Kirsten grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and attended the University of Illinois for both undergraduate and graduate school. She strengthened her logic and problem-solving skills while completing her Master’s Degree with a focus on developmental biology and then began working in a virology lab at Rosalind Franklin University.
She married her husband in 2008 and, after the birth of their first child in 2011, she continued working part time. She eventually left the lab in 2014 after the birth of their second child in 2014, and began serving family as a doula in 2016.
Her own postpartum recovery was challenging and, while considering potential new careers, she thought about ways to assist other new parents as they navigate the complicated postpartum phase and beyond. She knows how even the simplest of tasks can feel impossible with a newborn. Now, in between supporting families, Kirsten enjoys visiting the library, going to the movies, finding new playgrounds with her two boys, and spending time with her husband of 10 years.
Kirsten is available for birth and postpartum care, either in-hospital or in-home, in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago.
Kirsten also owns Northwest Suburban Doula, and runs a weekly support group on Mondays at the Ela Area Public Library.