Meet The Hygge Project Team

Christine Christensen

Executive Director

After giving birth to her daughter in Denmark, Christine decided to leave her career as a professional classical cellist and focus her attention on supporting families and creating space for parents to tap into their innate power and knowledge. Through her work as a doula in Denmark and Sweden and through her own family’s experience with early parenthood, Christine has experienced the loneliness and isolation that often comes with being a new parent. Christine believes that by supporting and encouraging confidence, we allow parents to grow into who they aspire to be – someone who is able to find their way and parent in a manner that feels authentic to them and their individual family. Christine Christensen, together with her husband, is the proud owner of HavenHyggeHouse, a Scandinavian inspired community space for families with children aged 0-3 years old. At HavenHyggeHouse, the hot coffee is readily available, putting your phone away is encouraged, and meaningful quality time is plentiful.

Colleen Z. Carrington

program director

From the beginning of her career in Canada, Colleen has aspired to create safe, inclusive, and supportive environments that allow every person to BE as they celebrate their abilities, meet their challenges, and work toward goals in a calm, creative, and compassionate space.

With a diverse education and employment history, Colleen has over 20 years experience in the social services and social work industry. She has specialized in the development and facilitation of programs aimed to support community building and advocacy. Earning a B.A. in Comparative Women’s Studies from Spelman College and a Master of Social Work from Georgia State University, Colleen’s social work practice is strengths-based, family-driven, and community-focused.

Certified as a Labor and PostPartum Doula, Colleen walks alongside every Hygge Project mother and father as they journey through this most transformative experience — the adventure of parenthood.

Claudia Tillman

Facilitation director

Claudia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Georgia and went on to conduct clinical research with the Emory University School of Medicine Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Disorders Program. She completed an M.A. in Sociology at Georgia State University (GSU) and is pursuing a Ph.D. in the same program.

Claudia teaches introductory Sociology courses at GSU and her areas of focus are Gender and Health, particularly overall well-being in motherhood and the medicalization of birth and postpartum. Her research interests include the emerging concepts of traumatic birth and obstetrical violence as well as the role of gender within families.

Claudia has three kids of her own and developed her interest in issues of motherhood after training as a Postpartum Doula and Lactation Consultant. She is honored to have had the opportunity to facilitate first time mom groups in the Decatur/Atlanta community for the past five years through a program she built to create community support.

This sociologically grounded, discussion-based program expands and enhances her connection with the ongoing experiences of new parents.

The Hygge Project is proud to be fiscally sponsored by the Atlanta Birth Center, a Georgia Nonprofit Corporation which has been granted tax-exempt status as a IRS Section 501(c)(3) public charity. The Atlanta Birth Center will receive 10% of all donations given to The Hygge Project.