About Kelly

Kelly O'Brien Pahman

As a doula Kelly recognized that when her clients were structurally aligned and more calm they tended to have easier pregnancies and childbirth experiences. When she noticed that her clients who regularly received craniosacral therapy (CST) had shorter labors with short, coordinated and effective contractions, she couldn't pass up the opportunity to provide this service to her clients and their families!

Kelly's personal experiences with trauma, a traumatic brain injury, chronic pain also contribute to her experience and skills with CST. She is able to relate to clients on a much deeper level and has personally benefited from CST.

Kelly has received CST training from the highly respected Upledgar Institute. She is the first and only doula in the Grand Rapids area to specialize in CST.

  • 1995 Witnessed my fist birth and fell in love.

  • 2001/2002 Attended a course in Ann Arbor for doula training but recognized I was young and that if it was meant to be birth would come back to me (It did!)

  • 2007 Graduated from Kuyper College with a degree in Theology, Youth Min minor in TESOL and Communications

  • 2009 Attended and soon Graduated from the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education with a diploma as a Holistic Labor Companion

  • 2010 Married!

  • 2011 Attended a midwifery assistant course with Simply Born

  • 2012 I gave birth to my son Brendan!

  • 2014 Attended Midwifery assistant course with Midwifery Matters

  • 2014 NRP certification

  • 2014 Began training with the Upledger Institute: CranioSacral Therapy 1&2, Somato Emotional Release, CST for Conception Pregnancy birth and the Newborn.

  • 2016 I attended My 100th Birth!