Crist’s pregnancy wasn’t an easy one. Throughout all nine months, sickness was persistent, she was hospitalized multiple times, and eventually she couldn’t work full time. The birth of her daughter was one of the most joyous days of Crist’s life. But 10 days later, her anxiety rose and she couldn’t sleep. She started to spiral, and if it weren’t for the support of her friend, her future now would look much different.
As she began the long process of focusing on her health, Crist began thinking of how she could use her experience to help others. She began to tell her story at Mercy and started working to implement programs to assist women who recently gave birth. Through her leadership, Mercy routinely screens women who recently gave birth to detect postpartum cases early.