Postpartum Doula Kari

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I am the proud wife of an Army Officer, mother to two little boys and one dog. I am a Veteran and Soldier in the Army Reserves. I am originally from San Jose, CA. I am a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point where I studied Engineering Psychology and Civil Engineering. During my eight years on active duty, I served in North Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky, Afghanistan and Iraq. In our spare time, we enjoy hiking, running after our boys, paleo-ish cooking, and spending time with friends and family.   

My mother is my inspiration for my doula journey. She’s amazing! The term “doula” is derived from a Greek word meaning “mother the mother” and after the birth of my son, my mother was my doula. She helped me find my confidence as a new mother, helped me learn to trust my instincts and how to care for my growing family. My mom served as my postpartum doula without even realizing it.

I started supporting families as a postpartum doula in July 2013. I am a DONA certified postpartum doula, trained in 2013 and certified in 2015 through the Simkin Center at Bastyr University in San Diego, CA. I attended Newborn Care Specialist Training in August 2017.

I have professional experience supporting a wide-range of families. I have experience with twins, breastfeeding, bottle feeding (exclusive pumping or formula), co-sleeping, first-, second-, and third-time parents, plus much more. 

I believe that every family is unique and has different support requirements and needs. I believe that the “fourth trimester” is as critical as any prenatal trimester and I’m excited you’re here!


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