Short story & juicy bits

Hi, I’m Kristin Beckedahl.

I’ve been a been a Naturopath for 20 years, a Childbirth Educator and Doula for over 13 years and a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist for 8 years. (Wow, how to feel old in just one sentence).

I am also the mother to two little people. By far my greatest life achievements and ongoing teachers!

I’ve had a life-long love affair with herbal medicine. As a Naturopath, I swing from reading current research to getting lost in the history and folklore of herbs.

I love the affinity herbs have for women, especially around pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Working hands on with herbs is like therapy. It grounds me and magically solves most of my problems. (You can see the online store here)

As a Childbirth Educator and Doula, I love seeing pregnancies bloom. I love seeing women’s minds open to their body’s innate wisdom to birth.

In labour, I love witnessing the gritty push through the vulnerability to arrive at the gate of courage.

I also love seeing men step up at birth, tune in and soften. All at the same time.

I love talking about birth. Sharing information and experience, paying it forward.

I’m a big believer in the ‘fourth trimester.’ I know what works and what doesn’t – for everyone.

I can also see the massive postnatal cultural deficiency letting mothers, babies and fathers down.  

I used my placenta for my second postnatal transition, over 10 years ago now.  The difference between the first was pretty remarkable. I’ve been a true convert ever since.

As a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, I’m proud to hold dual certifications and to have completed almost 1000 encapsulations. It’s no surprise I have ‘a thing for placentas.’ 

Juicy Bits

I am a second generation birth worker. I heard birth stories from a very early age from my mother who was a midwife.

One day in 1998, not long after finishing my Naturopathy degree I had a tarot card reading in Byron Bay (as you do). The woman told me she could see pregnancy and babies all around me in my future. She did well. And there I was thinking I would go on to be a mother of 12! Phew!

Good coffee matters. So does forgiveness and gratitude. Sleep and I love you’s.

Birth matters. Mothering matters. As does how a woman feels throughout her experiences of both.

I’m a self confessed science geek and placenta nerd. I have an inquisitive mind and love filling it.

I have been described as a realist, passionate and committed. And also stubborn.

As a doula I’ve also been affectionately called “a wingman”, “a secret weapon” and “a beacon of continuity”.

I met the man of my dreams on the dance floor. It was in the wee hours at a nightclub on a random night out on Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney. Yes, magic happens!

I have leapt from a light aircraft twice, skydiving. On my second jump I was also 10 weeks pregnant with baby #2.

I’m an early riser and an early nighter. Sunrises peppered with bird songs is my daily dose of optimism.

Life is always better (and I’m often a nicer person) when I get to move my body, float in the ocean, hike in nature and dance to house music.

A solo trip to India in the mid 90’s led me to become a Business for Birthing Kits with Birthing Kits Foundation Australia – almost 30 years later. You can read more here.

In 2018 I walked a 6 day, 135km hike. It was from Cape Naturaliste in Dunsborough to Cape Leeuwin in Augusta in South West WA. All in aid of raising funds and awareness for the Gidget Foundation, a NFP that provides vital support services for women/families suffering perinatal depression and anxiety.  It was a challenging, amazing and an emotional experience. 

When I’m not relishing in family time, I’m listening to podcasts or day dreaming.

I can also be found downing short machs, reading research, eating avocados or binge-watching Outlander.

I live close to the Indian Ocean in Fremantle, Western Australia. I will never tire of the sunsets and lifestyle. Home is amongst the gum trees, rainbow lorikeets and nesting willie wagtails.

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