Continuing with my birth professional features this week, I have Kimberly Keller, Birth Doula- Rebozo Certified, of Intuitive Doula Serives! I have had the pleasure of meeting Kimberly and she is a very sweet soul and has a passion for what she does.
Tell me about yourself, Kimberly!
My name is Kimberly Keller I love being a birth doula. I have been married to the love of my life Brooks Keller for 14 years and we have 6 beautiful children together. I have also taught Montessori preschool for 14 years and I have owned my own successful preschool in Cedar City, UT. We recently moved to Lehi where I am now focusing on my doula business. To me, all life is precious and remarkable and being a doula is a natural calling. I understand the unique role women play in bearing life and it is my desire to give each woman a pleasant and comfortable birth – no matter the birth plan. I am a doula because I want to empower women to believe in themselves and their innate strength as women and as mothers.
Name three things that make you super happy?
1. My supportive loving eternal companion Brooks Keller
2. Our 6 wonderful children we’ve been blessed to raise
3. The honor to watch from the sidelines when a mother feels empowerment through her birth.
Why did you choose to become a birth doula?
I have always from the earliest I can remember wanted to be a mother. I was going to have so many children that my house would always be full. My great great grandmother Eliza Snow Rogers was a midwife and earlier then that my heritage is filled with birth workers. My mother had given birth to most of us at home with my Aunt (a CNM) to assist her. I have always been involved in the birth process. As a result of my 6 amazingly beautiful and sacred home water births, I want all women to feel the sheer JOY I experienced giving birth. When my friends and family started having babies I was always asked to help. My neighbor called me to assist her birth and during a follow up visit she asked “why don’t you get trained to do this professionally?” which got me thinking. The next month DONA training just fell in my lap and I started my doula business right away and have loved every minute of it.
How long have you been a birth doula?
I attended my first birth as a trained doula in January 2014 which was the 15th birth I was privileged to be apart of.
What is your favorite part about your profession?
I truly feed off of that moment after the baby has been born, I step back and watch the new mom come into her own empowerment. As she looks to her partner to share the joy of just having given birth to their child. Then she looks up for all to witness how incredibly awesome what she just did truly was and finally turns all her attention to the new life that she co-created laying in front of her. That is when she absorbs all that she is feeling. At that moment she is the most connected, open, vulnerable, powerful, loved and supported.
What’s your first memory of being a birth doula?
I don’t recall which younger sibling it was but the memory is still vivid and I can still smell all the home birth smells surrounding birth, the food, the healing herbs, birth itself. I was witnessing my mother bring life into this world and all I could think was what a Goddess she was.
What has surprised you most about being a doula?
The level of fear surrounding this amazingly natural process.
What do you wish other people knew about doulas?
What it means to have a professional pregnancy and labor support team. Her partner being the most important part and her doula to protect, support, encourage and advocate for that family bond. Each person involved in that birth has a powerful and distinct role to play in loving and encouraging the mother to do only what she and she alone can do.
What would you say are some of your strongest beliefs about birth?
Birth is a natural process and given the chance can be the most wonderfully joyous experience you will ever have.
All women deserve to feel COMPLETELY loved, supported and heard at their most vulnerable moment no matter what their birth plan may be.
Every birth is unique just as every mother and no ONE birth is made for EVERYONE. Have the power and encouragement to bring this baby into your family the way YOU feel is right.
In birth there are so many options, be informed and make an educated choice. Fear based decisions are usually never the right option.
Tell me about someone who has influenced your decision to be a doula?
My mother is the biggest one because I have seen her birth like the Goddess she is.
My beautiful daughters because they have the right to view birth as the beautiful life giving process it truly is.
My Ancestors who gave their lives in support and protection of this great work.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
Where exactly I’ve been in life and how I have come to be who I am. I’ve been arrested, I will divulge details if asked but for now I will just leave it at that. :)
What would you tell someone who is thinking about becoming a doula?
If you are called to this work, be a birth keeper hold this gift with the respect and reverence it deserves as a sacred act of God.
What would you like to see change in the birth industry over the next five years?
We have seen so many changes just in the past 2 years. The fact that many large birth organizations are realizing and openly stating that medical interventions have played to prominent a role in birth is mind blowing.
It is now a proven evidence based fact that home birth is just, if not more safe for low risk pregnancies.
Birth will be inevitably placed back into the gentle hands of capable midwives with medical professionals attentive to any emergencies that may arise.
That all birth workers will unit with ONE common goal, the love and supportive care of the birthing women.
How would your best friend describe you?
They would all say that I am a bawl baby because when I’m happy, sad, overwhelmed, awake I cry! I have actually had the opportunity to be introduced by a dear friend who was also a client and she said this about me, which made me cry.
She recently moved to Lehi and has left a remarkable legacy wherever she goes. Her friends love her dearly because Kim truly loves others. She is always engaged in selfless-service and brings peace and comfort to all she meets. To Kim, all life is precious and remarkable and being a doula is a natural calling. She understands the unique role women play in bearing life and it is her desire to give each woman a pleasant and comfortable birth – no matter the birth plan. She is a doula because she empowers women to believe in themselves and their innate strength as women and as mothers.
What do you do when you aren’t working?
I indulge and allow myself to be swallowed up in the love of my family. I am so blessed to be the wife of a strong man who loves and adores me, the mother to 6 uniquely amazing children and the daughter, sister, aunt and friend to some awesome people. We love to gather just to enjoy each others company. I love every minute of it!!
I am a Child Whisperer Montessorian which basically means I love, honor and respect children encouraging them to follow their natural directive while gently guiding them to reach their full potential. I love and have a passion for setting up environments in which children can discover and teach themselves.
I am a sucker for a true love story and love to read all about them. currently I am reading The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright.
My very most favorite place to be is inside the Temple surrounded by those who I most love.
What else can you tell me about being a doula?
It rocks!! Doulas are so blessed to be trusted and brought into the most intimate and precious moments.
Where might we find you if you’re not working?
In my home reading to my two youngest little ones.
Here are a few words from past clients of Kimberly’s….
“Such an amazing woman, her calming influence is so effective and she loves babies. All qualities of a fabulous Doula!” ~ Olivia
“Kim is an incredible doula. She made all the difference for me and my perfect birth. I would recommend her to anyone. She is kind, caring and nurturing..great combination for a doula.” ~ Valora
“Kim from Intuitive Doula Services helped me through a difficult birth last year. Our little Eliza was stillborn at 32 weeks and I had to give birth in the hospital when I normally have my babies at home. She was so helpful and loving and caring through the whole thing and she kept me going when I didn’t think I had anything left to give. I was in labor for 3 days and the baby was breech, so to say it was difficult was an understatement, but through it all, Kim was there reassuring me and helping me into positions to get through the pain. I am so grateful to Intuitive Doula Services and I will be having Kim at my next birth in August.” ~ Andrea
You can connect with Kimberly on FaceBook! :)