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Doula Annie Kocher Berlin Birth Work Experience

Annie Kocher, CD (DTI) is a non binary doula based in Berlin, Germany. Birth work called them shortly after graduating from Brown University in 2014, and they’ve been a full-time birth and postpartum doula since, caring for families in English & German. In 2020, Annie began offering gender transition doula care in response to sensing a community need.

In their free time, Annie loves to spend time with their cat, pole dance, practice yin yoga, sing & write songs, and read voraciously about physiology, reproductive justice and altered states.

Annie's mission as a doula is to create meaningful change in people’s lives through inclusion, information liberation, and grassroots care work. Annie is on Earth to hold space for a more radical, more just, more healed world to be born.

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Annie has accompanied hundreds of families in their pregnancy, birth and postpartum journeys. They have experience accompanying

  • home birth

  • LGBTQ+ parents and creatively structured families

  • birthing center (Geburtshaus) birth

  • trans* parents

  • birth in almost every hospital in Berlin

  • first time parents as well as second and third

  • water birth

  • induction birth 

  • VBAC     

  • planned cesarean birth       

  • multiples (twins and triplets)

 

and families from all over the world, including Germany, the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Taiwan, Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Croatia, Ireland, England, Australia, Israel, France, Spain, Finland, Holland, Estonia and Iceland.

A trained lactation consultant, Annie has completed advanced education in the anatomy and physiology of breastfeeding with Indira Lopez Bassols, IBCLC. As someone who has studied the physiology of labor and birth in depth, Annie helps clients use hormones and movement to their advantage to encourage the safest, smoothest labor possible. Annie is a Spinning Babies practitioner, with the skills to assist clients prenatally in psoas release, womb balancing, and optimal fetal positioning. 

With Birthing Beyond the Binary, a queer- and trans- centered group of birth workers, Annie learned about primal sequencing and conscious family building. Their additional qualifications include Red Cross certifications (current since 2008) in Lifeguarding and Adult & Pediatric CPR for the Professional Rescuer.

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In further professional training, Annie has practiced soulful perspectives and practices to support the perinatal journey, including​​

  • guiding journeys and visualizations as processing & healing work

  • connecting with guides—parents’ and baby's

  • conscious conception

  • trauma-informed perinatal care 

  • the doula's role when survivors give birth

Annie enjoys providing healing womb massage to clients 6 weeks or beyond postpartum. Furthermore, Annie is passionate about providing fertility awareness counseling to families wishing to become pregnant, or people with wombs seeking to avoid pregnancy without the use of hormonal contraception.

When not serving as a doula, Annie works with Camalo Gaskin as a writer and community organizer for the Berlin-based birth rights advocacy organization, Birth to Birth. Together, they curate conferences and continuing education opportunities for birth workers, doctors and parents. Through this work, Annie engages with the global conversation around human rights in childbirth through meaningful scholarship, community building, and creative exchange, uitilizing their background in empathetic leadership and non-violent communication.