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.

 

Established in 2015, Kate and Rebecca, along with their team, have supported over 500 families through life's biggest moments.

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Rebecca Mercer

Co-Owner

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator

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 birth 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.

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Kate Metten

Co-Owner

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator

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.

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Cari Burns

Birth and Postpartum Doula

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.

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Whitney King

Postpartum Doula

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.

Amanda Sigman

Birth and Postpartum Doula

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!

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Ashton Petersmith

Birth Doula

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.

Hannah Johnston

Postpartum Doula

Hannah graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts. Hannah went on to work at several art galleries, and completed several art residencies around the country. During her time in residence, she worked in the community helping engage families and children in the arts. Hannah also loves to include her experience working with children in child care settings in her artistic background as a way to teach and explore with children. 


Hannah is a mom to a bright and energetic 2 year old. It was through her own pregnancy and postpartum experience that Hannah became very interested in the idea of helping other new mothers through early parenthood. 


Hannah trained as a postpartum doula through DONA. She also focuses her continuing education in lactation support, complex pregnancy and birth situations, and pregnancy and infant loss. Whether it’s feeding a baby, postpartum recovery, or even the experience of pregnancy loss, Hannah knows each person’s journey to parenthood and their experiences are unique. She is passionate about helping each family have the support they need at such a crucial time.  


In her free time, she can be found in her home pottery studio creating custom pieces. She also loves listening to music, thrifting, and being outdoors with her family.

Alyssa Mattingly

Birth Doula

Alyssa is a Louisville native and graduated in 2011 from Western Kentucky University with a BFA
in Theatre. After a couple years spent in Los Angeles, CA pursuing her dream of performing she
settled back in Louisville. She met her husband shortly after they now have 2 daughters.

 

Alyssa was inspired to become a doula after her own birth experiences. She had a doula for both pregnancies and felt so empowered and transformed after each birth that she knew this was what she wanted to do for
others. She believes her background in theatre has prepared her for the unpredictability of birth work
and does her best to bring a sense of calm to every situation.

 

When she’s not working as a doula, sheenjoys hiking, practicing yoga, being a huge musical theatre nerd, strolling the aisles at Target and designing her dream farmhouse. Alyssa also shares her home with a dog, 2 tortoises and a pig named Penny.

Cheryl Gribbins

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Cheryl is a Louisville native and has worked in early childhood education and as a family photographer for the last several years. With each of her three unique pregnancy and birth experiences, her passion for education and advocacy for new parents has grown. As a young mom, she experienced firsthand the impact that educated and informed choices and the support of a doula can have on the entire pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey. Her goal as a doula is to support the entire new family with encouragement, empathy, and the knowledge to build trust in their own strengths and abilities to care for their newborn. 

 

In addition to birth advocacy, Cheryl is a Lactation Educator and is passionate about connecting new parents with information and resources to support them in achieving their unique feeding goals. After experiencing firsthand with her oldest son how hard it can be to navigate contradicting advice and opinions, she made it a goal to pursue certification as an IBCLC in the future. 

 

Cheryl and her fiance and their large blended family love trips to Red River Gorge, Climb Nulu, and walks through the Zoo. They are members of Keneseth Israel Congregation. She loves to spend her free time re-watching Star Wars or Lord of the Rings, and drinking oat milk lattes.