Detroit Mom’s Local Love Spotlight: Live Light Birth & Family

Detroit Mom’s Local Love series highlights local women and the businesses they have built. We love supporting small business! Today’s Local Love Spotlight belongs to Natasha Kinner, owner of Live Light Birth and Family!

We asked Natasha to share a few fun facts about herself with us.

  • She has driven across the country from Michigan to Belize and from Indiana to Alaska!
  • She loves astrology; her Sun is Aries, Moon is Sagittarius, and Rising is Capricorn.
  • She’s an adrenaline junkie and has gone skydiving twice. Going bungee jumping is on her bucket list!

We asked Natasha to share a little bit more about her business with us, too. Get to know her and her business, Live Light Birth and Family, below!

Photo by Madalyn Muncy

How did you come up with the idea of your business, and how did you start?

“Doulas play an essential role in ensuring that pregnant individuals feel not only supported but also empowered throughout their entire journey. We firmly believe in providing evidence-based resources, because we know that knowledge is power. When someone has accurate and reliable information at their fingertips, they can make informed decisions that are right for them and their family.

“But it’s not just about facts and figures–emotional support is a big part of what we offer. Pregnancy and the postpartum period can be filled with a wide range of emotions, and having someone who genuinely understands and empathizes with you can make all the difference. Our doulas are there to lend a listening ear, offer encouragement, and provide a comforting presence.

“And let’s not forget the physical support we provide. From guiding through relaxation techniques to assisting during labor and delivery, our doulas are right there by your side, helping you navigate each step of the way. It’s about creating an environment where you feel safe, supported, and capable.

“So, knowing that doulas are absolutely necessary and incredibly beneficial for pregnant people. It was important to ensure that everyone has the resources, emotional backing, and physical assistance they need to make this journey as smooth, empowered, and memorable as possible.”

“I didn’t actually start the business from scratch. The chance to buy Live Light Birth and Family came up after I had been working with them for about two years. When I saw that opportunity, it just felt like the right move for me. I was really excited about the idea of carrying on the amazing service we’ve been providing to the metro Detroit community and being there for new parents in every way possible. It just felt like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I didn’t want to let it slip through my fingers. So, here I am, diving into this adventure and giving it my all!”

Knowing what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently when you were first starting out?

“Looking back, if I had the chance, I’d definitely tell myself to dive right in with both feet much sooner! Sometimes, the best way to learn and grow is to jump into the deep end of things and embrace every challenge and opportunity that comes your way.”

What is the best business advice you’ve ever been given?

“No matter what you’re trying to do make sure you’re having fun while doing it. Time is going to pass regardless and you don’t want to look back and see that you worried it all away.”

Photo by Madalyn Muncy

Have you faced adversity in business due to being a woman? How did you navigate that?

“Absolutely, especially when it comes to striking that work-life balance and mom guilt. The switch from private doula to being in charge of my own agency while also taking care of my three-year-old daughter and family has been quite a ride. It felt like I had to do it all and [I] felt guilty for not being able to.

“So, I’ve been working on setting clear boundaries with clients, even though it’s not always easy when this work can be so emotional and clients are in such a vulnerable place. Finding that sweet spot between work and personal life has been a bit of a learning curve.

“Juggling time for friends outside of work has been quite the challenge, but I’m grateful that the women at LLB&F are a group of moms who share a common goal of supporting fellow parents–and that begins with supporting one another. I’m all about finding ways to smoothly mesh our work stuff with the everyday demands of being a mom.

“Through all of this, I’ve learned that taking care of myself is absolutely vital. Seeking advice from mentors and leaning on my network has been a game-changer. It’s an ongoing journey, no doubt, but I’m committed to finding that sweet spot between my business and personal life and making sure I’m taking care of myself along the way.”

How do you persevere in challenging times?

“I dig deep and remind myself of what I’m working towards. I stay focused on my goals and look for the bright spots. Having my support system–family and friends–really helps too.”

What impact do you want your business to have?

“It’s all about changing lives, one family at a time. When birthing folks feel strong and partners are confident, it sets the stage for awesome parenting. We’re here to help parents thrive without the burden of birth-related trauma. My goal is to uplift, boost confidence, provide reassurance, and hold a supportive space for families during the postpartum period as well.”

Photo by Madalyn Muncy

What are the pros and cons of being a woman business owner in 2023?

“I consider myself fortunate to work in a field dedicated to birthing individuals, people with uteruses, and women. Making a positive impact on parents’ lives and empowering them to make confident decisions, advocate for themselves, and establish boundaries is truly rewarding. It’s both a privilege and a responsibility to support the LGBTQIA+ community and advocate for reproductive rights, especially in a time when we’re surrounded by so much divisiveness. By embracing inclusivity and remaining conscious of my biases, I’m grateful for the opportunity to drive positive change within our community.”

What knowledge would you share with someone who wants to become an entrepreneur?

“It’s not your responsibility to convince others of your success. Channel your energy into consistently delivering excellent results, and showing your skills.”

What do you do for personal and professional development?

“I’m part of the Coterie Detroit Entrepreneurial Group, and it’s been a game-changer. It’s connected me with a bunch of local business owners, giving me this sense of community that’s pretty awesome. They bring in some incredible speakers each month, covering everything from having a growth mindset to looking after your mental health and avoiding burnout.

“I’m a total podcast junkie! Especially when it comes to birth stuff–I’m a birth nerd through and through. I dive into everything from medical interventions to leveling up as a doula. There’s this one podcast that’s all about running a doula agency, which I absolutely adore. It’s like my little hub of knowledge and inspiration.”

Photo by Madalyn Muncy

What mantra or quote do you live by?

“The answer will always be no if you don’t ask.”

What’s your favorite place in Detroit or Michigan?

“I’m a big fan of camping and soaking up nature; if I could I’d go camping every weekend. Bois Blanc Island is this incredible spot. My family and I spent time there last summer and it instantly stole my heart. It’s full of untouched nature. You can slow and just relax.”

Where can our readers find you on social media?

You can follow Live Light Birth and Family on Facebook, Instagram, and on their website!

We hope you loved getting to know more about Natasha + Live Light Birth and Family. Be sure to check out our previous Local Love Spotlight featuring Kimberly + Smarty Pants Co.!


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