Skilled Labor Support
I have been a practicing doula since 2011, offering support at home births, hospitals, and birth centers. I have been honored to assist many families in embarking on this exciting (and sometimes downright scary) adventure! I love helping families lessen the anxiety that surrounds birth by giving them helpful tools to reduce fear and instill confidence in their individual journeys. My goal is to support you in whatever way you decide to birth.
Having a doula at your birth has been proven to:
decrease the risk of cesarean birth by 39%
increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth by 15%
decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief by 10%
Shorten labors by 41 minutes on average
decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score by 38%
decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience by 31%
In addition, I bring gentleness, empathy, and acceptance, to support mothers and families bringing a new life into the world. My role is to help facilitate safe, positive and empowering birthing experiences by offering information, and emotional and physical support needed during this time.
I have experience serving over 100 families with culturally diverse backgrounds, women on each end of the age spectrum, women with babies diagnosed with adverse outcomes, women with deployed partners, VBAC's, home births, scheduled cesareans, natural births, high-risk labors, premature deliveries, mothers who choose pain relief, IVF, surrogate births, water births, single mothers, mothers that struggle with anxiety, and more...
2 prenatal visits
Birth plan help
Direct text /e-mail / phone support from time of hire
Monthly educational e-mails
On-call support from 38-42 weeks
Birth support at home or hospital once in active labor
Partner education and support
Postpartum meals schedule creation with link for sign-ups
Initial breastfeeding help
Complimentary postpartum meal (oh yes, I do!)
Follow-up communication that extends into weeks postpartum
Referrals to resources
"Christiana has been nothing short of amazing. Her wealth of knowledge and experience was reassuring and made my husband and I’s birthing experience a positive one and an outcome that we wanted. She definitely is worth every penny and more. We will definitely use her again should we have another child."
"Christi showed patience, strength, and offered encouragement at the most necessary times throughout labor and delivery. Now, we have an incredible memory of our birth and we couldn’t have asked for anything more."
"She makes your hopes, desires and needs as a mother a priority and gets to know you and your family before the birth process. During labor and delivery she is right by your side ... and having all trust in her guidance - you are able to relax and feel confident that everything is happening perfectly and the way it should be."
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers--strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”