Missoula Birth Photographer | Doula Support

Coined by the late Jeannine Parvati Baker – the term “birthkeeper”refers to a woman who not only supports a mother during pregnancy, the birth and the time after but even more importantly, encourages women to know their rights, empower themselves with knowledge to ensure that we as women are claiming our responsibility …

I am really resonating with this label. Even though it is just that, a label. Doula, Birth Support person, Birth Keeper, Great Auntie, My Best Friend. I had a great conversation with a retired midwife about doula work. We discussed that women who hold space for women, with innate wisdom, groundedness trust and more ARE the support, are the doulas are the keepers. Our society can put whatever name to it. We can create programs, trainings and standards. But you know what you know deep within when you are a Birth Keeper. Your gifts cannot be taught or articulated through a course.

I am a mother of 4, I am a birth worker, birth photographer, women’s essence witness.- truly.

Should I have a Birth Keeper?

Do you want to increase your chances of having the birth you desire?

Do you want to tap in to your power as a woman?

Do you want continued physical, mental and emotional support focused completely on you?

Do you want to take pressure off dad or help him become more in tune with you?

Do you want to be an active participant in your birth?

Do you want to be cared for instead of managed?

Do you know that you are in charge of your birth, body and baby and you can say no or decline any medical procedure that doesn’t align with your families values?

If you answered yes to any of these then you should have a birth keeper.

“Jenna! I love seeing your work on these birth pages that were so much a part of helping me get to my dream of a homebirth. It’s so much more than just the social media though. It gives me chills. Your work is changing the world girlfriend! Thank you thank you thank you! I just have to express it to you because I think it all the time.”

— Nicole Foster, Butte Montana Birth Client

Where can we go from here

This is the place where I’m most wanted, where everything I am comes from…..( Story Hill)

These lyrics grab me in the gut. Where everything I am comes from. REVEAL is such a place, a space that is above all things and withing you all at the same time. The wisdom and coalescence of women’s heart power is undeniable. I descend the stairs to my home and anticipate coming home to myself as I enter my office for RETREAT. Each retreat is infused with elements of script and spontaneous download from leader Leah Lovelight. I am a co-host and participant and I learn and feel something novel each time I come to sit in witness with the REVEAL. It has been a wondrous journey, letting this extension of ourselves unfold for and with women as women.

What have we created? Or what have we found within that we are stimulated by time, place, connection to offer?

It was absolutely important to the fabric of our offering to include locally crafted gifts. We support small local business women in Montana. We are conscious capitalism. From our Retreat you will continue to flourish via your self nourishment and discovery this will cause a ripple effect in to your home, into your community for greater good.

REVEAL

4 virtual experiences + 1 intimate photo session + Handcrafted Kimono & Earrings + Elemental Self-Care Ritual + Celebration Ceremony

A REFLECTIVE SELF-CARE RETREAT INCLUDING 70 PHOTOS TO AWAKEN YOUR INNER POWER AND EMBODY YOUR DIVINE ESSENCE

We come to an offering with concrete tangible items and with concrete personal or business visuals- but we know that this work extends far past what we can see right before us. You know that you are composed of more than what meets the eye and that is what is being found, connected with, expressed, witnessed, captured.

Caitlin

“This created space for me to dive in deeply with myself + others in a way that created so much overwhelming love for myself and my body in such a short period of time.”

We facilitate and photograph your quest to intimate self-connection through reflective self-care to REVEAL the beauty and light that resides within, so you can witness, celebrate and fall in love with the power of your story.

Marlena

“Straight up one of the most magical, empowering and fun couple hours of my life. An experience I could relax into and embrace the goddess who lives in my body and envelops my soul.”

Birth. What it is. Missoula Birth Photographer

Birth just IS. I have to start with that. The world of Professional Birth Photography is so tricky. Tricky in terms of what to post, how to crop. How will my images be received by society? Wow. Consider the workflow of a birth photographer. The added element of risk and judgement a birth photographer takes on surpasses – I believe all other forms of photography. We, risk being banned on social media platforms for sharing images of birth. Birth images are repeatedly kicked out of photography competitions trying to reason that said images might offend the overall audience. Birth photographers are constantly assessing their market to determine what types of birth images will be accepted or recoiled at.

Just think about that for a moment. If someone were to recoil at a birth image, doesn’t that speak volumes about that individual and their view of birth versus the artist? I say so. Looking at the big picture. – Society has yet to accept birth completely- accept women and our right to birth in a manner we choose, in a place that we choose (?)Yes, we are making waves in the community. There are more and more pockets of humans that love and appreciate birth and the sharing of the journey through images. We still have a long way to go.

This year 2017. I am unwilling to keep stunning birth images a “secret”. I will love what I do with complete abandon. Birth IS. I cannot risk stifling my passion and a women’s birth story for the sake of possibly offending some one individual. And maybe, just maybe…the more we start to look–really look at birth we all will be more accepting, uplifting, and empowering of women.