Karen Zelinsky

Boston Birthing

Ashland, MA Service range 35 miles



Birth Fee


Postpartum Rate


Birth Fee


Postpartum Rate


Birth Doula Experience

7 years and 80 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

1 years and 5 families served

Doula Training

  • Warm Welcome Birth Services, February 2016

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 0 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth

College Education


Special Services Offered

  • Childbirth education services

Ashland, MA Service range 35 miles

Client Testimonials for Karen Zelinsky

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I took a course in Hypnobirthing from Karen that coincided with the Covid-19 outbreak. Our first class was in person, and all the subsequent classes were virtual. Karen handled this transition with ease, and I found the virtual classes just as effective as the in-person one. 

Karen is extremely knowledgable and presents the info in easy-to-understand ways. She shares her opinions and experiences without being pushy. I took this course during my second pregnancy and came away knowing SO much more about my body and what to expect during labor - and I'd been through it before! I'd highly recommend her as a Hypnobirthing instructor.

Karen also took the time to answer my questions and concerns about getting an induction (outside of the Hypnobirthing course). She gave me valuable advice, some practical tools, and that little bit of extra confidence. My biggest learning from my second delivery was that my husband and I really would have benefited from having a doula like Karen with us during the delivery. I hope doulas can be back in the hospitals soon.


Farnaz Bakhshi


Karen was our HypnoBirthing instructor and has been our postpartum doula. 

Briefly, Karen is faulous. The best decision we could have made was to hire Karen as both our HypnoBirthing instructor and doula. 

We first met Karen when she began coming to our home for HypnoBirthing lessons. She was amazing. She is very calming and made me excited to birth our son. I still use the tools she taught me to calm anxities. We then hired Karen as our postpartum doula. Which has hands down been the best thing we could have done. Karen does it all and does it perfectly with very little direction. She has done grocery shoping, laundry, dishes and helps with soothing and bathing the baby.  Anything I've thought of she's been able to do and I couldn't recommend it more.  It is so nice to be able to take a shower and know that if my baby starts crying there is someone there to pick him up and soothe him, change his diaper and feed him if necessary.  She knows what he needs, I feel confident that even when I'm in the shower or resting she knows what to do for him and all without the judgement your mother-in-law brings.

Kaitlin Banner


It's hard to put into words what an integral part of our birth experience Karen was.  Just knowing she'd be at the birth kept my anxiety at bay throughout my pregnancy, which in and of itself is a gift, but having her there from my first contractions straight through the birth of our daughter made a process that had always scared and intimidated me feel empowering and beautiful.  Our goal was an unmedicated childbirth, but back labor made it difficult to keep that very strongly held goal in mind.  Karen's calm presence and "in the moment" mentality kept us on track---she never judged, but she also knew what we wanted. She helped us stay in the comfort of our home for as long as we could and helped us make it through labor without medication (though she got quite a workout doing hip presses for hours on end!).  Throughout my labor, I never once had to stress about making sure our birth plan was being followed: I knew we were in good hands and I could just focus on bringing my daughter into the world.  In the end, we had the incredible birth experience we wanted, and we owe so very much of that to Karen. 



I got the natural birth experience I wanted because of Karen.   Some of that is luck - but a LOT has to do with her support, guidance, ideas, and calm steady presence.  She helped me stay comfortable at home longer so that I spent less time in the hospital - part of my birth plan  

I was calm through the whole 23 hour birth from when my water broke to when I held my son for the first time.   It was such a relief to have someone to turn to with questions or to advocate for us in the hospital.    And yes, when I asked for an epidural she instead gave me sip of water and fanned my face... but I was grateful for AFTER anyway!  Ha!

Having Karen as our doula was amazing and totally worth the investment.   


Birth Availability for Karen Zelinsky

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Postpartum Availability for Karen Zelinsky

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