I founded Sacred Roots in 2011 with the goal of reclaiming birth as a physiological process that works.  Since then, I’ve been helping women and families vision their ideal experience, and then working toward a plan to best achieve that vision.  With the right information and support, your birth and transition to parenthood can be thoroughly empowered and beautiful.

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Testimonal for sacred roots

There were times where my wife would tell me that she felt better with Katy just standing in the room.

Mark H



Katy Gladwin outside headshot doula
photo credit Charity Stauffer

And honestly, one of the things I remember most about what ended up being a whirlwind of a labor was Katy whispering in my ear to take deep breaths and that I could do it…

Shelby P

I’m Katy Gladwin,  I’m a mother, wife, doula, wellness coach, childbirth educator, woman advocate, medical advocate, and activist of various sorts.  I have been providing doula services for mothers in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area for over 7 years, and have attended over 100 births.  I have a passion for supporting women have healthy pregnancies that lead to beautiful births and healthy babies and children.

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Birth Doula

Birth Doula


Your birth should be an empowered experience…. from start to finish.  From the moment you decide or find out that you are going to have a child, until you’re tucked in at home snuggled in to get to know your baby, you should feel listened to, honored, and well taken care of.  A birth doula is there from the beginning to support, listen, and witness this amazing thing you are doing and creating.

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Working Together

I have been so blessed to work with many amazing practitioners.  I have also seen laboring mothers treated as though they were 2nd class citizens – stupid, and unable to think clearly or logically.  When I’ve seen the entire birth team working together, the outcomes are beautiful.  They might not always be ideal, and they …

Welcome Alyssa!

Hello Sacred Roots family!  It’s been awhile since I updated here, and I will share some about what has been going on with me lately in a near-future post! I promise! In the meantime, I wanted to introduce Alyssa Bialy!  I am super excited to be given the opportunity to support Alyssa in becoming a …