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Krystina Friedlander, CPM

Baraka Birth LLC, Midwifery & Doula Care

Website: http://www.barakabirth.com

Phone: 617-768-7619

Birth Fee: $1150 to $1450

Fee Details: I offer a sliding scale based on ability to pay. Fees are higher for Boston area services, $1450-$1800.

Birth Doula Experience: 8 years and 125 births attended

Doula Training

  • The Organization of Labor Assistants for Birth Options & Resources (toLabor), October 2009
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 4

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? Some Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
As a Licensed Midwife midwife, I offer home birth services to low risk clients, including comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care, initial newborn exam, and all labwork.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • HBCE (HypnoBirthing)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification
  • CPM (Certified Professional Midwife)
  • LM (Licensed Midwife)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • New Hampshire Licensed Midwife

College Education

  • BA/BS
  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Monitrice services

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Outreach Coordinator, New Hampshire Midwives Association

Languages spoken: English, French, Arabic

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Exeter, NH
Travel Range: 45 Miles

Client Testimonials for Krystina Friedlander, CPM

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Caroline Meliones

There really are no words to express the gratitute my hudband and I feel for Krystina's time, energy, support, and knowledge. She is beyond commited to her clients and her calm energy and presence provided the strength and support we both needed, especially during labor and delivery. My 48-hour labor and delivery happened to be during Ramadan and Krystina did not leave our side. Kystina is incredibly knowledgable and could tell the baby's position when my midwives could not. She provides concious care that is tailered to who you are and what you and your partner need. Krystina is well edcutated on herbs, spices, supplements to be able to provide the best advice possible during your pregnancy and postpartum. She truly goes above and beyond, we are so happy she is part of our son's birth story. Thank you Krystina!! 

Posted 10/25/2018

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Rachel Martin

Having Krystina as my doula was easily one of the best decision I made surrounding my pregnancy and childbirth. I'm a type 1 diabetic which means my pregnancy involved lots of testing, monitoring, and medical intervention ...not easy when you're a naturally minded person. Krystina gave me the support (and resources) I needed to navigate through my high risk pregnancy with empowerment... even when that meant come labor & delivery time I needed a c-section.

I thought for sure I'd have a hard time processing the c-section since it was the complete opposite of how I envisioned my birth going. But sometimes life throws you unexpected curve balls and you just have to roll with it.... better yet, rock it! Krystina & my husband were right by my side through out the entire surgery, supporting me and being my advocate. To say I felt incredibly loved and supported would be a serious understatement.

I highly recommend having Krystina as your doula. I can't imagine giving birth without her now. Her love, energy, and knowledge are out of this world!

Posted 9/1/2018

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Dorothy Matthews

Krystina is the kindest, most thoughtful person to work with as the transition to motherhood begins.  She has a deep and apparent respect for women and the families with whom she works. Krystina brings breadth of knowledge, a wealth of resources and connections and vast experience as a midwife and mother to her work as a doula. Meeting with her assured me that I would be supported, cared for and attended to by a professional and friend who understood deeply and lovingly the blessed experience of birthing a child. 

Posted 8/15/2018

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Sophie Innerfield

I hired Krystina as my doula for the birth of my second child fairly early in my pregnancy, before I knew the degree to which the baggage of my first labor and delivery would affect how I felt as my due date approached. Krystina provided not only extremely helpful advice about the usual discomforts of pregnancy, like acid reflux or insomnia—she also helped me navigate the emotional aspects with great depth and sensitivity.

I felt comfortable texting or emailing about any seemingly trivial questions I had as my birth approached, and she always made time for longer phone conversations if I needed them, which I often did especially as my pregnancy dragged into its 41st week.In these conversations, Krystina bolstered my confidence and validated my feelings and made space for everything I was experiencing.

Throughout our working together, she also demonstrated her broad medical knowledge and depth of experience with a large variety of births and interventions, which gave me so much confidence that no matter how things turned out, she would know how to support me. I finally did get induced just shy of 42 weeks, and nine hours after a small dose of misoprostol (an intervention I had previously feared) my second daughter was born in the water. My husband and Krystina worked in tandem perfectly supporting me through a very challenging and intense three hours of relentless active labor, and though I had no idea it was happening Krystina also somehow managed to grab our camera and get incredible photos of the birth.

My husband and I both recommend Krystina enthusiastically and without reservation and are so thankful she was such a large part of our daughter's birth story.

Posted 5/1/2018

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Rachael Armstrong

I cannot recommend Krystina enough! We first met Krystina during our Hypnobirthing class, as our instructor. She gave us lots of great tips, information and resources during our time in the class. We decided during that time that we wanted to use a doula for delivery and chose Krystina. She was so kind, caring and there for anything we needed. In the days and weeks leading up to labor, we kept her updated with any progress and she was always informative and supportive. As soon as labor started, she was in continual contact (we could have had her over to the house and she would have been happy to do so, but labor started at 8pm and I wanted her to get some sleep!). With her support and help, we were able to stay at home for all of labor and got to the hospital fully dilated and ready to push. Krystina met us at the hospital and continued to be supportive, helping me through surges and being so incredibly positive. When one position didn't work the best for me, she suggested another that helped tremendously. She also took some amazing photos of our son being born and took our first family photos. After she left the hospital, our midwife and nurses, who had never worked with Krystina before, said they were very impressed and would be happy to have her in every delivery! 

A week or so after our son was born, Krystina came to check up on us and helped us create a placental print, which is so beautiful and I just love. Even now, when my son is almost five months old, she is still available and willing to help with anything we need. As I said before, I cannot recommend Krystina enough! 

Posted 6/7/2017

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Greg Epstein

Krystina did a phenomenal job for our family and we are thrilled for all the other families out there that will have her help at their births. I wanted to write this testimonial because it makes me feel good to know that by helping her connect with new clients we'll be helping others to have a comfortable, supported, meaningful birth experience. My wife and I found her working style to be a wonderful combination of calm and warm throughout every stage of the process, from pre-meetings to inform us and help us through our first-baby jitters; to her unwavering stamina, positivity and commitment throughout our 30-hour birth ordeal (don't worry you guys, our circumstances were unusually difficult, your will probably be easier!); to the continued care that was obvious in her follow-up check-ins. We also loved: Krystina is obviously coming from a religious place in her own life and comes accross as personally devout but never, ever even close to judgemental of others-- I am sure she will work with tons of wonderful Muslim families in her career but I wanted to particularly recommend her to nonreligious families like us as it might not initially be as obvious to you how skilled she will be at understanding and supporting you. I found her to be evidence-based and scientifically oriented in her approach-- both qualities that are extremely important to us. And again, she is able to combine that kind of scientific perspective with warmth. Finally, we particularly appreciated how Krystina worked with us for weeks with the assumption of a natural childbirth, spending time teaching us techniques, etc., but when the situation changed and it became clear that my wife and/or child might be at any risk because of circumstances beyond our control, Krystina was 100% supportive of our switching to more standard medical methods. That flexibility meant a lot to us and helped us keep from judging ourselves and our change of plans negatively. Highest recommendation! 

Posted 10/6/2016

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Carol Girata

We had a wonderful time having Krystina as our doula! She provided wisdom and support throughout the entire process. As this was our first pregnancy, we had lots of questions and we were grateful for the guidance and experience Krystina provided. She met with us a number of times in the weeks leading up to the birth. Krystina brought respectful humor to all over conversations, lightening the mood when stress and anxiety crept in. Additionally, she offered details about her own pregnancy and gave a human face to the experience, a quality that is often lacking in written materials or more formal classes.

From the beginning, Krystina made it clear that she would work to ensure our preferences were met, even when these ran counter to the procedures typically enacted in a hospital. She supported us, giving us information about steps normally taken and offered insights and guidance about which might be avoided.

Our son Henry was born at Portsmouth Regional Hospital and Krystina interacted seamlessly with our nurses and doctors. 24 hours after my water broke, I was still in early labor and needed Pitocin to move into active labor. Eventually, I was exhausted and needed an epidural to let me rest and restore my energy. Though this was not part of our initial plan, Krystina offered care and encouragement, aiding the decisions along the way. After the birth, she made it clear we could reach out to her postpartum if we had additional questions.

We cannot speak highly enough of the support Krystina offered us. A similar positive and caring attitude should be actively sought out prior to every birth and we recommend her very highly.

Thank you for everything, Krystina - Carol and Tim (and little Henry)

Posted 4/29/2016

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Meredith Kells

We would have not have accomplished our planned natural birth without Krystina.  Krystina was simply an amazing support to both myself and my husband during our birth process. We hired her late in the process (about 36ish weeks), and she immediately was an invaluable resource to us.  She was always available to answer questions via text, phone, or email, and her knowledge was so useful.  She helped us think through all of the options available to us during the birthing process to prepare us for what was to come.  Having a hospital birth naturally, Krystina was crucial to ensuring that our wishes were heard by the hospital staff.  She was tireless during my labor in helping to adjust my positioning, providing comfort measures, and making sure I ate and drank.  Her presence was so calming and added a sense of peace and acceptance of the natural process.  She made me feel as though everything was going according to plan, even when I doubted my own abilities.  She was also so helpful to my husband in reassuring him that I was doing okay and calming his fears.  As an added bonus, she took beautiful photos during the labor and just after birth (and was so respectful to not take photos that showed too much of my body).  We now have photos of our family within seconds of birth that I will treasure forever.  I cannot recommend Krystina enough, she was fabulous! 

Posted 3/28/2016

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Allison Hoch

I was in early labor at home for about 20 hours before going to the hospital, where Krystina met us in the labor and delivery ward. She stayed with us through my entire active labor at the hospital – a full 12 hours. During that time she provided aromatherapy and massage techniques to help me relax between contractions, and was a calm, focused presence. When I was going through contractions she was either holding my hand, supporting me, or applying strategic pressure to my back and hips to help relieve pain. She helped me with everything, from using the shower and the bathroom, to helping me try different laboring position, and being a sounding board for my husband. She knew that I wanted to have as natural of a birth as possible and her unconditional support of my choices played a large role in my ability to give birth without pain medication. Having Krystina as my doula was an extremely special experience for both of us and I would highly recommend her to other mothers looking for a doula.

Posted 1/12/2016

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Lindsay N

Our son is now 2 years old and we still talk about Hypnobirthing and Krystina's help through our birth. He is calm and focused, mindful and caring. We enjoy long family dinners with our patient little boy. He sings songs to his friends when they're sad. He is a champion sleeper. Maybe it's because of Hypnobirthing, maybe not, but it certainly helped me. I wanted a birth without interventions. I got a birth with an IV, thanks to my Group B Strep status, and a vaccum, thanks to our son's "sunny side up" position. No exactly "natural" by some measures, but Krystina helped us through it and maintained a peaceful environment the whole time. She guided me through different positions to help with back labor and eventually gave us the confidence to trust the midwives and OB with the vacuum. It wasn't easy, but it would have been a million times harder without the Hypnobirthing techniques and Krystina's support.

Posted 12/14/2015

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KhouLa Atiq

Krystina was the doula for the birth of our daughter in March 2014. We wanted to have as natural and intervention free birth as possible. We were impressed that her services included a ton of education, even before we made it to the delivery room. Krystina is very quick in response and always willing to offer proffesional and emotional help. She came to my place right away when I started labor and was present at hospital before we reached there. Of course, birth plan didn’t go quite as planned! I ended up getting an emergency C-Section. Krystina was supportive in that decision and and her presence was so calming. Krystina is truly passionate about what she does and it shows. I will be sure to recommend her to first time moms.

Posted 11/20/2015

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