As things are starting to take off for Bump, Birth, and Baby I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself a little more to my readers and potential clients.
Hi I’m Kelsey Schwartz. I am a wife, mother, birth advocate, entrepreneur, Christian, and native Texan. My husband Thomas and I live in Plano with our beautiful daughter Olivia Michele (born 9/23/11) and our dog Mia. I am currently a Bradley Method® instructor, doula, and receptionist at Allen Birthing Center. Photography has been a long time hobby of mine and I hope to return to taking photos soon (birth photographer perhaps?). I love all the little things in life like how wonderful Ozarka Water tastes, Wheel of Fortune, and the sight of a pink sunset. I hope to become an asset in the community through my work and I want to know that I have made a difference, whether it’s in just one person’s life or the world 🙂
My Journey to Natural Childbirth:
After spending 2 years working for a holistic chiropractor I had become very natural minded and cautious about modern medicine (amongst other things). So when I found out I was pregnant in 2011 I knew right away I wanted a drug-free birth no matter how painful it would be. I took a tour at Allen Birthing Center and was hooked. I signed on for care in February and throughout the spring and summer was amazed at how much I was learning about out of hospital births. The midwives recommended a birth class taught at their center so I signed up without asking questions. Turned out the series was called The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth®, our instructor was wonderful and I once again was in awe at how much I did not know. I found out that not only was a drug-free birth best for my baby but was also beneficial for me and would not necessarily be unbearably painful.
About half way through summer my current employer decided that my pregnancy did not work into their business plan and things started going downhill. I unexpectedly turned in my 2 weeks notice at 6 months pregnant and decided to redirect my life. I spent hours trying to figure out “where to go from here” and the next Sunday at birth class it hit me! This class had changed my life and we weren’t even done with the course. I looked into getting certified and found out you had to have a natural birth experience to apply so all I could do was wait. Finally at 41 weeks and 4 days, after 42 hours of labor, my little girl arrived (read my birth story here). It was life changing to say the least and after a couple weeks of getting settled into life with a newborn I registered for the Bradley® program. I spent the first half of 2012 teaching my provisional classes, completing evaluations, reading, reading, reading, and completing my final exam.
I now offer clients care from pregnancy to parenthood by being available as a childbirth teacher, a labor doula, a postpartum doula, and a breastfeeding educator. My new life goal is to help as many unborn babies and their families as possible.