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Conscious Empowered Birth

Cristin Tighe, BA, MEM, MA, CD/PCD(DONA), CBE/CBD/CPD(BWI), Kangaroula, E-RYT500/RPYT/RCYT, YACEP

Cristin is happy to support anyone longing for an empowered birth. She honors all diversity, identities, races, cultures and belief paths people chose. (She lived in five countries -- US, UK, Belgium, Ghana and Haiti) so brings expansive cultural understanding and experience with a diversity people.) If financial support is needed, you can (without explanation) have reduced fees and scholarships -- especially parents of color and trauma survivors -- or receive help to find professionals to assure your needs are best met.

Cristin is a certified DONA International Birth & Postpartum Doula, and a Registered Kangaroo Care Kangaroula Doula (for support of term-infants/premies). She is a Birth Works® International Childbirth Educator/Trainer and current Program Director. In 2021, she cross-certified as both a BirthWorks International Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula because the unique approach allows her to offer more to clients.

Additionally, she has breastfeeding training from Lactation Education Resources and Doula Institute of Northern Virginia. She worked as a doula for Momease and Mother & Baby Matters in DC, and as a Brussels Childbirth Trust Early Days Supporter/Group Leader for new moms. She is often busy enjoying her three radiant children - her daughter (born at home in the water) and twin boys (born by cesarean in a hospital).

Cristin believes that educating and empowering parents during pregnancy is key to a peaceful, healthy world now and for our children to live in! 

She founded Conscious Empowered Birth after her daughter's birth in 2008 in Brussels. It was a wonderful, natural homebirth in water, but with retained placenta went to a hospital. The manual removal required an epidural (poorly done by an unsupervised medical student) and loss of cranio-sacral fluid caused spinal headache, then a blood transfusion (poorly managed IV) so extreme fluid retention. Shocked by the poor inconsistent care, she left the hospital against advice. Even her midwives said to give up breastfeeding, but family helped and her daughter breastfed for 18 months!

Later, after getting pregnant while living in West Africa, she traveled to CA to find support for a natural birth of her twin boys. Despite a wonderful twin pregnancy (full-term both boys head down), a fantastic birth plan and support, she was pushed to get a cesarean (due to perceived doctor liability). Having requested prior breastfeeding support for twins, afterward the staff gave formula to the boys without consent, the counselor came three days later, and the nurse threatened to call social services when Cristin wanted to try exclusive breastfeeding (both boys were healthy ~6.5lbs at birth and lost only a few ounces the first days).  Cristin knew some of this experience was not right!

She decided to empower people to know their ability to birth naturally, understand when technology is best used, and be informed about cascading interventions.

Cristin has Masters from Yale University in environmental health and from Johns Hopkins University in International Health Policy. She is also a Kundalini Yoga Teacher/Trainer,with advanced training in Conscious Pregnancy© YogaExcel & Celebrate for WomenRelax & Renew (Restorative Yoga)® and Healthy Moms® Perinatal Fitness. Cristin teaches Itsy Bitsy Yoga® for parents and babies. For five years, she owned Spiral Flight, then Washington DC’s oldest yoga center and after lived and taught for two years in Belgium, three years in Ghana, one year in Haiti and now in the Palm Beaches area of FL. She's a member of Birth Works® InternationalDONA International and Yoga Alliance



Past staff:

Leda McDonald  worked as a back-up birth/labor doula, when Cristin was based in Brussels. Leda grew up in farmland in southern Ontario, Canada, watching the births of animals with fascination. Through two years travelling Australia and living in Europe, she gained new interest in birth. She trained as a birth/labour doula with Childbirth International. She is excited to be in a field with so much diversity, to be working so close to miracles. She is articulate, well-read, intuitive, and eager to offer her care and support. You can email her for doula support in Toronto, Canada where she lives now.



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