Christine Russell, CPM
Christine has a heart for helping others. Not only is she a full-time midwife, but she cares for her own two teenage boys who have had special needs since they were babies. Before becoming a midwife, Christine was a Registered Nurse for 9 years working as a Special Needs Pediatric Home Health Nurse helping families care for their medically fragile babies and children in their homes with the goal of keeping them out of the hospital. She also ran her own business providing Wellness Consults and Essential Oil Education. During that time, Christine was a doula (birth/labor coach) part time to allow her to assist with the childbirth process.
Christine is a Certified Professional Midwife through NARM (North American Registry of Midwives) and is trained in breech and twin home birth. Christine goes up to a 30 minute drive from her home in Elverson for births. Her services are in high demand, so if you want to secure a spot on her client list, you need to call early in your pregnancy, as typically, Christine is full by the time a mom is 6 weeks pregnant. On occasion, a late transfer is possible, if the circumstances allow, for births that require her areas of expertise.
Christine's hobbies include: missions work (local & foreign), cooking/baking, playing the piano, playing games, scrapbooking, writing, reading, and working with horses.
Fun Facts about Christine:
She has a habit of picking up parasites or illnesses in almost every foreign country she has been to for missions work.
When younger, she had a reputation of breaking the same bone twice.
Christine has retired from her life of playing pranks on people - well, maybe!
Christine has a team of birth assistants to provide another set of hands at births. Expect for 1-2 birth assistants to be present at your birth to ensure safety and that you are well cared for during your labor, birth, and early postpartum period. All birth assistants are trained to help with all birth situations, including resuscitation.
Christine has two other midwives currently in her practice to allow for a greater number of mothers served and a broader coverage area. Her midwives also help provide backup should more than one mom be laboring at the same time, or for times when she takes off from being on call. A third midwife helps during busy times of the year and covers when Christine takes time off.
Christine is a registered preceptor through NARM and will frequently be training midwifery students who will work with her in her practice. Experience in full midwifery practice is necessary to train the next generation of midwives. We appreciate our clients who allow students to get the necessary experience and training by being a part of their care. Of course, our clients have a right to decline student participation, should they choose, by notifying their midwife of their wishes.