Carol Hengescht PCD(DONA), CLC

I am a DONA (Doulas of North America) certified Postpartum Doula as well as a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) serving the families of newborns in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area since 2002. 

 I offer families non-judgmental support, guidance and care during the early weeks after welcoming a new baby or babies into their lives. I work with families during daytime and overnight hours and support all families regardless of their parenting choices or family structure. 

 Some families find an extra set of hands to help with sibling care, light meals, dishes and laundry are invaluable. Others may need infant education or breastfeeding support. Overnight sleep may be a priority for others. We will discuss your needs to find the care that works best for your family. 

 I come to you with over 8 years experience supporting the families of many singletons and over 40 sets of twins and triplets. 

 I've supported women diagnosed with postpartum depression or anxiety and have a strong awareness of risk factors and symptoms of postpartum mood disorders. 

 I am also a certified lactation counselor and have extensive experience working with families who choose to breastfeed their babies. I also support bottle/formula feeding families.  

 Families may have my help a few days or nights each week during the early months after childbirth. Some families choose more help, while others choose less. It is a personal decision based on your needs. 

 While I am not a "Sleep Trainer", I have helped parents find a peaceful path to improved sleep patterns without the mental and physical trauma of more harsh sleep training methods. I am a strong advocate of healthy and safe infant sleep. 

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