Maybe you're just starting down your path towards parenthood or perhaps you have already taken your childbirth and breastfeeding classes. The items on your registry have been purchased and the nursery is ready, but you still don’t feel fully prepared for your new arrival. You’ve started thinking about your birth wishes, but haven’t fully addressed them or what you may need once your baby is here because you’ve been so focused on everything else. You know you’ll need help from family, but aren’t sure how to set boundaries.
I’ve been there and can help you figure out what you need and from whom so you can feel ready and supported in your journey to parenthood.
I’m Cristina Evans and like many of the doulas and childbirth educators that I have met, I came to birth work following my own journey into motherhood.
I had fantastic experiences with a midwife that left me feeling confident and empowered. For many people this was not the norm. I found out that people felt like their wishes weren’t being heard & that they were having their babies and going home feeling deflated. I decided that this wasn’t acceptable.
In my search for information about how to support people through this time in their lives, I came across Doulas of North America (DONA). Something clicked in a way that hadn’t before and I thought that this how I should be supporting people through their own journeys into parenthood. Supporting a friend through her birth solidified this thought, and in 2012 I was able to attend a DONA birth doula training.
I started attending births soon after my training and have felt so privileged to be part of this time in my client’s lives. It’s amazing to witness that transformation that can happen during labor. Being a doula is about more than the birth itself. It’s about the journey and supporting the most important people in the new baby's (or babies') life. It’s nurturing the partnership that will be caring for this life because the connection during this time can bring them closer, create a stronger bond, and increase the confidence they feel as new parents.
I truly believe that when we feel heard, supported, and that we have a voice, we not only think more positively about their births (even if it doesn't go according to "plan"), but also often enter parenthood with more confidence.
The birth of my most recent child reminded me of the importance of the fourth trimester. This time that follows the birth of our babies is often overlooked and understated. It’s a sacred time of connection and bonding. It’s a time to embrace your intuitive self. This time in my own life has allowed me to shift my focus a little. In addition to supporting births, I am proud to be offering planning sessions as part of my services.
Through these independent birth and postpartum planning sessions you will be able to focus fully on your options and needs.Over the course of a few hours we will explore your expectations and hopes, discuss your options, and create a game plan for how to have your needs met.You won’t have to wish that you had focused more on your options. You will leave our session feeling more confident and prepared for birth and your new arrival.
Now that you know what I have to offer, here’s a little about me.
- I have three children ranging from 10 months to 17 years old and a fantastic husband who encourages me to do what I love.
- When I’m not doing birth work or hanging out with my kids, I’m helping set up a concert or doing wardrobe for a theatrical production. This is what my husband does all day every day. It’s actually what brought us to Richmond.
- I love having a garden. Our raised beds bring me so much joy. So much so that my husband and I finished redoing it when I was 38 weeks! (It was how I nested!). I find that it grounds me in a way nothing else can and I love having produce fresh from the garden.
- I daydream of having an organic basil farm.
- I’m addicted to good tea and fair trade chocolate.
- I love collecting records.
- I live for sunny days and open windows. There’s nothing more motivating to me than the sounds of the birds and a breeze moving through my house.
It doesn’t matter where you are in your pregnancy. Now is the perfect time to create the web of support that you need throughout this transitional time in your life. Let’s talk.
You can view my current availability on DoulaMatch.net.