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Hi, I'm so glad you're here!

Christie Salazar CD(DONA), Professional Birth and Postpartum Doula

My journey to becoming a doula began as I walked through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum with several close friends. I saw that they needed not only consistent and encouraging emotional support, but also reliable resources. Following this experience, I decided to pursue doula training through DONA International in March of 2012. I absolutely love being a doula and consider it a great honor to partner with families as they experience the blessings and encounter the challenges of a growing family. I am passionate about supporting women as they achieve the empowering birth experience they want. I enjoy getting to know clients and their families, always aiming to provide the specific support they need. I benefited from the invaluable support of a doula during all three my labors and recognize the needs of a laboring mom are ever changing.  

 

I grew up in Orlando, FL and graduated from the University of Florida (go Gators!) in 2009 with a degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences. I’ve always enjoyed learning about and working with families. I am a mother of three and experienced three very different births with each of my children. My husband and I began our journey into parenthood in the UK, where pregnancy and birth culture differs from approaches in the US. The experience of giving birth myself, and supporting births as a doula in the UK, has provided me a unique set of skills and experiences. I’ve supported births in homes, birth centers and hospitals, and while every birth is different and every laboring mother is different, the sense of joy I experience as a doula remains the same!

 

 

My Family

Wife, Mama and Doula 

My husband and I make our home here in Grand Rapids where he is a Church History Professor at a local seminary. Our kids are 7, 5 and 2. You can find me hosting tiny tea parties and refereeing toddler basketball games all while sipping my beloved cold brew coffee! I love to read, cook and cozy up for family movie night. I treasure time with my own friends and family, and I would be honored to be part of your family birth story! 

Motherhood isn't meant to happen alone. We all need support and encouragement along the way. We need friends and a listening ear. I love walking with moms as they find their own way with their village around them. 

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Families Recommend 

Paige B.

We throughly enjoyed having Christie as our doula for our twins! She is so kind  and has such a calm and comforting presence. She is incredibly knowledgeable and provided us with so many great resources. We felt very supported throughout our whole pregnancy, birth and postpartum period!

Amy and Chris

We used Christie as our doula for our 4th born. Our birth was not what we hoped for or planned, but Christie was there to support us every step of the way. She met with us to go over expectations and caught up with us throughout the pregnancy to see how we were doing. As my health declined she was very supportive in helping us make the best educated decisions with our doctors we could make. We definitely recommend Christie as a doula!

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Families Recommend 

Paige B.

We throughly enjoyed having Christie as our doula for our twins! She is so kind  and has such a calm and comforting presence. She is incredibly knowledgeable and provided us with so many great resources. We felt very supported throughout our whole pregnancy, birth and postpartum period!

Amy and Chris

We used Christie as our doula for our 4th born. Our birth was not what we hoped for or planned, but Christie was there to support us every step of the way. She met with us to go over expectations and caught up with us throughout the pregnancy to see how we were doing. As my health declined she was very supportive in helping us make the best educated decisions with our doctors we could make. We definitely recommend Christie as a doula!

Noemi 

The decision to hire a doula during my 3rd pregnancy was one of the best I've ever made. Christie was supportive, encouraging and my biggest advocate. Her sound advice, gentleness and assertiveness were exactly what I needed as I prepared to bring my baby into the world. After 2 Cesareans, I finally experienced the beautiful natural birth I had dreamed of for a long time. Thank you Christie for believing in me, you were an answer to prayer and I will forever be grateful for your support.