KATIE SPARTARO Doula + Educator
Mother, Full Spectrum Doula, Birthing From Within mentor, pregnancy loss mentor. Certified somatic sex educator and pelvic care practitioner.
My career in birth grew out of deep inquiry and exploration in the shamanic healing arts, and through my own healing journey as a woman.
I am fascinated by the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness, exploring these ecstatic realms through practices such as breathwork, plant spirit medicines, and drumming. Over the last 15 years I have also studied and practiced various forms of dance and yoga, exploring ways in which the body is a channel for the divine. My background training in spiritual healing is based in the core shamanic arts.
I live in community in South Seattle along with my nine-year old son and I can usually be found squatting in my garden, communing with the owls at Seward Park, or getting down on the dance floor!
I am called to support a connection with and an embodiment of the power of the womb space.
CURIOUS? Here are a few Q & A.
Q. WHEN DID YOU ANSWER YOUR CALLING?
My experience with pregnancy loss in 2006, followed by the birth of my son three years later, allowed me to delve deep into the grief and joy contained within my womb. It was during my second pregnancy that I was introduced to shamanic practice by way of a profound dream which both exposed the wounding I carried within my womb on a individual level as well as through my lineage, and offered ripe grounds for transformation.
Q. WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOU WERE A DOULA + EDUCATOR?
I was an engineer.
Q. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I like to go camping, spend time with family and friends, practice yoga, and enjoy my community.
"Katie is amazingly centered, grounded and intuitive. She skillfully balanced supporting both the practical and medical side with the spiritual side of my birth experience." - Serafina