Prenatal Resources

Pregnancy is a joyous time in a woman’s life! However, it can be stressful. Educate yourself on how to stay healthy and low risk by taking advantage of the many prenatal services available in our community. For more specific information check our website, or the Community Resource Brochure and request additional documents.

General Education

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 1100 University Ave., Rochester 14607.  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

Bradley Method Childbirth Educators –Learn how to stay healthy and low risk! Offering Healthy pregnancy classes monthly and full Childbirth Classes throughout the year. Pregnancy & Birth related research, & writing services available. Monroe County:  Fairport 585-425-7105  Webster, NY – Devin Palmesano-Beach, Provisional BCCE (585)259-4537 website:

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 childbirth ed learning: the comprehensive Empowering Childbirth Education and the refresher Comfort Measures for Labor and Birth Workshop. Yoga classes are catered to meet your ever changing needs. Intuitive Doula services are prioritized as the most important on her business calendar. Please visit for more information. Email: Telephone: (585) 820-6085

Perinatal Network of Monroe County (PNMC), 339 East Avenue Suite 203,Rochester, New York  14604, (585) 546-4930, Fax:  (585) 546-3021  We provide community leadership to achieve optimal health for babies and their mothers. We promote care, education, and services that are high quality, comprehensive, and accessible. We focus our efforts on eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes to achieve community-wide health equity.  PNMC hosts a comprehensive resource directory of perinatal and support services on our website.

The Birthful Podcast with Adriana Lozada | Talking with Maternity Pros to Inform Your Intuition Women get bombarded with all sorts of advice on maternity: a lot of it unsolicited, and often outdated or just plain incorrect. In the Birthful Podcast, Adriana Lozada talks with pregnancy, birth and postpartum experts to distill that information down to the relevant stuff. Think of us as your own specialized team of birth pros!

[click here for a complete list of Independent Childbirth Educators )

 Pregnancy Nutrition

Healthy Birth of Rochester – Pregnancy nutrition information, focusing on problem and prematurity prevention. Amy V. Haas, BCCE, 585-425-7105, ,

Birthful Podcast on Nutrition during Pregnancy


 Specialty Education

Plus Size Pregnancy information:

RocCity Signers LLC  – Susan Rizzo, 11 Goodman Street North, Rochester, 14607,  585-969-3275,    Early communication is essential to your child’s development and easily achievable through American Sign Language (ASL).  Why wait to communicate?  Your baby is eager to express her needs and interests and can sign before she can speak.  RocCity Signers LLC aims to promote family harmony and bonding through effective early communication.  Please write or call today to learn about classes and workshops during or after pregnancy.

Tiny Hands Talk To Me, Certified Baby Signing Time Instructor Linda Schmackpfeffer, 585-259-1304,, Mission: To promote pre verbal communication for hearing babies up to 36 months. Attend a class and find out how easy it is to successfully teach hearing babies to communicate, using ASL signs. Babies who learn a few simple signs, are less frustrated, speak sooner, have larger vocabularies and higher IQ’s. I teach adult work shops and baby/parent classes, for families, small groups and large groups. For more information please go to my website or contact me by email or phone.



Rochester Home Birth CircleRochester HBC is for anyone who is planning or is interested in home birth, and for families to come and share their home birth experience. We meet on the 4th Sunday each month from 1-3pm at Beautiful Birth Choices, 1100 University Ave, Building 4 – Entrance B. For more information contact…Alison Spath (585) 451-9968  or Laura Schwartz
(585) 330-2104

Seasons of Life – Brigitte Rhody-Garrison, CNM, MS – Midwifery & Women’s Health, Homebirth, Holistic health, Fertility & Wellness. Women’s Health Care for all stages of life! 585-737-0773; 90 Hibiscus Drive, Rochester NY 14618

Welcome Home Midwifery Meg Grindrod, CNM, Sarah Cayer, LM, & Martha Badoukian, CNM.  Homebirth care, Well woman annual exams, Family planning, Special interest in VBAC 585-669-2355; 2425 Clover Street, Rochester NY

Homebirthers of New York (HoNeY) – 117 N Jackson Ave., Endicott, NY  13760, 607-786-7580  ,


Donna Grant, MSW, LCSW, psychotherapist and couples counselor. 442-3050. 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.

Emily Horowitz, MA LMHC – Full Circle Counseling and Wellness–  Emily specializes in supporting expecting, new or “experienced” parents in their efforts to develop spaciousness, mindfulness, and attunement in their relationships with  their children. She has specialized training in parent-infant therapy,, infant development issues, and pre/postpartum depression.

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”.

Carrie Petruso, MA, LMHC., 585-319-7882. Carrie provides therapy to women who are struggling with pre and post-partum depression and anxiety due to difficulties adjusting to motherhood, traumatic birth experiences, and hormonal changes. She is also passionate about helping couples who are having relationship difficulties due to the challenging transition to parenthood. She has advanced training in pre/post partum depression, and is familiar with natural birthing, attachment parenting, and breastfeeding.

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.

  Massage Therapists/Body Work


Mary “Molly” Deutschbein, LMT, CST, C-ATMAT at Spirit Organic, 34 Elton Street, Rochester, (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 NYS licensed massage therapist, certified Craniosacral therapist, Certified Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapy Practitioner with advanced pregnancy training, and traditional Usui Reiki Master Teacher, with more than a two decades of healing experience. Since 1990 Molly has studied traditional healing; making herbalism, homeopathy, aromatherapy, flower essences, Craniosacral therapy, and Reiki part of her practice focusing on the body’s spiritual and physical well-being. Molly was a natural childbirth educator from 1990 to 1996 and a La Leche League Leader from 1991 to 1998. Email Molly at

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 mat.  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 ;We focus on offering mothers with a quiet place to turn their focus inward and bond with their child, while strengthening their bodies and utilizing the breath (preparing for birth). These classes offer women time to be comfortable with the changes in their bodies, throughout pregnancy and bond with other expectant mothers. Suitable for women who have prior yoga experience, as well as beginners. Similar to the Open Flow classes, we offer modifications and challenges to each pose, depending on needs and goals of practice.

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.

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 Yoga for Beginners, Prenatal Yoga, Gentle/Postnatal Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and basic meditation classes. Privates only. Group classes coming soon!  Please visit for more information about how Prenatal Yoga is one of the best practices to prepare for labor and childbirth. Email: Telephone: (585) 820-6085

  Chiropractors – please see separate list

Breastfeeding Information

DONNA BARROWS, LITTLE DARLINGS INC.,  Penfield NY 14526, 585-755-1772 I am a Registered Nurse, Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Certified Childbirth Educator.  I have over 30 year experience providing support to mothers and infants.  I support each mother’s individual plan and breastfeeding goal.  Services are provided in the home of each client.  I follow mothers and their infants throughout their breastfeeding experience.

DIANNE CASSIDY,BCLC-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.  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.

Ellen Derby, CLC, CD (DONA) (BAI)   607-868-7555     12 years of experience helping moms and babies get breastfeeding off to a good start.  1-on-1 breastfeeding classes in your home.  Working and nursing.  Newborns to toddlers.  In-person consultations and phone support available.  Certified Lactation Counselor.  Birth Doula Services     Nursing necklaces for sale:  keep your distractible baby’s attention at the breast. $7.

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.

La Leche League– lifeline- 275- 5151, 1-800- LaLeche

AMY LITTLE, Breastfeeding Support of Rochester, CLC, BS. 585-402-1136
Amy is a Certified Lactation Counselor and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work. She offers a holistic “Mother to Mother” counseling approach to support families achieve their breastfeeding goals. She is available for in home one-on-one breastfeeding counseling, breastfeeding classes in both the home and community settings and ongoing support via email and phone. Her experience includes breastfeeding two children for forty-three months and counting! She is also experienced in educating and supporting mothers faced with latch issues, tongue tie, poor weight gain, breastfeeding after a c-section, babies in the NICU, returning to work, nursing strikes, weaning and re-lactation. Sliding scale fees are available.


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.

(Please also see the Postpartum list)

 Cloth Diapers, Wraps & Slings


Ellen Derby–  607-868-7555   Mother-made prefolds from recycled materials.  3 sizes in cotton terry and flannel.  Day/regular diapers are one layer of terry and one layer of flannel.  Night-time diapers are 1 full thickness of terry sandwiched between 2 layers of flannel with an additional center panel of terry… these are super absorbent so baby does not soak through by morning.  Fun designs and colors.  Flannel reusable wipes.  Wool pull-on diaper covers made to order.  Also sweet baby toys: silky “loveys” which are small silky blankets for baby to carry, felted wool toy animals, blocks and balls. Hand knit sweaters, bonnets and booties made to order.

       Birth Tub Rentals

AquaMama: Ease pain, promote relaxation, and give baby the gentlest of births.  Heated and roomy enough for a partner.  Disposable liners and a pump for easy setup and cleanup.  The AquaDoula birth pool has worked for me, my customers, and it will work for you too!  Please contact me (Suzy) for more details: (preferred) or (585) 671-5363.

Ellen Derby CD(DONA) CLC LMT  607-868-7555   Soft sided tub is 5 ft across outside, 4 ft inside,  room to sit, kneel, hands and knees, and support you leaning over the side.   Comes with everything you need and directions.  Very portable-  will fit in the back seat of your car.  Rental is 3-4 weeks before due ‘til 2 weeks after birth.  Please request a photo before renting.

Nella & Mark Goho,  Please contact us at 585-466-4646  or to ask questions or to schedule a rental  AquaDoula Birthing Tub – $200 for 4 weeks of rental.  3 weeks prior to due date, return within 1 week of birth.  Check out to get an idea for what the tub looks like and to download a manual.

Luvaboos baby 585-729-8675

Alternative Healthcare Providers

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.

Dynamic Thermal Imaging –  Robyn VanZeilen, CCT  550 Latona Rd. Bldg. D 2 Rochester 14626 NY, 585-734-6083, Health and body analysis using Thermographic imaging. Especially helpful for breast analysis.

Sarah Lamb, Inner Bloom Yoga and Healing –  585-727-0790 and 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, mental and physical balance. Reiki trainings for adults in levels 1, 2 and 3.

PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION – Karen Miceli CIES (CIES is Certified Independent Encapsulation Specialist) 585-335-5909



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.

Amy Potter, MD, North Ponds Family Medicine & Maternity Care, 55 Barrett Dr, Suite 100, Webster, NY 14580, 585-758-0750, Our office provides high quality and personalized prenatal care. Our goal is to be present when each of our patients delivers her baby at Highland Hospital, which has an exceptional birth center with over 3,000 deliveries a year. Our commitment extends beyond the birth of your baby with guidance through your postpartum period, including breastfeeding support and newborn care.

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

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.

Natural Awakenings of Rochester – Natural Awakenings is a holistic free monthly publication focusing on health in body, mind and spirit. For More information contact Kelly 585-298-9294 at

Also available from Rochester Area Birth Network: “Nutrition during pregnancy”, “How to stay healthy and low risk”, lists of Independent Childbirth Educators, Doulas, and Midwives, and Postpartum careproviders.  See for full list.