"Loved her! She’s totally funky, fun, smart on a lot of different techniques and a total team player - great complement to my husband‘s support. Caren joined me for my second birth, and we were
all so happy to have her!" -Nette
I started babysitting at the age of 12, and was stunned when young parents would leave their newborns with a young kid like me. They must have seen something that I quickly realized myself. I loved taking care of babies. In my mid-twenties, I gave birth to my first baby and feel strongly that, in that moment, I gave birth to my true self. My baby daughter was a revelation, and she taught me how to be a mother. I had two more babies, then a grandson, and with each, I learned more and more. After I was called to assist at the birth of my granddaughter, I knew my life was changed forever. I was going to become a doula.
After first certifying as a Birth Doula, and being present for many amazing births, I decided I could be even more helpful as a Postpartum Doula. I trained extensively as a Postpartum Doula, a Newborn Care Specialist and as a breastfeeding counselor. Beyond official training, however, the care and knowledge I bring to the families I support is grounded in my own real life experience.
My 20-year background in yoga, bodywork and mindfulness also informs my approach in helping my clients. I hold a respectful space of support and encouragement. I can offer relaxing bodywork to the whole family, including the newborn.
Everything I've done before, has contributed to what I bring to my work as a Postpartum Doula. After being a writer & creative director in my own award-winning corporate communications company for over 35 years, I made a radical shift and became a Yoga Therapist. I helped clients with disabilities: MS, paralysis, stroke, veterans with PTSD. I taught pre-natal yoga and baby yoga classes. I became a Certified Reflexologist, a Reiki Master, and studied CranioSacral Therapy to enhance my practice.
Now, as a Postpartum Doula, I bring a calm reassurance to new parents based on evidenced-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing, and basic newborn care.