Annie Kocher, CD is an insatiable nerd for all things pregnancy, birth and postpartum related. Prior to their rigorous one year doula certification process, they graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and received a Fulbright International Scholarship. Since then, Annie has accompanied more than 100 families in their pregnancy, birth and postpartum journeys. They have experience accompanying

  • home birth

  • birthing center (Geburtshaus) birth

  • birth in almost every hospital in berlin

  • water birth

  • VBAC

  • multiples (twins and triplets)

  • LGBTQ+ parents and creatively structured families

  • trans* parents

  • first time parents as well as second and third

  • induction birth

  • planned cesarean birth

  • families from all over the world, including Germany, the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Israel, France, Spain, Finland, Holland, Estonia, Poland, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Croatia, the U.K., Australia, Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia and Mongolia 

 

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 knows how to help 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, pelvic floor opening, womb balancing, and optimal fetal positioning. They are additionally trained in rebozo techniques for pregnancy, birth and the postpartum time.  

Gently assisting Katie and baby Cleo find their first breastfeeding latch. 

Annie is a childbirth educator with a commitment to staying up to date with current research and literature on the perinatal period. They use this commitment to help families receive evidence-based care from their medical providers during birth. 


Annie helps clients navigate birthing in Berlin, demystifying Berlin birthing systems, providing resources, recommendations and referrals. Annie is also as much a translator as doula at many births, facilitating the essential connection between German medical care providers and English-speaking parents. To ensure they have ample time to spend time with you, answering your questions, listening to you, and holding your space, Annie takes on only three birth clients per month.

 

Recently, Annie studied pathways to conception, and supporting fertility with Birthing Beyond the Binary. In this queer- and trans- centered group of birth workers, they 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.

Holding space for Brittni as she breathes through active labor waves at home.

In further professional training, including an Ausbildung with The Women School, Annie has studied soulful perspectives and practices to support the perinatal journey, including

  • connecting with the unborn

  • guiding journeys and visualisations

  • connecting with guides---parents’ and baby's

  • healing wounds on a somatic and energetic level

  • indigenous perspectives on conscious conception

  • and processing birth trauma

Annie is known across Berlin for their healing womb massage. They have also recently expanded their practice to include therapeutic yoni massage. Furthermore, Annie is passionate about providing fertility awareness counseling to families wishing to receive pregnancy, or people with wombs seeking to avoid pregnancy without the use of hormonal contraception.

When not attending births and holding space for parenting journeys, Annie works with Camalo Gaskin as a writer and community organiser for the Berlin-based birth rights advocacy organisation, 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, utilising their background in empathetic leadership and non-violent communication.

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