Meet Labor Doula in Denver Karina Costantino

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Where did you grow up?

The majority of my childhood was spent in the mountains of Boulder, CO but some of my most memorable years were spent in Puerto Rico eating delicious food and dancing to Salsa music. Nothing brings me closer to the feeling of "home" than the rhythms of salsa music.

What is your favorite part about living in Denver, Colorado?

The seasons! I love watching flowers bloom in the spring, camping in the summer, dressing up for Halloween in the fall and eating hot soup during the winter. There's always something to look forward to!

What is your favorite part about being a doula?

Oh I just love it all. If I had to pick a favorite part it would be supporting a laboring woman through transition. That moment is overflowing with raw emotions and the connection between a birthing woman, her baby and her partner is so powerful. Being able to share the most intimate and dynamic moments with my families is a true gift. I am truly blessed.

Why are you a professional birth doula?

I am a professional doula because of its healing powers and the opportunities to build relationships with some of the most incredible families. Oh and the babies, of course!

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

I perform! The stage was one of my first loves in life and without it I am incomplete. I just recently became a company member of the community theater troup called Band of Toughs. We performed a piece called I Miss My MTV at the Boulder Fringe Festival last fall and plan on bringing it to Denver this year.

What is your favorite food?

Oh this is a hard one! I'm a big foodie so I love all foods. Because I can't choose just one, my top 3 favorite foods are Cheese, Vietnamese Pho and Tapas (perfect for the indecisive foodie...small bites of everything).

Who has inspired you in your life?

The women in my life have always been a huge inspiration to me and I wouldn't be the person I am today without every single one of them. There is however one woman who has been a huge inspiration and support person in my life, Candice Orlando. She has weaved her inspiration in and out of my life for over 20 years. She has always inspired me to give back, be an active community member, encouraged me to follow my dreams, be true to myself and to appreciate the small things in life. Candice is not only an inspiration to me but also to the communities of Denver. She is the Executive Director of Urbiculture Community Farms "a multi-plot farm committed to providing food to people of all income levels by sustainably growing affordable, local food in the Denver metro area." Candice is also a director and producer of a film company called Idanha Films. She is currently working on a sequel to a film called Arise, a film about incredible women around the world working to heal the injustices of the earth. How can anyone not be inspired by this woman! She is a true Goddess. I'm honestly not sure I would be the Doula I am today without her love and support.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate. Hands down.

Tattoos, yay or nay?

Yay, yay, yay!! My husband is a very talented tattoo artist at Sol Tribe Tattoo so not only am I terribly biased but I think tattoos are amazing pieces of art. Every tattoo has a story behind it; whether is was a last minute desicion, a name of lost family member, a landscape, an intricate design or in my case, an image that represents my struggle with infertility and my love for mamas and babies. I am often approached about my tattoo and the story behind it and it never gets old. One sweet lady stopped me and chatted with me about the births of her 4 children. I felt quite honored.

It is Saturday night at 6:00pm. What are you doing (in an ideal world)?!

If it's 75 degrees out then I'd be on the rooftop of a nice restaurant enjoying the warm sun, a nice meal and cocktails with my closest girlfriends. Then probably some dancing later that evening.

coffee or tea?

Coffee. Can't start my mornings without it.

Where is one place you would like to visit in the world?

Somewhere tropical with glassy waters. Water soothes my soul.

What is something fascinating about you that many of your clients would be surprised to find out?

When I was 2 years old I met Ringo Star from the Beatles. My Dad was a close friend of his. If only I could remember that moment!