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Sassafras Doula Services birth doula services

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Montgomery, Alabama

"I became interested in birth and women's health at the University of Northern Iowa. While working on my graduate research paper, Social Determinants of Prenatal Care, I came to realize that midwives and the midwifery model of care could significantly fill the gap among rural and income-restricted populations. After receiving my Master of Public Policy, I moved to Alabama to be near family, and focused my professional ambitions on reproductive justice issues in the nonprofit sector. Little did I know I was moving to a state that is currently ranked worst place to have a baby (WalletHub), criminalizes Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs), and often disrespects women's autonomy and right to respectful and compassionate care. Eventually this led me to volunteer for the Alabama Birth Coalition (ABC), where I currently serve as an advisory member. After much soul-searching, I decided to return to school to become a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). Unfortunately, the timing was not right, so in March 2015 I redirected my energy into becoming a doula. I chose to become certified by Doula Trainings International (DTI) because of its emphasis on the doula as an advocate and its belief in the respect and autonomy of all birthing people. I love them so much that I now do contract work with them! I am honored by the work I do serving birth, and know I will continue birth work for the rest of my life."

If you are interested in setting up a consultation or hiring Christina as your doula, please email her at sassafrasdoula@gmail.com or use the Contact page

Meet Christina

BIRTH Doula Services in AUBURN

Christina Clark Okarmus is a Doula Trainings International (DTI) certified birth and postpartum doula (CD), and a certified GentleBirth childbirth educator (GBCE). She is located in Montgomery, Alabama, and serves the surrounding areas: Prattville, Millbrook, Pike Road, Troy, and Auburn/Opelika. 

Christina lives with her husband, Matt, and their two dogs, Scout and Raines. When not working with clients, Christina can be found in yoga class, knitting, reading, or enjoying a glass of wine. She loves to travel, and is fortunate to have family and friends spread throughout the world. 

In addition to her training in childbirth, stages of labor, comfort techniques, and newborn care, she has also completed 100% Doula business training and Spinning Babies training; keeps up with current research related to birth work; attends conferences, such as Midwifery Today; and has served on the Board of the Alabama Birth Coalition