Christa Joy Kirtland CD(DONA)
I live in Hillsborough, NJ with my husband Andrew and our 3 year old son, Luke. I have my Masters in Counseling and in the past I worked with young adults in the university setting with anxiety, depression, addiction, ADHD, grief, adjustment disorders, and more. I love reading, trying new recipes, coloring, puzzles, and dark chocolate (especially with sea salt!)
When my husband and I got pregnant with our son, we asked my sister, a certified childbirth educator, to do our birth classes. She lived in Brazil, so we met weekly on Facetime the weeks leading up to Luke’s birth. The more I learned about childbirth, the more I wanted to learn. I was fascinated by the idea of a natural unmedicated birth experience. The more I learned about natural pain management techniques, I realized how similar the techniques were to relaxation techniques I used to use with clients struggling with various mental illness. I knew I had firsthand seen results come from them in the counseling world, it only made sense to me how effective it would be in childbirth. It was then I started to become more interested in becoming a birth doula. I had an incredible first time birth experience in the hospital setting with my son. I look back at that day and remember feeling so personally empowered and in awe of the human birth pregnancy and birth process- and after that I was hooked! Childbirth is one of the most amazing, natural, beautiful, and life changing experiences. I want to come alongside of others to help them too achieve the birth experience they are hoping for.
I took my doula training course in February of 2017 and in December of 2018 I became a certified birth doula with DONA International.