“The moments of eye contact and reassurance from Christina were immeasurable. They allowed me to find strength I never knew I had.” - Lydia McMillan
Specialties: Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices, Postpartum and Colic Care
Age 2, always smiling!
Christina has served Atlanta area families for almost 10 years as a nanny, early childhood educator, and doula. She began her training with CAPPA in 2015 as a labor and postpartum doula, and has since trained as a Lamaze childbirth instructor. Christina loves the uniqueness of each family she works with and, through compassion, education, and encouragement, helps them confidently embrace parenthood.
Accepting inquiries for birthdays in 2017 and 2018.
Her interview location is Hodgepodge Coffeehouse and Gallery, 720 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30316. Christina supports birthdays at the following hospitals:
Northside Hospital (Atlanta)
DeKalb Medical (Decatur)
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Emory Johns Creek
Gwinnett Medical Center (Duluth and Lawrenceville)
Piedmont Healthcare (Atlanta, Newnan, Henry and Fayette)
WellStar (Kennestone, North Fulton, and Atlanta)
Get To Know Christina
- If she could, she'd spend all of her money on fancy yarn.
- At 15, her first job was a bag girl at Food Lion. She has to stop herself from taking over when people don't bag groceries "the right way."
- She simultaneously is a food snob and lover of Velveeta Cheese.
Why did you become a doula? My background is in early childhood education and nannying. When I got pregnant with my son, I became really interested in birth, in the whole process and the options available to pregnant women. I saw labor and delivery as something to embrace and prepare for and felt like my experience should be how I wanted it to be. I had a wonderful birth and delivered naturally. It was hard and intense, but I felt so strong and empowered afterwards. The call to become a doula came when a friend asked me to be with her during her labor and delivery. Being with her during that time made me realize how passionate I was about birth and helping women have the experience they want to have. I began my training with CAPPA, and it feels right, like this is what I'm meant to do.
What differentiates you from other doulas? Laboring women and their partners find strength and confidence in my calm demeanor. It helps them to stay relaxed, focused, and confident in the birth process. I'm a natural caregiver. I draw knowledge from my experiences as a mother, teacher, and nanny to help ensure a satisfying and safe birth experience.
Will you support me through any decision? Absolutely! Every birth is different. The right birth for you is one in which you feel informed and confident in the decisions you are making for your family. Even though you can't predict how your birth will go, you can prepare. It is up to you to decide how you want to give birth to your baby. It is my job to help you prepare and support your decisions.
How does a doula nurture the parents into their roles? Bringing home a new baby is such a beautiful and exciting time. It can also be a challenging time of making adjustments and learning how to care for a newborn, while caring for yourself and other family members! I help ease that transition by providing emotional and physical support, and helping you gain confidence as a new parent.
What is one thing you would have done differently after you had your son? I would hire a postpartum doula! There were so many things that I didn't know. While much of the care is instinctual and learned along the way, having a trained professional to help ease the transition and offer guidance and support would have been so helpful. Having someone who can offer their perspective and assurance in those early days can really help you grow and feel confident as a new mom.
What do you do in your free time? I love to read, do crossword puzzles, and cook. One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday morning is to take a blanket to the Grant Park Farmer's Market, get something to eat, and relax with my husband and toddler. I love the colors and smells of all the local foods and like to try to find a fruit or vegetable I'm not that familiar with and use it in a meal.