Birth is a collaborative affair bringing the best of the best together for the sake of healthy birth experiences. We have asked some of our colleagues to share their honest thoughts about our Birth Believers Team. Here is what they are saying.....
Dr. Lori Kimata was born and raised in Hawaii, received her bachelors in Psychology from UCLA and her medical degree from National College in 1988. As a Naturopathic Physician, Midwife, Yoga Instructor, Author, Guest Lecturer, Musician and Nature Lover, “Dr. Lori” travels extensively, calling herself a “Life Artist.” Whether working, hiking, gardening, surfing, dancing, writing, drumming, painting,cooking, or exploring life, she puts her passion, creativity and aloha into her adventures all the same.
"It is an honor to work with Dr. Mari Stewart and the Birth Believers team in Hawaii! Mari has been one of my primary apprentices since 2001, and her inspiration, compassion and willingness to keep exploring loving, nurturing and empowering options for mothers and babies is unsurpassed! I have so enjoyed working with her and look forward to our continued collaboration. Kindness, patience, and attention to detail are only a few of her many attributes. She listens carefully and responds to an individual's specific needs and wants. Mari and her team are well educated, skilled and sincerely dedicated to serving the birthing community. What they have to offer is invaluable and I encourage all birthing families to talk to them and see what they can offer you!"
Dr. Lori G. Kimata
Dr. Lindsey Kimura, D.C. has been in private practice for 31 years. He is a Kamehameha Schools graduate, attended the University of Hawaii system, majored in chemistry at Washington State University and received his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from Western States Chiropractic College in 1982. Dr. Kimura specializes in subluxation and wellness care, helping his patients achieve optimal health through chiropractic care, nutrition, proper exercise, stretching, and teaching people how to live in a toxin free environment. Dr. Kimura received specialized training with the International Academy of Chiropractic Industrial Consultants (IACIC). He developed a successful “Back School” program, which specializes in the prevention and rehabilitation of back and neck injuries. He is the president and owner of “Ergonomic Consultants of Hawaii” which specializes in helping companies achieve ergonomic success for their employees. Dr. Kimura also cares for athletes of all ages helping them achieve and maintain excellence in their field of performance. He competed in the 2014 CrossFit games, which has helped him further understand athletic injuries for high performing athletes. Dr. Kimura is passionate about treating families, especially young children and infants, in order to help them achieve optimal health. He enjoys helping his patients reach their full potential through chiropractic care, make correct choices nutritionally and strengthening their physical bodies through exercise and stretching.
Linda is an obstetrical and neonatal nurse, and a community outreach educator. She has 30 years experience in prenatal education, including program and curriculum development. She is a founder and co-director of the Academy of Certified Birth Educators and Labor Support Professionals. Linda is a certified childbirth educator, certified lactation educator, certified doula, and a doula trainer (DONA), as well as a national known speaker.
"Birth Believers is a outstanding ministry at The Ark Christian Church in Kaneohe. It is an honor to know Dr. Mari Stewart and to have had the privilege of training doulas and childbirth educators for Birth Believers. This is an amazing group of individuals dedicated to supporting women and their families during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. They are highly skilled professionals who offer an incredible service that will enhance a life changing experience, the birth of your child." Linda Herrick
Dr. Finley is a dedicated chiropractic physician for over 15 years. He is the father of 3 wonderful children and husband of a beautiful wife. He is a Graduate of Life Chiropractic University, Member of ICPA: International Chiropractic Pediatric AssociationWebster Pregnancy Technique Certified, and a Member of Hawaii State Chiropractic Association. Dr. Finley specializes in Prenatal Chiropractic, Pregnancy Chiropractic, Children Chiropractic, Keiki Chiropractic, Kid's Injury Chiropractic, Pediatric Chiropractic, Sports Injuries, Neck, Midback and Lower Back Pain. His office is family friendly, so bring your kids and get the whole family adjusted today.
"As a prenatal/pediatric chiropractor and father, it has been my privilege to know Dr. Mari both personally and professionally. She has attended the births of all 3 of my children – 2 of them being homebirths. Dr. Mari and her team show command of the birth environment through a sense of calmness and wisdom. Her intuitive skills are unmatched and no doubt the result of years of experience helping women to become mothers. Professionally, she is well known in the birthing community for everything from childbirth education, birth support, to placenta encapsulation and postpartum follow up visits. Her reputation is unmatched. My wife will not have a baby with anyone else." Dr. James Finley, Webster Certified Prenatal/Pediatric Chiropractor
Kristi Zittle is the happily married, mother of 13 children, grandmother of 3. She is a retired midwife and midwifery skills educator. She currently serves as a nutritional and health advocate working independently with Young Living Essential Oils. She is also a CARE Instructor with the Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education where she enjoys meeting varied physical and emotional needs for individuals via Raindrop Technique, Vitaflex technique and Emotional Release technique. Her passion and focus remains in working with women in all stages of life as well as their children. She also maintains a focus on aiding all who have suffered emotional traumas of any origin.
"I have had the privilege of working with the doulas and educators of Birth Believers for the past 8 years. I've been so blessed by their thorough and orderly ways in which they serve others. They have worked diligently to educate themselves and prepare through training and experience in order to wisely and compassionately serve mothers and babies in Hawaii. If I had the opportunity to experience a pregnancy in their area, there would be no other team I would choose for myself and the safety/well being of my baby than Birth Believers. They are precious, caring and exceedingly able to offer the best care available." Kristi Zittle
Tara graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A in World Religions and Biology. Upon graduation her career took her to various parts of the world where she eventually encountered acupuncture. Determined to learn more about this art, she was fortunate enough to land in Hawaii where she choose to study under Taoist Master, Dr. Chang Yi Hsiang, Ph. D. at the Tai Hsuan College of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. Focusing on Women’s Health, she sought out Sacred Healing Arts as a perfect fit, where she specializes in fertility, pregnancy, postpartum care, gynecological disharmony, and general well being. In addition to women’s health she is interested in all aspects of health and harmony and has a wide variety of experience from pain management, stress and fatigue, to addiction and recovery. As a Chinese medicine practitioner she treats each patient as a unique individual and implores the techniques of acupuncture, fire cupping, bodywork, nutritional counseling and herbs.
" I have known Mari since attending our first doula workshop together many years ago. I immediately was drawn to her positive, vibrant and abundant energy. It is clear that helping women bring babies into the world in a nurturing and conscious way is one of her callings. She has the upmost confidence in the birth process and holds a safe space for mamas and babies in transition. Birth is such a sacred event and being part of a birth is an honor. Mari upholds this honor in all that surrounds birth whether she is there for support and assistance during the birth, teaching birth classes, or encapsulating placentas. It brings me great joy to see her helping women and families have the experience they deserve. I highly recommend her services." Tara Mattes L.Ac
"Nicky Lawnsby is a British trained midwife with over 150 years of combined experience and knowledge with her grandfather being a pediatrician, her father an OBGYN, and her grandmother and mother also being midwives. Nicky uses a holistic approach to overall women’s health. She is very passionate about giving mothers an informed choice about the natural birthing process. She is a great mentor and coach for successful mothering and parenting, helping the moms navigate common challenges. Currently Nicky and her team run a clinic to support pre and post natal care with a vast majority of cases involving breast feeding support. Nicky is a one of a kind “boob guru” known for her art of Japanese breast massage, a technique that aids to increase milk supply, unclogs ducts, and treats mastitis. Nicky and her team also help to treat people with implants, mothers who have had a surrogate pregnancy and are able to breastfeed, as well as multiple babies. This includes pre-term babies to term-babies. Nicky has the experience and skills to assist with any pregnancy from normal to high-risk. She shares a number of modalities, so that moms can experience enjoyable motherhood. She has delivered over 900 combined hospital and home births in London, her grandma 5000 combined hospital and home births in japan, and her mother was also a midwife! She has nearly 30 years of experience as a holistic midwife, and is the only person on island that performs the art of Japanese breast massage to increase milk production."
"To know Dr. Mari Stewart is a true pleasure and a honor. Her passionate ministry to support pregnant women and their families through her Church reflects her professional training and service but most importantly, she shines as a dedicated individual who brings light into the lives of others. Dr. Mari, strives to enhance the life changing experience of birth and empower families in the birthing community in Hawai`i. She creates a very safe space with her caring and compassionate heart, as well as her patience, kindness, understanding. She is well-versed at acknowledging and hearing individual needs in order to help mothers walk through their own pregnancy, birth and postnatal journey and enter into parenting." Nicky Lawnsby