We believe that pregnant and postpartum women need as much education, support, and encouragement as possible when entering into and moving through their most profound life journey. From birth to motherhood, to living your best life with your growing family, here are some wonderful professionals that can help you along the way.
Giving birth is a miraculous event worthy of great attention, peace and reverence. This belief is the foundation of my service.
I believe that women are strong and that every birth is different.
Laboring mothers and partners need to be comforted every step of the way throughout the birthing process.
I believe a birth should be a wholesome experience for both partners, I believe that a laboring mother’s voice is strong and it helps to have somebody in her corner as an advocate listening to her as each birth is unique and not medically routine.
I respect the decision of the doctors and midwives, and work very well beside them ~my voice does not overpower their medical profession and I do embrace their presence; I am an emotional and labor guidance coach for both the mother and partner, it is very hard for a partner to see the woman they love in so much pain and not know how to comfort her, I am there for both partners, aiding in labor positioning methods and reassurance, proving massage and techniques to help progress labor.
I believe in all births whether it be C-section, VBAC, medicinal, by induction, and/or natural.
I want a mother and partner to feel empowered no matter what their choice of labor and delivery
My name is Amanda Conley and I am a trained birth doula. I am currently working on my birth and postpartum doula certification(s) with DONA International. As part of this process I am working toward developing a strong professional network; including a variety of health and wellness resources.
For me, becoming a doula was motivated by the positive birth experiences I had. I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by three generations of women who provided for me a pool of wisdom and a unique perspective gained through shared experience. As well as having the opportunity to see both midwives and traditional OBs during my pregnancies.
In becoming a birth doula, my objective is to be able to fully support the expectant family. I look forward to having the opportunity to provide a service that allows the new family the freedom to take the time to completely focus on the birth experience. I feel it is extremely important to be able experience every emotion through each phase of labor, birth and the postpartum period without distraction.
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.
Krista Maltais is an Advanced Postpartum Doula (AdvPCD) and Certified Postpartum Doula Trainer (PDT) through DONA International and an Advanced Lactation Consultant (ALC) through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice also holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies from the University of New Hampshire. Krista is a member of the Pentucket Perinatal Mental Health Coalition and is an avid supporter of mental health for pregnant and postpartum parents.
Having worked as a Postpartum Doula since 2006, Krista has helped hundreds of newborns (including many multiples!), siblings and parents in a variety of settings both in the United States and abroad. She has a strong background in parent-child attachment, family dynamics, growth and development as well as family support. You can find Krista working with families in Southern Maine, Seacoast New Hampshire, and North Shore Massachusetts.
With experience in Emergency Medical Service, infant group daycare direction, and specialized foster care for NHDCYF, I have been working with infants and families all of my adult life. I became a doula and lactation counselor in 2008 and have attended over 75 births and served hundreds of young families. I have earned my ADVANCED Birth Doula certification from DONA International. I am an ALPP Certified Lactation Counselor, a Stillbirthday Certified Bereavement Doula, and I have qualified for affiliation with Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.
I love how empowered mothers become when they take ownership of their choices. I can help you discover and harness your strengths and instincts as you prepare to birth and nurture your baby; instilling confidence and a joyful appreciation of your birth experience whatever path you choose.
While earning a BA in Women’s Studies at the University of New Hampshire, Kristin discovered her passion for womens health and wellness which ultimately led to her becoming a birth doula.
Kristin has been a doula since 2008 and is certified through DONA (Doula Organization of North America). As a doula she attends births in all settings including hospitals, birth centers, and home-births. She is also a certified herbalist as well as a certified Kripalu yoga instructor. She is currently teaching prenatal yoga at Yoga East in Kittery. Kristin lives in Maine where she enjoys being a mother to her two young children, practicing yoga, spending time in nature, and traveling.
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.