Karissa has supported and taught about childbirth in hospitals, birth centers and a number of OB and Midwifery practices throughout the Triangle. Karissa founded a lactation clinic at Cary Pediatrics where she currently works with Mothers and Babies to provide empowering breastfeeding support. Karissa recently launched her private practice, Second Nature Lactation, to meet the needs of Parents in Western Wake County who prefer homevisits.
I grew up in a family of women who believe that childbirth and breastfeeding are two naturally beautiful aspects of Motherhood. I attended my first Lamaze class and witnessed my first birth at age nine with the arrival of my brother. I believe that each woman has the right to choose where, and how she healthfully births and nourishes her baby, and that her choices should be respected and supported.
I have lived throughout the country as well as Canada and Hungary. I received my BA in Sociology and Anthropology from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. I love to travel and learn about new things. My husband and I have two children, and after living in so many places revel in putting down roots with our kids here in Wake County were we have lived since 2007.