Meet Karen Gartner
Describe your doula package.
I offer a free consultation and then my birth doula package includes 1 prenatal appointment, active labor support through 2 hours postpartum and one in-home postpartum visit. Optional additional private Childbirth Education, Bradley Method® Childbirth Education Series or postpartum visits may be added.
What do you enjoy most about being a doula?
I enjoy being a part of my clients' lives as they go through the many changes pregnancy and birth bring to a person and family. It is a sacred, special, once-in-a-lifetime experience they will never forget. I do my best to educate and support my clients during the process so they have a rewarding and memorable experience. I strive to help them learn what options are available to them so they can make what they feel are the best decisions possible for their given situation. My care is very specific and tailored to the needs and desires of each client.
What is your favorite birth/pregnancy/parenting-related quote?
“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”
John H. Kennell
With so many doulas to choose from, what makes you unique?
I have over 11 years of experience as a birth doula as well as past experience as a NICU nurse. I also have 4 children of my own and have combined 10+ years of my own children breastfeeding as well as past experience helping mothers with their babies' breastfeeding concerns for about 20 years. I have also studied natural remedies and homeopathics. I feel I can offer a well-rounded perspective of natural options as well as an understanding of common medical procedures to help my clients approach birth with confidence and expel and fears.
I have experience with homebirths to scheduled belly births and everything in between. I am available by phone or text messaging to my clients from the time of hire in pregnancy through the early postpartum period to help them understand what is normal and when they may need the assistance of their doctor, midwife or pediatrician. My clients report a high level of satisfaction with my services, which is the highest honor I could receive!