The Short Story
Kara Mears, Registered Nurse and Founder of SweetMama Doula, has been practicing and teaching yoga for nearly fifteen years. A lover of solo walks in the woods, swimming in the Atlantic, fairisle sweaters, and early, quiet mornings, Kara is an introvert at heart. All this, yet she requires time with people. She finds small talk exhausting and thrives off of meaningful, honest conversations, being out and about in small doses, and dancing. With a focused interest in birth and all aspects of a woman's natal year, she is a Certified Birth Doula (CBD) and a Certified Pranakriya Prenatal Yoga Teacher (CPYT). Kara became a birth and postpartum doula with the training and guidance of Certified Professional Midwife, Michelle L'Esperance of Warm Welcome Birth Services in Northampton, Mass. Kara spent 2010-2011 as a prenatal yoga apprentice under Kat Whitney after which she completed her prenatal yoga teaching certification at Kripalu. Kara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photojournalism & Magazine Writing from Emerson College in Boston and studied documentary photography at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Simmons College in Boston and is currently working as a Registered Nurse Care Manager at a community health clinic; soon she will begin her formal midwifery studies! By far her favorite role is Mama to her daughter Naomi. Fascinated by the commonalities of journalism, birth work, and yoga, she finds joy and fulfillment in the creative process of witnessing a story, watching the action unfold in real time, and calling upon her keenest observation skills. Kara is passionate about empowering women on their journey into motherhood and welcoming babies into this world.