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Testimonials

Love letters from some of my beautiful clients, who I have the absolute honour to witness as they become and

re-become mothers and parents

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From Amy, mama to Viviana

"Having Karli by my side during one of the most incredible moments of my life made it all the more wonderful. She goes above and beyond and pours her heart into everything she does.  Yes, she was our doula, but in my eyes she was so much more.

 

She has so much to give and I couldn't recommend her highly enough to be there by your side, holding your hand as you prepare to meet your little one. Plus, she also gives the BEST hugs!"

From Annie, mama to Chester

"Karli was my safe space. After a difficult first birth were I felt out of control, I knew I needed something different for my second birth. Karli was such a beautiful, confident & knowledgeable part of our birthing team. It’s not just about birth prep and postpartum care/ ticking the boxes with Karli, it was so so much more, going deeper, dreaming, planning. I really valued that I could call or text her whenever I needed, a phone call after my hospital appointments was always such a source of calm for me after what was usually an intimidating   and upsetting hospital appointment.

I ended up having a spontaneous accidental home birth, my labour was so fast that we just didn’t get to the hospital. I remember so many people were shocked that he’d be born at home with no immediate medical assistance, they’d often say “that must have been terrifying”, but actually it wasn’t, it was empowering, amazing, mind blowing."

From Amy, mama to Evie

"Karli and I met 7 years ago as we laughed, cried, walked and caffeinated our way through motherhood with our first babies, I knew then that this was only the beginning of a connection and friendship that will last ours and our children’s lifetimes.
I could not be writing this today with a beautiful baby girl if it wasn’t for Karli… before I even got pregnant with baby E she was alway doula’ing me, supporting and caring for me through the many lows of infertility, ivf and life admin that would all seem to be too much but Karli would always be there coffee and snacks in hand always nourishing and nurturing the mother. It was the most easiest decision I made asking Karli to support my husband and I through my pregnancy and birth with E to help us navigate a system which failed us the 1st time.


As our 2nd experience was looking like it was heading on the same path as our first, Karli was our fierce advocate in a time where things seemed out of control. She was our reassuring touch and voice when we needed. Karli helped me experience a more empowered birth and at the same time helped me heal from our first. Despite all the interventions and challenges I faced I can confidently and proudly say I would not be the mother I am today without her."

From Katie, mama to Charlie

"We hired Karli as our doula in 2021. My partner had very little birth knowledge and once we had her in our home going through the ins and outs of birthing through the system my partner and I felt much more relaxed and felt more in control of our experience being first time parents and birthing our baby. Karli actually ended up missing our birth (face to face) due to me being a super quick birther however she was on the phone to us the entire time, driving to the hospital, keeping my partner up to speed with what was happening, asking questions, guiding us, and eventually sitting outside in her car (due to covid restrictions) whilst I birthed our son. Knowing she had equiped us with the strength, power and knowledge to birth our son in a pandemic (as well as it being a super quick birth) was invaluable!! We can’t wait to have Karli as our doula again in the future!"

From Virginia, mama to Abby

When we were trying to conceive I came across Karli by chance. I wasn’t actively looking for a doula at the time, didn’t really have a lot of knowledge about doulas in general, but I knew instantly that I wanted Karli on my birth team.

Working with Karli from early on in my pregnancy gave me so much comfort as I worked through my anxieties around the birth itself, the hospital system, and the anticipation of life as a new mum with no family support nearby.

We had some challenges with the hospital during the last couple of weeks of my pregnancy and having Karli’s support was invaluable in helping us navigate our options and advocate for ourselves. Karli went above and beyond for us at that time and it made all the difference to our birth experience. And having someone to debrief with afterwards and process all the mixed emotions, who was with us every step of the way and really gets it, meant so much.

From Romy, mama to Billy

"I haven't really put it into words out loud or even on paper how having Karli right next to me, encouraging me, being still, being loud, making me feel at ease, feeding me all the watermelon, hydrating me, telling me my body is ready, I could keep going, that I was strong and most importantly that it was safe for me to be vulnerable and do what my body was made to do - birth, has made me feel...

Only meeting her a few short months ago, in the midst of having just moved house and all the chaos with private midwives, she feels like family. I can't even think of what my birth with Billy would have looked like without her, the support she gave/gives Tommy and I is/was indescribable!

My postpartum journey was important to me, to be still and to let myself heal, she has come in and cleaned, cooked - fed us, entertained Poppy, listened to me - really listened, and just chat about everything and anything. Will forever be grateful for the total love and support from this amazing woman. We love you!"

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From Georgie and Andrew,
parents to Elio

"Karli is the best investment we have ever made. I am beyond grateful for all the birth educating, fear unpacking, appointment debriefing, cheerleading for our rights and accomplishments and hugs from this amazing woman.

 

Karli provided so much support not just for me but also my husband pre, during and post the labour which is so important for everyone to understand their role and needs for the birth and postpartum which in western culture is often overlooked. 

Karli will always hold a special place in our hearts as she helped our little man come into the world, something I do not think I would have been able to do physically or mentally without her support."

From Emily, mama to Harriet

"When I fell pregnant with my daughter I knew I wanted a doula this time around. After what seemed like an unnecessarily overly medicalised first birth I was left questioning what had happened and how the medical system I had put so much faith in had seemed so indifferent. It had been fine, a fine birth and for me, a powerful experience regardless, but something was missing. I was determined to find out what, and this time I was going to have someone who knew birth inside and out in my corner.

 

Enter Karli..

 

Going through the doula process with Karli was so much more than I ever expected it to be. It allowed my husband to know exactly how to be there for me on a level that spoke to my soul during birthing, but more importantly for me to have the confidence to be there for MYSELF. Karli helped me unearth a strength that in all my days I will never forget exists within me. Her process enabled my cup to be filled to overflowing and for my daughter and I to have a beautiful, beautiful birth.

 

They say you never forget the birth of your children but also that day I found a new part of ME was born along with my daughter, a part I will forever hold dear. In moments when things seemed they could go awry it allowed my partner and I to bounce ideas around with someone we knew had only my best interests at heart, and who knew my needs for birthing better than any of my friends or family could, because she had previously asked the right questions.

 

When medical interventions I didn’t want seemed a possibility, I was able to talk around the subject with someone with a level head, who knew me inside out, and I was able to be confident in my decisions under pressure. Karli’s process actually helped me to learn more about myself. And then once our little ‘Baby Love’ had arrived, there was the postpartum support of someone I felt completely comfortable with, once again who was looking out for ME and my wellbeing while all other eyes were on my wonderful new baby. This really was key to our smooth transition into the world.

 

If you are considering if a doula is right for you, the answer is yes.. because Karli learns YOU and YOUR needs for birth, and if you don’t know what they are, the questions she asks help you realise what they look like, and this is worth its weight in gold. So give her a call for a chat, like I did. You won’t regret it. It’s not a luxury.. after having gone through the process I know the kind of support Karli offers pregnant, birthing and new mothers is a necessity.

 

In Karli you have someone who will help you advocate for your rights in birth and who knows what they are, inside and out, so that you don’t have to hold all of that and can just BE, you and your baby, in birth."