Rochester Area Birth Network

Advocacy for health, Safety, and informed choices in childbearing


Rochester Area Post-Partum Resources

Providing mother and baby care after birth.



ELLEN DERBY, CLC, CD (BAI)   Post-partum care with special focus on breastfeeding support.    Infant care teaching, mother respite, errands, sibling care, light housekeeping, meal prep, companionship, understanding your newborn, nursery organization.  Days and/or evenings.  One visit or several weeks of support.  Certified Lactation Counselor, Birth Doula Services   “traditional mother care for today’s woman” 607-868-7555,

The Doula Cooperative of 585-234-0164  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. A birth doula is a woman who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth.

GAILA HARRIFF, BSRN, Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula(DONA), Certified lactation counselor. I have been serving families for 8 years helping moms build their confidence, get enough rest, and get organized. General infant care teaching, household chores and/or breastfeeding assistance. Access to my library of books, DVDs and slings, References available, CPR current—flexible hrs., full overnights if needed.   References vailable.

Erin Hegeman – Birth and Postpartum Doula; 315-573-1900 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.

ROC Doula,  585-503-0358, ROC Doula is a team of postpartum doulas serving the Greater Rochester area, Monroe county, and part of Wayne and Ontario counties.  We are trained professionals that offer physical, emotional support to a new mother and to the rest of the family.  Coming into the home during the fourth trimester the Doula’s role is to provide education, nonjudgmental support, infant feeding support, light housekeeping and vital emotional support.  Services include Birth Doula, Placenta Encapsulation, Certified Lactation Counselor, Belly Binding, and Breastmilk Jewelry. Contact:  Petra Letter.

*For Birth doulas see our list of  Labor Assistant/Doulas.


Face 2 Face Rochester NY –Grief counseling, and support families in the Rochester Area who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss. We meet twice a month at The Legacy at 40 Willow Pond Way in Penfield. Meetings at 6:00pm. 585-454-9299, via email, or on facebook:

DONNA GRANT MSW, LCSW, psychotherapist and couples counselor. 585-208-1873,  Specialize in pre and post partum counseling, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and healing from childhood abuse. I take most health insurances. Knowledgeable about extended nursing and attachment style parenting.

ICAN-International Cesarean Awareness Network. Unplanned Cesarean? Planning a VBAC? Meetings, a lending library, and woman-to-woman support in processing your cesarean experience. Contact Kim Guck at (585)729-2278 or email For more information visit

JLF Counseling Services, Jessica Fowler, LCSW,  2024 W. Henrietta Road Suite 3F, Rochester, NY,  14623;  585-208-8140, ,  Jessica specializes in postpartum mood disorders, anxiety, depression and relationship counseling.  Jessica also has a 5 week group for mother’s called “Mommy’s Time Out”.

Alexa specializes in prenatal, postpartum and parenting issues with particular expertise in working with women and men experiencing depression, anxiety, insomnia, birth trauma and attachment difficulties after the birth of a child. Including work with parents and young children (0-3), as well as with couples around parenting related conflicts. Her work includes providing support to individuals and families dealing with infertility, miscarriage, and infant loss. Alexa draws on her background as a nurse, lactation counselor, and doula to further inform her work as a therapist.

Post Partum Progress – We create healthier families by raising awareness, reducing stigma, providing social support and connecting mothers to help for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression. 1-877-470-4877.  Locally please contact Abby. 

SOLACE FOR MOTHERS – An Online Community For Healing Birth Trauma. It is for women who have experienced trauma around the process of giving birth. For these women, giving birth has left them feeling deeply disappointed, traumatized, or even violated. We want these women to know that they are not alone, that birth trauma is very real, and that other women have had similar experiences and feelings. We have created an online community as a place for women to begin or continue their healing journey.

Woman  2376 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618. Women Sanctuary is a community building wellness center that offers free classes, activities, and events through an all-volunteer staff.  We offer a variety of classes and groups in body and mind wellness, support services, community connection, and family friendly events for all ages.

GRIEF that has tons of grief resources. The books are all categorized by type of grief.

Still Birth Day – A Pregnancy Loss is Still a Birthday.

Resources for Grieving Fathers


Placenta Encapsulation Specialist – Karen Miceli CIES, CD, CH  (585)335-5909 . Many mothers are choosing to consume their placenta postpartum for the benefits, physically and mentally that it provides. Your placenta can help in preventing and lessening the risk of postpartum depression or ‘baby blues’. It can also replenish your iron from blood loss during birth and help to prevent post birth anemia. It also contains the HPL hormone which helps establish a healthy milk supply. I received my certification as a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist in 2008 from Placenta Benefits and in 2012 received further education with Full Circle Encapsulation. I hold a New York State Food Handlers card and have completed Blood borne Pathogen training through Biologix.

Kara Snyder, , CPES, CD(DONA), CCE – Rochester,  NY,  14617.  585-784-0537, Kara specializes in placenta encapsulation. She is certified through placenta benefits as a placenta encapsulation specialist, holds a food handler’s card in Monroe county, as well as certification in blood borne pathogens. Kara prepares your placenta in your home while offering postpartum support. References available upon

ROC Doula, 585-503-0358, ROC Doula is a team of postpartum doulas( serving the Greater Rochester area, Monroe county, and part of Wayne and Ontario counties)  that has a trained Placenta Encapsulation Specialist on staff. Choosing to consume your placenta after birth can provide benefits both physically and mentally, including lessening the risk of ‘baby blues’ or postpartum depression. We will come into your home to process your placenta, and can chat with you about your postpartum experience so far. Services include Postpartum Doula, Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Belly Binding, and Breastmilk Jewelry. Contact:  Petra Letter.



SALLY ASHBROOK, NOURISH BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT,, 585-310-1713. Board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) offering in-office and in-home appointments with same-day or next-day appointments often available. My goal is to provide you evidence-based support that helps you breastfeed comfortably and successfully. Free weekly support group for new moms and bi-weekly group for working moms.

DIANNE CASSIDY, IBCLC-RLC, ALC, BS.  International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with Advanced Lactation Certification.  BS degree in Maternal Child Health/Lactation.  Offering home consults, breastfeeding support, identifying and solving breastfeeding problems, assist with transition to returning to work, breastfeeding plans, pumping. Offering breastfeeding classes prenatally, & IBCLC breastfeeding support.  Specializes in care to the mother/baby dyad, offering real life solutions to breastfeeding issues using a client-centered, holistic approach.  Experience with trauma, multiples, tongue tie, breast surgeries, older babies.  Years of experience in hospital based clinical work, community programs and private home visits. 585-261-4834

ELLEN DERBY, CLC, CD (BAI) 17 years of experience helping hundreds of moms and babies get breastfeeding off to a good start.  Comfort, reassurance, and practical pointers and advice in those first few weeks goes a long way in feeling confident and meeting your nursing goals long term.  Working and nursing.  Weaning.  Night time troubles.  Newborns to toddlers.  In-person consultations and phone support available.  Certified Lactation Counselor, Post Partum,  and Birth Doula Services   607-868-7555

GAILA HARRIFF,  BSRN, CLC ,Certified Lactation Counselor–Work with Rochester area board certified lactation counselors, President of Rochester Regional Breastfeeding Network–Sometimes you just need a little more confidence and encouragement or help with positioning in the home–please call me; I would love to help out.  585-889-0891 .  References available.

KRISTA HART, CLC, CD (DONA), Simply Natural Beginnings. In home Lactation Consults. Available 7 days a week, day and evening hours.  Certified Lactation Counselor. Doula and Photography services also available., email: Call or text:  386-986-6013  Serving Monroe and Western Wayne Counties.

ROC Doula,  585-503-0358, ROC Doula is a team of doulas helping you get off to a good start your nursing baby either during a postpartum visit or an in-home consultation. For a little bit of help, phone support and encouragement by our Certified Lactation Counselor is always available. Services include Postpartum Doula, Birth Doula, Placenta Encapsulation, Belly Binding, and Breastmilk Jewelry. Contact:  Petra

LA LECHE LEAGUE – call lifeline  275-5151 for a referral to the nearest group, or  for a brochure. Breast pump info available.

 BFAR – Breastfeeding after breast surgeries


Nu-life Medical Equipment and Supplies, Inc, 1435 South Ave, Rochester, NY    585.672.5105 & 7300 Pittsford Palmyra road, Fairport. 585-672-5105 New legislation requires commercial health providers and Medicaid recipients to cover breast pumps expense for lactating women. Nu-Life Medical Supply offers a variety of brands and accessories to meet every mother’s needs. Breast pump upgrades may be available for additional out-of-pocket costs.  Most insurance providers require a prescription for coverage, and many require that you get your breast pump from a DME Call us today and speak with one of our specialists who can assist in selecting the right pump for you.

Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast We are the milk bank serving New York hospitals and families right now, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to donate or receive milk!

BFAR – Breastfeeding after breast surgeries


Melissa Quinn’s Family Child Care Melissa Quinn, M.Ed. Certified teacher, licensed home child care provider. Play-based, child-led program is Montessori inspired. Lots of imaginative free play, daily walks, and fresh air in fenced yard!  Babywearing, breastfeeding, and cloth diapering friendly. Healthy meals and snacks are provided. Open Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm. Located in East Irondequoit.  315-857-7471

Family Friendly Playspace

Climbing Vines Cafe & Play,  Michele Caruana,  7217 State Route 96, Victor,  NY,  14564. Climbing Vines Café & Play is a place for parents to bring their young children to play and connect with other parents, as well as a resource for prenatal and postpartum care and support. Nursing Moms and Babes welcome!  585-502-1722

Woman  2376 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618. Women Sanctuary is a community building wellness center that offers free classes, activities, and events through an all-volunteer staff.  We offer a variety of classes and groups in body and mind wellness, support services, community connection, and family friendly events for all ages.


Mary “Molly” Deutschbein, LMT, CST, C-ATMAT ; CST of Rochester/Spirit Organic, 720 East Avenue, Rochester, 14607. (585)746-4682 Molly works with clients with fertility challenges, pregnant moms, and newborns as part of her all ages and stages wellness practice. Molly is a doula, NYS licensed massage therapist, certified Craniosacral therapist, Certified Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapy Practitioner with advanced pregnancy training,and Spinning Babies training. She has more than two decades of experience helping families. Since 1990 Molly has studied traditional healing: making herbalism, homeopathy, aromatherapy, flower essences, and Craniosacral therapy part of her practice focusing on the body’s spiritual and physical well-being. Molly has experience as an independent childbirth educator and a breastfeeding peer counselor. Email Molly at

INFANT MASSAGE at Flower City Yoga: (newborn-crawling) or . 585-264-1166;  2851 Clover St. , Pittsford NY,  14534 ; Bond with your little one as you learn the techniques of Infant Massage. The loving touch of parents not only comforts and soothes infants, it may also bring relief to fussiness, gas, colic, and constipation. Your baby’s needs will always come first during class while you take this special time for you and your baby to get to know each other. Bring a pillow, a thick blanket and a washcloth. All caregivers are welcome to attend. Private Infant Massage Instruction available.

Massage Heights Body + Face;  Michelle Schojan,  6687 Pittsford Palmyra Rd.,  Fairport,  NY ,  14450,  585-598-1198
We are a team of Massage and Skin therapist dedicated to helping the momma to be have an easy transition from pre pregnancy to post pregnancy. We also offer infant massage and have trained therapist with a passion for helping women through pregnancy with therapeutic touch.


 A New Life Acupuncture, Patrick Boswell ,  1100 long pond rd  suite 210, Rochester,  NY  14626; 585-746-2187,  (  I specialize in the treatment of women’s health, infertility, pregnancy, labor/delivery, and post- natal care of mother and child.

Serenity Carlyle L.Ac Licensed (206) 491-3988 1025 Brixton Dr. Macedon, NY 14502 Serenity specializes in prenatal and postpartum acupuncture which can help with morning sickness, leg cramps, digestive complaints, sleep issues, energy, stress, breech presentation, postpartum depression, and much more. She is also trained as a Birth Doula bringing her a unique perspective on women’s care. Acupuncture is a gentle and safe way to take control of your health for you and your baby.


Beautiful Birth Choices, Sue Fox, RYT – Alison Spath, RYT, CD(DONA) Our weekly prenatal yoga classes are sequenced and designed for your changing body and growing baby.  Each yoga practice consists of safe, gentle postures that will also include some breath work and mindfulness meditation.    In our classes you will learn skills and techniques you that will be able to draw on and use during labor and the birth of your baby, or any time during your pregnancy when you might be feeling nervous, anxious or stressed.No prior yoga experience is necessary, our classes are safe for all trimesters.  Come and be a part of our community that extends far beyond the  Sue Fox585-748-2573 or Alison Spath – 585-451-9968

Flower City Yoga – Prenatal Yoga or 585-264-1166;   2851 Clover St. , Pittsford NY,  14534 ; Flower City Yoga offers Prenatal Yoga and Baby and Me Yoga. We provide a safe and welcoming environment for women to support women through pregnancy and beyond. Prenatal Yoga can improve the health of both mom and baby and alleviate some discomforts during pregnancy. Baby and Me Yoga is a dedicated time for moms to move and stretch, all while bonding and playing with their little ones.

Sarah Lamb, Inner Bloom Yoga and Healing- and, 585-727-0790 Reflexology sessions on prenatal and postnatal moms, babies and children, focusing on face and feet to help massage the whole body by working reflex points to alleviate discomfort and open up the energy centers. Also offer training sessions for parents on their babies and children to help with chronic issues like constipation, digestion and sleep. Offer one hour training workshops for parents on Reflexology and Yoga for better sleep, digestion and elimination for their infants and children. Reiki sessions for all ages to help balance the physical body, alleviate chronic discomforts and bring about emotional balance. Reiki trainings for adults in levels 1, 2 and 3.

  CHIROPRACTORS – please see separate list


For a list of non-profit milk sharing resources

Human Milk 4 Human Babies – Informed Milk Sharing  (New York Chapter)

Eats on Feets Global! is a network that facilitates local woman-to-woman milk sharing via regional chapter pages on facebook. We assert that women are capable of making informed choices and of sharing human milk with one another in a safe and ethical manner. Eats On Feets GLOBAL does NOT sponsor the selling or corporatism of human breast milk.


HOLISTIC MOMS NETWORK, – The Holistic Moms Network is a non-profit organization connecting parents who are passionate about holistic health and green living.  HMN’s mission is to support and educate parents about natural living and to help them explore holistic options that are available to them.  Rochester, NY Chapter meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at 36 South Main Street (Christ Episcopal Church) in Pittsford (corner of Main & Locust), 6:30-8:30 pm.  For more information or to join the Rochester, NY Chapter please visit our website at or contact us at

PARENTING VILLAGE is a new Rochester-area organization that fosters the healthy development of children and families by offering connection and support for expecting, new, and experienced parents. Parenting Village empowers parents to make informed, intuitive choices for their families, offers learning opportunities and community connections related to parenting, pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood development, and increases social connection among local families through innovative programming. Contact Emily Horowitz, MA, LMHC, Chair–585 935 7122, or, or find us on facebook at:

Woman Sanctuary –  2376 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618. Women Sanctuary is a community building wellness center that offers free classes, activities, and events through an all-volunteer staff.  We offer a variety of classes and groups in body and mind wellness, support services, community connection, and family friendly events for all ages.


Amity Engleson, CHom;  585-388-8961 As a homeopath I will take into account what is ailing you at the moment and then combine it with you as a whole on all levels for an individualized treatment.  Homeopathy can treat almost all ailments – inside and outside the body – head to toe.  Great for pregnancy and nursing mothers, infants, children and all the way up to seniors.

 Smallprint Rochester – Alicia Thompson 585-402-9028;  Smallprint Rochester is a locally owned and is unique in every way. We capture a child or love one’s fingerprint in pure silver which is then carefully handcrafted.  The jewelry is designed to allows a child or love one’s fingerprints to make a direct impression into the silver without using a cast or a mold. The jewelry is not limited to fingerprints; its range consists of pieces bearing hand and foot prints, drawings, writing and caricatures.  The actual jewelry pieces that hold these precious imprints consists of necklaces, pendants, charms, dog tags, cuff links, key rings and more.

 Family Physicians

Scott Hartman, MD; Highland Family Medicine; 777 S. Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620 ; 585-279-4740     Our practice provides medical care for women, children and men of all ages, including maternity care. Women seeking to deliver at Highland Hospital and experience a more natural, unmedicated or minimally medicated birth may be interested in seeing a family physician such as myself for maternity care. I subscribe to the principles of the Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative. I hope to help women and families make informed choices in order to have the kind of birth experience they desire. Caring for the whole Family!

Assaf Yosha, MD, North Ponds Family Medicine & Maternity Care, 55 Barrett Drive,  Rochester,  NY,  14580,  585-758-0750, Dr. Yosha has years of experience providing patient centered obstetrical care in the Rochester community.  He has fellowship training in higher risk pregnancies, but keeps to his non-interventional Family Medicine roots, treating childbirth as a natural process. Our office provides high quality and personalized prenatal care.  Our goal is to be present when each one of our patients delivers her baby at Highland Hospital.  We care for women seeking to have a VBAC.  Our commitment extends beyond the birth of your baby with guidance through your postpartum period, including breastfeeding support and newborn care.

 Goods and Services

 Lori’s Natural Foods Center, 900 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY, 14526, 585-424-2323.  Lori’s is a full size natural food grocer, located in Rochester. We offer a variety of sustainable high quality products and foods. Local products are important and valued at Lori’s. We provide our customers with 100% organic produce as well as vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, raw, and gluten free products that meet a variety needs for our customers. We offer a wide variety of pre-natal and post-natal supplements, vitamins; pre-natal and post-natal teas; a range of natural and organic baby and toddler products. “Be good to the earth, be good to yourself”

ROC Doula – Breastmilk Jewelry –, 585-503-0358, We can create a keepsake piece of your choice from your breastmilk or placenta. We can also use Cremation ash or hair to create that keepsake piece. The process takes 8 weeks for milk and is shorter for the other processes. ROC Doula has two jewelry specialists on staff. Services include Postpartum Doula, Birth Doula, Placenta Encapsulation, Belly Binding, and Certified Lactation Counselor. Contact:  Petra Letter.