Mother of two, Catrice started on this career path by helping new moms and families with lactation support in 1992. She faced very real challenges and soon learned that information and support were not readily available, and if moms “gave up” on nursing their babies, it was thought to be ok. Not many people advocated for the benefits and joys of breastfeeding. After accomplishing over 1200 hours of practical lactation support training with the University of Texas Health Science Center WIC Project in Houston, she decided to branch out and help breastfeeding moms in private homes, as well as clinical settings.
Spurred on to support as many new families as possible, she began partnering with Pediatricians and Obstetricians at several hospitals in the Houston area.
Through a network of dedicated women and health care providers Catrice began teaching childbirth education classes in 2003. These included group classes using the Lamaze method, as well as classes for an adoption agency to both the birth moms and adopting parents.
As a member of ICEA and DONA since 2009, she has been able to bring this commitment full circle by supporting mothers in labor as a Birth Doula. She finds great joy in partnering with others in the community to advocate for natural birth initiatives and believes all women can achieve success in natural childbirth and breastfeeding with love and support.
Catrice's work currently includes supporting families as a Community Educator at a local Houston area birthing center.
After seeing the joys and benefits first hand with her two daughters, there is no job that she would rather do than continue to pay forward this gift of supporting families during this time of new beginnings!