Hello! My name is Kara Western, I’m a 29 year old stay-at-home mom residing in Grenoble, France. Originally from a small town in Ontario, Canada, I decided to move abroad after finishing my university studies in French Language & Literature in 2015. I currently share my artwork on Instagram and offer birth services to women and families seeking support.
100% an introvert, I love spending time at home so that I can putter around and use my hands. I always have a creative project going on, whether it’s sewing a new cloth diaper, jotting down notes in my bullet journal, up-cycling old clothes, needle felting little ornaments… and of course, creating illustrations on my everyday life as a stay-at-home mom!
I enjoy living simply in our small home where I make most things from scratch. I’m most often in the kitchen making sauerkraut, homemade granola or testing out new vegan recipes. Food is a huge passion of mine and I integrate it with purpose into my daily life.
When I’m not at home, I like to pack a picnic and head out into nature with my family. We love to get in the car and lug around our camping gear so that we can setup camp wherever the road takes us!
my journey to birth work
I was 23 when I gave birth at home to my first child. The transition from maiden to mother shook me to my core. Drawn to this sacred rite of passage, I spent countless hours reading anything to do with pregnancy and birth. It was then that I discovered doulas and their service to women.
But, something about this title didn’t sit right with me. I felt lost in a sea of cookie-cutter doulas that perpetuated the paradigm of doctor-led birth. Is this all that we had to offer to women, another male-dominated perspective?
It wasn’t until my second pregnancy that I truly understood what it meant to have a woman-lead birth. Labeled “high-risk”, I was told I would have to birth in a hospital setting that terrified me.
Unable to accept a decision that was made for me, I threw myself into midwifery knowledge and dedicated myself to autonomous birth. Free from labels, tests and restrictions that tried to put me in a box, I decided to birth my baby at home into my own hands. Fully informed and empowered with CHOICE.
My daughter’s arrival transformed me and birthed the new woman I am today. It is thanks to the lessons I learnt during that wild pregnancy and free birth that I have now found the power to speak up for my own convictions and support other women as they do the same.
consider the birth of your child…
do you think babies bring with them important lessons?
My beautiful first baby who made me a mom. Born at home with the help of a midwife, he taught me resilience and strength in living outside the mould.
My strong-willed girl who taught me courage and strength. Together we achieved a blissful freebirth that lead me to a greater understanding of my own autonomy.
My sweet child born into this world on a full moon. Still healing from his impressive freebirth, I contemplate the lessons that this baby has brought to me.