Recipient of the Postpartum Doula of the Year Award in 2007 and Doula Mentor of the Year Award in 2010 from the Doulas Association of Southern California, Kathrin Auger completed her training as a Registered Nurse in Switzerland in 1997. She worked on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the internationally renowned Inselspital university hospital in Switzerland from 1997 – 2002. During her five years on the NICU the hospital offered continued education in infant handling, infant massage, infant wearing, reflexology, kinesthesia (conscious handling of the newborn), adult and infant CPR, lactation (breast and bottle), homeopathy, and bachflower essences which broaden Kathrin’s knowledge tremendously. Her work there also included the supervision of pediatric nurses and midwife interns.
Her years of conventional medical training fed her desire to step outside the typical medical model and go deeper into more personal care during pregnancy and the birth and postpartum period. After her move to the United States in 2002 Kathrin Auger got certified as a birth doula in 2003 and as a postpartum doula in 2004 through DONA International. She has been working as a doula ever since, committed to helping parents have an easy transition into parenthood and to support them with informed decision – making.
In 2004 Kathrin Auger attended a hypnotherapy master class, pregnancy massage class as well as an advanced birth doula workshop. She became a lactation educator in 2005 and completed her childbirth education training through CAPPA in 2006.
She was the director of postpartum services at the Chapman Family Center from 2005 till 2008 which included assistant teaching of birth and postpartum doula trainings as well as running the postpartum doula agency. In 2007 she became a DONA approved postpartum doula trainer.
The Bastyr University in San Diego, California, welcomed Kathrin Auger to their faculty in 2013 until they closed their doors in 2015.
Kathrin Auger currently works as a birth and postpartum doula and offers private childbirth preparation, breastfeeding, and newborn care classes as well as postpartum consultations. She also teaches DONA postpartum doula trainings and leads support groups.
Kathrin Auger currently volunteers on the Board of Directors at DONA International.
Kathrin Auger lives with her husband in Los Angeles. She gave birth to their first son in 2006 via surgery and in 2007 to their second son at home.