About

About Kara – Smile Doula:

I am a stay-at-home wife, mother of 4 and a certified labor & birth doula.  I have a passion and calling to support the journey of birthing babies.  I began this God lit path of becoming a doula in 2008.  I picked up my first book (fell in love) and began training through DONA (Doulas of North America).  My training was complete with DONA in 2010 and then I took a year and a half leave during my pregnancy and birth of my forth baby.  In 2013, I decided to dive back in to studying to complete my certification through Birth Arts International.  I earned my labor & birth doula certification in February 2014 and my Aromatherapy for Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Certification through Birth Arts International in March of 2015.  I supported my first birth in 2008 and have supported 37 births since then…and counting.

I am a doula who supports any and all kinds of labor and births.  Each and every mother is different and so are her desires.  My heart is to support, educate and empower the mother and her partner to make the best decisions for them, their baby and their labor & birth.

I offer my services in and around Akron, Ohio – I support hospital and midwife assisted home births.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

What is a doula?

From the DONA International website and a tweak from me –

“The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and partner before, during and just after birth.”

Thayer’s definition (my favorite) for the Greek word doulos (doula) ~ one who gives himself up to another’s will

those whose service is used by Christ in extending and advancing his cause among men devoted to another

to the disregard of one’s own interests a servant, attendant.

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“Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don’t only give your care, but give your heart as well.” Mother Teresa