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Christina Bussler, CD(DONA), CBE, CLEC

Mommy Gaia

Website: https://mommygaia.com/

Phone: (612) 470-3721

Birth Fee: $800 to $950

Fee Details: I have two packages, one includes extra lactation support. See more at: https://mommygaia.com/services/

Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 36 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, December 2015
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 3

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I love home births! I will not attend an unassisted home birth though, you must hire a midwife.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Birth Arts International

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Educator Counselor (University of California San Diego)
  • Breastfeeding Advocate and Mom

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Spinning Babies

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Member and Board Member of the Childbirth Collective

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Savage, MN
Travel Range: 25 Miles

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Client Testimonials for Christina Bussler, CD(DONA), CBE, CLEC

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Nicole Wangler

Christina was wonderful. She has a very calm and sure presence that really helped me feel confident in myself. She seems to have a great intuition as to exactly what needed to be done to help me during labor - applying pressure in the right spot, getting me moving, making sure I stayed hydrated throughout my labor, and helping to guide my partner as to how best to support me. I was able to achieve my goal of a successful VBAC in the birth tub and am confident that it was in no small part due to Christina's presence and support. 

Posted 1/8/2019

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Brittany Buboltz

This testimonial is long overdue! We hired Christina for our doula after alot of debate over hiring a doula at all. She was the second one we interviewed and were leaning heavily against hiring one until we met her. Then it was a done deal. Christina is extremely knowledgeable about everything pregnancy related and her passion for what she does is so beautiful.

This was our first pregnancy and we are so thankful for the education she provided us. You do not learn much at prenatal OB appointments! After just our interview with her we had learned SO much and we hadn't even hired her yet. Fast forward 2 months postpartum and I had complications, needed surgery, and she still was providing us with support and information we needed to know about surgery meds and breastfeeding.

The main reason we were interested in a doula to begin with was because I wanted an all natural, drug free delivery and was nervous delivering in a hospital. Although my husband was great during labor I don't know if I would have succeeded with my drug free birth without her extra hands, great ideas, and continuous support and encouragement. She made me feel safe in an environment that was new to me and a situation I felt vulnerable in. Her presence alone gave me so much strength. For her I am so grateful. My delivery was quick, without complications, and completely drug free.

Lastly she gave us a gift we will treasure forever. She photographed our delivery and captured the most amazing moments of our lives. Her shots were brilliant and I cry every time I look back at them. I wasn't expecting such amazing pictures at all. I wish they weren't so intimate so I could share them with the world. She claims she's not a professional photographer but her pictures say otherwise!

Christina is so good at what she does. If you're even considering a doula hire Christina. You won't regret it.

Thanks Christina for being a part of the best experience of our lives!

Posted 2/9/2018

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Chelsie Todd

Of all the decisions we made in preparation for the birth of our daughter, hiring Christina was the best one.  Thanks to her support and knowledge, our labor went as smoothly as one can hope for, and I can look back on our little one's birthday without any remorse or regret.  Additionally her prenatal and postpartum support helped us to adjust to our new roles as parents.  She was able to provide evidence-based recommendations for breastfeeding and pumping, teach us about newborn care and development, and check in on our mental well-being in the critical weeks after birth.  Additionally, our baby was born on a holiday, and she was still there to support us through the whole process.  

Even two and a half months later, as the finer details of labor/delivery and the first two weeks postpartum slip away, I feel just as grateful for her support as ever.  If you're considering hiring a doula for your little one's arrival, you should definitely consider Christina!

Posted 2/8/2018

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Stacy Chalupsky

Christina in one word is amazing!  She is extremely knowledgable and you can tell she really loves what she does.  She met with us three times before our baby came and in those three visits we discussed everything about what to expect before, during and after labor.  We also discussed options for pain managment and she helped us develop a birth plan.  She was so supportive of any choices we made and answered every question we had, and we had a lot!  These pre-delivery sessions alone were well worth hiring her!  

When it came time for our baby to arrive, Christina's presence was soothing!  My labor progressed faster then the doctors expected so having that extra someone to stay with my husband and I was crutial.  She and my husband worked together to use massage, breathing techniques, and pressure points to manage my pain.  They then advocated for me when I was ready to use medication for the pain.  At one point during delivery, my husband was feeling in the way, but Christina was there to let him know that his place was right by my side and reassured him that if the nurses needed him to move they would ask.  Her calming nature and support not only to me but to my husband was greatly appreciated!  On top of all the incredible support, Christina also was able to take some amazing picture of our family in the seconds after my son was born! These pictures are priceless and we are so grateful to have them!

Christina also set up two postpartum visits to make sure we were all adjusting well.  Her tea for baths and cool pads were much needed for my healing and smell amazing!

There aren't enough words to express how lucky my husband and I were to find Christina! The experience we had with her before, during and after the birth of our son was beyond anything we could have hoped for.  She is such a gentle, sweet soul and was truly meant to be a doula!  Thank you Christina!

Posted 5/24/2017

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Brittany Schwartzwald

We are so grateful to have Christina as our doula! Her calming presence and birthing techniques during labor made it a positive experience for both of us. She is extremely knowledgeable and spent several hours with us before labor, educating us on a wide range of topics (birth plan, labor techniques, breastfeeding, postpartum, etc.) We had our baby 3.5 weeks early, so many parts of our original birth plan could not happen, like a water birth. Christina was beyond supportive and helped us adjust our plan. We can honestly say we would not have achieved a natural childbirth without her help and will be forever grateful! The pictures she took during labor were amazing and we will cherish them forever. She even stopped by the night we got home from the hospital and delivered a postpartum bath soak that has been essential for healing. Having her by our side during labor has made her feel like part of our family. We highly recommend her!  

Posted 5/2/2017

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Megan Mahlum

We cannot begin to Thank Christina for all of her amazing work with our family for the birth of our first child in November 2016. Her knowledge, positive attitude and calming presence reassured us that hiring a Doula was an absolute must as part of our Birth plan. Each meeting Christina brought us educational material and helped bring my husband and I closer together in understanding our birth process and making a birth plan that met our needs. I know I can still text/contact Christina with any questions or concerns and she would help in a heartbeat, connecting with me information, people and resources! We cannot more highly recommend Christina to anyone looking for a caring and compassionate birth Doula. Thank you for everything Christina!

Posted 1/28/2017

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Kati G

Dear Christina,

Thank you so much for being our doula!  You were such a wonderful, supportive addition to our birth team :-). I really appreciate all the emails and extra info you sent my way.  Also the dinner run, bath herbs, and picking up and dropping off the placenta caps. . . A thousand thanks!  You really gave us a positive pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum experience and I cannot thank you enough for that.  It's such an intimate experience and I felt so comfortable with you and cared for!  You are going to continue to be a great doula - what a great fit for your personality.  Not everyone can do a job like that!  Thank you for being a part of my awesome birth story :-).  I just looked at the photos you took . . . Wow, I will treasure those.  

Sincerely,

Kati and family

Posted 6/15/2016

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Stacy Gottwaldt

Christina has been beyond phenomenal in every aspect of being my Doula before, during, and after my delivery.  I trust can't recommend her more!  She has a gentleness and knowledge base, as well as being one of the most sincere and kind-hearted people I've had the pleasure to know.  She was the best blend of by my side, holding my hand, helping me to the bathroom, whatever I needed through to the final push.  Christina was also excellent at going with my personal preferences as I chose but she knows the gamet from natural to beyond.  Chritina cared enough to make me and my healthy baby girl and sent me home with some awesome soothing products.  She is still checking up on me after birth and has done extra visits out of the goodness of her ? heart with my post-partum depression.  I sing Christina's praises and gladly recommend her as your partner in your special journey.  Sincerely, Stacy G.

Posted 5/7/2016

Birth Availability for Christina Bussler, CD(DONA), CBE, CLEC

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