Carissa's Reviews & Testimonials
I cannot speak highly enough of the amazing team at Bunky Bambino. Emma D and her team came into our lives when our family was on a bit of an unexpected rollercoaster due to COVID-19, my partner leaving to work overseas and me single handedly planning a move overseas alone while simultaneously caring for our three month old daughter. As soon as Carissa walked through the door with her easygoing personality, sense of calm and endless warmth and compassion, we were at ease and knew we were in wonderful hands. Our travel adventure and move to New Zealand was a success and we are so grateful for the postpartum care we received.
- Jenn & Jon
We absolutely loved our experience with Carissa as our doula! We had an intense labour experience and honestly don't think it would have been a positive experience if Carissa wasn't there.
She supported us through painful early labour- and a very quick labour & delivery with some complications after birth with clotting. It was a very intense situation and Carissas presence was SO integral to feeling confident and capable and remaining calm in the heat of it all. She was a voice that reminded me how powerful, capable and beautiful my body was. Our nurses were pretty insensitive and were saying anxiety provoking statements and Carissas calming voice and advocacy was so helpful for us. She also advocated for the specialness of birth and helped remind us to see the absolute beauty of the process.
We appreciated from the get-go how she shared information that felt "us centred", direct and was palatable (we had felt quite overwhelmed by all of the information out there). She eased the anxiety about labour and made us feel confident that we were going to be able to do this! Her care and compassion exudes and she is such a calming presence. We had felt a bit nervous that having a doula would mean having to accommodate around them and sacrifice some of the specialness of my husband supporting me in labour but Carissa just fit in wherever there was lack. She supported physically with massage and teaching & finding positions that helped with pain and supported emotionally by cheering us on, educating about what was happening and advocating for what we wanted / reminding us we had options during labour.
We couldn't recommend Carissa more. She is a wonderful and gifted doula!
- Arianna & Sebastian
To say Carissa is an excellent doula is an understatement. My husband and I started looking into doula services when my midwife mentioned it would be of great help to her in the birthing process. Carissa came highly recommended and did not disappoint. From our first pre-birth consultation Carissa came prepared with a calm energy, great questions for us, and tools to make the big day go smoother.
When I went into labour, I had the confidence and knowledge to be able to gauge when it was necessary to go to the hospital, which allowed me more time at home and out of the hospital during COVID times. For the time I was in the hospital, I was impressed and relieved when she was confidently able to jump in and suggest new positions or hands on pain relief for me. My husband in particular felt I was supported best with her trusty care, and felt equally involved. Whenever he gapped at what to do Carissa was right there to support both of us with a calm air of kindness and professionalism. Her nurturing qualities helped me to feel supported and calm during a very vulnerable and emotional time. Her and my midwife got along really well, and she was a wonderful assistant to her during the whole birth.
The postpartum visits where immensely valuable to me - as something I wouldn't know I needed. Carissa let me ramble on about every little thing and listened, hearing everything I was experiencing giving gentle kind support, when I had questions, if she didn't know she would research and get back to me. I would highly recommend Carissa as a doula and strongly encourage her postpartum visits, our whole family was better for this experience.
- Kari & Alex
As first time parents, we wanted some extra guidance for the birth of our daughter, and we're so glad that Carissa was the one supporting us! In a delivery where almost nothing went the way we imagined in our birth plan, Carissa was a calming presence that provided an anchor for us. She knew exactly how to ease the pain through labour physically and provided emotional support by encouraging me and talking me through each contraction. With Carissa’s support, I felt at peace with the decisions we made regarding pain management each step of the delivery.
Carissa was regularly checked in on us postpartum and really made me feel cared for. She provided lots of helpful information when I needed help with breastfeeding. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Carissa to anyone that is looking for a doula. She is gentle and intuitive, and so sincere in what she does.
- Michelle & Reza
My husband and I had the fortune of having Carissa as our doula during my second birth. Carissa made us feel so safe and supported before and during my labour, and continued to give us such valuable and thoughtful support postpartum.
Carissa has an incredible intuition as a doula, allowing her to quickly understand what kind of physical and emotional support is needed without having to be asked. She held my hips during contractions in a way that really eased my pain, gave me little reminders and encouragement when I needed it most, and served as a strong advocate for mine and my parters’ needs. I feel that her, my husband and I truly made a wonderful team that has allowed me to look back at my labour with positivity and pride. We all adapted to some challenging and unexpected circumstances and Carissa was an integral part of helping me keep the core elements of my birth plan/desires despite those circumstances.
Carissa has also supported us postpartum with endless love and care. From caring after our newborn to allow my husband and I to nap during a postpartum visit, to proving constant support during an unexpected hospital stay, Carissa again provided us with what we needed the most during our most challenging moments. She was truly meant for birth work and would be an amazing asset to anyone’s birth.
- Maria & Patrick
It is with great pleasure to recommend Carissa Reed as a doula. Carissa was an integral part of my pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience with my son. Throughout my pregnancy Carissa was in consistent contact. She was always checking up on me and was always there to chat when I needed her. When I experienced any sort of challenge she was quick to provide support. If she was unfamiliar with something she would research and share her findings with me. Aside from the physical challenges that pregnancy sometimes presents, Carissa was also diligent about checking in on how I felt mentally.
The birth of my son was Carissa's first birth experience as a doula. I woke up around 12:30am knowing it was time to head to the hospital. We got to the hospital around 12:50am and my son, Leo entered the world within an hour. The birthing experience was incredibly fast and somewhat intense but Carissa remained calm and helpful the entire way through. After birth, Carissa praised my strength and was immediately planning how to help me next.
When we were released from the hospital, Carissa stayed with us another week to help with the baby, my daughter, the house chores, shopping and meals.
Carissa's approach to being a doula comes from a place of genuine passion to help and stand up for women of all backgrounds, and an eagerness to educate herself and others while also motivating women to realize their personal strengths and capabilities. She listens, she cares, she takes initiative and she brings light to anyone's path she crosses. She is an outstanding person who has so much to offer. I feel like I'll never be able to thank her enough for what she did for my family and I. However, I take peace in knowing that she did it because she truly cares.
Any woman considering getting a Doula should highly consider selecting Carissa Reed, you will never be disappointed.
- Amanda & Francisco