Meet Karen, CaliSis Doulas Founder
The desire to become a Doula was birthed years ago and recently came to fruition as I embarked on certification through MaternityWise Institute. My training was comprehensive and covered prenatal, birth, postpartum and lactation support. We also discussed postpartum depression and many of the social, emotional and spiritual roadblocks that a woman may experience after a birth occurs . I have received my certification as a Labor Doula and Postpartum Doula. While I have training and personal experience in lactation education, my goal is to pursue additional certification to become a Certified Lactation Consultant.
Along with membership in MaternityWise Institute, I also have memberships in the National Black Doula Association (NBDA), Postpartum Support International (PSI), and the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for People of Color (PMHAPC). To remain relevant on issues concerning women children and families, I also have associations and relationship with various faith-based and non-profit organizations within the Riverside, San Bernardino and surrounding Counties.
I will always keep learning!
My most recent training has been in Infant Sleep Patterns so I can help parents teach their new one how to sleep and reduce the wear and tear on the family, especially mom. A sleep-deprived family is a stressed and potentially non-functioning family and baby will not thrive in that environment.
I am an advocate/supporter for “Count the Kicks,” an organization committed to reducing the disparities among women of color on the occurrence of stillbirths. Regardless of education or income, black women/women of color, are more than 50% likely to have a stillbirth than their white counterparts. We must work to reduce this ratio and deliver our babies to grow up healthy and strong to live their purpose.