Hi. I’m Kimberly.
30. Wife to Danny. Mother to Ellery, Linkyn & Maxwell.
I made and gave birth to three humans.
I was 18 years old when I had my first and it WOW, was it a lesson in how to advocate for myself. I was dismissed at the first mention of labor, told to stay home until I couldn’t walk or talk anymore. I was dismissed when I finally got to the hospital by the registrar, “you’re young, it’s probably not real labor”. And then when they checked me and I was 8cm upon arrival, I flipped everyone off and continued the work. I had a successful, unmedicated, vaginal hospital birth because I was stubborn as hell and wanted to prove I could do it. And after she was born, I started looking into the natural birth community and exploring doula work.
When I had my second, my birth plan was to labor unmedicated as long as I could, but I wasn’t trying to be a martyr. If I wanted meds, I was going to opt for meds. I managed to labor and deliver successfully without medication, but my baby got stuck. And it was that experience and lack of communication about what had happened to me (and him), that literally drove me to the Birthingway College of Midwifery to learn all that I could about birth and how this could have possibly been prevented. I thought I was going to be a midwife, but I would learn that I couldn’t afford the training. However, I did take labor and postpartum doula classes as pre-reqs and found out that I was pregnant with my third at that time. My son was a shoulder dystocia baby, and the OB caused permanent damage to his brachial plexus nerves by yanking him out of my body.
My third and last baby was born in the hospital. My hard labor from start to finish was about four hours. I opted for a fentanyl drip for the last hour. I had a lot of mental baggage from my second birth that was preventing me from making decisions I needed to make. But with a doula and midwifery team present, I felt supported and it was by far my best and easiest birth experience.
I’ve been a photographer for 15 years.
I was gifted my first camera at 15 years old and I’ve basically been shooting everything and anything since then. I started shooting seniors when I was 16, photographed my first wedding when I was 17 and ventured into family photography, headshots until I eventually found birth. Or rather, birth found me.
I’ve taken countless photography courses. I’ve also done birth photography and videography courses through Birth Becomes Her.
I’m a trained labor & postpartum doula.
My entire life so far has lead me to this point. I watched my first birth when I was 15 years old and it changed my life.
The birth of my own children sparked in me a desire to learn everything I could about pregnancy and birth. I did my training at Birthingway College of Midwifery three years ago. And since then I’ve done continuing education, most recently to learn how to support trans people in birth.
All of my interests have come together to create this beautiful experience.
I’m always learning…
Labor Doula Training through Birthingway College of Midwifery
Postpartum Doula Training through Birthingway College of Midwifery
Supporting the Addicted Mother
Trans Birth for Birth Workers
Wes Anderson Films
Bright Colors & Patterns
I do activism and protest photography here.
I love what I do.