My name is Kristin Bryan. I am first, and above all else, mommy. I have 5 amazing children that my world revolves around and that is exactly how I have wanted it to be. One of the key memories people have of me from my childhood is that I always wanted to be a mother. They are truly a dream come true for me.
Along with my 5 living children, I am also a bereaved mother of 9 losses. Five of those losses were blighted ovum, 3 were first trimester losses and my last loss was my beloved Hope Abigail, stillborn. I have known from the beginning, long before I ever wanted to, that God was bringing me to a place where I would be walking with other families, companioning them along their own journey. I just did not know how or when.
I have been the photographer of By Him, For Him Photography since 2009. God began preparing me for a new direction sometime in 2015 when I began feeling like I needed to re-brand my business. I did not know why or how but I knew it was coming. After the stillbirth of my daughter in 2016, God began taking me on a new path. I began my college education again. Along with that, early in 2017, I was led to an organization called Stillbirthday. As I made my way through the final stages of my certification, I finally understood why God was leading me to rebrand my business. June 19th, 2017 I completed my training and certification process to be a Stillbirthday Birth and Bereavement Doula. With this addition, I have re-branded to Walking In Hope to include the birth and bereavement additions, along with other family-centered services. I love photography and hope to incorporate that throughout the various avenues that I work with families.
Natural health care is very important to me and my family. I am a self-taught herbalist and have used my years of study to help my family stay healthy. Illnesses are rare for my family, but even those rare times of sickness are easy to care for with the right ingredients. It is my desire to share with you and your family the same benefits!
Currently, I am pursuing my Bachelor's degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I am also working on two certifications with Childbirth International: Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding Counselor.