Sister Birth :: Support + Story
Grand Rapids, MI doula and birth photographer
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Sister (Brooke)

 
 
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brooke 

Hello! I'm so glad you're here. I've been trusting that the right women would find their way here, and to me.

I'm a 30-something pastor’s wife and homeschooling mama of four home-born children in Grand Rapids, MI. Over the last 8 years, I have birthed our babies, devoured birth-related reading material, photographed over 80 births, and briefly apprenticed with a midwife. Sister Birth is a package deal of all my life experiences — birth and non-birth related, as you’ll read below — pooled together to uniquely serve women in a sister-like way. I’m also happy to simply tell birth stories with my camera, too, whether in moving images or still ones, for those who want just that.

As a doula, I’m holistic in my thinking, and am guided by the midwifery model of care. I’m uniquely suited to facilitate emotional and spiritual growth through the childbearing year. And my sweet spot is supporting women planning natural hospital births, home births, and free births.

And though none of these things alone define me, you might be interested to know that in addition to all things birth, I am captivated by the enneagram, the creation of beautiful living spaces, midwifery memoirs, ice creams with chocolate as the primary ingredient, bulletproof coffee, in-home family photojournalism, lazy Saturday mornings at the beach with my family, essential oils, and nature exploration. 

It is my unwavering belief that birth can be trusted and that most women can — if given a chance and adequate trust and support — birth their babies in power and love. You can read more of my birth philosophy here.

 
 
 

qualifications

Mama

In the guts and glory of motherhood with my four kiddos since the home birth of my first in 2011.

birth photographer

Witnessing every imaginable sort of birth through the lens of my professional camera since 2012.

student of Midwifery

Hobbyist and one-time apprentice. Total birth nerd.

counselor

Living with a master’s degree in counseling under my belt since 2006.

holistic health counselor

Integrating health into my own life and helping others find the same balance.

Pastor's Wife / ELder

Humbling co-leading in a national prayer organization.

Young Living Consultant

Experiencing and sharing the multitude benefits of essential oils and non-toxic products.