Encouraged to support women after the birth of her own daughters, Catrice Harris has been helping families with childbirth education, labor & birth, postpartum and lactation support since 1992. From day one, she loved being a mom, but before the birth of her two girls, she was not sure of what to expect in this new role. Because of that, it became very important to help educate others who felt the same way. Her initial Lactation training was through the University of Texas Health Science Center and City of Houston WIC Programs. Childbirth Education came next as she began teaching Lamaze classes to expectant families, birth moms, and adopting parents.
In 2012, she was able to take the leap away from Corporate America, and focus full-time attention on caring for women; it was no longer just a part-time venture. Bridging the gap between Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding support, she began working as a Birth and Postpartum Doula, becoming certified through DONA and ICEA. Learning more about the wisdom of women’s bodies, Catrice realized there is yet so much more to learn. In that quest to learn more, she began the journey toward becoming a Midwife. She has been fortunate to learn from many midwives in the Houston area through births at home, in birth centers, and hospitals as well. As of December 2021, she finished her formal Midwifery education through the National College of Midwifery and looks forward to taking the national licensing exam in early 2023.
While working toward that long-awaited goal, Catrice supports aspiring birth and postpartum doulas as they complete training, and currently works as doula mentor with a non-profit organization in Houston whose goal is to make doula support available in under-served communities, and improve postpartum outcomes. Having supported over 350 women with the births of their babies as of early 2023, and countless more with breastfeeding and postpartum care, she is truly grateful that this work found her!