Hello, I'm Kristen Schell
As a birth doula, I walk along side you and your partner (or other support person) on this journey to bring your baby into this world. I’m like your personal Yoda or guide as you navigate your way into early parenthood. As a doula, I provide physical, emotional and informational support for you and your partner before, during and after your baby’s birth.
The evidence is clear.
Doulas make a difference in your birth experience.
Source: *Evidence Based Birth, “The Evidence on Doulas.” **DONA International, “Position Paper: The Birth Doula’s Contribution to Modern Maternity Care” by Penny Simkin
How does this work?
Did you know that Michigan Medicaid now covers doulas?
You can get prenatal, birth and postpartum support. You get the doula services and I'll bill the Medicaid insurance on your behalf and they pay for the doula services.
Birth doula client
We are SO happy that we worked with Kristen as our birth doula and photographer. Starting during pregnancy, she had great advice about stretches to mitigate discomfort. We also met ahead of time to talk about birth/preferences. During labor and delivery, she was such an incredible support and advocate. With her present, my mom and husband could take the chance to rest or go to the hospital cafeteria for food. She also had such a wealth of knowledge about different laboring positions that successfully helped rotate my baby in utero so that he was in the optimal position for birth. Finally, she made sure to check in with me to make sure I had the chance to ask questions of my doctor and nurses when complications came up -- she ensured that my choices were respected and I felt so empowered!!
Birth Doula Client
Kristen was excellent! She did a great job of learning about me, my family, and our wishes for the birth of our daughter. She provided resources to help with birth that were consistent with what I wanted. I’m honestly not sure I could have made it through my unmedicated natural birth without her. She texted me the whole day until it was determined it was go time, then she was there immediately when my husband couldn’t make it for a while due to finding help for our older child. For several hours Kristen helped me through the most intense pain of my life and was able to keep me on track with my plan. Even better, she got some amazing pictures of the birth that I will cherish forever. Highly recommend!
Birth DOula Client
As I prepared for my second baby and first attempt at a VBAC I knew I needed a doula to increase my chances of getting the birth I envisioned. Kristen made herself available to me when I was due in less than a month. I went into labor before we were able to have our first prenatal appointment but luckily we were able to discuss some things in the consult so she had an idea of what I was hoping for. When I went into labor I knew she was working to make sure I felt safe and was in the right environment to give birth in. Even during the repeat c-section Kristen was giving support and helped my partner support me. Kristen took all the photos and videos I wished I would have had with my first birth. Kristen was nothing short of amazing and I would absolutely recommend her and suggest having her on your team for birth. She made the c-section I was so against and scared of into the best birth I could have asked for.