Meet the Midwife

 
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Hi, I'm Krystina. I do what I love, and I believe that what I do matters. I'm a midwife with a passion for collaborative, empowered and empowering healthcare. I love to support clients as they grow their families, and I emphasize natural ways to nourish a healthy pregnancy and to correct imbalances in order to prevent them from becoming problems. I value traditional wisdom as well as current, evidence-based practice, and strongly believe that midwifery care provides the best of what both offer.

I serve Seacoast, NH to Boston, from the quietest country farm houses to cramped South End apartments, from birth centers to the busiest hospitals. My midwifery clients have the choice of birthing at home or at the Concord Birth Center.

My Story

Back in 2004, I was in college and studying anthropology, and by far one of my favorites was a course on the anthropology of sexuality and reproduction. We read a study on childbirth support in Mexican hospitals. I was struck not only by the better birth outcomes for the women who had doula support, but by the fact that even the women who labored alone but with a researcher taking notes behind a curtain had better outcomes than women who weren’t part of the study and who were laboring completely alone. Just the fact that there was someone there with a woman through her labor made a difference.

Flash forward to 2009, when I was living in Doha, Qatar. I met Sara, the country's sole professional doula, serving women in a hospital system that did not value labor support. She lit a fire in me to make this work my own. When I returned to Boston, I trained with ToLabor and quickly plunged into the world of doula support and grassroots reproductive health. I also completed a two year apprenticeship with the Boston School of Herbal Studies, which opened my heart to midwifery.

I began my midwifery training with Womancraft Midwifery in Amherst, MA, and began an apprenticeship with a solo midwife in Boston in 2013. In 2014, she was my midwife when I birthed my own daughter at home in Cambridge. In 2018 I finished a second apprenticeship at the high-volume Concord Birth Center in Concord, NH, graduated from the MEAC accredited National Midwifery Institute with a Certificate in Midwifery, and received my Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential from the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) in September 2018. I continue to assist other area midwives at births and strongly value continued learning from diverse perspectives and approaches.

 Brooklyn Logan, IG @MindfulMamaBirth

Brooklyn Logan, IG @MindfulMamaBirth

In addition to my birth work, I love to teach, knit, design websites, and write, and my thoughts on expanded midwifery care in American hospitals were published on Mother's Day 2015 by CNN. On my days off call, you'll find me hiking with my daughter in the woods of New England or reading in the kid’s section of the Exeter library. I love being a mama and seeing the world through my daughter’s eyes, and I love that she always asks to hear the story when I come home to her from a birth.

Professional Training

  • Concord Birth Center, clinical midwifery preceptorship, March 2017 - April 2018
  • National Midwifery Institute, 2016 – April 2018
  • Heart & Hands Midwifery Training, 2015 – 2016
  • Womancraft Midwifery Training, Amherst MA, 2013 – 2014
  • Boston School of Herbal Studies Apprenticeship Program, 2011 – 2013
  • HypnoBirthing Practitioner Training, New York City, 2011
  • Herbal Medicine for Women (Aviva Romm), 2011 – present
  • ToLabor Childbirth Doula Training, Boston, 2010

Other Training & Certifications

  • Neonatal Resuscitation, 2014, 2017 (certification is current)
  • Basic Life Support & CPR, 2015, 2016, 2018 (certification is current)
  • Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss with Amy Wright Glenn, 2016
  • Spinning Babies with Gail Tully, Boston, 2013
  • Health Disparities in Midwifery Care, Mass. Midwives Alliance, Boston, 2013

Education

  • Certificate in Midwifery, National Midwifery Institute, 2018
  • Certificate in Religion and Education, Harvard Extension School, 2015
  • MA in Cultural Anthropology, Tulane University, 2008
  • BA in Middle East Studies and Anthropology, Tulane University, 2007

My Writing

Final Thoughts

Pregnancy and birth are sites of vulnerability where systemic oppression, including but not limited to expressions of misogyny, racism, homophobia and transphobia manifest. I believe that the work of self-love and justice can look like taking responsibility for our health, through empowered and informed decision-making. These decisions often upend assumptions about control, autonomy, and authority, returning agency to the individual and away from systems that have failed many kinds of bodies and many kinds of families. These are our bodies, our families, our lives, and our choices. Community midwifery can support the empowerment of individuals against a medical system that is fraught with systemic injustice.

As is the midwifery community; my intention is always to consciously and constructively step back to witness the systemic oppression within communities of midwives and other birth workers that privilege particular experiences, perspectives, and bodies (especially my own, as a white cisgendered, and able-bodied woman). In particular, I am committed to confronting my own power and privilege, and to listening to, affirming, and actively supporting midwives of color, because they are most able to serve their communities, and this country needs them badly.