Our Story

At Flourish we strive to be a nurturing hub of resources for your growing family. We realize that this journey to parenthood is so much more than just the birth and the first few weeks of your baby’s life. No two families experience the same journey, and we know that no one person or service could be everything your family needs. So, Flourish has implemented a team of specially trained perinatal professionals. Our team works together to offer care for antenatal, loss, birth, postpartum, and infant sleep. We offer workshops and classes that supplement our doula care, and are always continuing to educate ourselves to better serve you.

Flourish’s story began with our founder Kaylen King’s own journey through motherhood with her two boys and her active part of the community. Since 2015 Kaylen has led community groups around the Springfield area, including Springfield Babywearers and Ahimsa Mama Circle. Kaylen has also served new families through yoga instruction since 2014, as well as working in the non-profit sector with The Doula Foundation. As Flourish continued to expand, she realized that including birth services and childbirth education was an obvious next step. All families deserve to have a positive and impactful birthing experience and for this reason, Heather Guy and Kari Schlak were the perfect people to come alongside our families. Our team members are passionate about their specialty and love working together to give our clients the best support possible. We are intentional about the services we offer and the way we offer them.

Our goal is to continue to expand and grow to meet the needs of parents with our specialized doula team and classes that lift up and empower families so they can truly flourish.

Kaylen King, CLC and Postpartum Doula | Springfield MO

Kaylen King

My journey through motherhood has changed me in many ways. In it I found connection to my intuition, confidence, and strength in ways I could have never imagined. My journeys through pregnancy and postpartum shined a light on the many ways we fall short for new parents. It set me on a course to help other families — first through prenatal yoga, then community groups, and most recently my work as a postpartum doula and lactation counselor.

I’ve been an active part of the community since 2015. I’ve served as a leader of the Springfield Babywearers, and was a co-founder of Ahimsa Mama Circle, a support group for mothers. Additionally, I served as a postpartum doula and yoga instructor at the non-profit organization The Doula Foundation.

My passion is surrounding families with love and care as they transition into their new roles. We have lost the village mentality and in our culture it often feels as if you’re parenting on an island. Families shouldn’t have to do it alone, and with Flourish they don’t have to.

Cassi Pearce, Monitrice and Birth Doula

Cassi Pearce

As a mother of 6, I have had several very different birthing experiences over the last almost 15 years. Throughout my journey through pregnancy into motherhood, I found within myself a deep tug to serve others on their journeys to motherhood. This pull began after the birth of my 4th child in Washington. Doula supported, midwife provided, partner present. I felt respected, honored, held, heard, and loved. My choices were never questioned, I was fully supported and it was so empowering.

I knew that my experience was not by accident. Birth work was my calling and I showed up. I dove into becoming a certified Labor Doula with CAPPA, and after serving families in and out of the hospital for 7 years, I was pulled further into birth work and began pursuing my calling to be a Midwife. I have been actively participating in birth work since 2013, while attending various maternal-infant health trainings along the way to enhance my education and contribution to my community. Today, I am just shy of completing my Bachelors in Science and Midwifery at Midwives College of Utah, which prepares me to sit for the National American Registry for Midwives when I graduate and become a Certified Professional Midwife.

Homebirth is my passion and expertise, but serving womxn who choose to birth in the hospital is important to me, as well. I birthed 3 of my babies in a hospital, without a doula, without being educated about the labor and birth process, and I felt out of control, unable to savor the sweet moments of the labor dance and the raw magic of being freshly postpartum. I felt robbed. It is my mission and passion to empower birthing persons to take back their birth and postpartum experiences, to be fully supported, educated, informed, and have the highest quality of care. I am so excited to serve more families as a Monitrice here with Flourish, and to continue doing my own work to break down systemic barriers and help to make midwifery care more accessible to ALL who desire it.

Heather Guy, Birth Doula in Springfield MO

Heather Guy

Certified Childbirth Educator, DONA-Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula

At a young age I experienced a traumatic birth with my first son. I was graced with the presence of a friend that helped me cope and process what had happened. I later learned that this friend was acting as my doula. I vowed to become a doula myself and 5 years ago this dream became reality. 

I’ve served over 100 families with doula work and childbirth education. I believe that all women deserve to have a voice in their pregnancy, birth process, and rearing of their child. The bonds formed through birth are sacred bonds for life and should be treated with reverence. I’m honored to walk beside families as they journey through parenthood, empowering them to grow their family, their way.

Kari Schlak, Yoga and Ayurvedic Doula | Springfield MO

Kari Schlak

RYT-500 Yoga Instructor, Ayurvedic Postpartum Caregiver

My main motivation is to be able to offer birthing individuals and family’s holistic options for their parenting path. I want families to know they have options, that they can have a beautiful sacred and nourishing experience at any stage of parenting, and I want them to feel nurtured and supported as they navigate through their story..