I have been SO inspired over the last few days!
All of these amazing birth workers and doulas from around the world are celebrating the work of birth support. More and more individuals and institutions are starting to recognize the value of continuous labor support and it’s incredible to see.
In fact, I was asked by the nursing honors society of DePaul University to speak to their nursing students and professional RN’s next month about my work as a music therapist in childbirth. Today they asked me for a short biography and some speaking points. Well for someone like me who wants to passionately share every detail about my work and experience, the term “short biography” is an oxymoron.
So today, as a challenge to myself, I’m sharing my short biography for World Doula Week.
To be fair, I have written some that are 50 words or less for many conference brochures, but this one feels really good to me and is inspiring some major copy changes across my current website and my new projects too. I had to really stop critiquing myself and write this from a place of celebrating my unique business and all of the amazing experiences I’ve been privileged to have as a professional doula and board certified music therapist. I also had to let go of the idea of putting every little detail in it and instead just paint an overall picture of well-rounded and authentic experience. Either way, it’s done and here it is:
Kate Taylor, MA, MT-BC is the owner of Creative Childbirth ConceptsⓇ which provides full spectrum pre and perinatal music therapy and birth services to all Chicago area families. Through this unique music therapy practice Kate also assists women in labor and delivery as a birth doula. Kate has advanced clinical training in providing Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) support, as well as applications of guided imagery, neurologic music therapy and end of life care. Kate draws upon her experience of the creative arts to deliver innovative childbirth education classes, music therapy assisted childbirth and unmatched personalized support for all families. Kate enjoys using creative writing, movement, music and art in birth preparation to help families be ready for birth and beyond. Kate also uses these creative tools to train and supervise other music therapists and birth workers including fellow birth, postpartum and bereavement doulas. Kate has presented her research at regional and national conferences of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), the Online Music Therapy Conference (OCMT) and the prestigious Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. Kate Taylor has also had the honor of speaking at the World Congress of Breastfeeding through La Leche League International and on behalf of organizations like the Holistic Moms Network. More information about Kate can be found at www.birthmusic.net. Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CreativeChildbirthConcepts, on twitter: @musictherapy4me or on instagram @birthmusictherapy.