“Kara Jo was an amazing asset for the birth of our first child. She was essential in helping my husband and I have the birth experience we hoped and planned for. She was available to answer questions any time, and on the week of delivery was such a comfort to have as a sounding board because my labor was very long. Having someone so experienced in birth and with so many tips and tricks to help cope gave me and my husband the confidence to have a completely unmedicated birth. I would highly recommend her!” ~ Alaina B., Minneapolis, MN
“Kara Jo is a naturally gifted doula. I was fortunate to have her at the birth of my second son. From our first phone call, I knew that I wanted her as my doula because she listened to my concerns with such care, kindness and thoughtfulness. Kara Jo provided us with the same care all throughout her services, particularly during labor and delivery. Her ability to comfort and encourage me was effortless and her presence made all the difference in believing I could do it. She has a calming and peaceful way about her. I couldn’t help but feel at ease and confident during such an intense and wearisome experience. Kara Jo, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there with us!”
~ L.S.M., Mama to 3
“The birth of our third child was our first birth experience with a doula. Kara Jo was our doula and provided both me and my wife invaluable support. She helped me find ways to comfort my wife where otherwise I would have been at a loss. Thank you Kara Jo. (If my wife gets her way and we have another child, I will be calling you.) ”
~ J.R.M., Papa to 3.
Words from a midwife: “I cannot say enough great things about Kara Jo both personally and professionally. She has the perfect combination of encouragement, direction, and personalized care for her clients. She is the most gentle, positive, helpful doula and makes the birth environment so beautiful. I wish she was with me for every birth! ”
~ Fern Aspen, CNM
“Kara Jo is a phenomenal doula. She is compassionate, knowledgeable and goes beyond expectations to prepare moms and dads for labor, delivery and postpartum. With the birth of our child, it was important to me and my husband that we have another person in the delivery room to help us achieve our ideal birth experience. Kara Jo not only provided the guidance we needed; she was hands-on with comfort measures, was a cheerleader for both of us and she captured our baby’s first moments of life in priceless photographs. We are grateful for Kara Jo – she will always hold a special place in our hearts.”
~ Kate and Greg S.
Words from a local obstetrician: “Doulas provide something extraordinary to the birthing family. Kara Jo has shown over and over again that she is in-tune with families’ needs throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She is a joy to work with and I highly recommend her.”
~ Dr Dennis Hartung, OB-Gyn, Western Wisconsin Health, Baldwin WI
“Hiring a doula was my husband’s idea, and I’m so grateful we found Kara Jo. We were hoping for a natural childbirth for our first baby, and our early contacts with Kara were informative and reassuring. I was four days past my due date when my husband and I were in a car crash, which led to a scary day in the emergency room. When the staff determined that I had to be induced for everyone’s safety, Kara was on the phone, talking me through the early contractions. When she arrived at the hospital, I was at the end of my rope, dealing with minor but painful injuries from the crash along with the stress of labor and delivery. Kara Jo’s calm suggestions helped me cope without any pain medicine. She comforted me, coached my husband, stayed with us for hours and ultimately helped me avoid a C-section.
“Her experience and calm demeanor were a gift to us. I can’t recommend her enough.”
~ First-time parents, St. Paul
“Kara Jo was fantastic! She helped me prepare for labor, was thoughtful and encouraging in helping me explore what I might experience and expect during (and after) labor. She was supportive to me and my husband during labor (my husband was extremely thankful to have her there to help). She helped me prepare questions to ask the doctors during labor; she helped give me a voice when I was tired and made sure I was always comfortable with decisions made throughout the process. She helped me see that I was made to deliver my baby and supply everything he needed. I can’t imagine going through this experience without her!”
~ Heather T., First-Time Mother, Bloomington MN
~ Jamie & Joey White, Parents of Twins, Burnsville MN
“Thank you so much for being there to support us during Nora’s birth. The whole process couldn’t have been a better experience, and we are so grateful it went smoothly and how we hoped it would happen. We would happily recommend you to anyone we know.” ~ Caitlin Pekuri, Mother of 2, Experienced a successful VBAC, Woodbury MN.
“I can’t tell you how much it meant to have you at [our son’s] birth. You were such a calm presence and an encouragement to me. You were truly a blessing…I really believe God is using you for something great as a doula…” ~ E.L., Mother of 2, St. Paul MN
“You clearly have a gift in being a doula and helping/counseling others through the whole process of pregnancy and giving birth…We cannot thank you enough for all you have done for us. It was so nice to have your doula wisdom and support through out my pregnancy and delivery. It wouldn’t have been the same experience without you. You helped me see things more realistically and helped ease my fears. On the big day, you helped me laugh and relax…”
~ A. H., Mother of 2, Oakdale MN
“Kara Jo was a miracle for my wife. In her darkest hour, Kara Jo was there with suggestions that really helped my wife cope. We loved her!…There is nothing easy about 48 hours worth of labor, but you truly have a wealth of knowledge that we were able to use to help Sally cope. ”
~ Tommy & Sally Griffin, First-Time Parents, Hudson WI