About Kara - Smile Doula
Welcome! My name is Kara Figueroa - I am a stay-at-home wife, mother of 4 and a certified labor & birth doula. I have a burning passion and calling to support the journey of birthing babies. There is no one way to birth a baby, and I love to support each and every kind of birth.
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.
I began my training and practice in 2008 - This year, I am celebrating 11 years of being a practicing doula.
My heart is to support, educate and empower the mother and her partner to make the best decisions for them, their baby and their labor & birth.
“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
What is a Doula?
Doula - Pronounced 'doo-la' - is a Greek word meaning 'woman servant or caregiver'.
It refers to a trained 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.
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.