I am a first-time mom who had a lot of expectations for how I wanted to bring my little one into the world. As much as I had dreamed and planned for that day, it was not what I had expected.
I am so grateful for Christina's patience and endurance through my long labor and delivery. She adapted seamlessly to meet my needs and requests.
I labored for 56 hours including 2 1/2 hours of pushing. Throughout which Christina groaned with me voluntarily as well as upon request, this meant more to me than she even realized.
She gently offered creative ideas to make me more comfortable during labor (including offering peppermint oil for me to smell because I was very nauseated). And sound wisdom and encouragement for pushing.
She worked hard with me to deliver my baby into my arms and make my dreams come true! I felt as though she was as determined as I was to have a safe, natural home birth. It was very reassuring to have the presence of someone who shares the same priorities as we do.
Thank you so much Christina, for not giving up on me and working hard to make me as comfortable as possible without compromising the safety of me or my baby!
We've known Christina for the past eight years. She was our Bradley instructor with our first pregnancy. We loved her class so much that we took it again with our second baby. She was so thorough and shared with us a wealth of child bearing knowledge that we felt extremely prepared during the birthing process. We had our first two in the hospital and because of how well she prepared us we were able to have successful drug-free births. With our third and fourth babies we decided to have home births with Christina. When selecting a midwife we had a lot of criteria we were looking for. Things that were important to us were: someone that had experience and medical knowledge to bring new life into the world safely, someone able to listen to concerns objectively and present several options, someone willing to let the parents guide the birth, someone with a compatible personality to us, and someone that is loving and able to offer comfort, peace, and support during labor. I can genuinely say Christina offers all of these qualities. Our last birth (July 2014) was so peaceful and special. She allowed us to birth the way we wanted, there were no restrictions, or feelings of being rushed. She was extremely calm and peaceful and very attentive to us and the baby's needs. We felt so loved and safe in her care. It's not likely we will have any more children, but if we do without hesitation Christina will be our midwife. We have had a wonderful journey with Christina and now share a special bond with her, we really love her! We are so sad to see our baby days being left behind!
When we found out we were having our third child, we knew we definitely wanted to be able to birth at home this time around. I’m fortunate enough to have Christina in my life, not just as a midwife, but as a friend. When it was time to figure out our birth plan and who I wanted to be there to support me I knew I wanted Christina’s calm and gentle spirit there with me. That was the best decision we could have made. She really brought so much peace and comfort to our home and there was never any moments of stress, panic, or worry. Christina was able to calm me when transition hit with her soothing touch and soft spoken voice. What I’ll never forget is the essential oils she rubbed on my back. All I wanted was her delicious smelling hands right by my face when I felt like I was going to lose control. She allowed mine and my husband’s hands to be the first hands to touch our baby girl and I was able to pick her right up and place her on my chest. I never felt rushed to do anything wether it be delivering the placenta, cutting the cord, or even having to get out of the birthing tub afterward. The whole experience was so organic and was one of the best days of our entire family’s life. It was such a beautiful empowering experience and that is in large part thanks to Christina. She has been such a blessing to our entire family.
I am so very blessed and grateful that you were with me at the births of both of my girls! You’re an amazingly beautiful midwife and friend. Your calming and comforting presence helped to empower me through both births. You are so sweet, gentle and calm. You will always hold a special place in my heart and in our family. Much love to you!
Christina Sanders was recommended to us when we found out we were pregnant by some friends who had taken her Bradley method classes and hired her as a doula for their birth. We had already met with another midwife, but the second we met Christina we knew she was the one! She has so much passion for what she does! Christina was great with everything from prenatal care to post! When ever I felt something different or wasn't sure I would contact her and right away without hesitation she would always respond or call me! I was lucky and didn't have much to complain and or adjust to with the pregnancy -until the very end and she was very involved making sure I was on my "A" game drinking enough water ( cause I wasn't and started to get elephant ankles) I feel like having her as a midwife was like having a close friend there to guide me- with no judgement only an open heart and lots of knowledge! During labor she was so perfect attending to my needs and offering ideas to change things up a bit when pushing was taking a bit long. After birth I had a few things going on with my breastfeeding and she did everything she could to make sure i had all the resources I needed. She gave me numbers to several lactation consultants and an ENT! Seriously I feel like this amazing woman went above and beyond for us! She truly cares about the well being of her clients! We also ended up taking the Bradley method classes with her as well ( when we were maybe 3-4 months into pregnancy)and she gave us so much insight and information to go home and think about! The classes were great, held at her home and in small groups which was nice and now we will have a class reunion to meet everyone's little babies!!! Point blank I would definitely recommend this Amazing lady to everyone I know who is interested in a natural birthing experience! She will be there to help support and guide you every step of the way!
BEST birth experience possible!!! I had a large baby through a home birth with Christina and she is the main reason I was successful! She held my hand all the way through, giving me encouraging words and knowledgeable medical advice, I knew I was in great hands with her.