Karen Laing, IBCLC
Karen Laing is a mother, lactation consultant, midwife, and educator and Integrative Health Coach as well as the founder and president of Birthways. As a clinician and educator, her attention to the emotional wellbeing of families permeates her work.
Karen offers “Maybe baby” consultation for individuals or couples contemplating parenting, pre-conception or early pregnancy maternity coaching and consultation, and private childbirth preparation for clients who are experiencing fear, anxiety or have past trauma impacting their experience of pregnancy or childbirth.
Karen leads Mindful Parenting Retreats, lectures on topics related to wellness in the childbearing year and beyond, and offers private online consultation and education options. She has published and lectured on the subject of postpartum doulas and their role in prevention and treatment of perinatal mood disorders and has a blog, The Thriving Place, where she shares resources and interviews national experts on integrative wellness, mindfulness, parenting, women’s health and more. As a Board Member of the National Association of Postpartum Care Services, she worked to establish the first national standards for postpartum doula certification and has developed unique models of care for breastfeeding support and perinatal mood disorder care that is founded on a collaborative approach between clinicians and home-based doulas. Karen has trained and mentored hundreds of doulas and providers and worked with thousands of families in her career. By sharing evidence-based information and explaining the underlying biology of parental and infant behavior with a compassionate and empowering style, Karen helps families learn to trust themselves and their infants.
Mary Jozwiak, IBCLC
Mary is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to Birthways. She has worked with Karen for more than 20 years both at Birthways and at Dana Mothercare.
Mary has been actively involved in La Leche League as well as Sidelines, a support group for women on bed rest. She was an emergency breastfeeding hotline counselor, as well as a mother’s support group leader. Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has advanced education in child development and child psychology. She has worked with over 1,000 moms as a lactation consultant.
Mary offers home visits and leads our Breastfeeding Clinic, in addition to mentoring and supporting doulas in the Birthways community and staffing our warmline. She has limited availability as a Senior Postpartum Doula. Having three children of her own, Mary has personally experienced difficult pregnancies, C-sections, premature birth, and challenges with breastfeeding. Her sensitive guidance and encouraging presence help mothers reach their goals.
Brit Brackins (Garling), CD (DONA)
Brit is part of the Birthways’ labor support team and a childbirth educator.
During her time at Indiana University, while completing her Bachelors in Applied Sciences, Brit was focusing her studies and career towards women’s health and perinatal studies. She interned at Bloomington Area Birthing Services as a Childbirth Education Assistant and also volunteered at a domestic violence program. She joined Birthways with several years of experience as a community-based doula with a non-profit organization for young mothers and possesses extensive experience with a range of low to high risk mothers. Brit utilized her skills as a perinatal educator, doula and lactation home visitor in her work with young mothers. She has received extensive training through the Ounce of Prevention, and annually attends the March of Dimes Perinatal Conference. Brit is a Certified Lactation Counselor and also certified as an Infant Massage Instructor.