My name is Kim Jezabel Zinngrebe (‘Jeza’) and I’m a writer and modern history lecturer. I currently reside in a small village near Frankfurt with my partner, our two small children, a dog, and a tortoise. As a birth doula I work with womxn through pregnancy, birth, postpartum, but also miscarriage, still births, and abortion.
My path to working as a birth doula has been a very personal and intimate one. Intersectional feminism and unlearning racism play a big role in my personal and professional life. Today, I very much cherish being able to integrate my skills as a birth doula and feminist researcher to help people navigate their individual journeys into parenthood through the labyrinth of pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum with confidence and autonomy. I have spent twelve years living and studying in the UK where I completed a PhD in Gender Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London in 2017. The topics of intimate and body politics, women’s health, sexuality, and reproductive justice have always preoccupied me, which is why alongside my academic endeavours I also interned at a labour ward and a self-employed midwife in order to learn more about practical birth work.
I gave birth to my children (born 2016 and 2017) via Caesarean delivery and ‘VBAC’ (vaginal birth after caesarean) and therefore experienced two very different types of birth. After I had the honour of accompanying the pregnancies and births of friends, I decided in 2019 to train and certify as a birth doula with the German organisation Doulas-in-Deutschland. In the same year I trained to become a certified HypnoBirthing teacher, even though I adjust the birth meditation and self-hypnosis techniques that I teach to the individual needs and preferences of my clients.
In 2020, I joined Wild Women Frankfurt – an initiative dedicated to empowering womxn and parents-to-be as well as connecting birth workers in and near Frankfurt – as a leading team member. Together with my colleagues Seli Jacome (birth and postpartum doula) and Annemarie Lea Fuckel (birth doula and photographer), I aim to provide womxn with better access to in-depth, evidence-based information as well as emotional support.
As a birth doula, I see my main purpose in the art of ‘holding space’ for the birthing person: supporting them without judgement, accepting, respecting and protecting their choices, and practicing compassion. I believe that every pregnant person has the right to informed choices and a self-determined birth experience. Every client and their individual pregnancy outcomes and birthing needs are a unique and moving journey for me, and I feel very honoured to be able to accompany and support them.
PhD in Gender Studies,
Doula Training and Certification
HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method Training and Certification,
HypnoBirthing Gesellschaft Europa (HBGE), 2019
Supporting families during miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion and infant death Hope’s Angel, 2020
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