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Katie Kirkpatrick

Birth Doula

Katie has trained with DONA International and Spinning Babies. She is certified Childbirth Instructor and is placenta encapsulator. She first became a doula to support a friend in labor and in the process found a calling, falling in love with everything related to birth. It is her joy and privilege to support families during one of the most sacred times of their lives and help them achieve their desired birth experience. She enjoys supporting pregnant moms and helping them research their options so they don't have the dreaded experience of saying "I wish I would've known..." She provides support throughout pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum experience often corresponding with clients throughout the first few years of life. She has two adopted daughters from Haiti and has cared for 10 special needs babies and children through foster care. She has a degree in Public Policy and has spent her career supporting under resourced communities around the world.

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Carmen Calvo


Carmen Calvo founded The Nurturing Root in November 2011. Having struggled with postpartum fatigue, anxiety and sadness after the birth of her first child, Carmen was eager to find a natural way to avoid these feelings again when she became pregnant with her second baby. Carmen began studying the benefits of placentophagy, and with the help of Placenta Benefits, she had her placenta encapsulated.

The difference it made in her physical and emotional well being made Carmen a firm believer in the healing properties of a baby’s placenta – her mood stabilized, her energy levels rose, and her breast milk supply greatly increased. Gone was the feeling of being on an emotional roller coaster; the placenta encapsulation experience helped Carmen to experience motherhood the way she had always wanted to experience it.

Carmen was so passionate about placentophagy that she dedicated herself to training as a placenta encapsulation specialist. Eager to share the placenta’s restorative powers with other mothers, and inspired by the image a placenta created when printed, she started The Nurturing Root, and has been happily offering her services ever since.

If you’re a Maryland mother-to-be, let Carmen be a part of your birth experience – and give yourself and your baby the gift of postpartum health and contentment.

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