About Me

Kira is a sister, a wife, a woman.  She is an extroverted introvert, a cellist, an apprentice midwife.  A Certified Lactation Educator, a placenta encapsulation specialist, an activist for reproductive justice and informed consent and refusal during birth.  But bigger than any other box that she’s fits into, she always says, “I’m a Mama!”  It was this journey to motherhood that led her to this work.  It is a love for supporting women and watching them realize their inner strength that keeps her going.

A traumatic first birth left her angry, scarred, confused and hurt.  She spent the first six months after her son’s birth feeling unsettled and suffered quietly when told that a healthy baby was all that mattered.  After moving to China when he was 8 months old for an expat assignment, she met other mothers with similar experiences.  It was then that she had her “light bulb moment.”  After hearing constantly that a healthy baby was all that mattered, she realized that mothers matter and birth itself matters too.

Her subsequent births, after this realization, were much more empowering than her first.  And her nursing relationships were much easier with the knowledge she had gained through these remarkable mothers.  After two years in China, she came back to the States and opened North Shore Birth Services in 2012.

As a student midwife through the Massachusetts Midwives Alliance and Mercy In Action, she prides herself on being an abundant fountain of information as she keeps up with the latest studies, research and reviews.

She lives in Lynn, MA with her husband, four kids and a maniacally lazy cat.  When she’s not immersed in all things birth-related, she can be found nursing the baby, playing cello or piano, decorating her house with craigslist finds, making herbal concoctions and reading story after story snuggled up on the couch with her kids.

 

Background:

B.A. Sociology/Public Health (University of California, Irvine)

Certified Lactation Educator (CAPPA)

Certified Breastfeeding Specialist (Lactation Education Resources)

La Leche League Leader

toLabor trained Labor Doula

Placenta Encapsulation Specialist (TCM and raw methods)

Student midwife (Massachusetts Midwives Alliance and Mercy in Action)

Fertility Awareness Educator

Professional Organizations (member of):

American Pregnancy Association

La Leche League International (affiliated with Salem, MA and Shanghai, China groups)

CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association)

MMA (Mass Midwives Alliance) Supporting Member

ICTC (InternationalCenter for Traditional Childbearing)

ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network)

Random facts:

I have played cello for 20 years.

I’m a c-section Mama, CBAC Mama (homebirth transfer for Cesarean) and an HBA2C Mama two times over.

I was a Navy brat.

My first son was named after Kierkegaard.

I knit breasts.

I have a penchant for sarcasm.

I dream in sepia.