KARINA PLOTEK

night + sleep coaching + breastfeeding

"My hope is to ensure that your recovery from birth is as relaxed as possible and breastfeeding goals are met, so you and your family may best enjoy the wonderful and rewarding process of bonding with your newborn(s). 

I absolutely love supporting families on their parenting journey because it gives me a feeling of accomplishment and joy."

-KARINA

Karina grew up in southern Poland. When she was about 7 years old, her aunt let her watch her 3-month-old baby and she absolutely loved it.  This and other formative experiences led her later in life to become a Pediatric Nurse (RN) in Poland. 

In 2005, Karina was invited to join a relief mission in Haiti where she volunteered for 13 months at Mother and Babies Center of Hope and Clinik Pep Bondye in Jeremie, Haiti. She functioned as an RN at both clinics.

 

Her education and work experiences trained her very well for the role of Postpartum Doula, Newborn Care Specialist, New Parent Educator, Certificated Pediatric Sleep Consultant at Institute of Pediatric Sleep and Parenting & Certificated Lactation Educator Counselor at UC San Diego. 

 

Karina has over 25 years of experience working with newborns and has extensive experience with twins, triplets, and premature babies.  Her ideal postpartum job is one in which the baby and the parents benefit greatly from her expertise. 

 

In her free time, Karina enjoys hiking, traveling, attending classical music concerts, and cooking.

She is fluent in English, Polish, some Czech and Haitian Creole.

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"Karina has an incredible nurturing aura and I felt 100% sure Karina would take great care of my newborn child and loved all the new things I learned from her. She also supported me in keeping breastfeeding even though I wanted to give up due to sleep deprivation and depression. We are forever grateful!"   -Amy ( San Francisco)

 

 

"She is so knowledgeable, kind, and caring.  She was such an invaluable resource for all things from breastfeeding and sleeping to newborn care, baths, nails, and how to set up a bedtime routine.  She is truly an expert at what she does."   -Rachel  (Palo Alto)

 

"She is incredibly knowledgeable and credentialed when it comes to newborn care, breastfeeding, and postpartum support and she makes every effort to keep her knowledge up to date. With Karina's support, I was able to navigate the challenges of breastfeeding and ensure that my son gained weight at a healthy rate."    -Jen (Menlo Park)

 

"Karina is such a sweet, caring & extremely trustworthy person and we learned lots from her. She's very experienced and knowledgeable in her field with a strong nursing background as well. Also, Karina was helpful in helping us with sleep training. We had virtual coaching sessions and she helped us learn how to properly train the girls to sleep overnight."    -Roshi ( Moutain View)

 

"It's almost impossible to put into words how wonderful Karina is. We hired her as a nighttime postpartum doula for our daughter. We are forever grateful for Karina. She is truly a special woman and I can't recommend her enough! Hiring her was the best decision we made. We miss you Karina! Thanks again for everything!"    -Johanna ( Sunnyvale)