Britt Alexis (she/her) is a birth and newborn photographer, birth support professional (doula), and IBCLC (international board certified lactation consultant) located in Minneapolis, MN.
I’ve had a passion for photography ever since I was a little girl with a disposable camera. I started immersing myself in the birth space shortly after the birth of my first child. It was truly a life changing experience. I’ve held many titles surrounding birth such as, NICU and postpartum nurse, birth assistant at a local birth center, birth photographer, birth doula, and IBCLC. I love teaching small lactation/infant feeding classes virtually and in-person on an as needed basis. I’ve also volunteered photography sessions for NICU families and families experiencing the loss of a child.
My purpose as a photographer is simple. I want you and the people in your life to feel valued and loved. As a doula my goal is to support you and your family in ways that are meaningful to you. I’m a good listener and am perceptive to birthing family’s needs. As a lactation consultant, my goal is to meet you and your baby where you’re at and support your unique goals. I love providing in-home lactation/feeding support- it’s where you feel comfortable and where your physical and emotional supports are. I strive to help you feel confident feeding and caring for your baby.
When I’m not behind the camera/in the birth space, I’m most likely cuddling with my husband, two sons, and fur baby in our cute little South Minneapolis tudor home. My biggest love language is quality time. I thrive in community with others, especially others navigating parenthood. My physical happy place is anywhere near Lake Superior. My activity of choice is a good hike and deep conversation with people that are close to me.
I’m fully committed to a lifetime of learning and growth to ensure that my support is LGBTQIA+ affirming, trauma informed and rooted in anti-racism.
Credit: Gather Birth Cooperative
The birth of my two children were life changing experiences. Birth is transformative in unexpected ways, and oftentimes, you don’t realize until they unfold in your heart and in front of your eyes. My first pregnancy and birth unlocked a passion I didn’t realize I had within me for this birth and parenthood season of life. As a first time parent, I remember feeling overwhelmed by the seemingly endless decisions to make about how to support this growing little human that I love so fully. Nothing really prepares you for the transformation it takes to continuously grow as a parent but I love every beautiful, challenging, and heartbreaking moment. It is the most important work I will ever do.
With the birth of my first, I didn’t have a photographer document his birth. At the time I remember feeling relatively bombarded with decisions and people that wanted to be part of this intimate time. It felt safest to me, to keep things (and people present) as minimal as possible. My doula and friend took some photos on my phone (which I’m forever grateful to have) but it only encapsulates a small fraction of the story. For my second birth, I wanted a completely different experience- I changed my birth location/care team and prioritized a birth photographer that also was willing to support me in a doula capacity if needed. It was hands down one of the best days of my life. Especially with the help of my birth photographs, I can relive not only what my birth looked like but how I felt from frame to frame. It’s an invaluable gift that I will hold close forever.
Birth photography helps you connect all your senses from your birthing experience. So much of my labor was spent with my eyes closed- it’s what many birthing people instinctively do to focus their energy inward and cope with the intensity and sensations of birth. It helps me to remember and cherish one of my best days, all the more clearly.
Credit: Gather Birth Cooperative