Caroline Knisley
Doula
Essex, Maryland
3 years of experience
5.0
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About me

Hi, my name is Caroline and I am a certified labor, postpartum and infant care doula, a Body Ready Methodsm Pro and Essential Oil Birth Consultant. Currently, I am working towards my Prenatal Yoga Instructor certification. It is my passion to support families during their journey of meeting their new baby, and to make them feel more secure and taken care of during this sacred time of pregnancy, birth and beyond. My hobbies include gardening, baking (especially sourdough bread) and beekeeping. I enjoy practicing mindfulness, wearing cozy sweaters, and spending time with my family and friends. Fall is my favorite season, with its color changes and our family's apple and pumpkin picking adventures. I am a mountain girl, who was born and raised in Germany. I offer my services in both German and in English.

Certification and training

Labor Doula (2020)

Postpartum Doula (2020)

Infant Care Doula (2020)

Body Ready Method Professional (2022)

Essential Oil Birth Consultant (2020)

Specialties
Aromatherapy Birth Doula Birth Support Breastfeeding Support Infant Care Labor Doula Mindfulness Multiples Natural Birth Natural Childbirth Newborn Care Newborn Prep Postpartum Care Postpartum Doula Care Support during Labor, Birth, and Postpartum Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
Languages

English, German

Service introduction

As your Doula, I honor your beliefs surrounding birth and support your birth philosophy judgement-free. I provide you with options and resources that encourages and enables you to make the best choices for you, your family and for your baby. I guide and nurture you while you nurture and bond with your baby, and help you feel relaxed and comfortable while you recover from giving birth. I help you create a plan and strategy that aligns with your wishes and supports your parenting philosophies. I want you and your partner to feel empowered and confident as you grow and thrive in your new role as parents. I am here for you and your family to make this transition as smooth as possible.

Ratings and reviews
Average
5.0
# of Reviews
4
5.0

Caroline is the absolute best! We had the opportunity of having her as our doula for the birth of our first (and only) child and the experience couldn't have been any better. She surpassed all of our expectations. She was always so present, caring and loving. She has a calm personality and is open and non-judgemental. We always looked forward to our lovely meetings we had with her before labor. She talked through all different birth scenarios and we felt ready for it! She guided me through exercises and breathing techniques to prepare for delivery. Caroline gave us loads of reading material, lent us books, and gave us so many meaningful gifts. She was always there for us for whatever questions we had, since the first time we connected, till preparation and after delivery. I had the most incredible natural and unmedicated birth and I don't think this whole experience would have been the same without her. We were really blessed to have her kind spirit with us and will be forever grateful. No doubt we'd hire her again for a next baby. Thank you thank you thank you!

- Barbara O.

5.0

We chose to work with Caroline for her postpartum overnight doula services. I can't say enough how wonderful it has been having her for overnight support. She has helped my husband and I sleep comfortably for several nights knowing our baby is in good hands and has helped me keep my mental health in a good place with the extra rest. This is our second baby and I wish we would have known about her with our first! Not only does she take excellent care of our baby overnight, but she brings yummy snacks for us, helps with our dishes and checks in frequently to make sure our needs are met. Would highly recommend her to anyone looking :)

- Rebekah A.

5.0

Caroline was such a huge help! I honestly don't know how we would have survived twins, with a 3 and 5 year old also, without her help. Every other night was the perfect frequency for us because if we had a really rough night, we knew at least we would get some sleep the next night! Also, unlike our well meaning grandparents, Caroline knew when to actually feed the baby(ies) and when to rock them, shush them, and a variety of other techniques and I always knew I wasn't going to have to pay for my sleep the next day because my babies had just spent 8 hours sleeping in someone's arms and wanted only that again. She definitely moved them towards sleeping on their own with healthy sleep habits. And by some miracle, she also got the twins laundry and bottle dishes done! My favorite part was how she just freshened up the main floor of my house. in a way that only her and my mother in law know how to do within 15 minutes of walking into my house and made it not seem like such a train wreck. I will tell anybody that hiring Caroline was hands down the best money I have ever spent and in retrospect, I would have paid twice as much because it is just invaluable. It saved us so much stress and arguments. Even though this post partum period was the hardest of my 3 by far, my husband and my relationship was the best. I know that getting proper sleep every other night was directly responsible for that because things were even tougher when we went on vacation and had 4 nights of not so great sleep. Having sleep just made it easier to tackle the day. Caroline also had lots of little tips and tricks she taught me that made life for even this seasoned mom easier. We love Caroline!!

- Sarah W.

5.0

I had the absolute BEST experience with Caroline ❤️ She is one of the most heart warming, friendly people I have ever met and I am so blessed to have had her with me during my whole labor/delivery journey. She made me feel amazing and had great solutions to all pain. Not only was she there during my labor/delivery but afterwards too, she is constantly checking up on me and my family and I can tell she genuinely cares for us! She was not only there for me but for my partner as well and it was the sweetest thing, with moments we will never forget. I cannot thank her enough for all she has done for us but she is definitely one of a kind and I could not go through another labor without her lol 🥰

- Jalyn R.