I haven't talked to her yet but something about her story speaks to me.
I really hope it was just a fluke; I am SO relieved to see a birth center opening finally opening for Minnesota. The minute I found out we were getting one, it was like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. I would be very interested in finding out if she is still with Morning Star.
Kristine is now in Nederlands, CO doing home births. I've had a *horrible* experience with her. She is terribly unprofessional and just generally uncompassionate. After 3 visits and sadly paying her in full in order to receive a discount I ended our relationship. I was increasingly uncomfortable especially after being very sick with a respiratory cold and her only advise was to put an "herbal rub" on my chest. "What kind?" I asked, (this was after I had emailed and waited 2 days for a response), "Oh any kind." That was it, no phone call to see how I was doing, etc. My cold was quite serious and bordering pneumonia.
After hiring her to travel to my house she informed me that she would no longer be traveling to clients houses. She lives an hour away into the mountains and she suggested it would be "fun" to bring the kids to play at her house. No, I don't think so esp when I have preterm labor issues from 7 months on.
After firing her 3 weeks after sadly I had paid her. She informed me that she had already spent the money, had no savings and was going to be late on her rent. Where in the world did she spend over $2k in 3 weeks but has no $ to pay the rent? What? Then gave me a sob story about needing to provide for her son and not having $2k just lying around. That's great but I don't just have $6 lying around to pay for my home birth twice. She charged me over $1200 for the 3 visits which I think is completely unreasonable esp given her lack of service. I have now had my baby (early) and it's been 3 months. I still have not been paid back.
I highly do not recommend Kristine. She is very unprofessional and just downright flaky. I thankfully found a wonderful midwife in place of her that i felt completely supported by and have full confidence in. It has just been a very odd experience and I hate for anyone else to have this experience. It is Jun 2012 btw and we live in CO. I wanted to post this for anyone looking for information about her so hopefully you do not have a similar experience.
Edited by Drewsmom - 6/13/12 at 9:21pm