Krystina Friedlander is a childbirth doula, HypnoBirthing educator, and community herbalist who works with a spectrum of reproductive health needs. She has experience supporting culturally, racially, and economically diverse families, and has attended births from the busiest Boston hospitals to the quietest New Hampshire farm houses. She also has specialized training in support for pregnancy loss. She is currently a student at the National Midwifery Institute and a clinical midwifery apprentice at the Concord Birth Center in Concord, NH.
Morgan Gaines, CPM is a Certified Professional Midwife and graduate from MEAC Accredited Birthwise Midwifery School. After giving birth to her three children at a free standing birth center under the care of midwives and serving over 200 women in a rigorous and extensive educational & clinical program, she is extremely proud to offer the option of midwifery care and homebirth to women in Seacoast Southern Maine & New Hampshire where her roots grow the deepest. She has worked alongside the area’s most experienced midwives and has gained a deep respect for safe, responsible and sacred homebirth. She takes pride in carrying those same ethics with her to her local hometown and surrounding areas.
In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, taking in the ocean and playing with ponies.
Paige is a New Hampshire native who studied public health at UNH. After college she apprenticed in Boston with Sarafina Kennedy & Jessica Petrone of Birth Matters. She next travelled to Rome, Italy to work with the renowned midwife, Valeria Barchiesi. Her second formal apprenticeship was in Vermont and her last was in Maryland with sage femme, Karen Webster. With Karen, she was given the space to truly become a midwife and take an active role in the care of clients. When her training was completed she came home to New Hampshire and has been happily making connections with birth workers & families on the Seacoast since then.
I believe that we are autonomous beings with a right to understand, ask questions, and ultimately make decisions regarding the care we receive. In this model, self care is the single most important factor to health outcomes. This manifests in the childbearing years when we choose to nourish our bodies and minds, research decisions, and choose providers who will support and honor us. As a midwife, I believe it is my job to make space for the transformative experience of birth. We walk this path together, you are neither alone nor out of control. I will endeavor to support you as we learn whatever this pregnancy was meant to teach us both. I will answer your questions honestly and to the best of my ability, providing resources when your questions leave my scope of care.
I trust and respect the process of birth, as Ina May has said, “Our bodies must work pretty well, or there wouldn’t be so many humans on the planet.” I expect that families choosing homebirth are doing so with the intention of taking responsibility for their own health and that of their baby. It is my belief that this decision will bring a reward of empowerment to women and their families that will extend far past the childbearing years.
23 Morse St.
Berwick, ME 03901
I have worked in women’s health care my entire adult life. I have been a doula since 2010. I love helping families have the best possible birth they can — with support, caring and clear information. I am certified with International Association of Professional Doulas. I trained with DONA (Doulas of North America) and ToLabor (The Organization of Labor Assistance for Birth Options and Resources) and completed Childbirth Educator training with CAPPA. I live in Kittery Maine with my husband and have assisted families at Anna Jacques, Exeter Hospital, Maine Medical Center, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and York Hospital.