$800 to $1200
2 years and 13 births attended
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
Santa Monica, CA Service range 20 miles
Our experience with Christina was absolutely superb!! Christina served as our doula in the fall of 2017. From the moment we met her, Christina was professional, prepared, warm, and approachable. She put us at ease with her calm demeanor and expertise. I attribute my ability to have an unmedicated birth in large part to having Christina with us during my labor and delivery. There are so many things I could share about our experience, but here are the highlights:
During our pre-meetings, we had really helpful discussions that helped Christina, my husband, my mom (who was in the labor room and supported us as well), and me get in the same mental space about my pain tolerance and preferences around medication use if needed, various positions to try, etc. Christina showed us the "double hip squeeze" and practiced with us.
We used the double hip squeeze and sacral counterpressure for most of my 19-hour labor. It was a godsend. With the counterpressure support, I was able to breathe through each contraction and really focus inwardly. We also tried a number of different positions, including the ball, the shower, sitting backwards on the toilet, etc, which was hugely beneficial to me.
Christina followed up on everything we discussed in preparation, from hanging twinkle lights / putting electric candles in the bathroom so that we could keep the environment dim and calm to playing music from my spotify app to offering me water and honey to keep me hydrated and (somewhat) fed. She prompted us to ask the providers about things like trying to labor in the tub, etc, so we didn't have to remember anything.
I felt safe, well cared for, and loved. Christina is big on verbal positive affirmations, which were really wonderful to hear. Yet, she did not talk a lot either -- she really respected the sacred space we were all sharing.
I can't say enough about the positive difference Christina made for us!
After switching to a home birth at 37 weeks due to the corona virus I found Christina and I'm sooo glad we did! Even though I only knew her for a week prior to my labor she made me feel so comfortable and it felt like I had known her for way longer than that! She helped me so much through my labor and made me feel so safe and comforted. She also helped my husband comfort me and guided him on what to do. Which he loved because he's very hands on! We had the greatest experience with our home birth and Christina was 1 of the many pieces that made it so perfect. Thanks for everything!! We had a beautiful baby girl April 1st and we are all doing amazing.
I feel so fortunate to have worked with Christina as my birth doula. She was so helpful prior to giving birth and throughout the whole process (I had a 30-hour induction!) I felt so much more confident having her by my side supporting me through a long labor, and she made me feel comfortable despite the crazy hospital atmosphere. In my case, it was particularly crazy because there was literally no A/C in the room! But Christina was prepared, electronic fan in hand, making sure that I stayed comfortable, providing gentle guidance and soothing touch. She has a lovely, calming presence, and is also very knowledgeable about the birthing process. A true professional, I would highly recommend her to others.
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