Short story & juicy bits

Hi, I’m Kristin Beckedahl.

I’m the one woman behind the business, BodyWise BirthWise.

I’ve been a been a Naturopath for 22 years, a Childbirth Educator and Doula for over 14 years and a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist for almost 10 years (wow, how to feel really old in just one sentence).

BodyWise BirthWise was ‘birthed’ in 2006. And it has intrinsically evolved over the years, along with me.

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

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 cultural deficiency that’s letting mothers down within their postpartum period. 

A couple of years before I began providing the placenta encapsulation service, I had used my own placenta for my second postnatal transition. The difference between the first was pretty remarkable. Needless to say I’ve been a true convert ever since.

You’ll read that as a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, I’m proud to hold high standard certification and to have completed more than 1,150 encapsulations in the past 10 years.

It’s also probably no surprise that I have a bit of  ‘a thing for placentas.’ 

The 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. This is a not-for-profit 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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