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You are a badass warrior who brings forth life.

Yes, you.

You carried your baby for months wondering what their little toes look like, what their hair is going to be like, what eye color they’re going to have. You dealt with the discomfort of pregnancy – nausea, back pain, baby’s foot in the ribs, ligament pain, light bladder and sleepless nights. NOW, one of the most important days of your life is about to happen. The day YOUR baby is born.  

OB/GYN delivers newborn baby during hospital birth in St. Joseph, Michigan
New mom smiles at new dad after birth of baby in Michigan hospital. Photo by Kristen Schell, Doula
Newborn baby looks up, makes eye contact with new dad after hospital birth in St. Joseph, Michigan
Newborn baby is placed on mom's chest after hospital birth with Kristen Schell, birth photographer and doula in St. Joseph Michigan
older sibling meets new baby after birth at hospital in St. Joseph Michigan

Michigan Birth Photographer & Doula

Kristen Schell, St. Joseph birth photographer & doula, sits inside on a chair. She is wearing black rim glasses, black v neck t-shirt, smiling at the camera

Heyo! I’m Kristen!

I’m an experienced birth photographer and doula. I hold space for families as they experience growing pains and transform their lives to welcome a little one into their lives. I want families to feel heard, loved, and empowered about their birth experiences.

I’m a mother of two – I experienced both a hospital birth and home birth. I wish I liked coffee or tea but I don’t. I’m a weirdo. I know that and I love that about myself. I prefer sour candy like Sour Punch Straws (Blue Raspberry or Green Apple) over chocolate.

Kristen had such positive and encouraging emotional support for me. It helped me put my mind in a great place for labor.

Mandy H., Birth Client

Kristen Schell recently photographed the birth of my fourth child and first home birth. She made every effort to ascertain my wishes regarding modesty and which aspects of labor and birth I wanted to document. She was very supportive and interested in my personal story and how she could help preserve the memories of my son’s special birth day. Kristen was quick in editing and coming back to review the photos with me to ensure I was satisfied with her work. Overall, she went above and beyond and clearly has a passion for birth and championing moms!”
Angie Hinkle, Client

Kristen was amazing and made our birthing experience wonderful. She was my doula for the birth of my daughter. She was so helpful and empowering during the whole experience. I ended up needing to have an emergency C-Section and she advocated for my family’s needs during that time. Plus, we got amazing pictures right after my daughter was born. I highly encourage anyone who is looking for a doula to consider Kristen. 

Annamarie G., Birth Client

Baby’s first cry. The first glimpse of your baby.

Those moments are fleeting.

I’ll immortalize them so you can remember them forever.

New parents receive newborn baby after homebirth in Michigan


Support person holds a cool cloth on mom's forehead while laboring in the birth pool at St. Joseph, MI homebirth




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Who Is Kristen Schell?

I am a certified Birth Doula and Photographer serving families in Southwest Michigan. I'm based out of Benton Harbor, MI and I serve families in the Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, South Haven & Holland areas. I can also serve Michigan City and South Bend area.

I am an LGBTQ+ friendly and transgender safe space. All family types are welcome here.

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DONA International Certified Birth Doula in Benton Harbor, Michigan
International Association of Professional Birth Photographers Member
Certified BRM Body Ready Method Pro Benton Harbor, MI