We had the good fortune of connecting with Kiesha Baker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kiesha, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I often say to new and aspiring birth workers that you just have to be kind, work hard, and be a little bit normal. Often in a female led industry you can face a cut throat competition that invites jealousy and back stabbing. Unfortunately birth work is no different, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I feel caring for people first and being kind to others around you will build the network you need to support a business that needs little paid advertisement. Showing up, being kind, and working hard will take you the farthest.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I got started in birth work as a doula 8 years ago, back when it was pretty uncommon to know what a doula was. Luckily I found amazing partners and we started Dallas Birth. Over the years we have evolved and are 3 midwives, 3 doulas, and 2 childbirth educators. We really wanted to provide an upscale concierge services that made people allowing people to have direct access to us. This has translated into all the services we offer, and we feel that each of our clients are unique therefore we keep our client load low to provide individualized care. Providing this kind of care is what has built our business by word of mouth. The best part of our group is that is organically came together and for this we have been able to get through any challenge. My favorite part about our practice is our diversity, yet the fact that we come together around supporting families.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in North Oak Cliff and one of my favorite parts about our city is the nearby Bishop Arts district. I would have to visit each of our amazing local coffee shops including getting the blueberry scone at Davis Street Espresso and a seasonal latte from La Reunion. Next you have to take a drive to the nearby farmers market for some local shopping and lunch at one of their pop up restaurants. If the weather is nice we might go to Klyde Warren Park for a food truck picnic, or take a shopping spree indoors at Northpark Mall. The Dallas museum of art is always a fun option downtown and lunch at Yardbird. Dinner options are endless but I would probably head back to Bishop Arts for dinner at Paradiso, shopping small at the walkable boutiques and ending with a slice of Lord of the Pies from Emporium pies.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Being a birth workers requires a very different lifestyle of being on call. You must have the ability to drop everything at a moments notice to attend to others needs, for often an unknown amount of time. I could not have pursued this career without the support of my husband and family. I feel so overwhelmed when I think about how much support and grace they give me when plans have to change at the drop of a hat and how flexible they have become. Second, I could not do this work without incredible partners. We support each other 100%, when we could be competitive. We celebrate each others successes and recognitions as well as pick each other up during hard times.
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