Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyndall Cooper.
Hi Kyndall, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
As a child, you are always asked, “What do you want to been when you grow up?” My answer was always teacher. I heard somewhere that your purpose in life is connected to what you wanted to be as a child. I’ve always had a special connection and gift as my family & friends would say when it comes to children. It started off as babysitting and asking to volunteer in the church nursery. I remember some of my friends being in the nursery to avoid church but I was genuinely in there to help care for the babies lol. As I got older, I still babysat then my first job was childcare teacher and I studied Early Childhood Education in college. I was working with children ages 0-3 for 10 years in different capacities then I realized that I wanted to make a deeper impact. I started giving my friends advice about their children, & gaining an interest in pregnancy and birth. It wasn’t until after working with a family friend as a nanny of their newborn twins that I was told about doulas. The mom mentioned to me that I was her doula throughout her pregnancy and after without either of us knowing the term. After looking more into what doulas are and what they do, I realized that being a doula is what I had been searching for all along. I made such an impact on the family I worked that they paid for me to become certified. After receiving my certification, I started my business and decided I wanted to start fresh and expand in Florida so I did my research and moved to Tampa at the end of 2020.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There have been a ton of obstacles as an entrepreneur. Honestly, the main one I deal with social media is not really my thing. I connect best in person and because we have been in a pandemic there haven’t been as many opportunities to go to events that would allow that. My first year in business the hospitals were not allowing a second person in hospital rooms and I was unfamiliar with birth centers and homebirths. In my second year, I have been able to assist in supporting homebirths, birth centers as well as hospital births so that has been a major blessing but not as consistent as I would like at times. There is also a chance that some hospitals will switch back to one support person in the room so mamas would have to choose between dad and their doula which is not fair to anyone.
As you know, we’re big fans of The Kynship Collective. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
The Kynship Collective was created to empower soon-to-be parents with faith-based support & evidence-based education so they can become confident in their journey to parenthood. In addition to offering birth support, I am a birth photographer as well. I studied photography and journalism in high school & college so my love for photography became another chance for me to serve in the birth community and capture moments with a doula’s eye. One of the extras of my birth photography package is the keepsake album that I create for the family to have forever versus the digital album with 100s of photos that you forget about or that get lost in the shuffle. I specialize in sharing holistic health tips and information to mamas who would prefer health tips that benefit both her and her baby or babies. As a yoga enthusiast, I share prenatal yoga flows and offer sessions to emphasize the importance of stretching and staying active during pregnancy. A commonality that I carried from being a teacher to a birth worker is the customized care and love that I give to each client to meet their needs and remove their fears for what is to come.
What does success mean to you?
Success to me is peace of mind knowing that I am working every day to fulfill my purpose and share God’s love through serving others in all that I do.
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