About Me

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I am a certified Birth Doula, CD(DONA, PALS), and certified MotherWoman Perinatal Support Group Facilitator. I grew up in Kitsap County and now live in Everett with my family.  I have had a passion for birth for almost 20 years and have been attending births of friends for the past 15+ years.  In addition to my work as a birth doula, I also support mothers in processing their birth trauma through birth story processing, groups for moving through birth trauma, and birth art.  Nearly 6 years ago, I founded Kitsap HOPE Circle, an organization that provides support groups for pregnant & postpartum women.

As a birth doula, I enter the birth space with a deep respect for the birthing woman. I seek to empower the mother to find her reserve of strength & courage as she births her baby. I see my job as supporting not just the mother, but her partner too, making sure that she is supported by all those around her. I support women in a wide spectrum of birth choices — at home, in hospital, with and without pain management. What I most want is for a woman and her family to feel that they were presented with all their options, helped to make the decisions that were best for them, and that they always had a cheerleader in their corner. At the end of a birth, it is precious to me to hear a new mom exclaim “I can’t believe I did it!!”

Additionally, part of what I offer as a doula is a deep concern and compassion for women dealing with a previous birth trauma or history of sexual abuse. These things can be difficult to talk about, but we really need to bring them to the forefront of our conversations as birthing women. This type of history can dramatically affect our future birth experiences.  I am particularly drawn to working with women who have experienced these types of challenges. Mothers with abuse history, or mothers giving birth again after a challenging or disappointing previous birth, truly need the support of a doula and I love providing the compassionate support that they need.

As a doula . . .

I believe that every mother & her partner deserve to be connected to adequate information, resources and support so that they feel equipped to make informed choices that are right for their family.

I am committed to listening deeply to what the birthing woman truly wants in her pregnancy, labor & birth. I believe she is the center of this experience and her feelings and emotions have great value to everyone supporting her.

I want to be a companion to the birthing mother and her partner on THEIR journey, helping them to meet each event as it unfolds — confidently, bravely and joyfully as each moment indicates.

I am committed to offering hope, encouragement and steps toward healing for birth trauma, postpartum depression, birthing after childhood sexual abuse and other challenging situations.  I choose to meet these situations with tenderness, compassion and an open heart.

I believe that every woman and her partner should feel seen, heard & respected and have the opportunity to enjoy their pregnancy, birth and parenting journey without fear.

What my clients say:

Crystal is calming and friendly. She is respectful of you and your partner's space and you can tell she is 100 percent rooting you on. - Sarah
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Continuing Education & Training:

  • DONA approved Birth Doula Workshop with Carrie Kenner of Big Belly Services
  • MotherWoman Perinatal Support Group Facilitator Certification Course through Bastyr University
  • When Survivors Give Birth with Penny Simkin through Bastyr University
  • Birth Story Medicine through Birthing From Within
  • Birth Art training through Birthing From Within
  • Advanced Rebozo Training
  • Postpartum Doula Training through Birth Arts International
  • Counseling the Breastfeeding Mother:  Listening between the Lines
  • Prevention, Identification & Treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders:  Best Practices
  • A New Paradigm for Depression in Mothers with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
  • Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Infant Mortality, Breastfeeding & Sleep Practices with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
  • Birth Trauma:  Causes & Consequences of Birth-Related PTSD with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
  • Basic & Advanced Breastfeeding Training for Doulas through Lactation Education Resources

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