Leannah - Louisville, KY
My baby is now six months old and I've sat down to write this review multiple times, but have struggled to because there are no words to describe how perfect Christina is. EVERY person expecting a child needs this woman in their life. From our first time meeting for coffee to interview her I knew she was the one I could depend on (I actually had a few more interviews with other doulas set up that I cancelled on the car ride home). I do not know how she does it. She was extremely supportive of me and my husband and answered any questions or concerns we had at any hour of the day. She was an endless source of information and didn't hesitate to research anything she wasn't familiar with. When my pregnancy began having complications she came to an appointment with me and took notes to learn more about the issues! She kept my husband sane and was his "google filter" when he started worrying. She continuously looked out for both of our physical and mental well beings.
As far as my birth was concerned, my only regret was not calling her sooner. I lovingly refer to her as the Birth Ninja. She was everywhere but never in the way at the same time. When my husband went full on deer in the headlights, she coached him on how to support me. Before I knew I was thirsty she was there with water, before I could say I was hot she was there putting a cold cloth on my head, before I started vocalizing my contractions she was ready with counter-pressure or heating pads or massages. She truly made my birth fairy tale perfect and supported me WELL into postpartum when we had struggles there. She was a great resource and sounding board when I was struggling with postpartum anxiety and gave me the push and support I needed to seek help. She is an amazingly talented, selfless soul and your life will be forever brightened when you choose her to be your doula.
Chris - Louisville, KY
We debated the need for a doula for some time. We could appreciate the value of a doula’s expertise but also wanted to have the most intimate birthing experience possible and hiring a stranger to be so closely involved seemed like it might be counterproductive to that goal.
Around 30 weeks we finished weighing all of the pros and cons and made the call that we would like to have a doula. We received a trusted recommendation followed by a fantastic interview that made it clear Christina was the perfect fit for us. We bonded quickly and found all of the information, resources, and support she provided during the remainder of the pregnancy to be extremely helpful.
From my perspective, as the father and birth partner, having Christina on our team enabled me to focus solely on physical and emotional support for my partner during labor while relying on Christina’s expertise as needed. We had a very long and difficult labor experience in which Christina provided multiple position suggestions; during many of the contractions counter pressure from four hands rather than only two was welcomed. She was also very helpful with family communication and assurance; our parents are still talking about how wonderful she was and how glad they were that she was there with us.
Christina was fully engaged and empathetic for the entire 20+ hours she was with us, which was an amazing feat immediately following another birth of about 12+ hours and with only a few hours of rest.
She’s truly found her calling as a doula with her emphatic personality and vast expertise. We highly recommend her services!
Cassie - Lexington, KY
Christina was the ideal doula during my baby's birthing time and all throughout my pregnancy. She made sure I was taken care of and that I remained calm and confident. If I had any concerns or questions, she was immediately willing to discuss them and set my mind at ease. During my baby's birthing time, she was there every time I needed her and was especially good at anticipating my needs without me having to say it. The best thing about Christina, for me, was that she didn't feel like someone I had employed to help me. She felt like, and still feels like, a friend. During my labor, Christina not only took care of me, but also cared for my husband and nine year old step-daughter, as well. She protected my wishes with veracity and put my husband's mind at ease many times. I especially appreciate her willingness to continue and answer my questions even after the birth. I didn't realize how many questions I would have about newborn life or about processing my birth, but she has answered them all without hesitation. I would absolutely recommend her to my closest friends and I am so glad we chose her to be our doula.
Lauren - Richmond, KY
I went into my first pregnancy with the idea that my son would come into the world with limited medical intervention and with no fear. What I got instead was a very impersonal delivery that was more about what the hospital wanted than what I wanted. My son ended up being born via c-section after what the hospital deemed as my son's "failure to descend." I was told so many things by the hospital staff: my baby was too big (he was 10 pounds), my pelvis was too small (he had gotten stuck in my pelvis coming out sideways), and that there was nothing I could have done to change the outcome. Despite this I always had the nagging feeling that there WAS something I could have done to have had my son the way I imagined. At that point I didn't realize it was a certain doula named Christina Libby!
When I became pregnant with my second son I knew I was going to fight for the experience I felt my first labor and delivery should have been. I found Christina through a simple online search and I was immediately drawn to her desire to empower and educate women on birth. From the very beginning she was always there to answer my questions no matter how silly or in depth. She sent me materials to educate myself on VBAC deliveries. She helped me to eradicate my fear of the unknown by directing me to birth statistics and evidence based practices. She always put the power back into my hands when I started to doubt myself. When it came time to deliver my son it was like having a psychic in the room! She always knew what I needed without me having to utter a single word, she gave my husband the confidence to help me when he was in doubt, and she created such an enviroment of peace, safety and guidance. I ended up not only having a successful VBAC (with another 10 pound baby) but I had a truly healing and spiritual birth experience. Christina was without a doubt the key to having the birth I wanted and I am forever grateful for her support and care!
Justin - Lexington, KY
It's difficult to describe how well something went, or how much it was needed, when you didn't know you needed it in the first place.
Christina was wonderful from the start. Our meeting from the beginning was wonderful, and my wife was smitten from there. Christina wasn't intrusive, overbearing or arrogant. She informed us of her duties, of our responsibilities and how we can make the birth go as smoothly as possible. I never felt obligated, and my own internal desires to be there as a father weren't interrupted by her presence. was the most necessary invisible person I've ever not known I've needed.
As a dad, there are certain expectations of us that we have at the birth. Of course, I could have performed those without Christina. But to see her trucking alongside me, 11 hours in and not skipping a beat...it was amazing. She kept us hydrated and caffinated (at least I was) throughout. She answered questions, fanned, cool rags, tubs of water...the list goes on. Added bonus that she treated my nine year old as an integral part of the birth, going so far as to automatically include her in duties that Christina would normally perform. It wasn't until after that I realized what kind of weight was lifted, and my daughter hasn't stopped talking about how she helped. That couldn't have happened without Christina.
There is no reason that you shouldn't hire a doula, and double for Christina. Couldn't have asked for a better one. Huge thank you, and I hope you're able to stop by some time to visit our daughter you so wonderfully helped bring into this world.
Shannon - Villa Hills, KY
I have heard that pitocin = epidural. For me, that turned out not to be true, and I credit Christina’s advice and support for the fact that most of my birth plan remained intact, even though I had pitocin, and even though I was birthing in a hospital where over 95% of births involve an epidural.
Christina used her connections in the birth world when I expressed interest in switching care providers. Her trusted contacts pointed me toward a midwife who was a good fit for my desires for my pregnancy/birth.
Christina sent me evidence that my midwife didn’t even know about for baby position - information about exercises to help move/keep my baby in the best position for a smooth birth. My midwife even asked me for the link, because she was so pleased to hear about the steps I was taking.
As I passed my due date, Christina helped me to navigate the many options offered to me (cervical checks, membrane sweeps, expectant management, pitocin induction, artificial rupture of membranes) by educating me with the most up to date risks/benefits of each procedure at different points in pregnancy. It was empowering to know that I had the information, and that Christina would support me and affirm me in whatever choice I made.
When I finally consented to a formal hospital induction at 41+3, Christina helped me to choose to relax for as long as possible. Without her, I might have been wasting energy by bouncing/walking, etc. I needed my energy when contractions became more intense and I truly believe that I would have used my “safe word” for the epidural without Christina’s hip squeezes. Christina was the perfect mixture of gentleness when I needed to know that I was okay and firmness when I needed to give one final push. I birthed a 9.5 lb baby with pitocin, without pain medication, and only one small tear. I do not think I could have stuck with my plan had it not been for Christina’s support and presence.
[This birth above is about Shannon's Rainbow Baby, a baby born after pregnancy loss. If you would like to read Shannon's story about her previous pregnancy you may do so here. Content Warning: pregnancy loss, miscarriage]
Bob - Villa Hills, KY
Christina was an immense relief to have assisting in the delivery room. She was well-prepared with exercises and equipment to help my wife give birth, and it's clear she cares deeply about her patients. As the husband and only male in the room, I appreciated her helpful instructions on how to handle a situation far from my comfort zone. She set up mood lighting, showed my wife which exercises to do, told me when to give ice chips and water, where to be and what to say, and was generally wonderful to have there to help us. Christina was instrumental in setting a soothing mood and helping make our birth a positive, loving experience. My wife gave unmedicated birth to a 9 lb 9 oz baby girl, and Christina made the whole process much easier. I can't recommend her enough!
Phillip - Louisville, KY
This was my first baby I'd never heard of a doula but my wife was insistent on having one. At first I was against it and eventually gave in. This is when we met Christina. First impression of her was better than I could have expected. She was not some kind of crazy wispy haired hipster like I was imagining. In fact she was very laid back, gave off good vibes, and as we talked we found she was very experienced and knew her stuff. So much so that after interviewing her, we did not even consider another doula (regardless of her living so far away from us, we're based in Louisville). Christina and my wife texted and talked regularly from small talk to gif sharing, calming any insecurities that she had, and even guided me when my need to surf the web for information got out of hand. She informed me that she understood my need to know, but to not worry the pregnant woman in my life while doing so. When I started noticing small issues my wife was having or if I had concerns but didn't want to worry my wife with them I could confide in Christina and she would reassure me and talk to my wife (without giving me away). During the last days in the pregnancy she was available at all times of the day or night. The day of she was in constant contact with us via phone or text and once she felt that it was nearing go time, she redirected our conversations to a group chat with our entire delivery team. The day of the birth she arrived and began to comfort my wife with massages and stretches and gave me direction to keep calm and relax. During the labor itself she was always at our side ready to offer cooling cloths, towels, advice for us to keep hydrated or to eat. We would swap out if I got too tired when my wife needed physically supported. Afterwards she helped clean up our house and made sure we were ready before leaving. She is still in contact with us when we need her.
Tara - Lexington, KY
Christina is wonderful. I wanted to help my sister have a positive birth experience and a natural labor if possible so when she and her husband said they were open to it, I decided to try to find her a doula even though she was already close to 39 weeks. I asked a few friends for recommendations and amazingly, Christina was available and agreed to work with us. She was very prompt in replying to me, and from the first interaction I could tell that she had a great personality, was very intelligent and would help my sister feel at ease. It takes a special person to be able to jump in so late in the game and build rapport but Christina did it! My sister was scheduled to have an induction on a Wednesday and ended up going into natural labor that previous Monday night. Christina was right there with her the whole time. She helped her gracefully navigate the birthing process with no meds or medical interventions! This was a big turn-around after the worry and stress she had experienced toward the end of her pregnancy. We were all surprised and delighted by how it all worked out, and so inspired by the natural birth process. I could see that this was a tremendously empowering experience and it reinforced for me how valuable doulas are- where I believe she may have turned to or have been offered pain relief medicines or other practices pretty quickly if left to the standard hospital care, with Christina she found that the encouragement and mirroring of her own strength in this was enough to keep her moving along without needing anything at all. I know she feels a sense of pride in herself, and also gratitude to give this baby a wonderful entrance to the world.
I am so very grateful to Christina for the important role she played in my sister's birth experience and I will recommend her heartily to anyone seeking a doula. She is warm, knowledgeable, professional and grounded. She is someone who seems to have truly found her calling. Thank you Christina!
Esmee - Wheatley, KY
Christina is the most amazing doula I have ever worked with. She is knowledgable, kind, compassionate and extremely caring towards her clients. Being a doula myself I knew exactly the kind of doula that I would want to help me bring my own baby into the world. As soon as I met Christina I knew that she was the doula for me. Her work is very professional yet she always treated me as if we were old friends. During my labor and delivery (all 15 hours of it!) Christina never waivered. She was there by my side the entire time. She encouraged me to keep going, she rubbed me, kept me hydrated, worked wonderfully along side my husband, and always pushed me to changed positions and never give up! Christina was right beside me when I pushed my baby out into the world, in my own home. I would never birth without Christina as my doula. Now just three weeks postpartum I already miss seeing her smiling face. I highly recommend Christina as a doula. She is the best!
Josh - Lexington, KY
Christina was our doula for both of our home birth deliveries. I know many men or partners might hesitate to hire a doula, but there are many reasons why I feel that they are invaluable. The biggest reason to me is that I'm not naturally comforting or intuitive. Christina was there to guide us along and coach us in the whole birthing process. Especially if the goal is a non-medicated birth. There are many different positions and pain management techniques that Christina helped remind us of in both births, and she kept the overall environment calm. As a husband, it was a huge help to have her tell me what my wife needed from me in different moments as well as have someone who could tag team with me. I feel that my wife and I were very prepared for each birth, but still would not want to labor without Christina there. She was always easy for us to reach with questions and very easy to talk to. I guess in summary, having Christina as our doula really filled in any gaps I would have left without her there.
Jennifer - Lawrenceburg, KY
What can I say about my experience having Christina as my birthing doula beyond fantastic, wonderful, a relief. With the birth of my first child I felt like I had no control over my labor, so many interventions took place that were not explained to me and I felt like I didn't have the strength or power to question the doctors. This is something that I didn't want to feel this time around. Christina gave me this [strength and power] through all the evidence based research she sent me, by repeatedly reminding of the questions and steps to go through regarding each new surprise that came up during my pregnancy. Such as finding out the baby was breach at 37 weeks. I was very worried about what avenue I should take, should I have the version or should I wait. I called her as I was leaving the doctors visit and she immediately dropped what she was doing and met with me so we could discuss what my thoughts and concerns were.
With all my decisions, she never made feel pressured to do one option over another. Because of her, I had the strength to say no to a medical professional who wanted to "take the baby" at 38 weeks because of low fluid levels. I knew that the baby and I were fine so we waited and once we checked the levels a few days later the levels were right back up. She was there for my version and she was there for my marathon labor. Starting with my induction on a Tuesday night to the delivery Friday morning. Her presence during delivery was amazing. She was tough when she needed to be and very calm when the moment called for it. I don't know how she had any function in her hand after I was squeezing it so tightly for six hours. It is also very comforting to know I can still contact her after the birth if I have any issues.
I could go on and on. I guess the big take away is that you will have a wonderful advocate by your side in Christina and there is nothing greater than that.
Alyse - Nicholasville, KY
We chose Christina as our doula for the birth of our daughter - it was our second birth, but first girl. I had wanted to have a natural birth with our son, but did not feel I had the support I needed when the time came and I ended up getting an epidural. I chose to hire a doula the second time around after hearing testimonials from other friends about how fulfilling their experience had been. Christina was recommended to us by a friend and, after meeting her, it was clear she was who we wanted to have with us in the delivery room. I feel like I could write pages singing Christina's praises. She is very knowledgable and made sure we felt heard, supported, and informed before our daughter's birth. She was always available by call, text, and email and was quick to respond if I had questions, concerns, or just wanted to give her updates. When the time came and we got to the hospital, I was unsure whether I could do it, but as soon as Christina got there, she immediately starting massaging my back and reassured me that everything I was feeling was normal and was what we had prepared for. Her presence was calming and reassuring and gave me the confidence I needed to deliver my baby. During labor, she knew exactly what I needed, like she anticipated what I would need or want before I even knew to ask for it. She even had the idea during one of our prenatal appointments to ask our friends to make encouraging signs for me to look at during labor to help keep me going. While I was laboring, she hung the signs up on the wall and they were a nice, encouraging distraction when things got tough. I don't think I could've had such an amazing experience without her - she was truly invaluable and I HIGHLY recommend her for your birth - just having her presence and support will make your birth experience that much more special!
Grace - Frankfort, KY
Christina was an indispensable part of my pregnancy and birth. She provided a kind and lighthearted, yet serious and realistic voice when my husband and I had questions and concerns about the whole process. Having delivered her own son and several other babies at the same hospital we used, she was able to provide us with the more personal guidance and the reassurance we needed to feel comfortable in a relatively new place (we moved to the area exactly one year before our son's birthday, after visiting twice).
She is definitely an active member of the birth community in this area and makes good use of this network to inform her practice and foster connections between others. During the labor process, Christina was the one with the magic hands and the best words. She brought patience, physical strength, and intuition to our delivery room that set a positive and empowering tone for what was a relatively long and intense labor. Trusting her completely was nearly as important to our son's natural, beautiful birth as trusting my own body.
To anyone considering a low-intervention birth, don't hesitate to take advantage of the extensive resources and services this doula brings to Central KY! Thank you Christina for all you have done for our family!
Joe - Frankfort, KY
I'm not sure how we would have gotten through the labor delivery process without Christina. She helped create a seamless experience that left me thinking, "I thought that was supposed to be a lot harder." Her expertise kept my wife comfortable and confident while delivering our new son. Having Christina around allowed me to be the birth partner I wanted to be and experience labor and delivery with my wife rather than worrying about what was happening and what else I could be doing.
She was kind and helpful from the moment we hired her months before the day right through to her postpartum follow up with us at home. It felt like having a friend rather than another professional.
I cannot recommend Christina's services enough. We will definitely use her again!
Suzy - Frankfort, KY
When I had my son Quinn I thought I had everything planned and prepared - I went to all the classes and read lots of books but nothing prepared me for the challenge of breastfeeding. Quinn and I struggled like most moms in the first few weeks to get the latch down and it was absolutely exhausting but I was determined not to give up. I reached out to lactation nurses, my doctor and my other breastfeeding friends but I wasn't seeing a real improvement. It would take almost an hour eveytime to get him to latch and I feed him 8-10 times a day making it 8-10 hours I was spending everyday trying to feed my son!
I was 4 weeks in and almost ready to give up when I contacted Christina Libby as my last hope and I am so thankful for her. She came right over to my house immediatley and watched me nurse and then gave me very helpful tips to make the breastfeeding sessions easier and more comfortable. She didn't leave until I felt more confident about feeding my son - it was amazing! She suggested that I get more comfortable before I start the feeding and showed me several positions that helped get me and Quinn more relaxed and it worked! After that visit Quinn was latching better and my breastfeeding struggles became easier. I am now 3 months in and plan to breastfeed another 3 months. - Thank You Christina Libby! Your help was invaluable to my family.
Heather - Frankfort, KY
"Having a doula is so important..."
My birth experience was a bit of an unusual one; I was attempting a VBAC after having one living child and losing a subsequent child to preterm labor. My pregnancy was stressful no matter how much I tried to avoid it and I compensated by focusing on controlling the birth of my rainbow baby. I had a midwife I adored, found a very experienced doula, and surrounded myself with friends for the birth. But things did not go how I thought as both the midwife and doula were unable to attend what turned into an induction at almost 40 wks.
My doula set me up with Christina and I met her the morning I was induced. She was everything that was promised; intuitive, nurturing and kind. My original doula told me she trusted her completely. I felt comfortable with Christina from the first 5 minutes! She is so easy-going and made me feel like I was in good hands with a woman who had my back. The on-call doctors wanted to break the sac then start a bit of pitocin, which made me quite nervous. With the support of Christina, I felt comfortable asking for an hour after breaking the water to start pitocin. They agreed and then we used a breast pump. Labor kicked in and 3 hours later I was holding my sweet little rainbow baby in my arms without the need of pitocin.
Having a doula is so important for women; sometimes we can be pressured into labor decisions we later regret and with Christina I felt that I was empowered to make my own decisions that were right for me and my baby. Christina brought joy and positivity to the birth. She jumped in and just knew instinctively what I needed physically and emotionally. Her calmness helped me stay relaxed. And while I had friends present to surround me in love, Christina was very much a link in that circle of love. Sometimes things do not happen how we plan but how they need to happen. I am so thankful Christina was there for my birth!
Sarah - Lexington, KY
I'll be honest, I was a bit hesitant to hire a doula for the birth of our first child. My husband and I wanted him to be my primary support person throughout the birth and, having taken the Bradley Method classes, we both felt comfortable and confident in his abilities. However, words cannot express how grateful I am that I second-guessed myself and asked Christina to be our doula. She provided expertise, comfort, support, wisdom, encouragement, reason, affirmation, knowledge, the list goes on and on. I felt heard, validated, respected, and genuinely cared for. And even though my birth did not go as planned due to factors outside my control, she counseled me through each curve ball, helped me process the torrent of emotions, and centered me again so I could focus on the only important thing - my precious baby. I simply can't thank her enough!
Rebecca - Lexington, KY
Having Christina there for the birth of my son was a great experience, and she was super helpful during my labor and delivery. Having a non-medicated birth was not one of my top priorities, and I chose to have an epidural at the beginning of my 8 hour labor. I was concerned that a doula may not be supportive of this since most of my friends who used doulas were very focused on a natural birth, but Christina was fully supportive of my choices and the type of birth experience that I wanted. She and my husband teamed up to help me change positions every 30 minutes, which would have been much more difficult for my husband to do on his own. Having a doula with us to advocate for us, make helpful suggestions, and provide support was wonderful, and allowed me and my husband to be more relaxed and comfortable during my labor. I highly recommend working with Christina!
Esther - Lexington, KY
Christina was extremely professional, as well as nurturing and kind--everything you would want in a doula. She provided my husband and I with plenty of resources to answer our questions both before and after the birth of our baby, which we greatly appreciated. On the day of our baby's birth, she went above and beyond the call of duty by coming to our house when I was in early labor and suggesting positions, providing massage, etc. to make me more comfortable. At the hospital, she provided a calming atmosphere with essential oils and massage, as well as encouraging words to help me through the laboring process. Overall, I couldn't be happier with Christina's role in my birth experience. She was truly a vital part of our baby boy's entrance into the world, and we are grateful to have found such a great doula.
Katie - Lancaster, KY
"I can’t imagine my birth without having Christina as my doula. She made me feel so at ease and I felt like I was just hanging out with an old friend instead of being nervous about labor. She encouraged me to relax and enjoy time with my fiancé as our last night as just the two of us. I will never forget her advice and her urgency for us to call her in the middle of the night if we needed her. When I started to feel contractions, Christina was by my side...
Meagan - Georgetown, KY
Having used a doula for the birth of our son, my husband and I weren’t sure that we needed a doula for our second birth. After meeting with Christina (and a couple other doulas), I was convinced that there was as much value the second time around. Christina was helpful during my pregnancy when I had questions or wanted to share updates, but it was her presence and physical support during the labor and delivery of our daughter that absolutely blew my mind...
Rhodes - Georgetown, KY
Christina is a rockstar. As a father, I believe she was as much of a help to me as she was to my wife during pregnancy, as well as during labor and delivery. It is hard to watch someone you love go through such a physically demanding event. There were several times when I didn't know how to help my wife, and Christina seemed to know just what to do every time. She took the pressure off of me so I could try to be as emotionally attentive to my wife as possible.
Christina's presence at our daughter's birth was invaluable, and I can't imagine not having her there. She will be loved and appreciated every time I think about the amazing birth experience that my family got to share.
Kristen - Lexington, KY
My husband and I chose Christina as our doula for our home birth. I wouldn't have changed a single thing about the whole experience. Christina was such a natural- guiding us when we needed guidance and hanging back when we needed space. Down to the small details like offering chapstick when my lips were dry from deep breathing--even before I thought to ask. Or putting a headband on me when my hair was in my face. She was super helpful with my husband, helping him remember things we had learned in a separate birthing class. They sort of tag teamed at times which I think helped him so much. Our midwife even asked if she had a background in massage!
She brought so much peace and calm to the whole thing and was a total encourager. She was always smiling or telling me I was doing great when I needed a little positivity. Always seemed to know what I needed and when. She also brought very useful supplies I would have never thought of. I don't know what I would have done without her there for my first birth, especially being a home birth! I truly believe that her presence helped me stay relaxed and refreshed enough to persevere through the whole thing. She wore many hats- massage therapist, cheerleader, coach, you name it. She stayed with us from the very beginning to the very end, and went above and beyond with cleanup, and I can't thank her enough for my dream birthing experience.
I would recommend Christina to absolutely anyone giving birth in any setting. Looking back now, I wouldn't want to birth without a doula! Will definitely be calling her if/when I am expecting again.
Jenny - Louisville, KY
Christina was so amazing. From the first day that we met her she was so kind and caring. We knew we wanted a Doula but had no idea exactly how much we needed her until the day we went to the hospital. She helped with staying focused and getting through each contraction. She was encouraging and stuck to our birth plan. Christina was so helpful with my husband and working as a team. She stayed calm in stressful times and when we ended up having an emergency c-section after many hours of natural laboring, she was right there keeping me calm and not to worry.
There is no doubt that we would contact Christina the next time we have a child. I would recommend her services to anyone looking for a Doula.