A Bit About Me
"After the verb to love, to help is the most beautiful verb in the world"
-Bertha von Suttner
Katie (Katherine) Bramhall is a certified professional midwife, licensed in Vermont and New Hampshire. She is a graduate of a nationally accredited midwifery school and has practiced home birth midwifery in Vermont and New Hampshire since 2008. She blends her philosophy of kindness and acceptance with her depth of knowledge and life experience to provide gentle, peaceful and safe home birth midwifery care.
Katie blends over 30 years of birth experience in a wide variety of settings and situations, a compassionate heart, deep listening and a scientific mind to offer comprehensive, creative and individualized care to each family she is blessed to work with. She is a fierce advocate for informed choice, committed partnership in care and evidence-based midwifery.
About Me....From My Mom
"My daughter Katie is one of my four children. She grew up in a cabin in the woods in upstate New York in farm country. Living in the woods kept Katie close to nature and as a result, she became self-sufficient and strong in body, mind and spirit. She was bright in school and spent a great deal of time outside, riding horses, walking, skiing and gardening.
When she was 15 she volunteered at a hospital for the summer. That began her life of caring for people.
Katie got married and birthed two of her own daughters. She and their father raised them together on a lot of land and home schooled them. During that time she trained for and became a Polarity Practitioner and started a private practice in her home. My daughter has an overflowing abundance of compassion and can't not take care of people. She is a natural caregiver and has been since she was young. She is calm and strong in a crisis, upbeat, optimistic and warm. And she is always learning. She never stops learning."
Prior to working as a home birth midwife, Katie worked for 20 years as a holistic and Polarity practitioner in the Boston area working with entire family systems. In that time she also worked doing professional labor support before the word ‘doula’ was ever coined.
In 2004, in response to the Bam, Iran earthquake, Katie began her intensive years of disaster relief work, focusing on the long-term effects of trauma on family and maternal/child health systems. In addition to Iran, her relief work has taken her to Russia, Aceh and Bali Indonesia, New York City, post-Katrina Louisiana and Haiti. She is the founder and President of Bumi Sehat Foundation International in the US. Katie developed and served as the director/organizer of the student midwife program at the Bali, Indonesia birth clinic until the program closure in 2014. She traveled to Bali each year as a volunteer midwife, fundraiser and a US liaison.
Bumi Sehat Foundation International has been an integral part of Katie's midwifery and humanitarian service work since January 2006. Bumi Sehat is a non-profit, village-based organization that runs two by-donation community health centers in Bali and Aceh, Indonesia, with a mission to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality and to support the health and wise development of communities. Katie's role has evolved from midwife volunteer to also include creating a student midwife program, international doula training, and serving as President of the U.S. office. In 2011, midwife Robin Lim of Bumi Sehat was nominated for and won the CNN Hero of the Year Award, and Katie has been deeply involved in Bumi Sehat's unfolding path as the organization becomes internationally known, funded, and loved.