-Greater Portland Area-
Fee: $600-$800 sliding scale and negotiable
Services Provided: Prenatal preparation, Birthing From Within childbirth classes, Belly Casting, Blessingway ceremonies, Birth Art, Birth Story processing, Birth and Postpartum Doula, 1-2 Postpartum visits
Please visit Christine at www.womynsways.com
I first became inspired to do birth work after supporting a close friend through pregnancy and helping to raise her daughter through infancy until two years of age. It was then that I first experienced the beauty and awe of the motherbaby bond. I was amazed to witness the innate intelligence that mothers and babies share in their deep connection to each other. I continued working with families and children as a nanny for the next six years. It was here that I truly learned the value of outside support and a family that works together. It was after attending another friends’ birth that I began to listen to and answer the call within me to work with women in the context of birth. I completed my birth doula certification in 2001 at Birthwingway College of Midwifery in Portland, OR and became certified as a postpartum doula in 2002 through DONA. During these trainings, I was introduced to the book “Birthing From Within,” written by Pam England. I felt a deep connection with the ideas and philosophies presented in this book and went on to become a Birthing From Within childbirth mentor. I currently mentor classes and workshops in the Portland area.
For many years, my personal interests have revolved around ritual, celebrations and rites of passage cross culturally. I have studied and practiced with Native American teachers and healers since 1999 in California and Oregon. I have also received a certificate in herbal studies at the East West School of Herbal Medicine in Santa Cruz, Ca. and a certificate in hot stone application at Breitenbush hot springs in Oregon. I hold a Bachelor’s in Science degree at Portland State University. I have spent the past two years working as a preschool teacher of mixed age group children where I have learned some of my best lessons in flexibility and the power of humor.
My interests include singing and drumming, gardening, hiking with my dog, yoga, bike riding, good food and building community.