My interest in birth began when I was a young girl watching a VHS of my mother birthing me. I only saw that video one time, but it showed me for the first time how powerful women’s bodies are. It showed me exactly how I came to be, and how my dad (and 18 other people!) were there to support my mother through this incredible thing called childbirth. It was the spark that lit the flame.
I began studying birth in 2011 as a Women’s Studies student at UMD. I watched the film The Business of Being Born and I was blown away by how much I didn’t know about birth. I focused my last two years in college around the big and beautiful world of birth. In 2013 I was honored to attend my first birth. The experience stopped me in my tracks. Time did not exist. No one else in the world existed. The feeling of supporting a person (in this case a good friend) through labor and birth is indescribable, but I found that I could reach into the calmest, sweetest place inside myself to offer everything I had to this person.
Since then I have continued my education and am now a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, a Prenatal Yoga Instructor, and in the process of becoming certified as a Birth Doula & Postpartum Doula. I am also proud to be the president of the Lake Superior Birth Collective- a group of birth workers in the Northland dedicated to providing services, events, resources, and classes to everyone.
Beside birth work, I also make and sell fermented ketchup and handmade leather goods. I love going on bike rides, square dancing, gardening, cross-country skiing, playing old-time music, learning about healing plants, practicing yoga, and cooking delicious meals!
Cooper Orth, Owner-Lunula Duluth