Kira Hendricksen is a birth and post-partum doula who has been serving the greater Seattle area since 2015. Kira completed her Doulas of North America (DONA) training at Bastyr University's center for allied birth vocations and is currently working on her DONA certification. Kira’s passion for pregnancy and childbirth has been with her since she was young, stating “Ever since I was little I have always been fascinated by the beauty and miracle of pregnancy.”
This continued through Kira’s life as she earned her degree in Global Development from SPU, focusing on maternal health care and reproductive education in developing countries. After working in the non-profit fundraising field, Kira says she "felt the call to work more one on one with women and new families here in my Seattle community.” It was at this point in Kira’s life she became a doula. “I couldn't have made a better career choice; I get to use my passion to work in my dream job.”
Kira’s philosophy on labor and birth is all about supporting whatever choices and decisions the laboring person desires. "I am supportive of the kind of birth the birthing person holds as important. I am there to help navigate decisions, help my clients advocate for the experience they desire, and to fully support the wishes of the family welcoming their new member.” Kira supports women planning hospital, center or home births. “…ultimately, it is the mother's experience, and I want them to feel empowered and supported through this beautiful journey.”
When Kira isn’t attending births, she likes to spend her time outdoors, reading good books, or playing music on her ukulele. After living in Italy for a year in her teenage years, Kira says, “By far the best place to get Italian food outside of Italy is Bizzarro's Italian Cafe, in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. I would consider myself a foodie for sure!”
We here at Expecting Joy are proud to have such an empathetic, caring, and nurturing person on our team. The connection she develops with her clients clearly aids in her ability to support them in having the best possible labor and birth.