My name is Kelsi Kennedy, and I am a doula, mother, wife, writer, and activist. I am passionate about the positive & evidence-based coaching that I offer birthing people and their partners during pregnancy, birth, and the early days of parenthood, also known as postpartum or “the fourth trimester.”
I always start discussions about why I became a doula by disclosing that I had the unique privilege of attending births before I graduated high school. Having grown up in a low-income area with little sex-education, I stood by many young women as they entered into motherhood before the age of 18. Since then, I’ve studied human development throughout my academic career, and have had the privilege of serving and caring for others for most of my life, both in an out of professional settings.
I also studied trauma for two years as I earned a Masters of Science in Human Development & Social Intervention from NYU and worked with survivors of sex trafficking in New York City. During that time, I learned that the mind and body are in a complex and beautiful relationship with one another. As a woman who has endured trauma myself, I benefitted deeply from the presence of a doula at the birth of my son. While my husband was incredibly supportive and helpful, having another woman with me who had been in my exact position before offered a unique comfort, especially when things got intense.
That experience illuminated something that had been living inside of me since I first attended a birth as a teenager- desire to do for other women and families what our doula did for us: provide judgment-free, unconditional support during pregnancy and birth. I was lucky enough to forge a friendship with my doula, and we still speak regularly about my son & all things doula.
As a parent, I know that the bond you have with your baby(ies) before, during, and after birth is incomparable. I am here to help you process the magical change of becoming a parent, of becoming a family, as it unfolds for you.
As a researcher, I believe that knowledge is power. I am here to provide you with evidence-based information to help you decide what is right for you during your birth experience.
As a doula, I know that you are powerful, wondrous, and capable, and that the right support can help you realize what is already true.
All of my experiences brought me to this work that I so deeply love, and I would be honored to walk with you as you accomplish the magnificent work of birth and beyond.