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Kara B.

Postpartum Doula, Registered Nurse (RN), Prenatal Yoga Instructor

8 years of experience | families served

Lives in Ipswich, MA

Pricing

$30 per hour (Minimum 4 hours, or 3 hour minimum if very local)

Availability

2-3 days a week during the daytime hours 10-4pm

Experience & Education

Qualifications
  • Certified Postpartum Doula (CPPD), Warm Welcome Birth Services
  • Certified Birth Doula (CBD), Warm Welcome Birth Services
  • Telemetry Certified
Education
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN), Simmons University
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Photojournalism & Magazine Writing (BA), Emerson College
Professional Experience
  • 5+ years of Nursing experience
  • 5+ years in Labor and Postpartum Support
  • Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher (10 years experience teaching yoga for the natal year; 15 years experience teaching overall)
  • Founder of SweetMama Doula
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Areas Served

    • Within 20 miles of Ipswich, MA

    What can I help out with?

    Health Precautions & Exposure


    Introduce yourself!
    Kara Mears is a mama, Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Registered Nurse and Founder of SweetMama Doula. She’s been practicing and teaching yoga for nearly fifteen years and has supported dozens of mothers in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. With a previous BA in photojournalism that she earned before her nursing and doula days, Kara is fascinated by the commonalities of story-telling, birth work, and yoga. She finds joy and fulfillment in the creative process of witnessing a story, watching the action unfold in real time, and calling upon her keenest observation skills. Kara believes with her whole heart that peace on Earth begins at birth. To this end, she’s passionate about empowering women in their mother birth and welcoming babies into this world. Here’s to a joyful and healthy pregnancy, the birth of your dreams, and a smooth transition in immediate postpartum. When Kara’s not doula-ing, she loves impromptu dance kitchen parties, eating Friday night scratch pizza with her family, and swimming in the briny Atlantic.  

    How do you help new parents?

    Why did you pursue this career?
    Truthfully, I was called to birth work out of the clear blue sky. On assignment in LA as a photojournalist, I had an epiphany one day that I didn't want to pursue that career anymore. When I got quiet and asked myself what I wanted to do, "midwife" popped into my mind from out of left field. Doula trainings, prenatal yoga certifications, births, nursing school, and becoming a mama to my own daughter, and here I am. From very early on in this journey, I understood that peace on Earth begins at birth. Once I found birth work, I knew I'd found my life's work. The care we get during this sacred time is the most important care we can get. Its ripple effect has a long reach. We are wise to pay close attention to these precious bonds of mother and baby and nurture them as best we can.

    Testimonials

    “There are not words to adequately express the compassion, support and strength that Kara offered during my labor and delivery. In fact, the words compassion, support and strength do not even adequately describe her presence; it is so much more than that. During my long labor Kara met me where I was, with exactly what I needed in each moment, allowing me to face each new challenge with courage. She is intuitive and unyielding with her presence and support. This was invaluable not just for me, but for my husband and Mum as well. We are filled with gratitude and love for Kara for the gift she gave us during the most challenging and rewarding transition in our lives thus far.” — BH & DR, Cambridge, MA

    “Hiring Kara as my doula was one of the best decisions I made during my pregnancy! She was knowledgeable, caring, and supportive of my personal choices. Her invaluable advice, along with her positive attitude and encouragement, gave me confidence. She was a calm and nurturing presence during my birth and with her help I was able to achieve the wonderful birth experience I wanted.”   — NF, Arlington, MA

    “I felt supported emotionally and physically. Kara had a lot of patience with me and made me feel safe. She was really good company. Kara helped me reduce my stress and anxiety and she did not take the place of my husband in the delivery room; she added comfort between us, support. It was everything and more than what we expected. I will not deliver another baby without Kara in the room.”   — FV, Roxbury, MA