Guiding you on your

birth and motherhood

Journey

Hi! My name is Karina

CERTIFIED BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM DOULA

A Maternity Nurse, Birth & Postnatal Doula, and Certified Breastfeeding Support Specialist. I'm married and a proud mother of three wonderful daughters. As a married mother of three wonderful daughters, my journey into the world of maternal and infant care began with the profound changes motherhood brought.

Becoming a mother was the most positive and empowering experience of my life. It was during this time that I realised the profound importance of the support and care provided during pregnancy, birth, and postnatal. This realisation led me to become a Maternity Nurse and Birth & Postnatal Doula.


I'm passionate about supporting women to achieve a positive birth experience, which I believe is every woman's right. Women are amazing, and their bodies can do remarkable things. When women are supported in the right way and enabled to feel safe, secure, heard, and loved, childbirth can be an empowering and truly rewarding experience.


I am committed to providing unwavering support, guidance, and care to ensure that every individual I serve feels empowered and positive about their birthing and parenting journey. It's an honour to be part of this transformative period in the lives of families, and I look forward to supporting you on your unique path to parenthood.


At The Kente & Karing Doulas, we embrace tradition and love in our approach to maternal and infant care. It's an honour to be part of this transformative period in the lives of families, and I look forward to supporting you on your unique path to parenthood.



My Credentials

  • Enhanced CRB
  • Over a decade of being Doula and Maternity Nurse experience
  • Qualified Doula through Doula UK
  • Midwifery Level 3
  • Diploma in Maternity and Paediatric Support Level 3 with City & Guilds
  • Counselling Children & Adolescents - accredited
  • Breastfeeding educator training & certificate through the NHS
  • Newborn Resuscitation Training through NHS
  • Youth Work Training Level 3
  • Insured with Bordengate Insurance
  • Sands Bereavement Care Training - Supporting families through pregnancy loss and the death of a baby
  • Level 1 Supporting Muslim Families with Support Me


Our Coverage Area


We provide service within a 60-minute radius of Sutton, Surrey, including Banstead, Kenley, Caterham, Coulsdon, Purley, Dulwich, Clapham & Brixton, and every area in between. If you're uncertain about whether we operate in your area, kindly reach out to us first for confirmation.

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In my work as a doula, my focus is on the mother.

I want to help her to feel comfortable, nourished, relaxed and appreciated; to facilitate a harmonious transition for both mother and child in those most profound first days and weeks after birth.

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“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”


- Maya Angelou

what is a doula?

Welcome to The Kente & Karing Doulas: Your Birth Partner and Postnatal Fairy Godmother


At The Kente & Karing Doulas, we believe that every journey to parenthood is a unique and transformative experience. We're here to be your professional birth partner and the guiding light on your path to becoming a parent and beyond.


What Does a Doula Do?


A doula is your steadfast companion on this incredible journey. We provide comprehensive support, including informational, emotional, physical, and practical assistance to you and your family. Our role is to walk with you through the twists and turns of parenthood, offering unwavering support when needed and stepping back when you feel confident and in control.


Your doula is your trusted confidante, ready to address any question, concern, or issue that may arise during this special time in your life. We're here to help you recognise your innate strength and to celebrate each milestone, no matter how small or significant.


A Part of Your Village


You've likely heard the saying, "It takes a village..." Well, we're proud to be a part of your village. As your doula from The Kente & Karing Doulas, we're the hand you can hold during the toughest moments, the ear that will listen without judgment, and the guiding light that leads the way. We're here to provide you with all the essential support you need to navigate the beautiful journey to parenthood.


Welcome to The Kente & Karing Doulas, where we're dedicated to enhancing your birthing and parenting experience. Together, we'll create positive and empowering memories that will last a lifetime.



Empowering Your Parenthood Journey with a Doula

A doula is more than just a support person; they are a dedicated and knowledgeable companion on your path to parenthood. As your doula, my role is to provide specialised guidance and unwavering support throughout your journey.


Preparing for Your Unique Birth and Postnatal Experience

Your journey to parenthood is as unique as you are, and my purpose is to help you prepare for the birth and postnatal period you envision. I bring specialised knowledge in birth and postnatal matters to the table, allowing you to make informed choices and create the experience you desire.


Wholehearted and Impartial Support

My support is impartial, wholehearted, and unconditional. I am here to cater to your specific needs, embracing and respecting all birthing and parenting choices. Whether you're planning for a traditional birth or exploring alternative approaches, I am your provider of encouragement, support, and care.


Empowering You to Do It Your Way

Above all, my mission is to help you recognise your innate abilities and empower you to take the lead on your unique journey. Your birth and postnatal experience should be a reflection of your desires and preferences, and I am here to ensure you have the knowledge and support to do it your way.


With my unwavering support, you can embrace parenthood with confidence and positivity. Your journey is unique, and I am honoured to be your guide and advocate every step of the way.



Services

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Pregnancy and birth doula support

Welcome to The Kente & Karing Doulas, your trusted partner on the journey to parenthood. We offer comprehensive pregnancy and birth support, guiding you with care, expertise, and unwavering commitment. Our goal is to empower you with personalised support, ensuring a positive and empowering birthing experience. Let us be your source of comfort and guidance on this incredible journey to parenthood.

At The Kente & Karing Doulas, we understand that the postnatal and early parenting period can be both exciting and challenging. Our postnatal and parent Doula support service is here to provide expert guidance, emotional care, and practical assistance during this transformative phase. We're dedicated to helping new parents navigate the joys and uncertainties of parenthood, offering unwavering support to ensure a positive and confident start on this remarkable journey

At The Kente & Karing Doulas, we recognise that life's journey can sometimes take unexpected turns. Our postnatal, miscarriage, stillbirth/born asleep, and termination support service is here to provide compassionate care and a supportive hand during times of loss and difficult decisions. We're committed to offering understanding, empathy, and resources to help you navigate these challenging moments with strength and resilience.

How does it work?

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Let's do it!

Interested in having me as your Doula? We can kick off our journey with a free, no-obligation initial meeting. This is your chance to explore how a doula can support you, discuss your needs, and see if we're a good match.


During our first chat, whether in person or via Zoom, we'll assess your pregnancy stage and your specific support requirements. This sets the stage for me to customise my services to your liking.


The chemistry between a Doula and her client is essential, and this initial meeting helps us gauge our compatibility and shared goals.


After our conversation, I'll prepare a tailored plan of my services for your approval. This plan ensures that I provide the support you desire, creating a roadmap for our unique journey to parenthood.


Let's connect and embark on this exciting journey together.


We will be sending you a draft of our contract, which outlines the payment schedule, insurance information, and all the necessary details regarding the specific services you will receive.

Let's Get Started on Your Journey Together towards a Smooth and Safe Birth!


Now that we have gathered all the essential information, we can begin our work together. Whether you need birth support or any other assistance, we're here to help. Additionally, you'll receive a welcome pack, including a birth workbook and some fantastic freebies, to help you along the way.

Nurturing the Journey Package

Pregnancy and Birth support

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Initial free discovery call to get to know each other a little and see if we are a good ‘fit’.

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You will receive a Welcome pack including a pregnancy workbook and freebies and samples

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Phone/ WhatsApp/ e-mail support to answer any questions, address any concerns or just be a listening ear, throughout your pregnancy and for 6 weeks after your birth.

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2 x Antenatal visits lasting Approx. 2 hours each at your home/via Zoom

1 x Meet-up for a drink and catch Up: We'll arrange a friendly meet-up where we can chat over a drink, take a walk, and simply catch up. It's a time for us to connect and ensure you're feeling supported.


Constant support during your labour and birth


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1 x Postnatal visit: Following your birth experience, we'll schedule a postnatal visit to provide in-person guidance and support, making sure you're on the right path lasting 2-3 hours in length

£1500


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Fees normally paid in one payment but we are happy to discuss alternative payment arrangements.

We offer comprehensive pregnancy and birth support, guiding you with care, expertise, and unwavering commitment. Our goal is to empower you with personalised support, ensuring a positive and empowering birthing experience. Let us be your source of comfort and guidance on this incredible journey to parenthood.

Nurturing the Journey plus Package

Enhanced Pregnancy and Birth support

We offer comprehensive pregnancy and birth support, guiding you with care, expertise, and unwavering commitment. Our goal is to empower you with personalised support, ensuring a positive and empowering birthing experience. Let us be your source of comfort and guidance on this incredible journey to parenthood.

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Initial free discovery call to get to know each other a little and see if we are a good ‘fit’.

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A bundle of joy is on the way! Expect a lovely Welcome Pack filled with goodies, including a pregnancy workbook, freebies, and samples.

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You can receive phone, WhatsApp, or email support during and after pregnancy to have someone to address your concerns, answer your questions, or listen to you.

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We'll arrange a friendly meet-up over a drink and a walk to catch up and ensure you feel supported.

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Unwavering aid as you bring new life into the world

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After your birth experience, we will schedule 2 in-person postnatal visits lasting 2-3 hours each to ensure you receive the necessary guidance and support.

£2000

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Fees normally paid in full but we are happy to discuss alternative payment arrangements.

3 x Antenatal visits lasting approx. 2 hours each at your home/via Zoom

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Nurtured Recovery Package

postnatal & BEREAVEMENT support

At The Kente & Karing Doulas, we recognise that life's journey can sometimes take unexpected turns. Our postnatal, miscarriage, born asleep/stillbirth, and termination support service is here to provide compassionate care and a supportive hand during times of loss and difficult decisions. We're committed to offering understanding, empathy, and resources to help you navigate these challenging moments with strength and resilience.

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We offer emotional support by providing compassionate and empathetic listening to help you process your feelings and emotions during difficult moments.

Self-Care guidance: providing self-care tips and practices to promote emotional and physical well-being.

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£360

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I can help you navigate your birthing experience and understand any medical aspects, if needed.

Ongoing support: continued support and follow-ups as you journey through these challenging experiences.

We'll arrange a meet-up for a drink and catch up, where we can chat, take a walk, and connect to ensure you're feeling supported.

£50 per hour (minimum of 2 hour blocks) Or

£360 for 8 hours £640 for 16 hours


Additional postnatal doula support can be added onto any birth doula support package.

£700

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Postnatal Peace and Harmony package

PERFECT IF YOU WANT POSTNATAL SUPPORT BUT NOT BIRTH SUPPORT

POSTNATAL DOULA SUPPORT


As a postnatal doula, I will support you throughout the first few days and weeks after having your baby, in your own home.


The main areas I work postnatally are Croydon, Purley, Kenley, Redhill, Sutton, Dulwich, Brixton and Clapham (Anywhere within a 60 minute drive of Croydon). Some of the ways and things I can support you with include:


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Phone/ WhatsApp/ e-mail support to answer any questions, address any concerns or just be a listening ear, for up to 6 weeks after your birth.

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Feeding and baby care support: expert guidance on breastfeeding and infant care, ensuring your little one receives the best care and nourishment.

Nutritious meal preparation: Enjoy balanced and nourishing meals tailored to your dietary preferences, with a special consideration for dietary restrictions, such as excluding pork.


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Rest, Restore, and Self-Care: take time to rest, restore your energy, and indulge in self-care activities. Whether it's a bath, a moment of relaxation, or just a good night's sleep, we're here to make sure you get the break you need.


Light housework: Let us handle some of the household chores, so you can focus on bonding with your baby and rejuvenating yourself.


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£25 per hour (minimum of 4 hour blocks) Or

£360 for 16 hours £640 for 32 hours


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Serenity and Connection Support Package

Community Care Support

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Upon joining, you'll receive a Welcome Pack that includes a pregnancy workbook, freebies, and samples.

Get support via phone, WhatsApp, or email throughout your pregnancy and for 6 weeks after birth, to have your questions answered, concerns addressed, or to have someone listen to you.

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We can arrange a meet-up over a drink or a walk to catch up and ensure you're feeling supported.

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We offer a postnatal visit lasting 2-3 hours to provide guidance and support after your birth experience.

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We provide support not only to new mothers but also their partners, guiding and assisting them in their transition into parenthood.

£500


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At The Kente & Karing Doulas, we understand that not everyone has access to comprehensive support services. Our Community Care Support Package is designed to ensure that every mother, regardless of financial constraints, can receive the care and guidance she deserves.


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Guiding growth Therapy package

PERFECT IF YOU WANT nurturing SUPPORt & guidance

adolescents counselling and empowerment DOULA SUPPORT


Our 'Adolescent Empowerment' program is designed to support young individuals navigating the challenges of adolescence. Tailored for teens facing personal, social, or emotional struggles, this package offers a safe space for self-discovery, growth, and empowerment. Through confidential counselling sessions, we address various aspects of their lives, including stress, anxiety, self-esteem, relationships, mental health, and future aspirations. Our goal is to foster resilience, empower self-expression, and provide effective tools to navigate the journey of adolescence with confidence and clarity.


Phone/ WhatsApp/ e-mail support to answer any questions, address any concerns or just be a listening ear this session can be done via video call, phone call or in person depending on your location



  • Coping strategies for stress and anxiety
  • Self-discovery and self-improvement tools
  • Decision-making and future planning assistance
  • Exploring personal identity and values
  • Building self-confidence and setting boundaries in relationships
  • Addressing mental health concerns and offering coping mechanisms
  • Guidance on healthy lifestyle choices and habits






  • Safe space for sharing and discussing emotions
  • Coping mechanisms for managing anxiety and depression
  • Techniques to build self-esteem and confidence
  • Support in navigating family dynamics post-relationship separation
  • Guidance on healthy relationships and boundaries
  • Coping strategies for co-parenting and dealing with an ex-partner
  • Skills to address emotional well-being and self-awareness


£50 per hour (minimum of 2 hour blocks) Or £360 for 8 hours £640 for 16 hours

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Cancellation Policy:


  • Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be subject to a cancellation fee equivalent to the session rate.
  • If an appointment is missed without prior notification, the full session fee will be charged.
  • Cancellations made with more than 24 hours notice will not incur any charges.
  • In the event of extenuating circumstances, such as sudden illness or emergencies, please notify me as soon as possible to discuss alternative arrangements.


This policy is designed to ensure fairness to both parties and to respect the time commitment involved in scheduling appointments. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


i am available via Phone/ WhatsApp/ e-mail support to answer any questions, address any concerns or just be a listening ear these sessions can be done via video call, phone call or in person depending on your location

Welcome to the Media and Publications section!



Here you’ll find a curated collection of articles, podcasts, and other media features related to my work. From insightful articles written for a Health & wellbeing online magazine to engaging podcast interviews, this section offers a glimpse into my expertise and experiences. Explore the resources below to learn more about my insights, perspectives, and contributions to the field.


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


IS A DOULA ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO BIRTH PARTNER?

No! Absolutely not. Doula support is for everyone. It doesn't matter if you have a partner, how or where you want to birth.


KINDS OF BIRTHS I CAN SUPPORT YOU WITH.

I can support you throughout all types of birth. It doesn't matter if you are birthing at home or having an elective caesarean. Support, care and continuity is so important, however you birth.


CAN A DOULA REPLACE A MIDWIFE?

No, as a doula I am not medical so I do not replace any medical professional. I can talk and advocate but I do not perform any medical procedures or treatments.


WHAT ABOUT AFTER THE BIRTH?

After you have your baby I am still there for you. I can provide you with help feeding, making meals for you, light cleaning, basically I am there to nurture you.


ARE YOU ON CALL FOR OTHER PEOPLE AT THE SAME TIME?

No, I only take on one doula client in the same on call period.


WHEN DO YOU GO 'ON CALL'?

Normally we would go on call, so available 24/7 from 38 weeks gestation, but this can be tailored to your individual needs.


WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I GO INTO LABOUR?

You would give me a call, we would have a chat on the phone and discuss if you wanted me to come down at that point or keep me updated. When I come down I am there to hold the space, to unconditionally support you. This could include things like making food, setting up a birth pool, ensuring your other children are okay, massaging you and creating an amazing birth space. I am also trained in various techniques to increase comfort throughout pregnancy, labour and birth. We would go through these in advance at our antenatal appointments.


DO YOU COME WITH ME TO HOSPITAL?

Yes, if you want me to. Obviously we would keep an eye on the relevant government guidance regarding birth partners and speak to the hospital/ trust if required in advance. If for some reason, I am not able to attend in person due to the guidelines, I am available and able to provide remote/ virtual doula support. This would be discussed at length in advance.


WHAT HAPPENS AT THE ANTENATAL AND POSTNATAL APPOINTMENTS?

Antenatally, we would get to know you and you us. We would discuss your needs, options and go through ways to help you to feel more comfortable. We would answer any questions you have and provide you with evidence based information so you can make informed decisions.


Postnatally, we would support you with feeding (however you choose to feel), nurture you, give you space and time to restore and rest, cook you meals, run a hoover around, basically anything to help you feel good!


WHAT AREAS DO YOU COVER?

We cover within a 60 minute commute of Sutton, Surrey, Croydon, Kenley, Caterham, Coulsdon, Purley, Dulwich, Clapham & Brixton and anywhere in between, please contact me first if you are unsure.





Safeguarding Policy - The Kente & Karing Doulas


At The Kente & Karing Doulas, we are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all our clients. Our safeguarding policy outlines our dedication to promoting the welfare of young girls and young mothers during the doula service.


Key Principles:

  • Client-Centred Approach: We prioritise the well-being and best interests of our clients. Our services are tailored to meet individual needs and respect cultural sensitivities.


  • Confidentiality: All information shared during sessions is treated with the utmost confidentiality. Personal details will not be disclosed to third parties unless required by law or with explicit consent.


  • Professional Boundaries: Our doulas maintain professional boundaries at all times. Any form of inappropriate behaviour or misconduct is strictly prohibited.


  • Informed Consent: Clients will be fully informed about the nature of the doula service, and their consent will be sought for any activities or interventions.


  • Risk Assessment: We conduct regular risk assessments to identify and minimise potential risks to the well-being of our clients. This includes considerations related to mental health, safety, and personal circumstances.


  • Collaboration: We work collaboratively with relevant authorities, including healthcare providers and social services, to ensure comprehensive support for our clients.


Reporting Concerns:

If a doula becomes aware of any safeguarding concerns, they will follow our reporting procedures. This includes notifying appropriate authorities and collaborating with relevant professionals to ensure the safety and well-being of the client.


Client Education:

Clients will be provided with information about their rights, available support services, and avenues for reporting concerns. This empowers them to make informed decisions and seek assistance when needed.


Continuous Training:

Our doulas undergo regular training on safeguarding practices to stay updated on relevant policies and procedures.


Review and Monitoring:

This policy is subject to periodic review to ensure its effectiveness and compliance with current safeguarding standards. Any updates will be communicated to all relevant parties.


If you have any questions or concerns about our safeguarding policy, please do not hesitate to contact us.


via email karina@thekenteandkaringdoulas.com






Safeguarding Policy for The Kente & Karing Doulas Counselling Services


1. Purpose:


The purpose of this safeguarding policy is to ensure the safety and well-being of young girls and young mothers engaging in counselling services provided by The Kente & Karing Doulas.


2. Scope:


This policy applies to all counselling sessions, whether conducted in-person, over the phone, or online.


3. Principles:


  • Best Interests: The best interests of the young individuals will be paramount in all actions and decisions.
  • Empowerment: Empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their well-being.
  • Prevention: Taking steps to prevent harm and protect from potential risks.


4. Responsibilities:


  • Counsellors: Counsellors are responsible for creating a safe and supportive environment, recognising signs of distress, and taking appropriate action.
  • Reporting: Any concerns about the safety or well-being of a young person will be reported to the appropriate authorities as per legal requirements.


5. Confidentiality:


  • Limits of Confidentiality: While counselling sessions are confidential, there are limits to confidentiality when there is a risk to the individual's safety. The individual will be informed about these limits at the beginning of the counselling relationship.


6. Risk Assessment:


  • Regular Assessments: Periodic risk assessments will be conducted to identify and address any potential risks to the individual's well-being.


7. Training:


  • Continuous Training: Counsellors will undergo regular training on safeguarding principles, recognising signs of distress, and appropriate reporting procedures.


8. Communication:


  • Open Communication: Encouraging open communication with the young individuals to create a safe space for disclosure.


9. Privacy and Dignity:


  • Respecting Privacy: Ensuring that counselling sessions are conducted in a private and confidential setting, respecting the dignity of the individual.


10. Review:


  • Regular Review: This policy will be regularly reviewed and updated to ensure its effectiveness.


11. Reporting Procedure:


In case of any safeguarding concerns, counsellors will follow the established reporting procedures as outlined in the organisation's safeguarding reporting policy.


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“Karina has been an invaluable source of support and care for our family. As a Muslim family, we sought a doula who would not only understand our cultural and religious preferences but also provide the support and care that we felt was lacking during the birth of our previous child.


Karina not only listened to our needs but also ensured that our religious and cultural values were respected and incorporated into our birthing experience. Her unwavering commitment and dedication to our well-being were evident throughout. She went above and beyond to ensure that my wife received the care she deserved and that our family felt heard and respected.


With Karina’s support, we experienced a birth journey that was not only culturally sensitive but also empowering. We are profoundly grateful for her expertise and compassionate care during this significant chapter in our lives."


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“Having Karina as my postnatal and Birth Doula has been an absolute blessing. her unwavering support, guidance and care made all the difference during my postnatal period and birthing experience. She has empowered me to navigate this transformative journey with confidence and positivity. Karina truly embodies the essence of ‘Wrapped in Tradition, Birthed in love.’ Im immensely grateful for her presence and expertise.”

Dad and Baby

"Karina has been an absolute pillar of strength and support during a challenging chapter of my life. After experiencing a miscarriage, I was overwhelmed with grief and uncertainty. When I embarked on my next birth journey, I knew I needed extra care and support for postnatal depression.


Karina stepped in with unwavering compassion and expertise, guiding me through my postpartum period with warmth and understanding. Her dedication and empathy were a source of comfort during a difficult time. With her help, I found my way through postnatal depression, emerging stronger and more confident as a mother. I am profoundly grateful for her presence in my life."


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