Hi, I'm Krystina. I'm a midwife with a passion for holistic gynecological care. In addition to my midwifery work, I'm an herbalist, a HypnoBirthing Institute trained childbirth instructor, a ToLabor-trained childbirth doula. I'm currently finishing up my clinical placement at the Concord Birth Center in Concord, NH. I serve the New Hampshire Seacoast area, Southern Maine, and Boston, from the quietest country farm houses to South Boston apartments, from birth centers to the busiest hospitals.
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 grassroots reproductive health. I completed a two year apprenticeship with the Boston School of Herbal Studies, and began my midwifery training and first apprenticeship with a solo midwife in Boston in 2013. In 2018 I finished a second apprenticeship at a busy birth center in Concord, NH.
In addition to my birth work, I love to teach, 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.
I have an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Tulane University in New Orleans, and a special interest in childbirth practices and traditional health modalities. I love to write, and you’ll find reflections on my own pregnancy, birth, and postpartum throughout my blog. I love travel. I love being a mama and seeing the world through my daughter’s eyes.