializing in pediatrics, neonatal ICU, mother/baby, and birth assistant RN with in-home and birth clinic midwives. Kathy has 10 years of experience as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
“My lactation study began long ago while I was a pediatric nurse. Breastmilk feeding mothers suddenly found themselves in a “breast emergency” when their child was admitted to the pediatric unit, for a variety of health reasons that left them unable to eat for a certain amount of time until their health status improved. Mothers would ask me, “What do I do?” As a new graduate, I had little guidance to offer, however since it’s not in my character to say, “I don’t know.” I began to take lactation support classes in order to serve with more knowledge.
In 2001 I was introduced to the term “doula” from a segment presented by a national news morning show and was immediately interested. I studied what the word “doula” meant and its origins. In 2008 I took my first DONA birth doula training course. I began working with a home-practice midwife in 2010 as a birth assistant. What a privilege to be a part of birth! In 2011 I completed a DONA postpartum doula training course. I have been a DONA certified birth and postpartum doula now for 6+ years. I understand every individual and family unit has a need for physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wholeness. I am equipped with experience and knowledge to provide “inclusive” care that addresses each of these needs as they present themselves.”
Kathy also has a 3+ year history of studying and performing Middle Eastern Bellydance, American-Style Bellydance, and Tribal-fusion Bellydance; as well as some Chicago Step. She first learned of Stephanie Larson and Dancing For Birth™ Classes from a DONA news-letter magazine approximately 7 years ago. After initially taking the class to learn more about how specifically dance movement assists in optimal fetal positioning and how they can be used as comfort measures and labor techniques, Kathy is now a certified Dancing For Birth™ Class Instructor.
“My husband David and I are newly-weds! I am so loved and cared for – an amazing reciprocal love relationship! We enjoy spontaneous adventures, especially the ones that find us outside in nature or interacting with art and creativity. We are learning what it means to “conflict well” and we are discovering those are opportunities that lead to further grace and intimacy with one another.”