For almost two decades Kathryn has worked as a journalist writing numerous in-depth feature articles for magazines and newspapers on a variety of subjects that include “The Making of This Is Nollywood,” and “Cesarean Nation.”
Kathryn’s interest in childbirth began with the birth of her first son after she labored in a sterile room alone, except for the nurse who appeared once in a while to yell, RELAX and remind her that she’ll be there until 2 or 3 in the morning when it was only 10 p.m. This wasn’t the vision she had for the birth of her first baby, the most important day of her life. The delivery room didn’t get any better. A needle was shoved into her spine; two doctors talked about their golf game and didn’t acknowledge her existence—not even once. Yanked her baby out with forceps, whisked him away, and mother and baby didn’t meet again for 10 hours.
That night, Kathryn made a resolution to never again allow such dehumanizing treatment to anyone, if she could help it. Her husband and Kathryn attended childbirth education classes in preparation for her next birth. She learned how to relax and to prepare her mind and body for the birth, just as an athlete would for their event. Before the classes were over, Kathryn committed to become a certified childbirth educator and help other women have a joyful satisfying birth, too. This time her baby was handed to her right after birth. Not long after Kathryn became a certified childbirth educator. Now, years later she continues to share the message through her articles and filmmaking that women are designed to give birth and natural childbirth is joyful and satisfying.