What is a Doula?

Doula - Pronounced 'doo-la' - is a Greek word meaning 'woman servant or caregiver'.

It refers to a trained birth professional who provides emotional, physical and informational support

to a mother and her partner before, during and after childbirth.  This support helps families 

achieve the healthiest and most satisfying experience as possible.  A doula is considered an essential part of a birth team.


Thayer’s definition for the Greek word doulos (doula) ~ one who gives himself up to another’s will. 

Those whose service is used by Christ. Devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own
interests a servant, attendant.


Smile Doula, LLC

About Smile Doula:

Welcome: My name is Kara Figueroa. I'm a mother of 4 wildly different but amazing kids, wife for 17 years to my sweet man, Kris, and a certified labor & birth doula. I began my birth studies in February 2008 and never looked back.  I have a burning passion and calling to love, support, serve and empower families through the incredible journey of bringing babies earth-side - a moment in time when heaven meets earth! 


Some things I feel strongly about concerning birth:


  • there are many ways to birth a baby
  • each and every birth is unique and beautiful
  • birth matters
  • a little love, support and service go a long way
  • YOU are amazing, powerful and oh so beautiful!


Trainings:  DONA Birth Doula training and workshop, Birth Arts International Labor & Birth Doula, Birth Arts International Aromatherapy for Pregnancy Birth and Postpartum, Rebozo, Spinning Babies, Neonatal Resuscitation, home birth education, bereavement doula and bereavement photographer.


Certifications: Birth Arts International Certified Labor & Birth Doula, Still Birthday University Certified Birth & Bereavement Doula, Birth Arts International Certification in Aromatherapy for Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum.    



“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21


“Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don't only give your care, but give your heart as well.” Mother Teresa

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