Meet the Midwife

 

Hi, I'm Krystina. I'm a midwife with a passion for collaborative, empowered healthcare. In addition to my midwifery work, I'm an herbalist, a HypnoBirthing Institute trained childbirth instructor, and a ToLabor-trained childbirth doula.

I serve Seacoast, NH to Boston, from the quietest country farm houses to cramped urban 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 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. 

 

 Brooklyn Logan, IG @MindfulMamaBirth

Brooklyn Logan, IG @MindfulMamaBirth

Professional Training

  • Concord Birth Center, clinical midwifery preceptorship, March 2017 - April 2018
  • National Midwifery Institute, 2016 – present
  • 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 (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 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

Addendum

Dr. Cornel West writes that “justice is what love looks like in public.” I do what I love, and I believe that what I do matters. 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 looks like taking responsibility for our health, through empowered and informed decision-making. These decisions often upend assumptions about control and authority, returning authority 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. It is my honor and my pleasure to companion people and their families through these life-changing experiences. 

It also means consciously and constructively stepping 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 CIS-gendered woman). I am committed to confronting my own power and privilege, to affirming and supporting a diverse midwifery community, to listening to the voices of marginalized midwives, and to supporting them through action. If you'd like to learn  more check out my reading list and discussion guide.