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.
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.
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.