Kristyn Blocher, Breath of Life Birth Services
1. Why did you choose BAI?
After completing an initial birth doula course and later realizing that the certifying organization it was approved for, was not the best fit for me, I did a more thorough search of training/certifying organizations. This led me to BAI and I quickly found it to be a superb training organization with excellent course options, certifying options and an overall philosophy that I knew would suit me very well in my doula work.
2. What did you learn about yourself while taking the program?
Oh my, I’ve learned many things about myself and continue to! I’ve more fully identified how my own personal experiences with pregnancy and birth have driven me into doula work. Also, I’ve learned what a doula sisterhood can look like, in a very genuine way & some of the reasons why its so important to have in place.
3. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a Pacific Northwest native…webbed feet and coffee included. I’m a single, homeschooling mom to two great children, ages 11 and 6. I love to play in the dirt and let things grow, getting a special kind of thrill when I fill my freezer with tomatoes from the backyard. Having assumed the role of the family hippie, I’m into herbal medicine, essential oils, making as many of my own first aid & home care products as possible and I drive a raised jeep that loves the back roads. I aspire to own a small patch of acreage where I can expand my little flock of hens, get started with two or three mini dairy goats, establish a ridiculously large vegi & herb garden and integrate a business office/meeting space into my property.
4. Tell us about your business, or plans for the future.
My business is called Breath of Life Birth Services. I provide birth & postpartum doula services, placenta encapsulation and herbal products for postpartum recovery and family wellness. I’ve developed and grown the business a little at a time over the last few years and am excited to be experiencing good rates of growth. I am fortunate to be able to serve amazing families here in Western Washington.
Future plans include expanding the local locations where my postpartum & family wellness products are being made available, continue forward with finding the balance between client loads and raising my children, and of course, attaining the above mentioned small patch of acreage.