Hello, I’m Kristen
Then you’ll labor and give birth. BADASS WARRIOR status, yo! You’ll meet your baby for the first time. It’s the first time you meet the baby face-to-face. One of the most important moments of your life. AND…. you’re not going to remember all of it. (No one does, it’s A LOT to process in one day!)
Don’t worry! I’ll be a fly on the wall and capture it all for you so that you’ll remember the day you were born a mother and the day your baby took their first breath in this world. If you want me to be more hands-on, I can also support you as a birth doula. I’ll be your Yoda through your pregnancy, labor, birth and early postpartum journey. Not sure what a doula is? (Don’t worry, most people don’t. Find out more here).
Some Facts About Me…
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Things I like to do
In the summers, you’ll find me swimming in Lake Michigan, going for walks or camping with my husband David and kiddo, Ryan.
In the winters and fall, you’ll find me inside my house in a hoodie or a robe staying cozy with a cup of warm cider or hot chocolate.
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I am a mother, too
I had a birth photographer at my son’s birth. AND I’m so glad that I did. I was in the zone during the laboring process so I don’t remember a lot that happened. Looking at the pictures remind me what happened and makes me think “oooohhh I AM a badass warrior” and I want every women to experience that.
After I moved from Pittsburgh to Benton Harbor, I decided to pursue birth photography full-time so that families can remember their children’s BIRTH day.
I remember when I asked my mom about the day I was born, she couldn’t remember much. I felt sad about that. When my son gets older, he can asked me that question and I will be ready to show him the birth story book with pictures.
Motherhood is HARD. During the dark days, when I question if what I am doing is right? What if I can’t do this? I look at the birth story book and remember. If I carried my baby for nine months and gave birth, I can do anything. I can get through this day. It gives me hope and reminds me that I have more strength within me than I realize AND that I have a support system that I can rely on when I need help or support.
Also, I realize… that not everyone has an empowering birth experience for whatever reason. So I got trained to be a birth doula and am working towards getting a certification from DONA International. I want to support mothers during the labor and birth process. I provide physical and emotional support. I also provide evidence-based information so that you feel empowered to make an informed decision in your birthing space. I want every woman to feel supported in whatever decision she makes.
Who Am I?
I am a Birth Doula and Photographer based in Southwest Michigan serving families. I'm based out of Benton Harbor, MI and I serve families in the Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, South Haven and Holland area.
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