Sequoia Midwifery
 

"Kristen has it all: She has a sweet and gentle personality, but knows when to be firm and strong when your and/or your baby's well-being is at stake; she maintains tremendous intelligence and insight into medical issues, but is in no way intimidating; Kristen is aware of her patients' individual levels of medical knowledge and is very strong at providing thorough explanations with appropriate levels of medical vocabulary; she is a strong advocate of natural birth, but also is sympathetic to every woman's unique desires and has keen judgment into when intervention is necessary. Kristen is the midwife every woman would hope for, who truly cares about her patients as individuals, on the level of a good friend, but who also is very talented in her field, a highly skilled medical professional. Throughout my entire labor, Kristen was extremely patient, gentle, kind, knowledgeable, unobtrusive, respectful of my wishes and needs. I received care from Kristen for my 2 subsequent pregnancies. Involved in social circles in my town with many other expectant mothers, I was aware of "the talk of the town," which was that Kristen was "the best midwife imaginable." I recommend Kristen for all prenatal care, labor, delivery, and postpartum needs with no reservations and with highest recommendation."

~ Bethany Armstrong

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"Kristen is the best medical care provider I've ever had. She has been a godsend for me, truly an expert in her field."

~ Former birthing mama

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"Kristen was the first midwife I worked with during my first pregnancy and upon meeting her, I knew that midwifery care was the right choice for my family. She was calm, caring, supportive, patient and always made me feel like she heard my concerns. Her understanding of western medical practices combined with her innate midwifery skills created an environment where I felt that the excellent care I was getting was the best of both worlds.
We talked about laboring in the tub at every appointment I had. I ended up having an induced labor and with all of the stress of induction, I completely forgot that a tub was available. Luckily, Kristen was there. She reminded me that I could use the tub and helped me get settled in. She sat with me all night as I worked to have my baby. She was the perfect balance of calm and supportive, knowing when to help cheer me on and when to step back and let me work on my own. My son was born after 27 hours of hard labor and I know things would have gone very differently if Kristen had not been there. I highly recommend Kristen to anyone considering the midwifery model of care."

~ Abi Crouch

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"I cannot speak highly enough of our experience with Kristen Cates as our midwife. During our prenatal appointments she was very easy going, and always made me feel comfortable. Her calm demeanor was something that was very reassuring to both my wife and myself as this was our first child and we had no idea what to expect. Kristen always listened to our questions, concerns, or requests in a manner that showed she was really hearing us. She always reviewed all of our options, without pushing us in one direction or another to help us find the answers that best worked for us...Kristen took excellent care of us, acting as an advocate, a midwife, and friend and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a midwife."

~ David Crouch

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"Kristen is such an incredible resource for pregnant women, not only is she a prenatal yoga teacher but she is a midwife. The mamas that find her are lucky."

~ Jane Austin, Prenatal Yoga instructor

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"My story about Kristen is not about a specific experience or patient, rather it is what I think when I close my eyes and remember working with her. Kristen treats each and every person she meets with kindness and respect. I feel like I have learned so much about trusting the birth process by watching Kristen support the diverse population that we encounter at the Birthing Center."

~ Alex RN at Sutter Davis Hospital Birthing Center

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Notes of gratitude
for Kristen from former clients

"Dear Kristen, Thank you for the excellent care and support during the birth of our daughter on Christmas Day. We are so appreciative of your encouragement for a natural waterbirth and of your patience with our toddler's needs during the process. You helped create wonderful memories of our baby's arrival and we cannot thank you enough."

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"Dear Kristen, It is hard to describe how much gratitude our family has for you, your amazing skill and way with birth. Of course my wife and I could not have done it without you. It is our great pleasure to have you to be her midwife. My wife feels so blessed to have had you be a part of her journey into motherhood, which is completely different from her life before. You have been such an avid supporter of her and She has learned a lot from you about her strength as a woman and mother."

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"Kristen, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are truly an amazing person. I cannot thank you enough for the fabulous care and loving support you provided to me before and after the birth of my daughter. When I felt scared and overwhelmed you were there with a loving, soothing touch that brought me back to my place as a new mommy. I couldn't have done it without you...Hopefully you'll be around for baby #2. Many thanks"

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"Dearest Kristen, As we near Mother's Day and I reflect on my recent intiation into motherhood, I think with much gratitude about those who have helped me along the way. You, of course, played an intimate part in that journey. Your calm and grounding presence in the wee hours of the night truly kept us anchored to our sanity... I still remember your hands on my aching back, your smile, and your ever calm presence and ever present sense of humour...we are still in awe; ever grateful; and so honored to have been blessed with your presence at Zelda's birth. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!"

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"Thank you Kristen for kind soft instructions and ultra professional support and keeping me stitch free! You are awesome!"

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"Kristen, we can't thank you enough for being such a great midwife! You are truly the best! It was a very long labor but you really helped us cope well with it. We are so lucky to have had you as our midwife!"

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"Dear Kristen Thank you for being a wonderful midwife and supporting us in a great birth experience. Thank you for your considerate care, listening to us all and helping encourage me during the birth, not to mention letting me birth how and where I wanted-semi squat over the toilet. My husband and mother were very happy to have you there as well!"

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"Hola Kristen, Queria darte de nuevo las gracias por traer al mundo nuestro pequeño angel y por tus palabras de apoyo durante el parto. You are amazing! Thank you!!!! Thank you!"

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"Thank you so much for all the wonderful care throughout my pregnancy. I can't tell you how much I appreciated the excellent medical care, but also the TLC. You were reassuring but responsive and always made me feel like my experience was special."

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"Kristen rocks! Hurray for comforting me about my potentially obstructing fibroids. She is a shooting star! In fact, she is a nebula of shooting stars!"

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