Karen Reynolds, RN
Karen is a Registered Nurse with 25+ years of experience. She spent almost two decades of her career at St. Boniface Hospital working in a variety of settings that included: Antepartum/High Risk Pregnancy, Postpartum, Newborn Care, Gynecology and Pre-Postoperative Surgery. During that same time, she worked as a Flight Nurse, for 2 years with Ministic Air, aiding in the transfer of pregnant women with medical complications, from their remote northern communities to tertiary care hospitals in Winnipeg.
While continuing to work at St. Boniface Hospital, Karen was offered a position, in 2003, at the well respected Youville Centre and was one of the first educators to teach Prenatal Education Sessions for the organization. She had the opportunity to work independently, to tutor, structure and facilitate both the weekend and weekday classes for 11 years. Karen worked consciously to ensure she accommodated the individual needs of the parents she educated. She is privileged to still be in contact with many of her previous students, years after the birth of their first child.
In 2008, Karen changed career paths, resigning from St. Boniface Hospital, and accepting a position as Occupational Health Nurse for Great-West Life. Surprisingly, she found herself heading into familiar territory: advocating and providing care to pregnant employees, supporting them through workplace concerns and physical challenges. Karen’s enthusiasm for childbirth education sparked her to formulate and facilitate noon hour Prenatal Education Sessions for employees of the organization.
That same year she completed the DONA International Doula Training Program. Karen is driven to attend continuing education sessions and workshops pertaining to childbirth when offered. In 2014, she completed her Certification as a Child Restraint System Technician through St. John’s Ambulance.
Karen is a married, mother of 4 children, who has a compassionate appreciation and understanding for the physical and emotional needs of a pregnant mom, not only from the perspective of a health care professional but as a woman who has experienced labour and birth.She is passionate about preparing and empowering women and their partners with valuable, practical tools and accurate information to help them feel safe, supported, and confident in their ability to make informed decisions. Karen’s enthusiasm, sense of humor, encouragement and caring nature motivates her to guide new parents through the extraordinary journey of a meaningful, personal, birth experience.