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Heart to Hart Doula Care

Empowering Women Through Birth & Postpartum in Winnemucca Nevada

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Karissa Hartung

Certified Birth Doula (IDI)
Trained Postpartum Doula (IDI)

After my first birth I decided that I needed to become a doula. There is a supportive connection missing between prenatal, postnatal, pediatric, lactation and midwifery care and I hope to be that missing link for many mothers. I am a mother of 4 living in the rural town of Winnemucca Nevada. We very much enjoy the peace and safety we experience on our country property. Over the last 8 years, raising my children has been my primary focus and I really feel it has helped prepare me for doula care. I am so excited to become your doula.


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My Mission




As your doula I will not only support you, but empower you through birth and beyond. I offer personalized birthing support. By providing you with evidence based information, support and comfort measures, I will ensure your birth experience is the best possible while making sure your wishes are not only heard but respected. To learn more about me and the services that I offer, please get in touch.

What Is a Doula

A Doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to families before, during, and after childbirth to help achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.

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I got my training in a highly prestigious institution. However, being a professional Doula means being part of an inspiring and lifelong learning experience. As a lifelong learner, I’m always learning something new.

Prenatal Appointments

  • Learn to navigate your views on birth and how that impacts your experience

  • Create a birth plan that is as individual as you

  • As a partner, you will learn the comfort measures and supports necessary to be the rock your partner needs in labor.

Attend Your Birth

  • Receive evidence based care that is proven to 

    • reduce labor time

    • decrease pain

    • improve health outcomes for parent and baby 

    • and improve satisfaction with your birth experience


  • Receive detailed instruction on how to establish latch and breast feeding

  • Receive experienced care at home on your journey to recovery

  • Gently transition to the 4th trimester and enjoy bonding with your baby

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There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it. So should we

Ina May Gaskin

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What is the Scope of Practice for a Doula?

A Doula is a nonclinical professional support. A Doula does not under any circumstances perform clinical tasks such as checking the cervix, interpreting fetal heart tones, taking blood pressure, etc. A Doula will encourage you to contact your care provider for anything outside of our scope of practice, and will provide resources to help clients connect with providers such as CNMs, OBs, Mental Health Professionals, and other medical providers you may need.

How will hiring you affect my partner’s role during the birth?

A Doula's job is to first support the family. I will never step into the lane of the partner. Part of our prenatal appointments are specifically targeted to make sure the birth partner is informed and empowered to be the advocate and support their partner needs. The support of a partner during pregnancy and birth is an unparalleled medicine, and building that understanding of the necessity for that support is my goal.

What if I Don't Want a Natural Birth?

The continuous care support a Doula offers is always beneficial, regardless of what kind of labor and delivery you desire. Doulas are often viewed as a "hippie crunchy granola" type of support that pushes you to have no interventions and have your baby "naturally". But, the truth is that Doula support should be completely accepting and supportive of whatever plan makes you comfortable. It's my job to inform you with evidence based information on all of your options, and then support you on the choices you make. Having a baby is natural whatever way it happens, because your body made a human and YOU deliver them into the world.

Does a Doula Actually Make a Difference?

Yes! There have been 11 studies across 16 countries that in total contained 15,000 participants. The conclusion from all of that research determined that the presence of a Doula shortened labor times, decreased the need of pain medication, improved health outcomes for mom and baby, and significantly increased overall satisfaction with the birth experience.

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