Krystal Key, IBCLC & Postpartum Doula

“I believe that no one will ever know your baby better than you do. I can help provide tools and feedback to make the transition to being a parent easier but, in the long run, I hope what I provide is the confidence and ability to trust your gut as a parent.”

Krystal’s Approach To Doula Work

As a professional, Krystal believes in evidence-based practices and informed choice. What works for one family may not work for another and, even within the same family, what worked for one baby may not be the best option for another.

She strives to help make the postpartum period easier on the whole family by fostering a home environment where you can focus on bonding, resting, and healing. She has experience working with BFAR (breastfeeding after breast reduction) moms, multiples, adoptive families, and LGBTQ families, and she loves working with all kinds of families!

As one could easily guess from her credentials and education, Krystal is pro-breastfeeding. Her passion for breastfeeding lies in helping families who want to breastfeed succeed, no matter what their definition of success. If your goal is 3 months, she celebrates that; If it is 3 years she celebrates that, too. Her goal is never to make families feel pressured to breastfeed, but to give the tools, knowledge, and confidence to go as long as feels good to them.

Krystal’s Background

Krystal’s journey to birth work was sparked at the age of 12 when she watched her older sister give birth. After her first experience with birth, babies, and being part of the labor process, she was hooked on the birth high and in awe of the workings of the human body.

Early in her twenties, her love of babies and supporting families drew her to a very fulfilling period during which she worked as a nanny but, after having a child of her own, she realized that the postpartum period was where her heart was.

In a serendipitous turn of events, she found herself returning to college to study breastfeeding at Birthingway College of Midwifery. She graduated with an A.S. in Lactation Consultation in winter of 2015 and received her IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) Certification in the fall of 2015 . Along the way, she was trained as a postpartum doula and has had the good fortune to teach prenatal breastfeeding classes, working and breastfeeding classes, and newborn care classes at a variety of locations!

When she’s not with new mamas (she also helps facilitate the weekly new mamas support group), she’s spending time with her family. She and her partner, Robert, welcomed baby Charlie in the fall of 2016, just as big sister, Abby, started kindergarten. As native Portlanders they love discovering new things about the city and seeing it grow and expand with exciting new additions. Often times, they’re just at home enjoying the quiet moments, but they can also be found anywhere with a great kid’s play area, thrift stores, or searching for delicious new places to eat!

Additional Services Krystal Provides

Facilitating New Parent Support group
Drop in Lactation Services
In-Home Lactation Support
Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes
Newborn Care Classes

Certification, Training, & Education

  • AS in Human Lactation
  • Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
  • Clinical Training Preceptor for Birthingway College of Midwifery
  • Postpartum Doula training through Birthingway College of Midwifery
  • ICEA-approved Childbirth Educator Training with Doula Love Training Center
  • Adult and Pediatric CPR/First Aid/AED Certification
  • Nonviolent Communication Training through Birthingway College of Midwifery
  • Cultural Humility Training through Birthingway College of Midwifery
  • ILCA member
  • Attendance at Revolution 2015 Conference: The impacts of airway, microbiome, posture, and anthropology on breastfeeding
  • Attendance at 2017 Gold Lactation Conference

Photos of Krystal in Action

Client Testimonials

“I can’t thank Krystal enough for supporting me through one of the most overwhelming and exhausting experiences of my life. She was nurturing, kind, two steps ahead of me and helping me in ways I didn’t even know I needed. She guided, educated, nursed, listened and fed me.

A usual night went like this: she would come over and I would be so tired that I couldn’t even begin to know how she could help me. She’d tell me exactly what she was going to do as if she was reading my sleep deprived mind. She’d guide me through breastfeeding, making me better at it every time, warm some soup for me and soothe my baby while I got to eat what was sometimes my first meal of the day. Her emotional support, her knowledge of breastfeeding, the wonderful community of women and specialists I have connected with through Krystal and Doula Love has made a huge difference on my abilities and strength to truly enjoy this new and wonderful experience of becoming a mother.”

– Mom 2015

“I am a mother of fraternal twins and I worked with Krystal as a postpartum doula. After I was first home with the twins, I found myself with a lot of questions. Krystal is very knowledgeable about all post-partum issues. She was able to help guide me to be the best parent I can be and she helped me make decisions that were right for our family.

Krystal is also very helpful around the house. She is open to doing what she can to help your household run smooth while you are transitioning into life with a baby. I would not hesitate to refer prospective clients to Krystal.”

– E.C.T.

Snatch her up people! Krystal is a gem.  We took a baby care and breastfeeding class from her and were very impressed with her insane amount of training, knowledge, and warm personality.  Shortly before having our baby we ran into friends who had a 1 week old.  They had her come to the house as a lactation consultant and raved about her.  We booked her a couple days after we got home and are SO glad we did.

 The first few days of parenthood are both beautiful and terrifying!  She came in with loads of good energy, a plan of ground to cover ( super professional and thorough), and was patient and engaged with our mad volley of questions.  She made sure she understood our specific situation and family, normalized so many things, and then got right to work making sure the baby was receiving enough milk with the use of a scale.  Then we got into positions and latches. No got a shallow latch at the hospital so she helped us know what we can do to both heal and improve latch.  We went through different positions.  She stayed a generous amount of time ( a bargain, honestly), left us with a plan, and checked in a couple days later to see how it’s going. She helped us immensely and we may take advantage of a follow up visit as well to make sure we are on track and if we can add new tools.  I am confident in Krystal’s knowledge, implementation, and teaching skills of all things baby-related.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her highly in any capacity she makes herself available.

Mother, 2016

Krystal taught a breastfeeding class that we took during pregnancy. Of the many classes we took to prepare for birth and our baby, hers was by far the most meaningful. She was both incredibly knowledgeable as well as thoughtful in her approach to instruction; creating a true learning experience that left us feeling both prepared and excited. We often refer back to what we learned from Krystal and certainly consider her class one of the reasons I’ve been able to have a successful breastfeeding relationship with my son and that my husband also feels so invested in and able to support with that relationship. Krystal has also been willing to offer me great follow up support as I navigate the transition back to work & pumping. We’re so grateful for her partnership to us and to other families in support of healthy breastfeeding relationships!”

Mother, 2016

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