Doulas

Labor Assistants/Doulas in the Rochester Area

A Doula is a trained professional birth assistant whose focus is on the informational, emotional, and comfort needs of the woman and her partner before, during and immediately following birth.

It is the hope of Rochester Area Birth Network that this list will help you find a Doula who is right for you.  Experience and training, services offered, and fees vary widely, as do personalities.  It’s important that you feel comfortable with your Doula (that’s her job!), so we suggest that you contact a few of the Doulas listed here to find the best match for you.

The Doulas on this list are individuals who are professional members of Rochester Area Birth Network.  However, Rochester Area Birth Network makes no claims or guarantees regarding the services, skills, or qualifications of the individuals listed here. Any recommendations concerning the use of doulas, including this list, do not constitute medical advice, Likewise, doulas are not medical care providers and any recommendations made by doulas do not constitute medical advice.

(You can also find a doula at www.FindaDoulaToday.com , or The Doula Cooperative of Rochester (585) 234-0164 www.doulacooperative.org )

 Tamara L. Albert CD (DONA), LCCE(585) 243-1515 ,  tamaralynn@rochester.rr.com 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 home.

Dr. Nicole Clemente, CACCP @ Rochester Chiropractic & Pregnancy, 2139 North Union Street, Suite 7A, Spencerport, New York 14559, 585-617-3494, Fax:  585-617-3496, clemente.dc@hotmail.com , www.chiropracticandpregnancy.com , Dr. Clemente is first a Doctor of Chiropractic trained to treat pregnant women throughout their pregnancy but also has trained as a Birth Doula and does go to births.

Ellen Derby, CD(DONA)(BAI), CLC, LMT  607-868-7555 , blossomd@rochester.rr.com     www.BirthAndMothersMilk.com   www.facebook.com/pages/BirthandMothersMilkDoulaandMothercareServices My philosophy is that all women have the strength, courage, and heart to give birth naturally.  My job is to help you tap into these qualities and make them stronger, to build on your skills so you can face the challenges of labor, and to support you through childbirth so you can achieve your goals.  My hands, my voice and my heart are the best tools I carry.  I help you understand and know all the choices you will face during birth so you can be involved in your own care.  These are the things that make birth empowering and positive so you can look back with joy.  Breastfeeding support birth through weaning.

 The Doula Cooperative of Rochesterwww.doulacooperative.org 585-234-0164 info@doulacooperative.com A birth doula is a woman who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth. A postpartum doula helps a family make a smooth transition into parenthood by providing assistance with newborn care, breastfeeding, household duties and valuable emotional support during the postpartum period. The Doula Cooperative will provide you with names of local doulas available to support your family with your birth and postpartum experience.

Kimberly Guck, CD (DONA), (585)729-2278 Kimberlyguck@gmail.com  kimguckdoula.wordpress.comI am the proud mother of two beautiful children who entered the world quite differently! My son was born through a cesarean, and my daughter through a med-free VBAC. It is because of my son’s birth that I became a birth doula. My passion lies in helping women to know their power in birth, and the choices they have to bring their children into the world as naturally and safely as possible. I have experience with VBAC, cesarean delivery, the Bradley method of childbirth, Hypnobirthing, pregnancy after a previous loss, preterm birth, single mothers, homebirth, & have been attending births since 2008.

Gaila Harriff, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA), CLC,  BSRN     I have a calm, patient nature to assist you in labor; helping you with your goals (help writing your birth plan) for your birth experience. Certified for both birth and postpartum through DONA, serving families for 8 + years. Access to my library of books, DVD’s and slings. Breastfeeding assistance also available. “I feel so honored to step into your family’s beginnings. You will look back on these days the rest of your lives.”

Krista Hart, CLC, CD (DONA), Simply Natural Beginnings. Labor Doula services available. I believe every women should have the birth they want and I will work to make sure you get that. Lactation and Photography services also available.  www.simplynaturalbeginnings.com, 386-986-6013  Krista@simplynaturalbeginnings.com   Serving Monroe and Western Wayne Counties.

Erin Hegeman – Birth and Postpartum Doula; erinhegeman.com 315-573-1900 erin.hegeman.doula@gmail.com I am a believer in the process of birth, and center my practice on the trust that each of us hold the knowledge and wisdom within ourselves to birth our baby and make decisions surrounding this transformative time. With training as a postpartum doula, I can also offer support in the transition to motherhood at home. Postpartum services can be an extension of birth doula services, or as a stand alone. I am trained in Rebozo for labor as well as Hypnobirthing, and will soon complete my certification in Advanced Studies for Holistic Childbirth. My job as a doula is to offer reassurance and encouragement for you to claim your power.

Adriana Lozada, AdvCD(DONA)   (Also fluent in Spanish.) www.birthful.com (585) 454-9898, adriana@birthful.com
Congratulations! Having a baby is wonderfully transforming and empowering! My mission as a doula is to help you have a satisfying birth experience, as you define it. I’m there to support you as a family, and will also work with your partner and those present at your birth, so that they are able to participate at their comfort level. Since 2007 I have supported women and their partners through vaginal births, cesarean births, VBACs, premature births, post-date births and back labor (posterior baby presentations).  There are many ways to give birth, but all moms need caring support!  I’m a DONA certified birth doula, and also offer Postpartum Preparation Services, and healthy sleep consultations.

Danielle Major  – 808-268-3973 Doula_Danielle@yahoo.com I am a trained Birth Doula, seeking DONA certification. I believe a Doula is an essential role in a women’s birth and that women should have the best birth possible with the circumstances that are provided for them at that time. I am familiar with the Bradley Childbirth Method and support natural childbirth and breastfeeding mommas. I had a natural labor with my son in 2011.  I look forward to working with you on your journey into motherhood.

Christy Muscato, CD(DONA), LCCE, CNHP, ND – Beautiful Birth Choices
www.bbcroc.com(cell: 576-0665)  christy@bbcroc.com I have been supporting women and their partners since 2004.  Women are amazing, and being present on one of the most powerful days of their life is truly an honor.  Experiencing a cesarean & VBAC myself, I know the extra support it takes to make that happen.  I have supported vaginal birth, cesarean birth, high-risk birth, twins and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).  Even VBAC Twins!  I have worked with single mother, multiple types of couples, and older maternal ages.  My hope is that women feel informed empowered and supported!  I am a certified birth doula with DONA, International and teach Lamaze Childbirth Classes.

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 brings many years of invaluable experience to your pregnancy and labor/birth. As your doula, Kara is with you to listen, comfort, support, educate and empower you and your birth partner as you prepare for the biggest event of your life. Since 2010, families have looked to Kara for her guidance, expertise and loving presence to help ensure their positive vision of birth. Three packages to choose from. Please visit www.newmoonhealing.com for more information. Email: newmoonhealing@yahoo.com. Telephone: (585) 820-6085

Elizabeth Prokopienko;  Rochester Doulas;   Spencerport, NY,  14559;  585-703-7639;  prokopienkos@gmail.com   doulasroc.com Elizabeth is a certified labor doula and a trained postpartum doula. She brings her compassion, knowledge, and expertise to you, offering exceptional, unconditional support whenever you need it. Elizabeth is dedicated to supporting you and your family in all your pregnancy, birth and postpartum needs.

Julia M. Sittig, MSW, AdvCD(DONA), LCCE  585-613-1051,  julia@bbcroc.com ,  www.bbcroc.com   I have had the joy of supporting women and their partners since 2004, rewarding years of experience! My belief is that women have been designed to participate in natural, normal birth, not just experience it. As a doula, I offer continuous support, birth planning and education, assistance with comfort measures and emotional support in labor, and immediate post partum guidance.  A mother of five with a terrific husband, I am a DONA certified doula (2005), a Lamaze certified educator (2005), an assistant doula trainer with Birth Matters, and a back-up home birth midwifery assistant with Seasons of Life Midwifery.

Kara Snyder, , CPES, CD(DONA), CCE – Birth Doula and Placenta Encapsulator, Rochester,  NY,  14617.  585-784-0537,  karaandsam@yahoo.com Offering placenta encapsulation services to the greater Rochester, NY area www.ksnyderplacenta.com

Alison Spath, CD(DONA), RYTalison@bbcroc.com, 585-451-9968  http://bbcroc.com I believe that birth is a transformational journey, one that will change your life forever.  Historically, women have been surrounded by experienced mothers during their pregnancies and births for support, guidance and reassurance.  As your doula I offer prenatal support to help you plan, work through fears and concerns and understand your options.  I will be with you and your partner throughout your entire labor and birth.  I also offer breastfeeding support in the hours, days and weeks after your baby has arrived.I have three children, my daughters born via unplanned cesarean and my son was born naturally after two cesareans.  (VBA2C)  I teach prenatal yoga and have been working with breastfeeding mothers in the community since 2008.

Bridget Strub;  Wildflower Birth Support;  Rochester,  NY, 14609;  585-880-5387, b.rose.strub@gmail.com;  I am a Certified Birth Doula (CD(DONA)) and am working toward certification as a placenta encapsulation specialist with APPA.

Alexa Weeks, CD, LMSW, RN-CLC – Alexa@birthful.com, (585) 568.7806 birthful.com/alexa  Alexa provides non-judgmental support and evidence-based resources; working closely to identify the specific needs and priorities of each client. She approaches doula work with an open-heart, an open-mind, and a dedication to helping women and families transition from pregnancy to parenthood in a way that feels authentic and meaningful to them. Alexa is certified through Birth Arts International. She has additional training as a certified lactation counselor, and is also a social worker. Her experience as a nurse, in a hospital-based birthing center, gave her an appreciation for the diverse range of childbirth options and a respect for the process of birth.

 Valarie Welsh,  Bithmark Doula & Birth Services,   Rochester,
NY,  14623 ,  585-943-8655,  info@birthmarkdoula.com   I’m a trained doula with Doulas Of North America  supporting births over 5 years, a member  of D.O.N.A. International, &  vice president for the Rochester Doula Cooperative.  I’m certified in acupressure for labor support and a Passion for Birth childbirth educator.  I’m experienced supporting Cesarean, VBAC, multiples and home births, but my favorite credential is a deep love and respect for the transforming power of birth and how powerful a woman’s own wisdom can be. I believe the sacrament of birth belongs with the family and welcome a conversation to determine how I can best support you in the choices ahead.

 

 Community Doula Program – http://www.healthconnectone.org/pages/press_release___7_29_2014/368.php

Many Doulas listed mention the following organizations and credentials; here’s what they stand for:

ALACE – Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators  http://www.alace.org/

BAI – Birth Arts International www.birtharts.com

BCCE – Bradley Certified Childbirth Educator & Labor Support  www.bradleybirth.com

CCA –Certified Childbirth Assistant

CCE – Certified Childbirth Educator

DONA – Doulas of North America http://www.dona.org/

ICCE – Internationally Certified Childbirth Educator

ICEA – International Childbirth Education Association http://www.icea.org/doulas.htm

CI – Childbirth International www.childbirthinternational.com