Name: Karen Gartner
I have been involved in birth work since 1998, which began with the study of breastfeeding physiology and support. In 2000, I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and worked 3 years as a NICU nurse, before starting my own family.
My husband and I moved to North Carolina in 2005, with our daughter, looking for a peaceful place to raise our family. Since then, 3 more children have joined our family! I have personally had a hospital induced birth and two homebirths. After the birth of my oldest daughter, I began to study birth-related topics in-depth, with a focus on normal, physiological birth while also studying evidence-based research concerning interventions and alternatives. I became a La Leche League Leader and volunteered for 3 years, serving mothers in my community. My doula work naturally followed, beginning in 2006 and grew through word of mouth by satisfied clients!
In 2016 I began formal training as a childbirth educator. I am constantly looking for ways to expand my knowledge to better serve my clients and students. In the fall of 2018 I will attend a Spinning Babies Workshop and a Rebozo Workshop.
I use an interactive approach in teaching. I use a wide array of tools and hands-on techniques with my clients to provide physical, emotional and evidence-based informational support throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and the early postpartum period. Through interaction and open discussion with my clients and students, my doula services and classes are tailored to fit each individual birthing mother's needs as well as those of her family.
The classes I teach are not only extremely informative and in-depth, they are also fun! They include hands-on labor rehearsal practice, relaxation practice as well as interactive and meaningful games that help students apply what they've learned.
I serve families within an hour of Shelby, North Carolina including (but not limited to): Gastonia, Forest City, Charlotte, and Spartanburg and Greenville in South Carolina. I will serve families outside of this area in special situations. I attend hospital births within an hour of Shelby as well as birthing centers in Statesville, Charlotte, Spartanburg and Greenville. I will also attend home births within an hour of Shelby NC.