Natalie Broders

Hi, I'm Natalie! Here's a little bit about me: Both my babies were born with midwives - one at a birth center, and one at home. When I say I understand what kind of birth you want, you should know that I really get it. We live on a small farm where we raise chickens, goats, and grow our own food. I love babywearing, cloth diapering, and I'm pretty sure there's nothing a little breastmilk can't fix!


Because I had two unmedicated births, one of my specialities is supporting people through unmedicated labor.


Something that makes me different is that I strongly believe my role as a doula is to advocate for you. When interviewing doulas, ask them directly if they will speak up on your behalf. I believe that when someone is deep in labor, they're in an altered state of consciousness. It's my job to protect the space, hold them in that altered state, and avoid drawing them out of the cosmos into their thinking brain. I will advocate for you and I will speak up for you when you're off in labor land. In order to do it well, I spend time getting to know you prenatally, learning your preferences, understanding which parts of your birth are flexible and which parts you feel really passionate about. I will empower you with the tools to say "no, thank you" and "can we have 5 minutes to discuss privately?" so that YOU hold the power - not me, and not a provider. But if you can't speak, I'll be your voice.


From how to prepare before birth, to common interventions, navigating hospital birth, choosing the right birth center, and having a home birth, I'm your new BFF & walking birth encyclopedia. At your birth, I offer physical, emotional and verbal support. My goal is to empower you to make the decision that’s best for you, based on the evidence and your own intuition, so you have the birth you've been dreaming of.


For me, birthwork is an all-consuming passion and my greatest source of joy. I’ve always known that what I do should have a deeper purpose, feel sacred, and connected to a higher pursuit. I’m driven by this fire that’s alive inside of me for birth work; this is something I was born to do.


In addition to my work as a Labor & Birth Doula, I'm also an International Award Winning Birth Photographer, Postpartum Doula, and Childbirth Educator.


My values:
✓ You feel respected
✓ You feel safe
✓ You understand your options
✓ YOU make the choices about your birth (no one has authority over you)


I only take a limited number of births each month. To reserve your due date with me, fill out the contact form and include my name so we can set up a phone or Zoom interview. Talk soon!

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Education

School

2008

Bachelor of Arts, The Art Institute

Professions

Jobs

Labor & Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula

Birth Photographer

Birth Videographer

Childbirth Educator

Training

Experience

2021

International Award Winning Birth Photographer, 2019, 2020, 2021


Eliminating Stigma Against People Who Use Drugs

Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors Who Birth

Postpartum Doula

Optimal Fetal Positioning

Childbirth Educator

2020:

Supporting Trans and Gender Nonconforming Birthers

International Award Winning Birth Photographer


2019:

Labor and Birth Doula

Trauma Informed Care

Birth Rights Advocacy for BIPOC

Rights Informed Birth Advocate


2018:

Lactation Counselor

Client Love

Read what these families have to say about their experience with our lovely doulas.

"Natalie is amazing at building lasting relationships with her clients. She's been here for us from our pregnancy announcement all the way through birth and newborn. She has built such a special bond with our family during this process. We still go visit her often and she is always checking in on the progress of our family. I can't thank her enough for capturing all the moments she has for our family, but especially photographing the birth of my second son. You can't put a price on memories, but she is WELL worth the money."

"Natalie is the best that a Midwife can hope for. She is kind, non-obtrusive and really captures the raw and authentic sweet moments at birth. She is a wonderful member of a Birth Team and I highly recommend her." - Midwife

"Natalie was a wonderful person to have at my home birth. Her presence was soothing and reassuring, and the photos she got are so valuable to our family. We decided it was something we'd budget for, because I wanted to remember this beautiful phase of life forever."