H&CCristen works intensively with mothers, doulas, and lawyers as vice president of Improving Birth (IB) and as the person behind the “hotline” that married the informational and support strengths of IB with the legal expertise and advocacy abilities of Human Rights in Childbirth (out of which was born the Birth Rights Bar Association). She has supported dozens of mothers and professionals through difficult, sensitive situations involving coerced, forced, and disrespectful care.  More about Cristen here.


Dear Reader,

I’ve studied maternity care for several years, and worked with consumers and professionals in navigating the complex factors that go into how care is delivered. I’ve learned through hands-on experience with time-sensitive, high-pressure situations and through relationships with experts in research, medicine, midwifery, trauma, and the law.

We all have options—but sometimes it takes some out-of-the-box thinking, and sometimes, it’s about finding the right support and information on a very short timeline. I love helping people do that.  Often, a single phone call is all it takes to go from utter despair to ‘Thank you so much! I feel a million times better about this whole situation!’

I offer consultations by phone or by video (Skype or Google Hangout) at the rate of $125 for a 90-minute initial call. Similar rates apply for follow-up phone calls and work like research, drafting emails/briefs, writing letters or other documents on your behalf, and connecting you with others who can help.

I do not offer, nor am I qualified to offer, medical or legal advice. What I can do is point you to the best information and resources that I know of, connect you with experts and resources, point out options you didn’t know you had, help you articulate yourself and your position on paper, and share with you the benefit of my experience and ability to problem-solve.

If you’d like to work with me, please contact me here.



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