Birth Fee: $850 to $1350
Fee Details: 1 prenatal appointment, Active Labor Support through up to 2 hours postpartum. Postpartum visits $40/hr (for breastfeeding support). Breastfeeding Consultations: $30-40/hour Above and Beyond Birth Workshop: $160/couple
Birth Doula Experience: 12 years and 50 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Instructor for Aussie Doula & Company's Above & Beyond Birth Workshops! Facilitate Monthly Mom-to-Mom Support Group: "Carolina Moms Unite" Previous experience as a La Leche League Leader Volunteer work with the Pregnancy Resource Center of Cleveland County Working with the amazing "Aussie Doula" Helen Herzig in Charlotte NC!
Languages spoken: English
Karen is the epitome of a doula. Karen was an indispensable asset during my pregnancy, labor, delivery and post partum period. During my prenatal visits - Karen gave me a crash course of the Bradley Method because I was unable to take the classes she teaches. She is a certified Bradley Method Instructor. Not only did she find me a chiropractor that took my insurance but she also helped me put together a diet plan to help with the digestive issues I was having. Both of which helped me to have a much more comfortable pregnancy. I had a false labor trip to the hospital where Karen advocated for me and let me cry in her arms after a traumatic experience.
If it wasn't for Karen, I wouldn't have had the courage to transfer my care to a birthing center at 38 weeks pregnant. Karen helped me realize that I would acheive the birth I really wanted if I transferred to a birthing center.
My water broke without contractions starting and Karen went out of her way to stay with me during this time and help encourage labor to begin naturally even walking around a park with me for an hour. Once active labor started, it progressed very quickly and was very intense. Karen knew exactly what I needed whether it was the Homeopathics, Rebozo, Tough love, affirmations or just a hand to hold.
Karen took pictures and a video of my daughter being born and helped us initiate breastfeeding. She spoke words of encouragement throughout my entire experience. She is very knowledgeable in all aspects of pregnancy, labor, birth, newborn care and medical procedures. If it wasn't for Karen, I am not sure I would have had such an amazing birthing experience.
Karen has a passion for mothers and their babies and it shines through every interaction you have with her. She truly loves and cares about what she does, and that makes all of the difference. Her compassion and emotional support cannot be replaced.
Having Karen as my doula helped me to have the unmedicated birth I had been wanting. My husband and I took the 12 week Bradley method course that she teaches. My husband was initially leary of 12 weeks of classes. But, after the birth, he realized that this not only gave us the knowledge we needed, but helped us both get comfortable with Karen and for her to know our personalities (and vice versa). She is extremely knowledgeable and helpful about childbirth and pre/post-natal issues. She and my husband worked together very well to coach me through birth. She kept me comfortable, encouraged me to relax, and knew what tools to use at the right time. She explained what was happening, as needed, and answered my questions. She also worked well with the midwife and nurse in regards to what birthing position to try next. Karen has a kind and caring personality (but can be "take-charge" when needed) and a passion for moms and babies. I will forever be grateful for the role she played in the birth of my baby boy.
I loved having Karen Gartner as my doula. She really understands what labor pains feel like and how to help you ride the wave without feeling pain. She helps you use your body to work with the contractions instead of fighting against them. My labor that she attended was the fastest and most painless of all my labors. I know a lot of that had to do with her help and support. I would use her doula services again in a heartbeat. She is so sweet and has a calming disposition as well. Her knowledge of the birth process and tips to help move the baby down really helped my labor along. I definitely recommend her services!
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