It has been a long time. Not the longest of time. But time, nonetheless, that I have worked in birth. That I have worked in postpartum. That I have worked and been directly involved in the entire perinatal journey.
It has been 8 years of breaking into an industry niche that was never to be spoken about, or shared. Photographing authenticity amongst women and their families. Photographing the variations of way women birth their babies. Whether it was by choice or by chance. An industry, that in general, has drowned in mediocrity of drive and passion. Where trends are the standard, and expectations are the norm, rather than intentions.
I take with me the experiences I have had on this earth as a child, woman, a mother, a partner and I tuck them into an informational place. Never once would I take my experiences and place them on your shoulders to carry. I allow them to be a history lesson for myself, to be the best support I can be for you and your family during the times we think there is no one who can really get it.
I have been in that OR, that hospital room, that bedroom... the place of vulnerable wonder. To document and Support. For a long time.
I have been in your home with your already born children, or during your times of grief over loss.
I see the photography and birth industry making miraculous leaps and bounds, but I also see it becoming a commodity. Something to pocket. It is not a job. It’s a way of life. I have taught 100’s of students how to own their truth behind their cameras. I have supported countless women on how to dig into that place of divinity and let that light shine.
We get asked about why we cost what we do. What is included in the monetary investment? Us. We are what is included. We have sailed the ocean beyond trainings and certifications, and business.
Together, with my best friend and partner Nicole, there is an experience, of time we provide. A historical context, relationship building with medical personnel, and personal dedication decorated with the words, “We get it. You got this.” All over it. From direct birth doula support, to immediate postpartum care. I'll be your doula. We are your doulas. I have shared in the glorious births of Nicole's children, including her angel baby Porter. I held space for her as not only her best friend, but as a professional. A bond we have that delves into the depths of our innate nature. Into our spirits. This is what we bring to you. A family. A core value, not just a business. We came together through our heart space. This is what your support is grounded in.
This is what value is. This is what you will carry with you for the rest of your life, and share with your children as they grow. There is a universal thing we all are somehow connected with. A contract of sorts, as individuals of this earth. We know when the fit is right, and the investment makes sense for both of us. We honor that contract. We are your doulas.
I think it's time.
I have been working on this for quite some time, and I think just putting it out there is the only step left in the process.
My new site with my new endeavor I have been investing in for months now is finally being added to my professional arsenal!
I am proud to announce that I am now a postpartum support doula!
This place of awakening is very personal - with a bit of professional experience as an an in-home newborn/fam photographer - but more so because, I have been there. I was the postpartum mother.
I suffered from postpartum depression with my 1st born (not many people know this). It was nearly impossible to maneuver my postpartum days, weeks, and months, without any understanding or knowledge of what I was doing/feeling. Nor did I know of, or have any support from a community of other mothers and postpartum professionals. I was alone, and I was engulfed in stigma. It is time to end that stigma.
"Being alone, is the antithesis of the postpartum journey.
having a postpartum doula is a NECESSITY not a luxury."
Becoming a mother is hard. Let's be real. Even if motherhood was handed to us on a silver platter, with no PPD or mood/hormonal imbalance present, it is still hard as fuck. Goodness how many times do we find ourselves in those first very fragile weeks postpartum, questioning every single thing we do? We need to end the stigma surrounding the word POSTPARTUM.
"How do I hold him/her" "Did he/she eat enough?" "Why won't he/she sleep?" "Why is he/she crying?" "Why am I crying?" "HELP!"
Who is with me? ::everyone::
This isn't just about mothers either. This includes the entire postpartum family. Alleviating the worry from mom when her partner goes back to work. Or help leaving the house with your baby for the very first time. What about your other children? They are involved too.
As I fell into honing my craft as an in-home newborn photographer, I found my purpose inside these homes, during the most vulnerable times in these people's lives. To help. To document the journey. To aid in providing that shoulder to cry on, or that ear to ask questions to.
I am in these people's intimate spaces, providing something beyond the imagery.
Now I have the evidence-based credentials to provide more to this.
"mothering the mother" has never rang more true to me.
You matter. Let me provide support in one of the most necessary and needed times of support.
**OH, and let me include that newborn session for you too. You can have it all. You deserve it ALL!**
Please click on the images below to sift through the gallery of glorious postpartum + newborn imagery!
we belong to a place.
a place where we are meant
a vastly effective purpose.
to be birthed into
that converging role of
grandiosity & unworthiness.
but all the while leaving a mark
unlike any other.
it comes from that space.
that heartspace, place.
welcome to the world of motherhood.
it has reason, wreckage, and solidarity.