About Kate

About Kate

While earning her BA in English Literature, Kate had the opportunity to study abroad at Oxford University. Not only did she gain the benefits of a different approach to learning, she also discovered an intense love for travel. After graduating and working for a few years as the manager of a family-owned arts and crafts gallery, Kate headed to a small village in South Africa where she taught preschool children. Following this experience, she worked with a team in Morocco and in the States as a photographer/journalist for a humanitarian project. Throughout these years and projects, Kate has consistently worked as a freelance editor and writer.

The birth of her son in 2007 was a beautiful journey in itself, and it sent her down an unexpected path as she began to pursue her newfound interest in birth on a professional level. She has since become a birth doula, a postpartum doula, a childbirth educator, and a Nursing Mothers’ Alliance breastfeeding counselor. She has also added to her personal experience with the home birth of her daughter in 2012. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Kate won the Philadelphia Family LOVE Award as Best Doula in Philadelphia. BellyWise is the expression of Kate’s appreciation and respect for the process and experience of birth and becoming family. She hopes to instill confidence in each of her clients through knowledge, comfort, and human interaction.

More recently, Kate finished her MPH at Johns Hopkins University and enjoyed every minute of delving into the research surrounding women and children (among other interesting topics!). She strives to incorporate her constantly expanding knowledge into her practice as a doula and an educator. Aligned with her studies, she had the pleasure of interning at Maternity Care Coalition, where she researched homelessness among women and children in Philadelphia and worked on policy changes regarding babies born addicted to opioids. Following that experience, she interned at LebMASH, where she conducted research on transgender health and health care in Lebanon. (You can read more about that here.)

Kate lives and works in Philadelphia with her family and their kooky dog, Delia. She calls Philly her home but is always on the lookout for a good adventure…anywhere in the world.

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Kate Wright, MPH, LCCE, CD(DONA)