About Cristina- CD(DONA)
Originally from the D.C. area, I moved to Seattle following my Birth Doula training to explore opportunities to provide perinatal services and gain additional herbal wildcrafting techniques. After my own personal struggles with reproductive health, I became increasingly passionate about supporting pregnant people to the best of my ability in their journey, as a compassionate listener and comforting presence, advocating for clients and their right to receive the care they deserve. As I worked to advocate for my own body, I was led to self-care through herbal medicine, sparking my desire to continue learning about natural methods of healing. I have found myself to feel my happiest when blending herbs or when discussing childbirth with friends and clients. I am incredibly passionate about giving my time and compassion to clients, and am deeply inspired by each person I work with. I grew up in a half-British, half-Chilean home, and offer services in Spanish and English. I open my services to clients of all identities. View my Doula Match profile here:
To be able to offer my doula services as a CD(DONA) birth doula, I have been trained in a DONA-approved Birth Doula training program in Washington, D.C. I have additionally attended the following DONA-approved workshops in both D.C. and Seattle: TENS Unit, Rebozo, Placenta Encapsulation, Childbirth Education Basics, Breastfeeding Basics, Abortion Doula Support, and Volunteer Perinatal Services Support.
I have gained my herbal knowledge through self-instruction as well as several seasonal wildcrafting apprenticeships, work at a local apothecary, and various short-term workshops under many skilled instructors. My products are made from plants I have harvested myself. Click here to view my wildcrafted herbal products!
What is a Doula?
Originating in the Greek meaning, "a woman who serves," the word "doula" has evolved to refer to trained birth caregivers who provide reliable and continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to clients and partners before, during, and following birth. This care can extend through the postpartum period with a postpartum doula.
Studies appear to show that having a doula on average shortens labor and provides fewer complications, results in healthier babies and an easier postpartum period, and facilitates breastfeeding.
While birth doulas do not provide medical care, they aid in preparing and carrying out birth plans, are present throughout labor, provide emotional support and physical comfort measures, offer objective viewpoints, facilitate communication between clients and care providers, and much more. Contact here for more information!