Hi, I’m Kim,
and I’m the voice behind Womb & Soul. I’m a trained journalist, full spectrum doula with training from toLabor, former apprentice of Silver Spring Doula, certified Steamy Chick vaginal steam practitioner, Level 1 Reiki certified, postpartum chef and returned Peace Corps volunteer (Sierra Leone ‘11-’13). During the day I work in public affairs for a gov’t science research agency and live in NE Washington DC with my husband Cory. We occasionally make music together in our band Kitchen Noise.
I serve people in-person living in the Washington D.C. area and virtually through 1:1 sessions.
Womb & Soul is both a service and community that inspires people to live more embodied, conscience lives while asking questions and pursuing truth. This space arouses people to step into their power, drop into their wild and tap into the rhythms of the natural world. This space believes that pregnancy, birth and postpartum is a profound and spiritual rite of passage and those that pass through it should be highly respected, deeply honored and wholly supported by our culture.
I imagine a world in which there is comprehensive sexual education for all young people in which their incredible physiological processes are thoroughly reviewed, including learning how menstrual cycles work, the many and varied ways to prevent pregnancy, and where the complete spectrum of our options and choices for reproductive vitality, pregnancy termination, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum are outlined without judgement and with a full understanding of the power dynamics at play.
In this world shame, religious dogma, sexism, patriarchy, racism, prejudice, capitalism, and fear-mongering has less of a hold on us. In this world recognition and exploration of systematic oppression is not left out of education and conversation. In this world we value human connection and community, and there is not a broken maternal lineage of wisdom and truth around birth and mothering. In this world, we nurture a matriarchy.
This space honors any decision you make regarding your reproductive health and childbirth, from abortion to free birth. All are welcome. This space is anti-racist, pro-choice, and pro-birth sovereignty, While this space mostly centers womb holders, pregnant, birthing and postpartum women or self-identifying people, it is important to note that I believe having a womb is in no way a prerequisite to being more divinely connected to the universe than non-womb holders or being more authentically feminine.
If you have the means, please consider supporting Mamatoto Village, a local non-profit organization devoted to creating career pathways for Women of Color in the field of public health and human services; and providing accessible perinatal support services designed to empower women with the necessary tools to make the most informed decisions in their maternity care, their parenting, and their lives.
Also, please consider supporting these two rad apparel companies, Rise up Midwife and Tiny and Brave, whose profits go toward supporting BIPOC midwifery students through their education. Currently only 2% of midwives in America are WOC and there is great need for more midwives-of-color to improve the reality that WOC are 243% more likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth-related causes than white women in the United States. The educational institutions and preceptorship contracts, despite offering some tuition scholarships for marginalized students, unfortunately hold students financially hostage and make it very difficult for people without immense privilege and generational wealth to make it through to the other side.