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Photo By Kelly Carman Photography

Who is Cara?

I started in birth work when my husband and I were planning a family of our own. I needed to feel more prepared going into such an incredible journey. I found my doula training opened my eyes to the wonders of birth.

I have been a Birth Doula for over 8 years now, I am also a certified Childbirth Educator and Breastfeeding USA Counselor.

I have been happily married to Chad since 2006 and we have 2 amazing children – a girl and a boy.

As a Certified Massage Therapist since 2003, I bring my Anatomy and Physiology training to help moms have a more comfortable and enjoyable pregnancy, labor and birth. I also bring my personal experience of my own two births and my DONA training  to help make a difference.

 

I believe women are strong, smart and entitled to make their own informed decisions regarding their body during labor. My goal is to create a safe, calm and serene place for your body and mind while you begin your journey as a parent. With the guidance of your trusted care provider, your own research and your doula you should feel blessed, informed and empowered. As your doula I will support you and your partners desires for the birth of your baby.

I am passionate about continuing my education, skill set and broadening my knowledge through attending birth workshops each year.

If you would like to read a few testimonials please visit: Doula Match or scroll down for a few on this page.

 

Numerous studies have documented the benefits of having a doula present during labor.

 

With the support of a doula, women were less likely to request pain relief medications,

less likely to have a cesarean birth, and reported having a more positive childbirth experience.

 

 

 

Certifications/Qualifications/Volunteer

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  • Certified Birth Boot Camp Childbirth Educator
  • DONA Trained Birth Doula
  • Breastfeeding USA Counselor/Former Course Teacher
  • Certified Massage Therapist and ABMP Member
  • Indy Birth Alliance Leadership Team Member
    www.IndyBirthAlliance.com

    www.IndyBirthAlliance.com

     

  • Testimonials 

“When I discoverd I was pregnant with my first little one, several women I spoke with emphasized the importance of having a doula. Having never gone through the birth experience before, I honestly didn’t know what the value of having a doula would be. Boy were my expectations completely blown away with Cara!

As I experienced complications in my pregnancy, Cara was nothing less than supportive and positive about adjusting my birth plans from a home birth to a hospital one. She was available for any questions I had and she was very affirming that my birth would be exactly what it needed to be for the sake of my little lady. That’s just what I need to hear from someone who had been around so many births!

Prior to our baby’s arrival, Cara took the time to get to know my husband and I and determine what expectations we had and what we would like for her to do during our birthing. Having that understanding was great and on our baby’s birthday, Cara was there and right beside us for every step of the journey in a very natural way. Her suggestions for changing positions, massages, walking around, or simply resting were perfect for my first birth experience. For both my husband and I, she brought a welcomed and warm presence into the equation as I strived to have a peaceful and calm birthing. And in my husband’s words, “It just felt right that she was there…”

When I think of our experience with Cara now, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for the crucial role she played in one of the biggest moments of our lives. Her love and support left a big impact on us and I would suggest her as a doula to anyone I know! Our big day just wouldn’t have been the same without her!”

BETHANY  –  Posted 9/10/2014


 

My husband and I moved to Indianapolis in the summer knowing no one, pregnant with our first child, and the mindset of having a natural water birth.  I started researching doulas because I had little support behind me and I knew that I needed a strong team in order to have my first natural birth.  I found Cara through a doula website.  I instantly felt a connection with her, the sincerity and calmness that she brought was the perfect fit for our family.  Once I was in active labor, and even the weeks before when my body was going through the steps in order to prepare for labor Cara was my go to for questions I had and even just to talk to.  My beautiful baby girl was born on a friday 13th and I honestly could not imagine it without Cara and my husband supporting me the entire time.  This was an amazing profound experience and I feel blessed that Cara was a part of it!

Jamie – Posted 4/7/15

 


 

Cara was instrumental to the health of my pregnancy, both mentally and physically.  Her expertise in massage therapy and natural childbirth really helped me.  She is there 24/7 to answer any and all questions and she is always calm, attentive and truly cares about you and your baby’s well being.  I could not have asked for better support, I HIGHLY recommend her.
-Allison -Posted 4/23/2014

When I told my Dr that Cara was my Natural Birth Class Instructor, she said “I know Cara!  Isn’t she just the nicest person you’ve ever met?”  I thought, that’s a pretty strong statement… but as I got to know Cara, I think it might be true! I didn’t want a Doula since I planned a home birth with a midwife who had two doula assistants.  My husband insisted we hire Cara, though, because he didn’t want to be alone with me while I was in labor, prior to my midwife’s arrival.  And my midwife insisted we hire a doula. The same day I FINALLY hired Cara, my water broke 3-1/2 wks early – too early for a home birth!  Cara came right back over to our house and was such a calm and optimistic presence for me and my terrified husband.  We followed her to the hospital (we didn’t know where it was!)  During my 3 night, 2+ day labor, Cara was just wonderful!  She tried lots of ways to get me to go into labor naturally, she helped me and my husband communicate with the hospital staff (and each other!), she was a positive, reassuring friend when we dealt with the necessary but scary hospital interventions… but most of all, she was just so much FUN to hang out with! I didn’t want Cara to see me naked, but she ended up holding my numb-from-epidural-leg while I gave birth to my son.  It was no big deal, as she is extremely professional and passionate about being a doula – Not just awesome to hang out with in a hospital room 🙂  And she explained how to push so much better than the hospital staff – we might still be there… Cara helped me with my breastfeeding journey as well and has always helped me get back to a good place when things get tough.  I just want to write out everything she has to say on index cards and post them all around my house to help keep me sane!

– Ami Posted 9/24/2015


 

I just want to thank Cara SO MUCH for your support during my {lengthy} labor. I am so glad it was Cara who was there for the delivery of our son! She is definitely a natural doula with a very soothing presence and touch. Her stamina was impressive! Plus she brought a warmth, faith and optimism that was much appreciated. She helped me stay focused on my birth plan wishes and endure through some rough spots. She also had such an intuitive, caring way of helping out whether it was managing the nurses or sharing a snack with me or supporting me by making sure I had privacy or a drink or whatever I needed. Both my husband and I are so happy to have shared our second birth experience with her!

-Leisel – Posted 10/11/2015