My name is Kimberly.
Currently living in downtown Portland, Oregon
working on a creative neighborhood project called the “Open-Air People’s Art Museum”. I reside in an art loft with my spouse, three kids & one cat.
I am originally from a small town in northern Michigan. I am mostly self taught and have over 18 years of experience.
I developed my photographic eye through quick, honest documentation of the people, places & things I encounter. My first camera gifted to me at a young age, I have been telling stories to help capture my human experience on this earth ever since. My brain cannot make pictures, so I take them instead.
Fascinated with life & death, I am a trained birth & postpartum worker in the midst of studying death work. I also have a bachelors degree in theatre, with a focus on the production side of things.
- wes anderson films
- ice cream
- bright colors & patterns
- making stuff
- white supremacy
- social norms
PUBLICATIONS & FEATURES
AWARDS & COMPETITIONS
I am a trained birth & postpartum worker with a deep respect for the human process of pregnancy, birth & raising babies. My approach to capturing the journey is a documentary style, savoring those sweet, fleeting moments.
I’ve held hands, rubbed backs, provided counter pressure, fluffed pillows, gotten ice chips and supported partners and grandparents throughout the birthing process. I always have my birth worker hat handy and ready to put on during birth, providing light labor support.
In my seven years of experience, I have developed positive working relationships with most of the Portland + Vancouver area hospitals & birth centers, as well as homebirth providers.
I take pride in my ability to hold Space & respect the atmosphere you desire for your birth.
- Labor & Postpartum Doula Training through Birthingway College of Midwifery
- Verified Doula w/Legacy Health System
- Trained Childbirth Educator
- Trans Birth for Birth Workers Training
- training w/ARTIC
- Diversified Birth Training & Melanated Birth Ally
- Supporting Clients w/Addiction Training
- doula (in progress)
- Peaceful Presence End-of-Life Doula Course (in progress)
- Portland Doula Association
- Birth Becomes You Certified
- Member of IAPBP
- Canyon Medical Center Doula (past)
- Brave Birth Doula Care (past)
I made and gave birth to three humans.
I was 18 years old when I had my first and 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, but it wouldn’t be until much later in life that I’d follow that path.
When I had my second, my birth plan was to labor unmedicated as long as I could. 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 second-born 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. It was so healing.
All of my interests have come together to create this beautiful experience.
I love what I do.