Hello! My name is Kara. I have three amazing children, two furry friends, and an incredible partner and teammate to share them with, my husband, Nathan. People tell us we have our hands full - we believe full hands equal fuller hearts. I am a birth worker in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas, and I want to accompany you on your journey to a fuller heart!
I have over ten years' experience in childcare and early childhood education; the past three years of my childcare career were spent almost exclusively with infants. I left childcare to be a stay at home mom, and decided to turn my passion for pregnancy and childbirth (and all that comes with it) into a career.
I am a DONA trained birth (labor) doula. I believe strongly in continuing education. Some of my professional goals include completing certification as a postpartum doula, and a lactation counselor, as well as becoming a childbirth educator.
I believe our bodies were created and designed to function perfectly. Pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding are as natural and instinctive to our bodies as breathing, digestion, and sleeping. However, birth is also one of the most momentous occasions of our lives! And, although our bodies know what to do, it's reassuring to prepare our brains and our hearts for this truly life-changing journey.
Each one of my children is different from the others, just like their births. With each pregnancy and birth I became more and more fascinated by the process. I attended classes, read articles and blogs online, devoured childbirth and breastfeeding books, asked for advice and firsthand stories from trusted women in my life... I believe the single most important thing you can do for yourself throughout this process is education! I want to encourage you to meet your inner strength and power. Birth is not a one-size-fits-all experience. You CAN choose a birth experience that is catered to your preferences and the health needs of you and your baby.