Hello, We Are Bluegrass Doulas

After years of solo Doula work, Kate and Rebecca created Bluegrass Doulas in 2015. They knew they needed more for their clients, their businesses and their families. Over a three day long text message while on vacation, they developed their partnership. This partnership allows for them to do the work they love full time, while providing the best service and resources to families in the Louisville area.

 

In four short years, Kate and Rebecca, along with their team, have supported over 300 families through life's biggest moments.

Rebecca Mercer

Rebecca married the love of her life in 2011 and together they are blessed with three beautiful children. You may recognize her from her decade as manager at ear X-tacy. Having always been intrigued by the birth process Rebecca was excited to take a childbirth class and was amazed by all of the birth options that she had not been aware of. This new knowledge reinforced her interest in pregnancy and birth and through the process, brought her and her husband even closer together.

 

With a passion for educating and supporting others, Rebecca became certified as a labor and postpartum doula through DONA International and became a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. Teaching couples about their options and supporting their choices is a dream come true for Rebecca.

 

Prior to beginning her career as a birth worker, Rebecca worked as the Director of Student Leadership at Presentation Academy. Rebecca is a graduate of Bellarmine University and feels so fortunate to have found her true calling as a birth professional.

 

When she is not teaching or providing doula services, you can find her enjoying her family or quietly snuggled up under a blanket sipping an early morning cup of coffee.

Cari Burns

Cari has a background in Early Childhood Development and Marketing, and extensive experience supporting young families as a nanny. She has owned and operated a nanny agency providing services to Louisville area families. For Cari, doula work was a natural next step. She professionally began her journey in the doula field in January of 2019, but her passion was ignited long before then. She has served and supported numerous families in childbirth and finds it is truly a calling for her. Cari loves being able to combine her knowledge and love of working with young families and passion for birth work into her role as a doula. She currently serves families as both a birth and postpartum doula.
 
Cari and her husband welcomed their first child in October 2019 and are enjoying experiencing this new season of parenthood firsthand.

Amanda Sigman

Amanda and her husband of 8 years have 3 children together. It's through the love of her children that she found her passion for supporting families, which led her to become a Doula.

After graduating from the University of Missouri, Amanda moved to Chicago and spent the next 15 years in hotel and restaurant management. Looking to make a change and go after her passion, she was certified with ProDoula in both labor and postpartum.  She finds the most joy out of supporting local families as they navigate through pregnancy and the postpartum period.  It is her goal to ensure that both the  mothers and partners feel valued, empowered and nurtured.


When not supporting families, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family outdoors (especially if they're swimming, camping, hiking, or riding bikes!) and appreciates a good cup of coffee with friends!

Sarah Wiginton

Sarah was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and always knew she wanted to work with moms and babies. After graduating from Union University with a degree in Childhood Education, Sarah traveled the world, living and working in over a dozen countries in areas from relief work to orphanages to anti-sex trafficking. 

After moving back to the United States in 2013, Sarah sought a job she could do anywhere in the world that would include supporting families. Her desire to support women and babies led her to doula work, where she then became certified as a birth doula through DONA International. Since then she has had the pleasure of serving over 55 families from all walks of life in multiple states as a doula.


Sarah firmly believes that every woman and family should have top-notch support in all birthing choices and outcomes. Her goal is to help each family transition to parenthood smoothly and with feelings of pride and empowerment. Sarah has a passion for supporting families who have experienced loss through miscarriage or still-birth and dreams of ways to offer more support to these families in our community. When not talking birth, (which doulas can do for days), Sarah enjoys caring for her two wonderful children, participating in church activities, and hanging out with her friends and very large extended family.

Kate Metten

After investing 10 years in working for families around the Louisville area as a Nanny, Kate realized that supporting children and families would become a lifelong passion. This, combined with becoming a mother herself, set the tone for her to begin her training as a doula, which she completed in 2012. Kate is certified as a doula through DONA International and as a Childbirth Educator through Lamaze.
 
Kate graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelors in Justice Administration in 2006 and went on to complete Masters coursework at Georgetown College in Special Education, after which she spent some time working in preschool and elementary school settings.

 
She continues her education at every opportunity. She has extensive knowledge and experience which includes facilitating postpartum support groups and providing support for families during the devastation of infant loss, an area close to her heart as a fellow loss mom. Kate’s hope is that all families feel the empowerment and confidence that can come with parenthood. She is thrilled to play a role helping them attain it!
 
When not supporting clients or immersed in birth work, you can find her enjoying life with her family in Shelbyville. With three sons, you’ll often find them exploring the world around them. Things they love most include camping and hiking, trips to the beach, and Marvel themed movie nights.

Whitney King

Whitney is a native Louisvillian. She graduated from Kentucky State University in 2012, with BA in History and was briefly an educator in Frankfort, KY, before relocating back to Louisville, KY in 2014.

 

Since relocating, Whitney has been a legal advocate for Kentucky families living in poverty. She has always had a passion for supporting people in their time of need. Whitney is trained by the Pro Doula organization. She believes that the postpartum experience is different for every family, and offers postpartum support catered to individual family needs. 


In her free time she likes to dive into all things Harry Potter, Marvel, and GoT.

Ashton Petersmith

Ashton moved to Louisville in 2005 to attend the University of Louisville where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. For over a decade since, she has committed her time to jobs with a focus on supporting children and families. In 2011 she married her husband, a Louisville native, and firmly planted roots here. That same year, she began a Master's program at the University of Louisville to further her education in an effort to support families through mental health counseling, which she completed in 2013. She has worked with many families as a mental health counselor and is a Licensed Mental Health Counseling Associate in the state of Indiana. Her wealth of knowledge as a mental health counselor is a valuable asset to supporting families through the joys and challenges of welcoming new babies.


Giving birth to her first child in 2013 opened her up to the world of birth and she quickly developed a fierce passion for it. After a long period of "waiting for the right time”, and welcoming her second baby in 2016, she finally made the leap to officially become a DONA trained doula.

 

Fun fact: Kate and Rebecca were her Doulas! She is excited to continue her lifelong passion supporting others in her role as a doula, walking alongside parents as they prepare themselves to meet the most important people of their lives. When not working Ashton enjoys being a homebody with her family, reading, and watching a little too much Netflix.

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