Kyra Caruso | kyracaruso@mac.com | 347.471.3614 || Founder of WALK TALK YOGA www.walktalkyoga.tumblr.com
I AM A DOULA & CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR

Dear Motherhood,

I am a DONA International certified Birth Doula & LAMAZE certified childbirth educator, providing doula and childbirth education services to New York City moms.

Growing up with wonderful women around me, advocating natural childbirth and my close friends becoming parents made me choose this path of helping others.

Congratulations to all the mothers experiencing such a life-changing experience - the birth of their child and thank you for sharing this moment with me.

xo

Kyra

— 2 years ago
#doula  #brooklyn  #new york city  #dona lamaze 
WHAT IS A DOULA

DONA International says:

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

A Birth Doula

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decision
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level

A birth doula certified by DONA International is designated by the initials CD(DONA).

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BIOGRAPHY

Kyra is half Austrian and half Mexican, an unusual cultural mix that lets her move easily in different worlds and participate in the new global community where innovative ideas and ideologies thrive.

She grew up in Vienna with constant exposure to the arts and gravitated toward the fashion industry at an early age. Her first job as a fashion stylist required her to identify trends and work with professional photographers and models to expose them. In her six years at the fashion agency Making Of she developed a keen eye for the absolute latest.

Music, too, played a primary role in Kyra’s formative years. She organized her first music and art event at when she was 17 and went on to establish her own music booking agency that became an integral part of the Austrian live music landscape during the early to mid 2000s.

Determined to further her career in music, art and fashion, Kyra studied International Business Management in Vienna and later completed a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

She entered corporate America as the International Marketing & Promotions Coordinator at Universal Motown Republic Group, working with a host of important artists such as Erykah Badu, Nelly, and Jack Johnson. The experience allowed her to exploit her understanding of cultural difference and her knowledge of languages. It also gave her tremendous insight into the workings of the American corporation.

Her energy, focus and strong desire to learn and grow in the arts and entertainment industry have kept her organizing, hosting and deejaying parties throughout New York City, promoting dozens of artists under the name of her own company, Blend Media Group, LLC.

In late 2011 her life shifted back to her early childhood upbringings of valuing the honorable roles women hold in their communities and simply helping others.

Observing her friends having to figure out their birth plans and realizing how transforming a birth experience can be if supported properly made her want to do just that – supporting women during the significant landmark of birth. Kyra completed her DONA International doula & LAMAZE training and is now a DONA International certified birth doula, as well as certified LAMAZE childbirth educator. She is the founder of Walk Talk Yoga, a prenatal yoga/walking group in Brooklyn - www.walktalkyoga.tumblr.com 

She sees it as utmost importance to creating a comfortable welcoming environment whether the birth takes place in a hospital, birthing center or at home.

Kyra continues her volunteer work for Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership and Free Arts NYC and she hasn’t stopped deejaying and has further completed culinary arts classes at the French Culinary Institute and the Natural Gourmet Institute. 

— 2 years ago
#doula lamaze dona newyorkcity walktalkyoga 
FEES AND SERVICES

An initial consultation is free with no obligation. In certain cases I can provide volunteer services (subject to be discussed) or may be able to adjust my fee on a sliding scale. 

Once my services have been confirmed, I will provide:

  • Two prenatal appointments at your home as time allows, and/or other agreed upon arrangement,
  • Be there for your birth, from as early as you call me until about two hours after the delivery,
  • Thorough clean-up for homebirths,
  • Support for breastfeeding if requested,
  • One follow-up postpartum visit within two weeks, and
  • 24/7 Phone and email support from contract signing to two weeks postpartum.

For additional postpartum care can be discussed and is optional. Postpartum support can be arranged whether or not I supported you as your birth doula.

— 2 years ago

GOOD TIMES MIX

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FRUIT MIX

Noun: The sweet and fleshy product of a tree or other plant that contains seed and can be eaten as food.

Verb: (of a tree or other plant) Produce fruit, typically at a specified time: “the trees fruit very early”.

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ERYKAH BADU ON WHAT A DOULA’S MISSION IS… 

(Source: vimeo.com)

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TESTIMONIALS

Stephanie V | Little Asher was born on December 7th, 2012:

Look no further - if Kyra is available for your EDD, call her!  Kyra offers phenomenal doula support.  We liked her the moment we met her - she has a calm and gentle spirit, and exudes warmth with her huge smile - and she turned out to offer all of those qualities and more during our homebirth (which ended in a hospital transfer and cesarean).  We were extremely impressed with her commitment even prior to the birth - she is passionate about  her work, and she wanted to be as involved as we wanted her to be.  

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— 2 years ago