From her academic pursuits in biochemistry and neuroscience at the prestigious University of Toronto; to her journey as a yogi in the ashrams of Southeast Asia; to her entrepreneurial ventures in the vibrant city of Dubai, Carol Lafferty’s life story is a remarkable blend of passion, wellness, and entrepreneurship. Today, she proudly serves as the Founder and CEO of KARE, all while being a thriving Mompreneur. Her incredible journey, transitioning from a scientist to a corporate executive, and later becoming a certified nutritionist and wellness coach, highlights her unwavering commitment to excellence, which now finds its purpose in the realm of maternal and child care.
Dubai, a city known for its vibrancy and diversity, played a dual role in Carol’s life—both as a canvas and a crucible. As she embraced the city’s lively rhythm, the birth of her daughter Mikayla marked a profound turning point. Motherhood brought immense joy to Carol, but it also presented her with challenges. Balancing the responsibilities of being an expatriate in an unfamiliar land while grappling with medical conditions like SLE, she embarked on a complex pregnancy journey.
The story deepened as she recounted her postpartum experiences, revealing the stark transition from comprehensive medical care in the hospital to a void of support upon discharge. Geographical and emotional separation from her family due to expatriate status, compounded by COVID-19 travel restrictions, made the early days of motherhood a daunting trial.
Amidst this intricate tapestry of challenges, Carol discovered the concept of a “night nurse.” However, the path to finding the right caregiving partner was far from smooth. Confronting unprofessionalism, a lack of expertise, and even a distressing incident with one particular nurse, Carol’s journey was marked by adversity. Nevertheless, perseverance led her to an expert nurse who embodied both skill and compassion—a ray of hope during her trying times.
This stark contrast between adversity and relief sowed the seeds for KARE, for as the old saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child.” Drawing from her personal experiences and recognising the gap in specialised maternal and child care services — particularly for expatriates lacking traditional support systems — Carol envisioned KARE as more than just a service provider. It would become a vital part of that village; a lifeline, a trusted partner, and a heartfelt promise. With her background in health and wellness and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, she embarked on the journey to establish KARE.
In Carol’s own words, “From that moment, I knew my entire purpose in life was to protect and care for her. All those months of worry and anxiety were replaced with a brand-new question: ‘Do I have what it takes to be the best mom for this little miracle?'”. This profound introspection laid the foundation for KARE’s guiding ethos: “Caregiving should be about more than just a job – it should be a calling, a passion.”
At the heart of KARE’s ground-breaking success lies a comprehensive suite of services meticulously tailored to support every step of a mother’s journey. KARE’s prenatal support services are thoughtfully designed to prepare expecting mothers both physically and mentally, ensuring they are in the best possible health and ready for the arrival of their little ones. Their postpartum care goes beyond simply tending to the new mother’s recovery; it also imparts essential skills for newborn care, from nurturing feeding techniques to establishing healthy sleep routines. As children continue to grow, KARE’s services evolve alongside, placing a strong focus on toddler care. The company emphasises developmental milestones and creates a nurturing environment that fosters holistic growth. Each service is curated with unwavering attention to detail, reflecting the firm belief that every mother and child deserves care that is not only professional but also profoundly personal.
Carol’s commitment to excellence is uncompromising. KARE has set its operational benchmarks high, drawing inspiration from the world of luxury brands. Carol aims for KARE to be the ‘Louis Vuitton’ of maternal and child care, a commitment to service quality that caters to discerning mothers who demand nothing but the absolute best. Such lofty standards require meticulous planning and rigorous execution. Through a comprehensive staff screening process and partnerships with renowned doctors in Dubai, KARE maintains its position as the pinnacle of service excellence.
Her background as a neuroscientist and biochemist brings an additional layer of depth to her approach. It allows KARE to integrate the precision of science with the warmth of maternal intuition, setting it apart as a truly distinctive player in the industry. This commitment to excellence garners international recognition; the Medical Wellness Association (MWA) in the USA acknowledges KARE’s unwavering commitment to quality, distinguishing it not just within the UAE but on a global scale.
Beneath all these remarkable achievements lies a profound understanding of a mother’s innate desires and concerns. Carol ensures that every facet of KARE’s offerings, from prenatal to postpartum to toddler care, is infused with precision, empathy, and expertise. This dedication is encapsulated in KARE’s enduring mantra, “Your trusted partners from bump…to baby…to bliss.”
Conversations with Carol offer insights into her inspiring journey. Carol Lafferty’s transition from the world of science and wellness to the realm of maternal and child care stands as a testament to the transformative power of passion, resilience, and innovation.
KARE, guided by her vision, is more than just a business—it’s a beacon of hope, unwavering support, and a symbol of excellence for countless families. Through KARE, Carol has beautifully orchestrated a symphony of care, compassion, and commitment that deeply resonates with mothers seeking the very best for their children.
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Find more about the offerings of KARE at https://karedubai.ae