Meet Kate Kripke, LCSW: iBirth™ Expert

Kate Kripke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in reproductive mental health.
Kate Kripke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in reproductive mental health.

Kate lives and practices in Boulder, Colorado, where she spends much of her time training ObGyns, Midwives, Pediatricians, Nurses, and Childbirth Educators on issues related to Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Kate is also the Colorado state coordinator of Postpartum Support International.

Kate has been working with individuals and groups in periods of transition and change for over 17 years. After growing up in New York City and graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, she moved to South Africa. There, she began her professional journey as an advocate for community building, leadership development, health and wellness, and personal growth. After four years in South Africa working as a teacher, guidance counselor, community organizer, and Outward Bound instructor, Kate returned to the U.S. to continue her work with Outward Bound in the public schools of New York City. Several years later, she went on to receive a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College. Since that time, Kate has worked in New York, San Francisco, and Boulder as an educator, program designer, psychotherapist, and wellness consultant with adolescents, families, individuals, and groups. Kate is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Colorado. She is also a certified yoga instructor.

Kate has extensive training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and is committed to supporting women and families through these challenges. Currently, Kate works exclusively with women as they navigate their journey through motherhood. Kate founded the Postpartum Wellness Center of Boulder in an effort to bring skilled and appropriate perinatal mental health support to women and families around Boulder County. In her practice, Kate is committed to partnering with women as they:

  1. Learn to understand themselves better and therefore feel more in control of their health and wellness,
  2. Become empowered through uncovering their unique potential,
  3. Speak honestly about the beauty and challenge of motherhood, and
  4. Become their own “expert” through learning to trust their instinct and judgment.

Outside of her practice, Kate has coordinated a project through Boulder County Public Health that focuses on promoting early detection and treatment of postpartum depression. In addition, she conducts frequent training on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders at hospitals and health centers for obstetricians, pediatricians, educators, doulas, and nurses. She is a state coordinator for Postpartum Support International, is the Director of the Boulder County Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder Task Force, and she sits on the Pregnancy-Related Depression State Advisory Committee convened by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Kate is committed to reducing the stigma and shame surrounding postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs).

Kate’s road to wellness includes long distance running, surfing, hiking, mountain climbing, high altitude trekking, yoga, breathing and mindfulness meditation, and spending needed time with her friends and husband.  She is also the mother of two daughters.


iBirth App in actionLicensure
Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies LCSW # 1669

M.S.W. Clinical Social Work, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass
B.A. Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

Professional Memberships/ Affiliations
National Association of Social Workers
Postpartum Support International
North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology
The Marce Society
The Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health
The Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research

Regular contributor to Postpartum Progress



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