"I absolutely do NOT know what I would have done without Karen Gartner RN Doula. I know that most have a doula for their entire pregnancy. I emailed her during my restless hours at 40+ weeks, and she responded less than 24 hours later! We asked her to join my labor and delivery about 3 days before I had LP. She accepted and was so absolutely essential to my L&D with Lenny. She met me where i was (at my home) and when I called her at midnight in labor she was on👏point👏. She was personable and so knowledgeable from the start to the finish. She basically signed me in triage since i was in bigtime active labor and Adam was parking the car lol. She was my voice when I couldn't form coherent sentences (because its nearly impossible to think straight when in transition, naturally). She helped me get started nursing. She come to my house with gifts to check on us 2 days after I come home. If you are having a baby, REGARDLESS of medicated or not, look into this service. And if you are near this area, contact Karen and her team!"-E.P.
"Karen is so knowledgeable and thorough. She is calm in the midst of your most challenging labor and I believe she'd be that way with anyone. In my case, we chose hospital birth but almost didn't make it. My baby was born just inside the entrance! Because of her calm voice and knowledge, that was the easiest birth I've had. I definitely recommend a doula, and Karen is phenomenal" -L.G.
Karen is the epitome of a doula. Karen was an indispensable asset during my pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum 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. ~M.D.
"Just recently gave birth after experiencing labor off and on for about 3 weeks. Karen was amazing and helped me so much during that time, as well as keeping my husband in the loop as to what was going on and ways he could help ease the discomfort for me. Little Man was born at 38 weeks and Karen was there every step of the way! She's more than just our doula, she's a friend!" -C.P.
"We are using Karen as Doula for the second time. She is awesome because she is friendly, reliable and stays up to date with current ways to help me. She listens to me and can answer all my nervous anxiety questions and she truly puts my mind at ease. We just took the Above & Beyond Birth Workshop to help get us prepared for the delivery and it was insightful and I really got great recommendations for what I need to do know to prepare for my birth and what would be good to have during delivery and after. The fact that this is the second time I'm going with Karen for doula services should truly say something! She has become a friend I'll cherish forever. If you are debating on whether or not you need a doula I'd definitely say YES you do and she is there for you during pregnancy, during birth and aterwards for postpartum and that's something every mom needs whether you realize it or not." M.C.
"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." ~W.W.
"I don't like to spend money, but I think Karen is one of the best investments I've ever made"~G.D.
"Karen is truly amazing!! Her knowledge, techniques, abilities and helpfulness is wonderful! I have had 5 births, #5 the one Karen attended was by far my best! She helped me have my first all natural birth just as I wanted. Her help during prenatal and postpartum visits helped me accomplish tasks I wasn't able to stay on top of! Like dishes and laundry!! I highly suggest anyone who is having baby to hire a doula! Whether its number 1 or 10!! She works wonders! If we have anymore Karen will be by our sides again!"~R.D.
"After my first prenatal visit for Karen's doula services, I told my friends that just that one prenatal visit alone was worth half of Karen's fee. I learned so much from her." ~M.D.
"Karen is an absolute blessing! My husband and I not only took her Bradley Method class but she also helped us tremendous with breastfeeding. I honestly don't know what we would have done without her help. She is very patient and truly wants to help. She shares all her knowledge with you and makes you feel comfortable. I highly recommend using her services!" ~A.T.
"My husband keeps saying that he would tell anyone taking Bradley Method® classes with Karen that they should also have her as their doula. I can't imagine things turning out so well if Karen hadn't been there" ~W.W.
"Karen is amazing! Her knowledge and expertise of breastfeeding, newborns, postpartum care, etc., enhances her already excellent Bradley method classes. Taking Karen's classes really prepared my husband and me for a natural birth; it helped me cope without meds and helped us work together as a team during labor and delivery." ~O.M.
"Karen helped me with my labor and delivery and she really helped me control the pain and let my body do what it was made to do. She is very calming and knowledgeable! I am so thankful she was with me for the birth of my sweet baby!" ~K.N.
"Karen is very knowledgeable and has been so helpful and encouraging to me - patiently answering my MANY questions during my 5 pregnancies (& 4 prodromal labors!) She is a blessing to me!" ~R.H.
"I can't express my appreciation for Karen and her Bradley class enough. Karen is a wonderful instructor and a wonderful encourager. She truly made me feel like I could do absolutely anything. Even when my birth went completely off of our plan she was right there to encourage, uplift, and help me see all of the positives in my birth story. She will always have a special place in our hearts. The classes were so informative and empowering. I learned so much about my body and my baby and what they were both made for and capable of. The classes cover so much more than just labor and delivery and a few breathing techniques. They cover postpartum, breastfeeding, infant care and more. Karen makes it fun with games and good conversations. You won't regret taking the classes I promise!" ~A.B.