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Karen McMahon

Smooth Transitions Postpartum Doula Service

Phone: 612-396-5548

Postpartum Rate: $30

Fee Details: My fees are based on my experience as a Postpartum Doula (also referred to occasionally as a Baby Nurse), a Newborn Care Specialist, and my experience and skills with gentle sleep training methods.

Postpartum Doula Experience: 22 years and 500 families served

Doula Training

  • DONA International, August 2005
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • La Leche League Peer Couselor

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • High risk
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Parenting consulting
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sleep Educator

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Saint Paul, MN
Travel Range: 30 Miles

Client Testimonials for Karen McMahon

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Karen was our postpartum doula/night nurse after my first child was born, a little over 6 years ago. She was amazing. Not only did she care for our newborn overnight, but she was kind, caring, loving, and a true wealth of knowledge. She taught me--a nervous first time mom--everything about infant sleep, proper latch techniques with breastfeeding, how to bathe a newborn, and more more. In addition, she helped with our laundry, folding, cleaning of bottles and pump parts, and other light housekeeping stuff (while the baby was sleeping at night). I highly recommend Karen -- she's a true professional.

Posted 5/8/2019

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Karen is really good at what she does. She anticipates the needs of her clients and is quite knowledgeable. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a trustworthy and caring individual to take of your children. 

Posted 3/13/2019

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Hiring Karen to help me with my newborn son was the best decision. Her sweet desposition was so welcoming and I immediately trusted her with my child. Being far from home and not having family around to help was very hard on me and Karen eased much of that anxiety. My entire family felt so comfortable with her and my older son loved having her around! I needed someone to be there for me during that difficult time when bringing home a newborn, and Karen exceeded my expectations! I highly recommend! 

Posted 3/3/2019

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Marcy Schway

I had Karen McMahon as my night nurse when I had my baby girl on June 13th 2017.  She was a lifesaver. I wound up having a c-section 2 days early and was freaking out because I knew that Karen couldn’t start until a couple days later. She immediately reassured me that she would find someone to help for the first 2 days. She talked me through everything and made me feel so much better. The other girl that helped the first 2 days was amazing as well. When Karen stayed with me she was so helpful. She took over when I was heavily drugged from the pain meds. I never had to worry about a thing. I don’t know what i would’ve done without her. When you have a c-section you are in pain and drugged up so to have to take care of a newborn when you can hardly take care of yourself is very tough. Having Karen was a lifesaver. I definitely recommend using her. 

Posted 3/2/2019

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Stacy Grunnet

I started using Karen when my daughter was  4 weeks old.  I was desperate for sleep and a schedule I could follow. This might have been my 3rd child but apparently I forgot what having a newborn was like! Selective memory right?  Karen was so helpful. She was so kind and knowledgeable. Made me wish I found her with my other two kiddos. She was only with us for less than a week bc of her magic but when my daughter hit her 4 month sleep regression she was the first person I called!! I'm telling you what she is a miracle worker/baby whisperer! Although my sweet daughter is almost 2 now, we still keep in touch and would not hesitate to use her again should any need arise! I love referring her to everyone bc if she can bring peace and calm and sleep to others then so be it! ??

Posted 3/1/2019

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Sara Goldfine Baratz

Karen was incredible to work with and I would highly recommend her to anyone!  We are expecting baby number 2 this January and have already booked Karen to help us when baby arrives.  I know that she will be so helpful!  Not only did she take care of our daughter and allow us to get a little sleep between feedings, but she also went out of her way to help with little and big things around our house that needed attention, without us even asking.  She's so kind and gracious and really cares about the people she works with.  She also has extensive knowledge about breastfeeding, sleep training, and overall baby care.  Bringing a new baby into the world is no easy task and I don't know what I would have done without Karens help!  She's amazing!

Posted 12/22/2017

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Nina Sackheim Badzin

Karen was an absolute pleasure to work with! She's loving, confident, competent, and an absolute pleasure to work with. Highly recommend for overnight care, care during the day, hands on help with baby and mama and extra help with the house, too. 

Posted 12/18/2017

Postpartum Availability for Karen McMahon

= Available. Calendar last updated: 10/28/2019 8:40:25 PM