Kelsey Irvin, M.A., Herbalist
I have been blessed to live and work among powerful women my entire life. I am a daughter, a sister, a mother of two amazing girls, a doula, an herbalist, and a female-centered Anthropologist. After 8 years as an EMT, I trained as a DONA certified doula in 2007 and re-certified with toLabor in 2011. I was honored to attend births with Richmond families in a variety of settings for almost a decade now and have expanded my skills to include acupressure, and I am currently training as an herbalist.
My work as a doula has informed how I chose to bring my own children into the world, influenced my decision to study Anthropology in graduate school and continues to shape sphere of my everyday existence.
During my graduate studies in Anthropology and Social Research I wrote dissertations on the empowerment of women in high risk birthing situations and the changing narrative of the American family in the context of gifted surrogacy. These formal academics have helped furthered my ability to connect and advocate for a wider spectrum of doula clients.
It is my deep belief that how we enter this world speaks volumes about who we are and who we become. That when women are given the chance to birth as they want, to conquer a seemingly insurmountable task they are empowered in all aspects of their life.