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Kari Cantrell

Bloomington Birth and Bodywork, LLC

Website: http://www.bloomingtonbirthandbodywork.com/

Phone: 2198058735

Birth Fee: $1000 to $1400

Postpartum Rate: $25 to $40

Fee Details: We ask that families decide what price point feels comfortable for them. $100 deposit is due at contract signing.

Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 30 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 3 years and 8 families served

Doula Training

  • DONA International, October 2013
  • DONA International, March 2014
  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), August 2015
Type of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula

Clients per Month: 0 to 2 births and 0 to 2 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: At this time, postpartum support services are only available to birth doula clients
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I have extensive experience at IU Health Bloomington Hospital
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association)

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Counselor - ALPP

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Certified Educator of Infant Massage
  • Certified Massage Therapist
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • LMT/LMP (Licensed Massage Therapist/Practitioner)
  • Prenatal Massage Certification (Claire Marie-Miller), Fertility Massage Certification (Claire Marie-Miller), TummyTime! Professional Certification (Michelle Emanueal), Certified Lactation Counselor (ALPP)

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • VBAC

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Henna belly designs
  • Infant massage education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Prenatal or postnatal massage
  • Reflexology
  • Sleep Educator
  • TENS units rental

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for Kari Cantrell

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Andrea SR Nikolova

I highly recommend all of Kari’s services, from massage therapy, to her doula practice, to her tummy time classes.


Kari was our doula for the birth of both of our sons (in 2014 and 2017). She was just starting out in 2014 and was a backup for another doula who we had contracted with. Surprise, surprise, I went into labor early and hadn’t even met Kari yet. We ended up being so happy that she was part of our team. She was patient, a great listener, she set me and my husband at ease, and her massage therapy comes in really handy. For our second birth experience, we were feeling much more confident, but we knew we wanted Kari again. I’m so glad we did work with her. Even though I had a fast, uneventful delivery, I knew that Kari would have been there for us in the toughest of circumstances.


Kari helps busy parents make sure that they have all of their bases covered prior to delivery, she’s a great resource when your due date is approaching and you really want to encourage your little one to be on his/her way (she’s trained in spinning babies and knows some other safe techniques to encourage labor). Her assistance after the delivery was also fantastic. I really looked forward to meeting her when I was home alone with our son. She helped me get started on tummy time, helped me avoid a couple of postpartum health concerns that I was worried about, and she’s great at helping one get connected with the Bloomington parenting community. I took full advantage of the reduced-price massages and the included post-partum massage. Such a great perk!

Posted 7/19/2017

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Rebecca F. Houghton

For years, my family has gone to Kari for massage therapy, and so I knew she would be a good fit for us as a doula. Kari is such a kind-hearted and generous person in general, and this certainly translates through to her client relationships. As a doula, she was extremely attentive, going above and beyond my expectations at every stage. She helped us through creating a birth plan, always had helpful suggestions for easing the aches and pains of pregnancy, and has a thorough body of knowledge related to all things labor, birth, and postpartum—and if ever she wasn’t able to answer a question, she researched it and got back to me quickly.

I felt incredibly supported by Kari in the late stages of pregnancy when I had “false” labor pains for several weeks. She helped me feel especially empowered in the days leading up to the birth—though she steered me toward natural birth choices, I felt safe with her judgment-free approach and support of my ultimate decisions…And let me tell you…it’s a wonderful perk having an amazing massage therapist by your side during the pain of active labor. Kari was also consistently there for me following the birth through a couple postpartum health struggles. I wholeheartedly recommend Kari as a birth doula. You will be very lucky to have her by your side.

Posted 3/27/2017

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Blythe Angle

I was fortunate to have Kari as my birth doula during my pregnancy. Her warm and caring spirit shined through in every interaction that I had with her.

She is very professional and organized, but also a joy to be around. This made the decision to have her join my journey through pregnancy, labor/delivery, and postpartum an easy one.

I looked forward to every visit that I had with Kari. It was clear, in everything that she did as our doula, that the safety of me and my baby was of the utmost importance to her.

She even went above and beyond on more than one occasion by checking on me when extreme nausea led to some unexpected hospital trips. She comforted me at my bedside with essential oils, peppermints and massages.

Kari also provided me with fantastic prenatal massages throughout my pregnancy, which improved my quality of life as my body was experiencing so many drastic changes.

Thanks to Kari's guidance and support, my partner and I felt much more confident and informed going into labor and delivery. She helped me to spend the majority of my time laboring in the comfort of my home, and was there for me every step of the way in the delivery room. I knew that if I needed anything, Kari was there for me.

She even took our first photos as a family of 3 for me right after my son was delivered. But the most precious thing Kari did was to write my son's birth story so that we will always have it and can share it with him when he gets older. I will treasure this priceless memento of the day of his birth forever.

Thank you, Kari, for all that you did for me and my family through every stage of my pregnancy and beyond! You were a constant source of strength, love, and support. We were so lucky to have you as our doula!

Posted 3/18/2017

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Sarah Armstrong

Kari started as my massage therapist, then supported me through fertility issues with fertility massage, then used her talents throughout my pregnancy with wonderful, relaxing pregnancy massages. When it came time to find a doula, Kari seemed the obvious choice.

My experience with Kari as a doula couldn't have been better. Leading up to delivery time, she was completely supportive of all of my birth choices, talked me through decisions, and made me feel comfortable and confident with my birth plan. She introduced me to techniques to help me through an unmedicated hospital birth that included Dancing for Birth and Spinning Babies and she provided me with relevant reading to make me comfortable with techniques and philosophies to support my decisions.

When the time came (in the wee hours of the night), Kari talked me through early labor, helped decide when to go to the hospital, then settled in for active labor. She supported me through contractions, helped my husband feel comfortable and helped him know how to support me. She employed techniques to help my baby drop into the birth canal, helped me relax, and generally helped me through the birthing process with minimal stress.

Kari's post-partum care was amazing as well. She checked in on our family and made sure that we were adjusting to family life. She provided massage, supported self-care, and provided whatever was needed to help with those first few weeks at home. She encouraged me to get out and participate in baby classes like TummyTime and guided me to an infant massage specialist to help his transition into the "real world". Her recent certification in TummyTime will be helpful to lots of new moms.

In summary, my experience with Kari was incredible and highly recommend her.

Posted 3/16/2017

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Dawn Starr

Kari was a joy to work with!  As a first time mom (with a history of loss), we approached finding the right doula with careful hands and hearts.  Kari was one of several we met with and her personality and confidence won us over.  She was sensitive to our needs and thoughtful in her approach.  She gently reminded us of next steps and was BEYOND patient with our gazillion questions.  Kari was accessible - whether through email or a text.  Also, she is a licensed massage therapist, which is the ultimate win-win.  She was able to work away my pregnancy aches and pains and help mitigate my stress, while she also got to know me and my body better.  She goes above and beyond in her service and will pull out all stops if she thinks she has something to help (giving me candies, tea, scented oil samples, etc.).  We even crashed a dance class together.  In the end my little bean decided she was frank breech and wanted to stay that way.  Though I did not labor, Kari was by my side prepping me for surgery by playing soft music and massaging anything to help me relax and keep my mind off of the c-section.  She was able to join my husband and I in the delivery room (which I understand is a rare priviledge).  She helped take pics while hubby was trying to support me.  And maybe the most meaningful, our little Gabby had some respiratory issues and practitioners gathered around her, along with my husband. While I was still getting back together, in recovery from surgery, Kari acted as a translator between Gabby's care team and me (still on the table).  Her encouragement and updates helped me keep my cool in a scary moment.  To top it all off, Kari creates a birth story for all her littles.  I cherish this and we love reliving the say we became parents.  I am a mom now fully, but still see Kari for massage therapy.  With Kari, you'll be in more than capable hands in your journey!

Posted 3/15/2017

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Amanda Chambliss

Kari was amazing. She checked with me frequently the closer we got to my due date, and always checked in with me after my doc appointments (so she kept track of those, too!). She's organized and prepared, and she knew SO much about what to expect, and how to handle it, I seriously cannot imagine having done this without her. I very nearly made it through a natural birth (in the end, I needed the epidural to progress, but we gave it one heck of a shot), and I think a large part of that was her knowing how to help me through it, and being my advocate in the hospital for what she knew I wanted and did not want. She's also a fantastic cheerleader, which believe me, you sincerely appreciate when you're in labor for nearly 24 hours. 

 

Posted 6/13/2016

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