My name is Kate Dudek (she/her pronouns).
The most powerful advice I every received was from my mother, who advised me as a teen trying to choose a career path, “you don’t have to decide what you’re going to do for the rest of your life right now: you just have to decide what to do first.”
So, I left my loves of theatre arts, music, and language/writing behind and let my logic brain take the lead for over a decade. I studied Electronic Systems Engineering at the University of Regina, and earned my Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) designation while working as a digital hardware designer, work that brought me out to KW from my hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan.
Here I sang in choirs and drummed in pipe bands and taught Martial Arts, all of which nurtured my creative side outside of the logical arena of my work life.
I eventually met my now-husband and became pregnant with my firstborn, and that was when my intuitive/creative side took the reins. I had a doula and midwife for my first birth, following a great deal of research about the evidence-based physiological ways to birth and parent (babywearing, La Leche League, and elimination communication all played starring roles in my life that first year).
Returning to work in my particular industry after a year on maternity leave was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I pumped breastmilk for my daughter daily at work for 11 months. I found excellent care for my daughter, yet she and I cried near-daily from the stress of constant separation. I became a Breastfeeding Buddy. I changed jobs. I had a miscarriage. The strain of working among colleagues who were unable to understand the full time pressures of balancing being a mother and an engineer started to affect my mental wellbeing.
So, in 2014 I started training to be a Revolutionary Doula. I was later laid off from my engineering job, became pregnant with my son, and started homeschooling my daughter. My research during my doula training focused on pregnancy after loss.
Now, my intuitive/empathic/creative side is my dominant life force. I am a Labour Doula (to provide physical, emotional, and informational support during labour) and a Sibling Doula (families planning home births can hire me to help support and care for their older children in their home during a birth).
Logic and knowledge, and intuitive personalized caring go hand in hand. I would be honoured to support you as you add a new member to your family.