Kimberly Daniels, Doula & Owner Lunamama Doula Services
YAY!! I am back with my local love business feature series! Being a photographer of beautiful humans has allowed me to work with some really amazing local businesses. This is my way of showcasing the awesome people who I’ve had in front of my lens and share a bit about what drives them do do what they do.
This week is all about Kimberly Daniels, Doula & Owner Lunamama Doula Services. Business aside, I am honoured to call Kim a dear friend of mine and so grateful we met when I first moved to Squamish 3 years ago. It all started with a mini session fundraiser for the local La Leche League chapter she started in Squamish to help support local families with new babies. And if you have had kids, you know how challenging the transition to parenthood can be!
I have also been lucky to have seen Kimberly in action last year when I worked along side her photographing a home-birth. It was so neat to see her in action, her supporting and loving nature and her extensive knowledge of pregnancy and birth makes her a priceless addition to any birth team.
I could go on and on about how much I love and admire Kim… instead I asked her to answer a few questions about herself, life and business. Read her answers below <3
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have two super sweet kids, and a crazy supportive husband who all deal with my bizarre “always on-call” schedule better than I could have ever dreamt! We’ve lived in Squamish for seven years and couldn’t imagine raising our family anywhere else. Our extended family are all out of province so our Squamish tribe of friends has become our extra-extended family and make living here such a rich experience.
Tell us a bit about your business.
Every inch of my business has to do with supporting families in the childbearing years. From pregnancy to labor, birth, early postpartum and beyond, all of the services I offer are meant to be tailored to each individual families needs. Supporting families in my role as a Doula at births is definitely what fuels my love for this work, being part of welcoming a brand new baby into a family is something that is always breathtaking. I’m also really loving teaching my prenatal classes! The classes cover all the basics of labor, birth & breastfeeding but I’m also able to go deeper with pain coping practices and mentor families on how they can rely on each other for support. Life with a newborn can be a wild ride so we discuss how to make it a gentler transition for everyone in the family. Breastfeeding support is also a large aspect of what I offer to the community. I created our local La Leche League group three years ago and while being the corridor’s only LLL Leader is a lot of work, I can truly say that it continues to be a very fulfilling role.
What’s the most exciting thing you are working on right now?
Raising funds to get a second hospital-grade breastpump and trolley for Squamish General Hospital! Getting breastfeeding off to a good start can be very helpful in avoiding difficulties, in some cases that means using a breastpump to stimulate the breasts (or “put in the order” for when the milk comes in) and build a good supply of milk for the baby. At this time we have one breast pump at SGH. If one family is using the pump and another also needs it, the time it takes to properly clean and set it up for another family can feel like hours. Waiting for the pump with a screaming baby or breasts that are engorged can add stress for the parent. Since we know that stress hormones inhibit milk production and bonding, having a second pump on hand would be an ideal way to avoid this extra stress in the early hours and days and get breastfeeding off to a good start.
What do like most about having your own business?
I like being able to pursue many goals all within the same realm, of course that realm is childbirth and parenting. I really enjoy being able to be with my family as much as I am, although the hours can be tough, the flexibility that comes with them makes it worth it.
I know that work-life balance is a myth, but tell us what you do to keep things fair between your business and your family.
The work-life balance is definitely a myth! Because my hours are dictated by births, everything is planned with the caveat that I may have to leave at any moment. When we plan family vacations I always consider that babies can arrive early or late and give myself weeks on either side of the vacation “just in case” the babies decide on a completely different birth date. Usually those windows of time are happily filled adventuring close to home with my family.
Do you have family photographs on display in your home? If yes, what value do they hold?
We love the family photos on our walls. They hold a lot of precious memories, a lot of love. I swear I can hear the kids giggling if I look at the photos long enough!
What advice do you have for mothers or anyone out there who might be thinking of starting their own business?
Besides the practical advice of setting up a business, I’d say always follow your heart! Trust your instincts and work from a place of integrity. Folks can feel when something is contrived, so being genuine and authentic and loving the work you do will take you as far as you want to go!
Outside of business and family life what would you say is your most meaningful pursuit?
Spending time reconnecting with nature and babies, both have so much to teach us if we just slow down and listen.
What do you daydream about?
Being a midwife.
It changes with the seasons, right now it’s deep burnt orange.
Thanks so much Kimberly for taking the time to share with us. If you’re looking for Kim online you can find her at lunamama.ca