“Pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period are highly emotional and profoundly rewarding times in a person’s life. Support during these times is so crucial and can make a huge impact on how people feel about themselves and the mind frame with which they approach motherhood.”
My journey to motherhood began as a single teenager in high school. My midwife treated me with respect and dignity, which is how I imagine she treated all her patients regardless of their age or socioeconomic status. I don’t recall what exactly it was my midwife did or said but I do remember how she made me feel. This experience led to my passion for working with families in all walks of life during their own incredible journeys into parenthood. I strive to provide my own version of unbiased support that leaves families feeling capable, cared for, and respected.
As a doula, I specialize in physical and emotional comfort measures, natural pain coping techniques, and birth advocacy. I enjoy using touch as a way of offering comfort, reassurance, and presence. My ability to be a calm and informed presence in the room provides comfort not only to the birthing person but also to the loved ones supporting the birth experience. My goal is to always stand beside a birthing person to support their beliefs and desires, and if those are being challenged, to help them adjust as the birth unfolds. My overarching intention is to ensure the memory of birth is positive and cherished and that it can be looked back on fondly for a lifetime.
I am Birth and Postpartum Doula trained through Mother Tree Doula Services where I also completed a 6-month intensive birth doula internship. I am an Oregon State Certified Traditional Health Worker and working toward DONA certification. I also volunteer my services with the Gateway Doula Project where I support families who would not otherwise have access to a doula.
I live in Vancouver with my husband, Zame, who offers unwavering support while pushing me to chase my dreams. We have two wonderful boys, Drew, who is now grown and out of the home, and Aubyn, who is 11 years old. We also share our home with our hairless dog, Mora. I enjoy traveling with my family, cruising around on my bicycle on a sunny day, and quiet Sundays at home with my boys watching football in our lounge wear.
Our partnership model
I work in partnership with Kelly Overly and together we have attended well over a hundred births and bring you six years of labor and birth experience. We love the model of partnership because of of all of the benefits we see our clients receiving from it - seeing two doulas for prenatal visits, having access to both of us for phone, email and text support for the duration of pregnancy and knowing that if your labor goes for a long time and you would benefit from a fresh doula, you’d already have a relationship with her. We also love that we each bring our unique experiences and knowledge to support you in this transitional time of life. You’re basically getting two doulas for the price of one!
- 6-month Intensive Birth Doula Internship through Mother Tree Doula Services
- DONA-approved Birth Doula Training through Mother Tree Doula Services
- DONA-approved Postpartum Doula Training through Mother Tree Doula Services
- Oregon State Certified Traditional Health Worker
- Infant and Adult American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR AED Certified
- Culturally Competent Care Training through Ciné-Med
- Collaborative Practice and Professionalism Training through PDX Doulas
- Advanced Massage and Acupressure Training for Doulas
Birth Doula fee: $1400
Postpartum Doula fee: day $35/hour (3 hour minimum)
night $37/hour (8 hour minimum)
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“Crystal lent valuable support during a difficult pregnancy and irregular birthing process. She has a great, calm demeanor and she genuinely cared enough to understand our entire situation and supported in every way that she could. Due to an extreme rapid labor process Crystal could not make it to the birth but compensated on the other end by spending that vast majority of the day after the birth and giving us a very long post-partum check-up (which amounted to a post-partum doula session). We had an overall excellent experience and rapport with Crystal and would gladly recommend her to others.”
- Andre, June 2018
“I can't recommend Crystal enough. Her competence, reliability, and professionalism were evident from the beginning, but what we could never have predicted in an interview was her stamina! Crystal stuck it out with us through a labor that stretched over multiple days, massaging my back through contraction after contraction, for hours on end. She helped us plan the kind of birth we wanted, and when things didn't go as we had planned, she was there to help us think through our options and make informed decisions at each step along the way. She was a huge support to me and my husband, and my mom still talks about her when she tells the story of my son's birth. Crystal is an excellent doula who will bring comfort, experience, and a calm, reassuring presence to your birth.”
- Sarah, May 2018
“Crystal was the perfect balance of support for our birthing experience. She is very professional and yet still comforting on a personal level. She helped us figure out our birthing plan and work through tough decisions. We felt she was very open minded and did not judge us in any way for making one decision or the next. Her most valuable role in our pregnancy was helping my husband feel confident in his purpose/role in delivery. She gave him the tools he needed to comfort me throughout the laboring process. My husband and I feel closer than ever to have gone through such an intense process so harmoniously. I would absolutely recommend Crystal- she is a good listener and will let you do as much or as little directing as possible- she is not invasive or over powering which is very important for a type A mama-to-be! You will be in caring and comforting hands with Crystal- and major plus- she gives AMAZING massages!”
- Ashley, April 2018
“Crystal was our amazing doula for the labor and delivery of our first baby. Her compassion and knowledge were a tremendous help to us as we navigated the confusing process of preparing for baby. As first time parents, we did not entirely know what to expect of ourselves or the process and she helped us determine what we needed and wanted to get out of the experience. During our time in the hospital, Crystal provided both physical and emotional comfort and helping to advocate for us when things were hectic. We both agree that we would not have wanted to go through it without her! She was available for my entire (very long) induction and did everything she could to help keep me comfortable and ensure that I felt I was being listened to. After baby was born, Crystal continued to provide emotional support during the overwhelming first month and it was so nice to be able to lean on her for information, compassion, and understanding. Overall, Crystal was the perfect doula for us. She is level-headed, steady, respectful, compassionate, and a very calming presence. My husband and I definitely recommend her doula services! We cannot say enough good things about her.”
- Emily, January 2018
“Crystal is a phenomenal doula - she provided excellent postpartum care for our family. Not only is she a warm and compassionate caregiver, she's also extremely knowledgeable. Crystal proactively provided much needed insight and resources around taking care of our newborn - everything from feeding to soothing to baby wearing. She went above and beyond for us and even accompanied me to a Mom's group to help me build confidence being out and about with baby. She's also great about proactively finding ways to help if you're too tired to identify tasks. Working with Crystal feels like having a trusted (and very knowledgeable!) friend in your home. I highly recommend her!”
- Michelle, October 2017
“Crystal was amazing with our 1 day old daughter. We got out of the hospital and were so exhausted from being there 3 nights. She came to our residence and we felt an immediate Sense of security. She was warm friendly and extra helpful. She didn’t just sit down and watch baby. She made bottles washed dishes organized clothes while baby was sleeping. When baby woke she held her for hours fed her changed her. She had such a beautiful gentle energy. We like her so much we asked her back another Few times. It’s difficult to trust someone to care for your brand new baby, however Crystal made me feel confident in her and her expertise. I highly recommend her for newborn and infant care.”
- Tisa, October 2017
“I recently gave birth to my first baby. Having Crystal as our Doula was invaluable to the birth process. My husband and I had never experienced anyone in birth, and really had no idea what to expect. We signed up for a childbirth preparation class at the hospital that I planned on birthing at. The class was helpful, but we both still felt really lost and unprepared. We planned that my husband would be my main support person during the birth, and I really didn't want my mother present for pushing or the actual birth, but my husband felt like he didn't know how to be a support for me. Luckily enough we were able to enlist Crystal's help for this important time. During our pre-birth appointments, she helped us talk through options of what we would want, even things we hadn't thought of at all, such as would my husband like to catch the baby when she was born. It was really helpful having not only an outside point of view, but also from someone who has helped several other births go successfully. It was great having someone to reach out to, if I had a question, and especially once labor was starting. During the labor, Crystal suggested new positions and items to aid like the exercise ball. She stayed calm the whole time, which helped keep myself and my husband more calm. She also helped with pressure points during contractions when my other support needed a break. I only wanted the medical team and my husband (and Crystal) in the room for the actual birth, so she jumped right in to help hold my legs and encourage pushing or resting. Crystal was extremely helpful for me in preparing for my ideal birth, and during the birth she was a great emotional support for my husband so that he could help me more. I'm confident that having Crystals help made the process as smooth as it could have been.”
- Grace, July 2017