Supportive and collaborative care during life’s biggest transitions

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Kirby Paterson, LMSW, PMH-C, CPD
Psychotherapist & Postpartum Doula

I'm Kirby Paterson, a psychotherapist and postpartum doula based in Ann Arbor, MI. As both a therapist and a doula, I seek to provide a warm, steady, supportive environment for you as you navigate through big transitions or challenges. In my free time, you can find me with my two young children and spouse, cooking, spending time with friends or doing yoga.

Clinical Background
I graduated from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 2010 and for the last decade have been doing clinical work in various settings including a trauma center, a school-based health center, group practice and a large hospital system. I hold a certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care, as well as a certificate in perinatal mental health (PMH-C). I am especially passionate about working with expectant and new parents during the perinatal period, particularly around issues of adjustment to parenthood, mood concerns, and trauma. I also have a strong interest in working with adolescents and adults experiencing chronic illness, and have spent several years supporting families living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in my clinical role at Mott Children’s Hospital.

Doula Background
I attended a birth for one of my friends in 2009, when I was a young graduate student pursuing my MSW. This experience gave me my first hint that someday I may want to pursue something birth-related. After spending a decade working as a clinical social worker and starting my own family, I came back to birth work as a postpartum doula in 2020 after training with Lifespan Doulas and becoming a Certified Postpartum Doula (CPD). The births of my own children made clear there was a large gap in postpartum care, and since that time I have aimed to support families with a compassionate, non-judgmental, and trauma-informed approach. I feel honored to be working with families during this time of intense adjustment and change and take great joy in seeing my clients grow with confidence in their new roles as parents.

Areas of Interest
• The perinatal period (fertility, pregnancy, postpartum)
• Trauma
• Chronic illness
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Adolescence
• Life transitions

Treatment Approach
My therapy approach is tailored to each client’s needs and preferences. I tend to see things from a lens of social justice and aim to create a warm and safe environment in which we can discuss the most important (and sometimes most difficult) things for you. I often incorporate evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) into sessions while also using mindfulness and a strengths-based approach. I have obtained a certification in perinatal mental health (PMH-C) and am also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI), which inform my practice a great deal. I also strongly believe that collaboration is a key component of care, and will coordinate with other providers, such as your PCP or psychiatrist, whenever needed.

Rates
$175/initial intake
$150/regular session

Insurance accepted: Physician's Health Plan (PHP), pending with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)

You may be eligible for out-of-network coverage through your insurance provider. Check your insurance benefits to see if this is an option for you.

Note: I believe that mental health care should be widely accessible and I offer sliding scale services on an as-needed basis. If financial barriers are impacting your ability to obtain mental health services, please reach out to me directly.

Services

Services may vary greatly depending on the needs of each family, but can include:

Emotional support
Tips for postpartum recovery
Basic newborn care
Basic meal preparation
Feeding support
Opportunities for rest
Light household assistance
Connection to community resources

Services are initiated with a complimentary consult to determine if we would be a good fit for one another. If it is determined that we are not an appropriate fit, I am happy to connect you with another doula who may be.

Note: Financial constraints should not be a barrier to excellent postpartum support. I offer sliding scale services on an as-needed basis. Please feel free to contact me for more information

Doula Packages

Bringing Home Baby - 12 Hours
Investment: $475
12 hours of tailored support to be used within the first 4 weeks postpartum
Phone, e-mail and text support in first 4 weeks
Local resource guide for the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Area

Postpartum Support - 24 hours
Investment: $950
1 prenatal planning session for the postpartum period (1 hour)
24 hours of tailored support to be used within the first 8 weeks postpartum
Phone, e-mail and text support in the first 8 weeks postpartum
Local resource guide for the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Area

Postpartum Support - 50 hours
Investment: $1850
1 prenatal planning session for the postpartum period (1 hour)
50 hours of tailored support to be used within the first 12 weeks postpartum
1 check-in call after services have ended (30 minutes)
Phone, e-mail and text support in the first 12 weeks postpartum
Local resource guide for the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area

Postpartum Support - 100 Hours
Investment: $3600
1 prenatal planning session for the postpartum period (1 hour)
Phone, e-mail and text support in the prenatal period
100 hours of tailored support to be used within the first 12 weeks postpartum
1 check-in call after services have ended (30 minutes)
Phone, e-mail and text support in the first 12 weeks postpartum
Return-to-work support session (1 hour)
Local resource guide for the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area

A la carte Services:
Additional hours billed at $35/hr
Prenatal Planning session (1 hour): $75
Back to work support session (1 hour): $75
Overnight support (pending doula availability): $40/hour, 10 hour minimum

custom packages available upon request

Testimonials
kind words from some of Haven's recent clients

I was lucky to have Kirby as my postpartum doula virtually over the past few months. Being a new mom is HARD and Kirby provided support on a range of things I didn't know I needed until the moment hit. Prior to giving birth we discussed anticipated challenges and talked through proactive solutions. Once I was home from the hospital there were a million questions that popped up and Kirby was only a quick call or text away to help. She checked in regularly on my physical and emotional health in a way where I felt like she "got me" as a woman going through so many changes. Beyond just being a great doula, Kirby is an amazing person. She actively listens, is extremely thoughtful and provides suggestions in the most nonjudgemental way. I didn't really know what a postpartum doula was or if I needed one, and now I can't imagine not having her support during that time. Kirby is like a warm (covid friendly!) hug I didn't know I needed, I highly recommend!
-Chelsea C.

I didn't know I needed a postpartum doula until I had Kirby! She was a wealth of knowledge to help me recover postpartum and adjust to being a family of 3 in a healthy way. She honestly helped me so much with "how to take care of a newborn" tips and tricks which may sound silly but especially during COVID when support was lacking, she stepped up and helped immensely. She was a helping hand around the house too and didn't hesitate to help in any way she could even changing our sheets, feeding the baby so I could shower, or doing the mountain of dishes. She is a humble and kind soul who really cares about her clients. Note: she was also very COVID considerate, wearing a mask and disclosing any activities clients may want to know about without asking. Very appreciated!
-Kelly H.

Kirby was wonderful to have as a postpartum doula! She anticipated my needs before I realized what they were. Kirby helped me with postpartum planning before my second child was born. We discussed many things to prepare, including: postpartum healing/recovery and personal care, breastfeeding plan, sibling adjustment, support plan from our family, ways for her to support our family, and meal planning. Kirby assisted with meal preparation and with snacks such as lactation cookies (accommodating our plant based diet). It was such a relief when we didn’t have to cook and our family could focus on resting and spending time together. Kirby provided support in the evenings to help with the light housework, baby care (so I could eat dinner with the family), sibling help by reading stories and playing when my husband and I had our hands full. She made me tea and taught me how to baby wear with a ring sling. She provided much needed emotional support in relation to normal adjustment and multiple stressors after baby was born. She has a very warm and nonjudgmental presence. I highly recommend Haven Postpartum Doula services, whether you are a new mom or you already have children!
-Brittany C.

Kirby was a great support as a postpartum doula in the early weeks with our newborn. She helped with everything, from feeding baby, organizing, chores, spending time with older sibling, to providing delicious & nutritious snacks. We especially appreciated the overnight support she was able to occasionally provide, and just being there to listen & advise. I highly recommend her services!
-Vasudha C.

Please tell me a little bit about yourself and your anticipated needs and I will reach out to discuss next steps. If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to contact me directly at kirby@a2haven.com or 734.623.9504.

Please tell me a little bit about yourself and I will reach out to discuss next steps. If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to contact me directly at kirby@a2haven.com or 734.623.9504.

Thank you

I look forward to speaking with you soon!