Kelly Bottari

ProDoula

CURRENT STATUS: CD-Labor, Childbirth Educator, Certified Postpartum Placenta Specialist, Pre-CD Postpartum

BUSINESS NAME/AFFILIATION: Empowering Presence Doula

SERVICES PROVIDED: Labor, Postpartum, Placenta Encapsulation, Childbirth Education, Belly Binding, & Lactation Counseling.

About

AREAS SERVED: Western MA, Central MA, Southern VT, Northern CT

CONTACT INFO:

Phone:  (413) 284-2211

Email:  EmpoweringPresenceDoula@gmail.com

Website:  EmpoweringPresenceDoula.com

Meet Your ProDoula

Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: In 2003 I became pregnant with my first child, I began what would turn into an immediate passion for all the intricacies of pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and bringing a baby into this world. I am continuously attending trainings, workshops, and seeking to increase my knowledge so that I may provide you with the absolute best care possible. I hold certifications for birth doula care, placenta encapsulating, and lactation counseling. I also offer home postpartum care, as well as traditional belly binding services for your post care needs. My continuing education coupled with my own four births has given me the utmost experiences and knowledge to give you professional excellence in care.

What led you to become a Doula?: When I had my own babies I could never know enough. I always would research more and more about pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. I would continuously seek out more information, I was, and am, fascinated by the amazing intricacies of how a new life is created and comes into the world. The more I learn the more I want to know. About what is going on with the baby and simultaneously what is going on with the mother. The amazing balance that brings forth new life and makes one a new mother will always be miraculous to me.

What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:

“I felt taken care of with her…you know that comfortable and familiar feeling of
being taken care of by your mom…That is how Kelly made me feel. I was able to
just RELAX.” “Kelly anticipated my needs.” “Kelly is warm, supportive, and friendly, making our experience better than I could
have imagined.”

What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: Evidenced based birth, Penny Simkin, & Ina May Gaskin.

What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: Beauty, creation, life.

What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: My attention, my time, my focus, my expertise, my support, and my professionalism.

What is your favorite TV show or movie?: I love funny movies! I just love laughing right out loud  I’m a huge sucker for liking romantic comedies. The Wedding Singer is one of my go to favorites in that category. As for television shows…well, my house generally watches a lot of sports, not shows, I mean this is New England and we do have the greatest teams around!

What is your favorite place to vacation?: My family loves to visit the ocean in the summer. We go to the cape, the vineyard, and up to York beach in Maine. In the winter we’ve enjoyed going to the White Mountains in NH to snowmobile and unplug from the world for a while.

What is your favorite food?: For a nice dinner out I love a good steakhouse with filet mignon or prime rib for dinner. For an anytime favorite Mexican food is it-I can always go for nachos, and yes, I know the guac is extra. 

What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Going on an adventure with my kids! We’ll pack lunch, head to Quabbin reservoir, fly kites, head to the farms, eat real creamery ice cream, and then finish off the day with a trip to our favorite place, “The Scenter of the Universe”, Yankee Candle store.

Who lives in your house?: Myself, my husband, our four children ages 12, 6, 5, & 2, our 2 little dogs, and our cat.