Childbirth Educators



Childbirth Education is a crucial part of the preparations you make for the birth of your child. The difference between hospital classes and independent classes is that independent classes tend to teach methods and information that are comprehensive, evidence based, and tailored to the needs of the individual family. Hospital classes promote hospital services, and are less comprehensive.

ACBE – Academy of Certified Birth Educators. Approved by DONA (Doulas of North America). An organization that trains and certifies childbirth educators and labor support professionals. Nationally: 800-444-8223.

 Beautiful Birth Choices, Julia Sittig, MSW, CD(DONA), LCCE – Christy Muscato, CD(DONA), LCCE, ND, CNHP – Laura Schwartz, CD(DONA), LCCE.   We are pleased to offer comprehensive Natural Childbirth Education seminars in a five week series, one day class, or private instruction using a variety of childbirth methods and comfort measures.  Classes are taught at our studio and training center at 681 Winton Rd N, Rochester, NY 14609.  Instructors are Lamaze certified educators, certified DONA doulas, with valuable years of birthing experience.  Julia – julia@bbcroc.com585-613-1051. Christy – christy@bbcroc.com585-576-0665

Birth Root Midwifery – Learn how to have a healthy pregnancy, a positive birth experience, and a smooth and enjoyable postpartum/parenting transition! The only online birth prep course that is queer inclusive and uses gender neutral language and terminology.  Offered by BirthRoot Midwifery this course provides the resources, information, and support you need to have a safe, satisfying, and empowering birth experience. Taught by certified nurse midwife and nurse practitioner, Sandra Londino, The online course is as close to a live, in-person childbirth class series as possible. 607-342-1633

BRADLEY METHOD® OF NATURAL CHILDBIRTH – Offering updated, comprehensive, and effective evidence/research based natural childbirth classes, and birth planning classes. Amy V. Haas, BCCE, Fairport, NY– 585-425-7105,  Over 22 years of experience! Welcoming families of all kinds, regardless of choice of partner! Serving Monroe, Ontario, & Wayne Counties.  Bradley class are the only childbirth classes statistically proven to make a difference!

BREASTFEEDING BEGINNINGS –ELLEN DERBY CD(DONA) CLC     607-868-7555  Private or small group lessons for individuals and couples.   Provided in your Rochester area home.  Classes are 2 hours, personalized for your situation and include handouts.  Days,  evenings, or weekends.  12 years of breastfeeding support and experience teaching classes. I also offer 1-on1 childbirth prep classes and fill in for an absent partner at another class you might be taking.

CHILDBIRTH: A JOYFUL EXPERIENCE – Tamara Albert, LCCE (Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator), CD (Certified doula with DONA) Geneseo – 585-243-1515,  The process of birth is “labor” – work that should not be done alone.  The value of labor support in the form of a loving husband (or coach) and a doula is immeasurable.   First, the labor support of a husband or coach cannot be replaced by anyone else.  Second, the doula provides professional expertise by making suggestions that even a well-trained mother-coach team may not have previously learned or may not remember during labor.  Tamara is a certified doula with DONA (Doulas of North America) and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator.  She serves as a doula and teaches Lamaze classes in her

Healthy Birth of Rochester – Complete Childbirth Education options, including full Bradley Childbirth series (see above), and one time Healthy Pregnancy and Birth Planning classes. Over 21 years of experience! Welcoming families of all kinds, regardless of choice of partner! For more information please Contact Amy V. Haas, BCCE at 585-425-7105, , and check out our website at

New Moon Healing~Founder Kara Karaoguz is a Registered Nurse and is certified as a doula, childbirth educator, consultant, yoga instructor and energy healer. Highly qualified to share her knowledge, Kara offers two informative options for learning: the comprehensive Empowering Childbirth Education and the refresher Comfort Measures for Labor and Birth Workshop.  Privates only. Group classes coming soon! Please visit for list of topics covered. Email: Telephone: (585) 820-6085

Tara Rice, Natural Childbirth Educator and Birth Doula, Informed Beginnings   585-398-3008 Joyful Birth! – Informed Beginnings natural childbirth classes. Tara has taught natural childbirth classes since 2005 and now serves as a board member with Informed Beginnings, a nationwide co-operative of childbirth educators. Informed Beginnings classes educate and empower mothers and partners by providing current, evidence-based information for the childbearing year. We teach positive, compassionate classes that strengthen confidence in the process of birth while respecting the diverse needs and birth plans of our students. Classes are taught at East Side Wellness in Fairport, NY.

Sacred Pathways Birth Education: Jessica Cary – MA Counseling, CBE (BIA) : – 585-204-2522; Through utilizing her background in counseling, meditation and holistic health, Jessica supports women in transforming anxiety and fear around birth into confidence and joy. Jessica uses a unique and experiential approach to educating women about their bodies natural ability to give birth.  Jessica offers several services which include individual mentoring, birthing education classes, birth mandala’s, and mindfulness classes. Jessica’s original birthing curriculum is a person-centered approach that draws upon many fields of study including psychology, biology, mythology, western health care and eastern philosophy.

Three Sisters Doula CareJenessa Pak DONA(CD) is a birth doula and childbirth educator. She teaches childbirth classes at Three Sisters Doula Care, she uses the Plumb Tree childbirth curriculum.