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Kristyn Gerchalk Holistic Doula, Birthkeeper, & Herbalist

Barefoot Birthkeeper

Website: https://barefootbirthkeeper.wordpress.com

Phone: 3015805568

Birth Fee: $1050 to $1700

Postpartum Rate: $35 to $55

Fee Details: I strongly believe in supporting birthing people from all communities. To that end I provide discounts for recipients of social services (EBT, TCA, Medicaid, WIC) and when the full fee is paid up front. Please discuss any financial concerns with me.

Birth Doula Experience: 8 years and 75 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 8 years and 75 families served

Doula Training

  • Birth Arts International, August 2011
  • The Organization of Labor Assistants for Birth Options & Resources (toLabor), October 2012
  • H.E.R.B.A.L., August 2019
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 6 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • I have my own Childbirth Education Program that I tailor to the needs of the birthing person(s) and their partner(s). Please visit my website for more information.

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • I have breast fed five children, including twins, and not without challenge! I have experience with supply challenges, latch difficulties, lip & tongue ties, tandem nursing, over supply, and child-led weaning, and have supported numerous clients through a wide range of challenges.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Holistic Herbalist, Birrhkeeper, & Birth Assistant

College Education

  • AA/AS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • Vaginal breech birth
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly casting
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Elimination communication education
  • Infant massage education
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Monitrice services
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reflexology
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I believe Black Lives Matter, and actively work for Queer and Trans rights, women's rights, and the rights of all birthing people.

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for Kristyn Gerchalk Holistic Doula, Birthkeeper, & Herbalist

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Christy Anne

Kristyn is an amazing doula and herbalist! She provides in depth consults before birth so that she knew exactly the experience I wanted. During birth she is a calm strength with extensive knowledge about relieving discomfort. She also helps with post partum discomforts, and has a lot of experience with breastfeeding. Being an herbalist is a wonderful addition to her doula work, as it increases her ability to aid mother and baby. I highly recommend her!

 

As an herbalist she has helped support our child who has a chronic illness, which has been a blessing. She has thorough knowledge of herbs and continues to learn as much as she can. I also recommend her herbal services.

Posted 7/11/2017

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Rebekah Natanov

Kristyn has been my doula for the birth of both of my children- one hospital birth and one birth center birth.  She has been an amazing support for both myself and my husband, including staying with me for the entirety of my 24 hour labor with my first child!  I don't know how we would have made it through the long labor without her.  She held my hand, massaged my back, and offered suggestions for positions to help move things along and lessen my discomfort.  Kristyn is also a great source of information regarding prenatal health, labor support techniques, breastfeeding, and all things baby related.  As a trained herbalist, she's also very helpful with suggestions for herbal remedies, and we used her for placenta encapsulation after my second child.  Kristyn is also fantastic about responding quickly.  I texted her frequently during week long prodromal labors with both children, and she was always quick to respond with helpful advice.  Should we be blessed with another baby, we will definitely be calling Kristyn.

Posted 6/18/2014

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Cordelia Gaffar

Prenatal she provided immense emotional and nutritional support with her herbal infusion. Emotionally she gave me a plethora of techniques to stay centered and take care of myself as an expecting of five. 

On delivery day, Kristyn was litterally a godsend for my home birth. Just as I was doubting my physical ability to push, she applied "miracle" oil. Instantly my body opened to release my precious princess. She was a powerful silent presence.

Postpartum she made placenta pills to help me transition into parenting my now six children. She continues to support me with herbal wisdom and support. 

Posted 6/16/2014

Birth Availability for Kristyn Gerchalk Holistic Doula, Birthkeeper, & Herbalist

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Postpartum Availability for Kristyn Gerchalk Holistic Doula, Birthkeeper, & Herbalist

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