Birth Doula. Postpartum Doula.
Crystal’s heart has always been in helping others and putting their best interests first. She credits her grandmother’s love and care as the foundation upon which her desire to support others was built. This lead Crystal into foster parenting for a time, and she now enjoys providing support to her clients as a birth and postpartum doula.
Crystal resides in North Royalton with her husband Brad, their 2 children, her dog Kajah and cat Rue. Their home sits on a beautiful 12 acres of land that boasts lots of woods to escape into and plenty of nature to enjoy. They hope to add some chickens one day too!
Get to Know Crystal
What do you enjoy most about birth and postpartum doula work?
With birth doula work, I love supporting women when they need it the most, with the added perk of seeing new life enter the world. I can’t say that there’s a better job out there – it’s truly amazing!
As a postpartum doula, I have always loved caring for children of all ages. Not to mention, I am one of those rare people who really enjoys organizing, cleaning, cooking, and prepping for the week. Helping others learn ways to make their life easier and more efficient is really gratifying.
What’s something unique about you?
I was a foster parent for a number of years. My inspiration behind this huge life decision is my grandma, the woman who raised me. She had grown children and no obligation to take me in. She did it anyways, and I’m so grateful for her sacrifice and love.
As a foster parent I have held my children, taught them how to walk and talk, taught them how to use a spoon, served as their advocate, and ultimately, cried with them when it was time for them to leave. My heart guides everything I do, whether it’s being the best mom I can be to my kids or providing doula support.
What’s your best parenting tip?
Memories can be made even in the messes. I had this “aha moment” on a day I had spent the entire day cleaning the house. The kids wanted popcorn for a snack, so I popped it, and gave them each a container. I left the room for only a couple minutes, and when I returned it was EVERYWHERE.
My immediate reaction was to stop and loudly sigh, but instead of getting angry and reacting, I took a moment to pause and breathe (I remind myself to do this a lot). I saw that they were completely content. No fighting or yelling or throwing. They were just contentedly decorating the floor with their popcorn. I ran to the kitchen to grab my camera and snapped away. To this day they are some of my favorite pictures of my two kids… Playing peacefully together in a pile of popcorn.
Where’s your hometown?
Cleveland, Ohio, in the area now known as the Gordon Square Arts District. I used to walk down the tunnel and spend my days at the lake. It was and still is my favorite place to be.
- Medical Assistant Certificate, Kaplan University
Certifications, Trainings & Workshops
- ProDoula, Pre-Certified Doula, Labor
- ProDoula, Pre-Certified Doula, Postpartum
- Acupressure Comfort Measures for Asynclitic and Occiput Posterior Babies, Better Birth 360 (2015)