Gina Crist, CLEbaby

Gina Crist

Birth Doula. Postpartum Doula. Educator. Postpartum Placenta Specialist.

Gina is a proud Clevelander and mother to four amazing young boys. Prior to motherhood, she built a successful career in software engineering, but she still longed to move in a direction that innately utilized her skills and personality. Now as a professional doula, she excels at attuning to her personal clients and providing them with genuine, unbiased support. Gina’s doula work is driven by the belief that pregnancy and parenthood should be fun, engaging, and celebrated. Those visions coupled perfectly with her love for Cleveland and all the incredible things available here. As an Affiliate Doula at CLEbaby, Gina loves providing Cleveland parents with the support they need to balance work, life, and family, while elevating the city we all love.

Gina resides in Avon Lake with her husband and their four young boys, including her youngest who are twins. She feels very blessed by the bond that all her boys share. She is a huge Cavs fan, an aspiring foodie, and she has dreams of writing a book someday.

Get to Know Gina

What’s your best parenting tip?

Be present. In today’s world, we have so many things laying claim to our time. These things come from every direction; being able to balance is more important than ever. So find times to be present. To set aside the distractions and be focused, engaged, and truly present. Set aside those times with your children. Set aside those moments with your partner. It will pay dividends. … Then second, takes pictures! Lots of pictures – and videos too. Worry less about capturing perfect Pinterest photos and more about simply capturing what life really looks like right now. Our photos are our memories, and nothing will take you back to this time the way a snapshot or video of an everyday moment will.

What’s your favorite thing to do in CLE?

Anyone who knows me can probably answer this question easily. Going to a Cavs game. Hands down. I grew up watching the Cavs during the Mark Price days, and I developed my love for the game then. Then at a preseason game some years ago, I saw LeBron James play in-person for the first time. I was blown away, and I have been passionate ever since. I love Quicken Loans Arena. I love how close you can be to all the action on the court. The team and the arena itself both put on such a great show. I have a blast any time I am lucky enough to be at a game.

What do you love most about your training?

I feel very fortunate to have trained with some elite professionals in our field. I entered into doula work through an invitation to train with top local doula Rae Schmidt. When you first hear the word “doula” in Cleveland, the next thing you usually hear is “Doula Rae”. Doula Rae has been the most sought after doula here for years, and for good reason. Her knowledge of pregnancy and birth, as well as the local community, is unsurpassed. She was my doula for two of my own births, and I jumped at the chance to train with someone of her caliber. Now retired, she still serves as a personal mentor for me, and I am incredibly grateful.

Tell us about your family…

My husband and I met while working at Sherwin Williams. He has worked there for over 18 years, and I love that he works for such a great Cleveland company. We have four amazing little boys including our youngest who are twins. With less than 3 ½ years between all of them, our family definitely grew very quickly! Our boys are sweet, and the bond they all share melts my heart daily. While some days are certainly crazy, I could not be more grateful for my devoted little fam.

Gina’s Credentials

Education

  • AAB, Business Management, Akron University
  • AAB, Computer Information Systems, Akron University

Certifications, Trainings & Workshops

  • ProDoula, Pre-Certified Doula, Labor
  • ProDoula, Pre-Certified Doula, Postpartum
  • ProDoula, Pre-Certified, Postpartum Placenta Specialist
  • Doula by Design, Certified, Birth Doula
  • YBE (Your Birth Experience) Instructor, Pre-Certified
  • Rebozo: Belly to Big Kid Workshop (2015)
  • Acupressure Comfort Measures for Asynclitic and Occiput Posterior Babies, Better Birth 360 (2015)
  • Newborn Sleep Training, Mama’s Best Friend (2015)
  • OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens & Infection Control for Placenta Encapsulators (2016)

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