Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I am a senior in college currently in my final semester for my BA in Psychology. I know that birth is just as much of a psychological experience as it is physical, and I am confident I have the knowledge, tools and skills to support mothers throughout all aspects of birth: the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical. My birth and postpartum support is grounded in a holistic framework. I am additionally trained in Ayurvedic cooking, mother roasting, rebozo techniques, herbalism, and reiki and my care is centered around well being, recovery and healing of the mother.
What led you to become a Doula?: The birth of my first son, Nash, which was deeply transformative and set me on fire with passion for supporting mothers throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
After performing a sealing ceremony from a local mother, this was a beautiful testimonial she shared
“In receiving The Sacred Tuck Ritual by Kearstin Morgan, I was both honored and blessed by her loving touch and nurturing presence. Together we closed the birth portal that was opened to bring my daughter into the world. By creating a space to honor this time, I feel more grounded and in touch with the mother I am becoming. It was also a beautiful way to show gratitude to my body for its service of carrying new life for 10 months and then giving birth…If you are pregnant and would like support before, during, or after birth I would recommend Kearstin to anyone wanting a kind and gentle presence of support.”
What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: The Evidence Based Birth website for all things birth-y! My favorite books are The Doula's Guide to Empowering Your Birth by Lindsey Bliss, The Fourth Trimester by Kimberly Ann Johnson, The First Forty Days by Heng Ou, and Natural Health After Birth by Aviva Romm.
What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: I get really excited for them and their new little blessing, but I also wonder and deeply hope that they have all of the love and support around them that a new mother needs in order to thrive.
What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: Nourishment, Validation, Confidence, Support, Encouragement, Opportunities to rest! There are so many things that come to mind!
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: The Office hands down, but honorable mentions are Shameless and Malcom in the Middle.
What is your favorite place to vacation?: Anywhere that I can swim, as long as I can see my toes through the water ;)
What is your favorite food?: Breakfast food!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Outside in nature and unplugged from electronics!
Who lives in your house?: Me, my husband, and our two small sons, Nash and Nate.