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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

I love getting to go a second time around the block with a sister-client. It’s the biggest honor and more of a joy than I know how to put into words. So I was delighted when Paul and Whitney invited me to be their “doula-tographer” a second time. The walk with them was sweet and […]

a walk with a sister :: whitney

February 14, 2020

{I posted Levi’s birth story over here} Since Courtney was a doula-photo client, I also got to hang out with them after her baby was born! My first visit was just a few days after birth, and consisted of first of all oohing and aaahing over Levi and how much he had already changed, taking […]

postpartum :: levi palmer

August 19, 2019

All the words in this post are from the mama – Courtney. She writes beautifully. I have nothing to add (except photos, which are below her story). Enjoy it when you have several minutes to sit down and relish it! – brooke The weeks leading up to march 20th were full of anticipation and many […]

birth :: levi palmer

August 16, 2019

I knew Courtney a while before this much-wanted and waited for baby began growing inside her. And there’s something just SO wonderful about a baby that comes after waiting, isn’t there? At the time it’s so difficult, and then it’s SO GOOD. Courtney and Mitch have been in love a long time. They’re solid, healthy, […]

a walk with a sister :: courtney

February 23, 2019

The following words are Teri’s, the photos by me. I’m going to let the two interweave in tandem and trust it’s more than enough to get the point across. This was a redemptive, sacred birth…. The poignant period of time waiting for Maia’s arrival, her natural hospital birth, and this simple, quiet postpartum period has […]

a walk with a sister :: teri

January 25, 2019

Our first two prenatal visits happened over good food in fun restaurants, totally in keeping with Becca’s love for “fancy” things. She’s a boy mom, so engaged in her community and her kids’ schools, and she was on the brink of welcoming a fourth son, with her favorite nurse midwife by her side again. Because […]

a walk with a sister :: becca

October 17, 2018

During our first official prenatal appointment, I got to act like a one-on-one childbirth educator, walking through the nitty gritty process of labor and birth, including labor stages, emotional signposts, fetal descent, cervical effacement and dilation, partner support and all the rest. It was so fun to put on that education hat for a few […]

a walk with a sister :: bailey

August 25, 2018

Kim and I were friends before I began Sister Birth, having been introduced by a mutual friend and sharing some common interests. I was so excited when she got pregnant for her 4th and decided that this time she would have a home birth. And I was pleasantly surprised when she contacted me 30-some weeks […]

a walk with a sister :: kim (part 1)

July 13, 2018

Whitney was the first one to see and resonate with Sister Birth when I launched it in December, and the first one to hire me for the role. I’ll never forget the way she emailed to say, “Will you be my sister for this birth?” Oh goodness, yes! Alongside her, I’ve been tweaking and completing […]

a walk with a sister :: whitney

March 19, 2018

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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