Birth Fee: $750 to $1200
Postpartum Rate: $30 to $45
Fee Details: As a birth doula, postpartum doula and infant massage teacher, I work with families in the Los Angeles area to provide non-judgemental support during birth and the postpartum period. I strive to be a calm presence in your life and offer physical, emotional, nurturing and evidenced-based support during your journey into parenthood. It is my passion to provide a safe space for my clients to have an empowered birth and postpartum experience and trust what is best for their body. I believe every person should have access to doula care, and I'm dedicated to providing inclusive care that supports all identities and family structures. I feel honored to hold space during such a sacred time and I look forward to supporting you on your journey.
Birth Doula Experience: 1 years and 11 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 5 years and 50 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 2 to 4 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
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Working with Christine as our post partum doula was something that was super important to me and my partner. Neither of us has family nearby and we knew we'd need some additional support during this intense transitional period.
Perhaps you've seen the adage "when a baby is born, a mother is born". I found this to be a very accurate description of what new motherhood feels like..a birth into a new role that you can't fully grasp until you're in the middle of it. Christine's wealth of knowledge on all things baby, birth and post partum as well as her compassion, support and calm demeanor were essential in helping me find my footing as a first time mother. She guided me through daily tasks and helped me to find a new sense of confidence and autonomy. In the very early days she gave me a safe space to sleep for the first time since my baby was born. She also gave me a shoulder to cry on when I felt overwhelmed by intense hormonal shifts and sleep deprivation. She then showed me how to use all the baby gear we had acquired (breast pump, mulitple carriers, car seat, etc) as well as bringing home made lactation cookies and brewing a nettle infusion which helped regulate my hormones. She even accompanied me to doctor's appointments and had lunch dates with me and my son out in the world which led to me finally feeling comfortable taking my baby out on my own. In short, she taught me about the pieces of motherhood that are much less instinctual but just as essential.
There is almost no one I trust more than Christine to take care of my son. She is so incredibly loving and attentive and he just adores spending time with her. I rarely heard a peep (let alone a cry) out of him when he was in her arms. We are so grateful that our family has been able to work with Christine and highly recommend her as a post partum doula.
We've worked with 5-10 doulas over the past 3 years since the birth of my son and twin boys, and Christine was by far the best. Some people become doulas because they like holding babies and can charge a high hourly rate after taking a few classes. But Christine upholds the model of what an awesome doula should be. She's super passionate and highly qualified to comprehensively help families, new mothers, infants and kids. We found her while I was caring for my 1-2 week old newborn twins and 2.5 year old; recovering from a C-section; and suffering from postpartum psychosis, anxiety and depression. In this chaotic and overwhelming time, she instantly blended into our household and found ways to be the most helpful. She did it all-- soothed twins 2 at the same time, cooked meals, cleaned, did laundry, helped me with tandem breastfeeding, figured out my baby carriers, etc. She's super smart, compassionate, nonjudgmental, trustworthy, proactive, hard-working, and takes initiative to help without needing to be told what to do. She had many years of nanny experience before becoming a doula, and is great with both babies and preschoolers. For example, she taught me how to soothe my newborn twins, and also speaks "toddlerese" and understands my 2.5 year old better than his grandparents do. She's also currently training to become an IBCLC certified lactation consultant, so she was way more knowledgeable and helpful about breastfeeding than any other doula we've ever worked with. Christine has also experienced working with many moms who faced PPD issues, and is wonderfully calm, grounding and supportive in helping with mental health. I can't recommend her enough and am so grateful for all her support!
Christine was an absolute godsend! I had a rough birth experience—I developed preeclampsia and had a C-section a month early, and my husband had to go back to work immediately. I’m so grateful that I found Christine to be my postpartum doula. She really saved the day. She helped with literally everything, from the most daunting of diapers and how to use very complex baby carriers to nurturing me through my early postpartum and anxiety. She helped me get back on track and embrace motherhood and I couldn’t have done it without her. Can’t recommend her enough. She’s an extremely kind and generous person and I’m so happy our paths crossed during this incredible time.
We feel very lucky to have found Christine when we did. She is a very thoughtful and caring individual that we immediately felt at ease with. She has a lot of experience and knowledge about birth and babies. I had a particularly challenging labor that lasted 36 hours and ended in a c-section. Christine was there the whole time and was a huge support to both me and my husband. As a postpartum doula she has been extremely helpful, answering all my new mom questions. She is one of the few people I trust enough to watch my baby while I sleep or go out to do some errands. My husband and I were on the fence about getting a doula because we saw it as an added expense, but it has been one of the best decisions we could have made and has made navigating this huge life change a lot easier.
Christine was our postpartum doula, and literally changed our lives. I had anxiety, depression, and PTSD after the birth of our daughter. Christine was so knowledgable and understanding when she first came to work with us, and would find so many different ways to support our family. She cooked meals, ran errands, helped with housekeeping, recommended products, made sure I was eating/sleeping/relaxing, and most importantly took amazing care of our daughter. My husband and I called her the "baby whisperer." She helped me with so many "new mom" things that I was clueless about, like proper swaddling techniques, infant massage, sleep schedules, starting solids, and developmentally appropriate activities for our daughter. She also accompanied me on a few outings and trips when I was too scared to leave the house alone with baby, and this was so essential to my confidence as a mom outside of the house. She was an integral part of my journey into motherhood and will forever be a part of our family. Any family would be lucky to have Christine be a part of their postpartum journey!
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