Hello, My name is Kratina Champaigne-Covington, I am a wife, mother of 2 beautiful daughters, and 1 fur baby. I enjoy growing fruits and vegetables in my home garden. I collect amazing house plants and I enjoy cooking. I started GOY because my daughter was having trouble with cramps during her cycle which caused her to not be herself. She wanted some relief from having to take 800mg of pain medication every day of her cycle. As a mother, we want the best for our children, so I took her to her pediatrician (she was 15) they offered her birth control to help control her cramps & her 10-day cycles. We both agreed that this was not a valuable option and I went into ''Momma Bear" mode. I started researching how I could heal my child naturally, I learned about how plants could replace pills and that was all I needed. She has a pain free period now and is living her best life.
Beyond herbs, I became a doula in 2019 to help with Black American Maternal Mortality rates. It's important to me to see these babies go home and that mom gets to come home and live. Listening to women's horror stories of how they were treated unfairly broke my heart and scared me. I am a mother of two girls, they may have children what if this happens to them? The thought of my babies not coming home was enough for me to become an advocate and learn how I could contribute to this pandemic. My services are for all women who need them no matter age, race, or sexual preference.
I am currently a volunteer at Florence Crittenton where I offer my doula services (no cost) to young teen moms and educate them on how a doula can make a difference in a birth experience. It brings me such joy to expose them to a tradition that was formerly known as "catching babies". Due to racism and sexism, many of the histories, accomplishments, and legacies of black women’s contributions to birth work has been forgotten. But I am here to help us remember.