A Doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. From DONA website.
Krystal supports women and their families in pregnancy, birth, and early postpartum through mental, emotional, physical, and informational support. Her role is to support you in advocating for yourself while feeling safe and empowered. You are not alone. A doula doesn't replace the birth partner instead doulas feel strongly about empowering them to confidently support the birthing person. Overall Krystal will be there to help you have successful outcomes for you and your baby. The doula services offered are specifically designed to serve each individuals unique and personal needs during their birthing experience.
Krystal received a DONA approved Doula training from Harambee Village.
Benefits of Hiring a Doula
31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
28% decrease in the risk of C-section
12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience
"The Evidence for Doulas," Evidence Based Birth.
Krystal works primarily as a community doula. She works as an independent contractor and has the support of Rock County Public Health to help African American/Black & Brown birthing people in Rock County.
Available evidence suggests doula services may be an important component of an effort to address birth inequities. A 2013 study of socially disadvantaged mothers at risk for adverse birth outcomes, Impact of Doulas on Healthy Birth Outcomes, (Gruber KJ,Cupito SH, Dobson CF, 2013), found that doula-assisted mothers were four times less likely to have a low birth weight baby, two times less likely to experience a birth complication involving themselves or their baby, and significantly more likely to initiate breastfeeding. Doula Services Within a Healthy Start Program: Increasing Access for an Underserved Population, (Thomas, MP., Ammann, G., Brazier, E. et al., 2017) found that women enrolled in the program with doula support had lower rates of preterm birth and low birthweight babies.
*This FREE community package is valued at $1500
Two to three prenatal visits (in-person or virtually) including assistance in creating your birth plan
Unlimited phone/email/text support
On-call 24/7 from 38-42 weeks of pregnancy
Continuous labor and delivery support + up to two hours after delivery
One to two postpartum visit in your home to process your birth and assistance with basic infant care and feeding (further postpartum visits may be scheduled for an additional fee)
*Sliding scale/scholarship and grant funding available
*Grant funding allows Krystal the opportunity to provide services at no charge to those that qualify.
While Krystal works primarily as a community based doula in Rock County she believes all women should have access to a birthing doula for support. In addition to serving Rock County she services Walworth, and parts of Dane county as well.