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"Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation. Where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body a miracle of wisdom."

~ Harriette Hartigan

Pointers for first time moms planning a home birth.

Home Birth Prep for First-Time Moms

April 24, 2024

4 of the most common hesitations for hiring a birth photographer

Why NOT to hire a birth photographer

January 20, 2023

Background Info and Context Our last birth was an unassisted one and I loved it. But this time we hired a midwife, due mostly to my husband’s desire for one, but I also sensed the Lord wanted to show me how to lean into others and receive care (something I am not great at). We […]

my birth stories :: gilbert ignatius

November 15, 2022

Birth Keeper is a newer and maybe even “trendy” title, and as such, it lacks a widely agreed-upon definition. In this poist, I endeavor to tell you what it means to ME, both ideologically and practically. From the best of my ability to track down its origins, the term Birth Keeper was coined by Jeannine […]

What is a birth keeper?

August 5, 2022

Maybe you’ve always thought of yourself as having a low pain tolerance, so the idea of giving birth in a place where you don’t have access to pharmaceutical or medical pain relief is really hard to stomach. You feel sure you’d pass out or be in such agony that you’d end up transferring to the […]

about the pain you can’t escape at home birth

September 16, 2021

I hear some parents express concern about having a home birth because of how messy they anticipate it will be and how hard to clean up. Friends, birth is a little messy no matter where it happens, but it’s really not THAT messy. And the cleanup is quite simple if there’s careful use of disposable […]

the mess of home birth

September 1, 2021

In this three-part series, I want to take a closer look at free birth and what it means to have one while still being supported. I’ll do this through the medium of exploring my own recent experience. Part 1: The Woman, God, and the Husband The Woman (me) There was some instinct that initially drew […]

the anatomy of a supported free birth :: part 1

March 5, 2021

I’m going to let the mama — Iona — tell this story in her own words. My images follow. The moment I found out I was pregnant with Laelia, I knew I was not done having children. Chris however had different plans, but we let fate/the universe/god decide, and on sept 5 2019 (one day […]

birth photography :: yorke elara

February 2, 2021

There is so much wrapped up in this birth for me, sisters. I wrote it all down just a week after she was born, all the details and all the facts, even as I was still unsure how to make meaning of or peace with aspects of it. But I’ve been very nervous to share […]

my birth stories :: agatha wren sue

November 14, 2020

In the months leading up to Wylde’s birth, I got to know her mama more deeply, and as I learned about the story of her, my anticipation swelled. What an incredibly special birth to be a part of. Here is the story in Shay’s own words (followed by photos): Long before I became a mom […]

birth photography :: wylde hope

November 8, 2019

Brooke Collier is a holist doula, christian birthkeeper, and birth photographer serving Grand rapids, MI and West Michigan and offering childbirth education around the world.

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