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 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.
Back in 2004, I was in college and studying anthropology, and I particularly loved 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 childbirth 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 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 love to assist other area midwives at births and strongly value continued learning from diverse perspectives and approaches.
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, doting on my medicinal herb garden, or reading fairy tales. 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.
Pregnancy and birth are sites of vulnerability where systemic oppression, including but not limited to expressions of misogyny, racism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia manifest. I believe that the radical work of self-love and justice can look like taking responsibility for our health, through empowered and informed decision-making, often upending patterns of control and 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.
I recognize that individuals and families are discriminated against based on race, ethnicity, age, religion, ability, gender identity, and that this bias manifests strongly in medical care. I am committed to providing sensitive and culturally appropriate care to all clients, and am actively engaged in anti-racism activism within my own community, in the midwifery school that I graduated from, and by practicing awareness of my own privilege and power. This may mean that I will suggest a midwife, doula or other provider that may provide a better cultural match to a potential client and offer the option of a referral.
Community midwifery can hold powerful space for individuals against a medical system that is fraught with systemic injustice. Yet, the midwifery community is also plagued by these problems. My intention is always to consciously and constructively witness and disrupt 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 listening to, affirming, and actively supporting midwives of color, because they are most able to serve their communities, and this country needs them badly.