About Crystal

Crystal Duffy is a Native Texan and graduate from Georgetown University. She is a teacher, speaker, parent advisor in the NICU, mother of three and author of the book Twin to Twin: From High Risk Pregnancy to Happy Family. After surviving a two month bed-rest extended NICU stay, high-risk twin pregnancy, and 2x near death experience at the age of 29, Crystal was emotionally, physically, and spiritually transformed by her medical trauma. She wanted to share her “Emotional Tale of Empowerment” and inspire other families navigating through a similar journey with a message of hope and encouragement.

She now tours the country inspiring families across the Unites States to be their own advocates and to take an active part in their own healthcare. She speaks to nurse graduates and medical students on the importance of patient-and-family centered care and how to collaborate with their patients. She partnered with the Houston Motherhood Center and launched a support group called Life After the NICU that provides emotional support, education, and resources to families after they are discharged from the NICU.

Crystal was recognized in the Houston Business Journal “Top 40 Under 40” for 2019. She has been featured by Voyage Houston, Houston Family Magazine, Modern Luxury Magazine, Woman’s World Magazine, KHOU-11, CW-39, Fox 29 and News 4. She has connected with thousands of families with her work and on her social media handles through her writing. Her essays on parenting have appeared in Brain Child Magazine, Twins Magazine, You and Me Medical Magazine, and Twiniversity where she is a Senior Writer and Instructor for an Expectant Twins Parents Class. She is currently working on her second book detailing the impact of peer-to-peer support to current NICU families. Through her speaking, writing, and work as a parent advisor, she is helping to #ChangeTheConversation with respect to how doctors and patients interact and collaborate. She is growing a strong community in maternal and infant healthcare. She lives in Houston with her college sweetheart Ed, their three little girls and happy little Yorkie. 










Crystal’s discussion of the realities of maternal health was striking, heartbreaking, and eye opening, particularly given her personal experience in this area. It was such a privilege to hear her articulate her account of these issues and her message was incredibly impactful on our group of volunteers.

– Lauren B.



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