About Me

raven ivory, photographer raven ivory 20180712-3C4A4018My name is Christina and I am a DONA certified birth doula, a CLEC, CBE, and a Hypno-doula. My pronouns are she/her. I have always been interested in pregnancy and birth, but it wasn’t until the doula-assisted birth of my daughter in 2014 that I realized what I wanted to do. I am passionate about providing families with current, non-biased, evidence-based information, emotional and physical support, and continuity of care through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I live in Savage, MN with my husband, our two daughters and our dog. I serve most of the twin cities area. For my current availability, please click here.

 The “mommy Gaia” Name and Philosophy.

Being a doula has been described as “mothering the mother”, and that is very much where I see my role. Additionally, I can “mother” any support person(s) you invite into your birthing space. Gaia is the Greek goddess of mother earth. This speaks to my birth philosophy, that birth can be a natural, beautiful and even enjoyable process. As with nature, I also believe that respect for the process is important. Birth is a powerful event and when medical intervention is either necessary or requested by you the family, I will continue to support your birth journey.

I Believe Anyone Who Wants a Doula Should Have One!

If you found my page looking for a doula but I’m not the right fit (not in budget, not in your area, not available for your guess date, etc.), feel free to contact me anyway and maybe I can be flexible, or better yet find another doula that fits your requirements!  If you want a doula, there is one out there for you!

My Qualifications

  • DONA Certified Birth Doula (trained Dec 2015, certified Jan 2017)
  • Childbirth Educator with Birth Arts International (completed Spring 2017)
  • Certificated Lactation Educator Counselor, UCSD (Summer 2017)
  • Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis Doula (HCHD)
  • Member and Board Member of the Childbirth Collective
  • Other workshops/classes attended:
    • HypnoBabies
    • Hypnobirthing
    • Spinning Babies (Summer 2016, Fall 2017)
    • Healing Birth Stories for Professionals
    • Writing Your Birth Story
    • Acupressure for birth workers
    • Unicorns and Seahorses: Supporting Trans, Genderqueer & Gender Nonconforming Clients
    • Serving the LGBTQ Community Training with the Queer Birth Project

Personal and/or Professional Experience With:

  • Inclusive care for all types of families
  • Medicated and un-medicated birth
  • Long labors
  • Back labor
  • High risk pregnancy
  • Over 40
  • VBAC
  • Homebirth, Birth Center and Hospitals
  • Waterbirth
  • Single parents
  • Induction
  • Cesarean birth
  • Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • and more!