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Karen Guthrie CD(DONA), HCHI

Birth Your Way Doulas

Website: http://www.birthyourwaydoulas.com

Phone: (949)887-3458

Birth Fee: $675 to $775

Fee Details: I work with another doula, so you never have to worry about a backup doula attending your birth! The first step is to get together for a complementary chat at a location of your choice. Our basic Birth doula package is $675, it includes 2 prenatal meetings (attended by both of us), birth support, one postpartum meeting, phone, text and email support throughout your pregnancy. Birth support means 24 hour on call and supporting you from the time your birth starts until you are settled in with your baby in your arms. I am a grandma, mama and spent 31 years in the corporate world. If you are going back to work I can even help you combine your career and motherhood. I am DONA certified, a graduate of South Coast Midwifery Internship program, Hypnobabies instructor, and trained to be a Spinning Babies Parent Educator. I want you to get the birth you want and I will fully support all your choices for how you want to give birth!

Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 22 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, September 2015
Type of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula

Clients per Month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I can help you get the birth you want in a hospital. I have experience with births at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, Saddlback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills, Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo and St. Joseph in Orange, Kaiser Irvine, Kaiser Anaheim, and Long Beach Memorial
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Even before the midwife joins you, I will be there for you and your partner taking away worry and stress while providing comfort and expertise. Your birth at South Coast Midwifery or Beach Cities Midwifery will be beautiful.
Attends home births? Some Home Births
Even before your midwife is on her way, I will be there for you and your partner.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • HCHI Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Breastfeed {Naturally} Certified Professional Breastfeeding Counselor

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Hypnobabies-Doula, Spinning babies

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Military famiies
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Languages spoken: English

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Area of practice: San Clemente, CA
Travel Range: 30 Miles

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Client Testimonials for Karen Guthrie CD(DONA), HCHI

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Spenser Clark

Karen was a wonderful help at the birth of my son.  I know she was of tremendous assistance to my wife (and she wrote about it, so you can too!) and for me she was great about making sure I had the things I needed to keep supporting my wife. I can say with near certainty that Karen was the only reason I remembered to eat and drink anything the entire time we were at the birthing centre.

I felt confident that I didn't have to worry about anything other than my wife and child with Karen there, and I think that that is universally important to anyone supporting their partner during their birthing time.

I can't say enough good things about Karen, or all the help she provided us with.

Posted 3/3/2017

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Heather Opperman

we're greatfull to Karen for all her help in our birth story. We we're sort of last minute clients and she really made herself available to help us.  We had a lot of questions prior to birth and  not only did she answer them but she also gave us research and helpful tips to get us ready for the birthing process.  I was two weeks late with my little one and she continuously kept in contact with me and was very thoughtful and helping me to relax to help me get the baby out. she got a call from us in the middle of the night to meet us at the birthing center and then we ended up having to go to the hospital and when she helped us in getting there and keeping me comfortable. I was very appreciative of her motherly touch and because I was in back labor I was in need of support for my back and she helped me by rubbing my back and helping me use my oil's.  She also was very supportive of our birth plan and personal choices due to our beliefs.  We were just so appreciative for her loving helping hand and in keeping us calm and keeping me hydrated and  as comfortable as could be in the circumstances.  She went above and beyond for us and we are so appreciative to her to this day. And she got to share one of the most important days of our lives with us ??. 




Posted 2/6/2017

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Krystal Campos

Where to begin, Karen was amazing! I mostly labored at home and continued on to my local birth center, which Karen was present and active at both. Thankfully she was super attentive to my husband's middle of the night weekend call...the most inconvenient time for labor did not deter Karen. While I was hesitant to have her come over just yet, thinking my labor would be long as a first time mama, my husband and her thought it best to proceed. Boy was I relieved to see Karen when she promptly arrived. My contractions speed up faster than anticipated and she was prepared right away with heat packs for my lower back and counter pressure massage. Although my husband had been helping in the couple of hours prior, she knew exactly where to apply the pressure. Equipped with various essential oils, she utilized those to help me relax. Karen proposed different positions and techniques that I wouldn't have thought of at the moment. Had she not been present, my husband and I would have thought I was hemorrhaging due to all of the fluid loss prior to birth, which I didn't realize was normal in my case. She also worked at keeping me hydrated, calm, and timed my contractions. Karen met some unexpected challenges from the midwife head on. She was attentive, coached, and made appropriate suggestions for the various stages of labor. Towards the pushing phase, Karen once again had her hands full and may have very well almost lost her hands due to all of my gripping and grunting! She was a trooper, never complained, and was by my side from beginning to end. I would highly recommend her and her team. I too once thought I wouldn't need a doula or that maybe it was an extra or luxury, but don't be fooled, doulas are extremely helpful. Note to all first time parents, classes are wonderful, but when it's go time, you're essentially showing up for a game that you've never played and you'll want the help by your side!

Posted 2/2/2017

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Chelsea Clark

Karen attended the birth of my first son and I'm pretty sure she saved me an unnecessary C-Section. My son was 8lbs 2oz, with a 98th percentile head size and he was sunny side up. She was so supportive and helpful. She helped us decide when to call the midwife and ask about getting me checked (my contractions were not regular, so it was hard to tell). She did a lot of counter pressure and hip squeezes that were very helpful for my back labor. I distinctly remember when they decided to give me a catheter I started to freak out and she just said "hey, look at me." so I did and she just said with such complete conviction that I had to believe her "this isn't going to be a big deal" I calmed down more quickly than I would have thought possible (and she was right, it wasn't a big deal). I did Hypnobabies and she was the only one in the room that remembered to transfer to the "pushing" track when I started pushing. When I pushed my husband was holding one of my arms and Karen was holding my leg and my other arm and I would pull on them with all my might. This went on for quite a while and she never tired out. I must have made her so sore.

Posted 1/23/2017

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