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My Story

Birth, Doula, Labor,  abortion, BIPOC, Birth center, C-section,  certified, cesarean,  consultation, due date, Epidural, evidence based, fertility, family, Full-spectrum, Gay, GC, Gestational carrier, Guerneville, Healdsburg, home birth, homosexual, Hospital, IUI, IVF, Kaiser, Karen DeCarlo, lesbian, LGBTQ+, marin county, Marin General, Memorial, Midwife, Mill Valley, napa county, Natural, Novato, petaluma, Perinatal, POC, postpartum, Pregnant, Providence, Queer, Same sex, San Francisco, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, sonoma county, Surrogacy, surro-doula, Sutter, UCSF, Ukiah, Unmedicated, woman

I became a parent in 2020. This birth was difficult, but it didn't have to be. The Pandemic only heightened my feelings of confusion, loneliness, and lack of confidence during my pregnancy and birth, and I wished for a community of support. Having finally found this community, I'm making it my life’s work to build that village for others. As a Doula, I create a nurturing and empowering space for birthing people and emerging parents.

When I'm not helping people out, I live in Petaluma with my husband, two kids, and cat. I love trying new recipes, spending quality time with family and friends, exploring the outdoors by hiking or rowing on the river, and living a life full of cheesy diet and wordplay.

My Practice

At the heart of my Doula practice is a respect for the history and traditions of the Doula profession. I am passionate about honoring the legacy of the birthers who have come before us, and preserving the cultural significance of birth. I believe that everyone has the right to access quality care that is respectful of their cultural background, beliefs, identity, and values.

I have my BA in Physical Anthropology, rooted in a deep curiosity about the human body. I love to nerd out with my clients over the hows and whys of what it takes to grow and birth a human.


I strive to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that puts my clients at ease and helps them feel comfortable sharing their hopes, fears, and concerns. I harmonize tradition and modern care for my clients' personalized birth experience.

Birth, Doula, Labor,  abortion, BIPOC, Birth center, C-section,  certified, cesarean,  consultation, due date, Epidural, evidence based, fertility, family, Full-spectrum, Gay, GC, Gestational carrier, Guerneville, Healdsburg, home birth, homosexual, Hospital, IUI, IVF, Kaiser, Karen DeCarlo, lesbian, LGBTQ+, marin county, Marin General, Memorial, Midwife, Mill Valley, napa county, Natural, Novato, petaluma, Perinatal, POC, postpartum, Pregnant, Providence, Queer, Same sex, San Francisco, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, sonoma county, Surrogacy, surro-doula, Sutter, UCSF, Ukiah, Unmedicated, woman
Birth, Doula, Labor,  abortion, BIPOC, Birth center, C-section,  certified, cesarean,  consultation, due date, Epidural, evidence based, fertility, family, Full-spectrum, Gay, GC, Gestational carrier, Guerneville, Healdsburg, home birth, homosexual, Hospital, IUI, IVF, Kaiser, Karen DeCarlo, lesbian, LGBTQ+, marin county, Marin General, Memorial, Midwife, Mill Valley, napa county, Natural, Novato, petaluma, Perinatal, POC, postpartum, Pregnant, Providence, Queer, Same sex, San Francisco, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, sonoma county, Surrogacy, surro-doula, Sutter, UCSF, Ukiah, Unmedicated, woman

Certifications & Training

I am a Certified Doula and Rights Informed Birth Advocate through Cornerstone Birthwork Training. As a Certified Doula, I adhere to the highest standards of professional training and practice, and am committed to continuing education.

I take pride in offering evidence based care and staying up-to-date on the latest research and best practices in the field. I believe in the power of informed decision making and aim to provide my clients with the knowledge and resources they need to make decisions that align with their values and preferences.

I also think birth is incredibly interesting, so I am always consuming content on birth and perinatal care. As a result, I offer my clients access to a rich library of resources in articles, podcasts, videos, infographics, and more should they like additional information on a topic. I am also well-connected to the North Bay perinatal community, and provide my clients with trusted referrals.​

Additional Certifications, Trainings,
Professional Memberships:

Spinning Babies Training Workshop

→ Certified in Lactation Support through Hearthstone Midwifery & Lactation Services
Evidence Based Birth Professional Member
→ SoCo (Sonoma County) Perinatal Network Member

→CPR and First Aid Certified

→ Attended the Microbiome: Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding Conference, 2024

→ Attended the Evidence Based Birth Conference, 2024

→ Volunteer with Better Beginnings' In a Pinch Doula program

→ Board Member with the Petaluma Mothers Club

Coming down the pike:

→ Birth Doula Certification through DONA International*
→ Advanced Full Spectrum Doula Training with Cornerstone Birthwork

* Starting in January 2023 Doula Services are a Medi-Cal benefit. As more insurers and employers cover Doula Services, we anticipate DONA certification will be a requirement for partnership.

Phone: 508.364.8424
Email: karen@fermatabirth.com

Sonoma | Marin | Napa

2023 BY FERMATA BIRTH. DESIGN BY SAMANTHA FERGUSON

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