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  • Amy Schlageter

    Birth Doula Profile Meet Amy Schlageter Birth Doula I'm Amy Schlageter, a passionate doula and Reiki practitioner dedicated to supporting women on their journey to motherhood and holistic wellness. As I finalize my certification with DONA, I am offering my services at a significantly discounted rate to gain experience in the field. With over 26 years of experience at UR Medicine, I bring a wealth of knowledge, compassion, and dedication to my practice. My mission is to empower women, honor their unique birthing journeys, and provide unwavering support every step of the way. I look forward to connecting with you and supporting you through this beautiful chapter of your life! - Amy Womb to World Doula Care https://schlageteramy.wixsite.com/mysite (585) 259-8929 ​

  • Enuma Okafor

    Birth Doula Profile Meet Enuma Okafor Birth and Postpartum Doula Services While being very new to the world of birth work I have completed both a doula training and lactation certification and am working towards fulfilling my requirements to be a certified doula through DONA International. I have experience in spiritual work and teachings alongside health, wellness, and nutrition. Basic skills in yoga, deep stretching, and water aerobics are some physical aspects that I can assist in; including advice on diet and nutrition making sure your body is properly nurtured. I will provide and offer not only relevant information of birth and care of the woman’s body and child, but additionally contribute psychological tools and tactics to assist in the birth and postpartum experience making it as fulfilling as possible. I aspire to put women and spirit first and understand women have the power to birth their child into existence, and want women to remember that divine truth. Birth is a profoundly spiritual and transformational event and deserves to be held in reverence. While times are deeply uncertain, the more we cultivate our own power as individuals learning to love and care absolutely, we can be assistants in bringing more peace into the world; peace on earth begins at birth. When On High http://www.whenonhigh.com 5857474390 eokafor@u.rochester.edu

  • Joanna Jackson (BAI, CAPPA)

    Birth Doula Profile Meet Joanna Jackson (BAI, CAPPA) Birth Doula (BAI) Postpartum Doula (CAPPA) Nesting Party Coordinator Joanna discovered her passion for birth work over a decade ago as she served families with multiples in their homes for years! Her sought-after calm confidence, expertise and enthusiastic spirit led Joanna to become a Postpartum Doula (CAPPA, 2017) and a Birth Doula (BAI, 2022) to passionately serve our Greater Rochester, NY birthing community! Joanna believes birth is a normal life event and is a mind, body and spiritual passage that our loved ones have accomplished successfully for generations! You will find Joanna in homes with families practicing techniques, providing support, and coordinating the postpartum weeks ahead of time, so you are well prepared! She is the warm, inviting and knowledgable support you want in your corner before, during and after birth! She provides direct support during labor and delivery, putting into action the skills and techniques you've spent weeks planning and practicing with her beforehand. Working with Joanna you can expect a personalized approach to care as she meets you where you are in your journey. You will notice how she trusts your intuition and works with your team to grow the trust, knowledge and confidence desired by birthing people and their partners to ensure you strut into birth well informed and equipped! Life Room Doula https://liferoomdoulaservices.godaddysites.com 585-340-7440 liferoomdoula@gmail.com

  • Eileen Steinchen, LMHC

    Birth Doula Profile Meet Eileen Steinchen, LMHC Birth Doula ​ ​ 3152009778 eeroach1@gmail.com

  • Melissa Ebner

    Postpartum Doula Profile Meet Melissa Ebner Birth Doula CD(DONA), Postpartum Doula, Lactation Counselor I have a passion for helping others and for empowering people in any stage of life, especially as they are bringing new life into the world. Whether it be emotional support, physical support, relaxation techniques, or to simply occupy space so that they know they don’t have to go through birth alone. I am excited to use my intuitive and kind energy to help guide and empower families in their journey to parenthood. I have been an early childhood educator for 20 years in many different modalities, including Montessori education, family day care, and nanny work. It was a very natural transition from teaching and caring for young children and their families to becoming a doula. I truly love this heart work and I feel blessed every day. Melissa Doula https://www.melissadoulacare.com/ 6072729838 melissa.doulacare@gmail.com

  • Michelle Grosodonia Maiola CD (DTI), ERYT-200, Reiki Master

    Birth Doula Profile Meet Michelle Grosodonia Maiola CD (DTI), ERYT-200, Reiki Master Birth and Postpartum, Pre-Postnatal Yoga, Reiki Healing Michelle is a birth, postpartum, and full spectrum doula. She is passionate about the birth process and making birth inclusive for everyone. She seeks to support the birthing person as well as anyone else who is part of their journey. It was during her yoga teacher training prenatal section in 2013 that Michelle fell in love with how the body changes during birth. Since then she has been studying and furthering her knowledge of birth, yoga and energy healing. She is extremely honored to be able to hold space for those who are going through their fertility journey. Michelle is a registered yoga teacher and Reiki Master. She loves sports (especially the buffalo bills) her family/heritage and has a passion for learning. ​ http:// (585)944-3474 viamirabella585@gmail.com

  • Kathryn Franke, MA, CD(DONA)

    Birth Doula Profile Meet Kathryn Franke, MA, CD(DONA) Birth Doula Kathryn’s interest in birthwork began with her first pregnancy in 2017. Her doula-supported birth was a profoundly transformative experience for her and from that day on, she simply couldn’t see herself doing anything other than supporting women through pregnancy and childbirth, too. As a military spouse moving every few years with her husband and young children, she knew she’d need time to make her dream come to life, so she decided to learn as much as she could about childbirth and supported her friends through their pregnancies in the meantime. In 2022, she became a certified doula through DONA International. Kathryn believes that pregnancy is a sacred season full of discovery, growth, vulnerability, understanding boundaries, embracing change, and releasing control. The amount of change that happens so rapidly and the availability of fear-driving information can often feel overwhelming. This is perhaps why she feels so strongly about her role in providing evidence-based information, and physical and emotional support as a doula. Her goal is to help families give birth with confidence and to feel at peace with each unique birth experience. She has supported first pregnancies, second pregnancies, repeat clients, medicated and unmedicated alike, and is grateful to each family who has trusted her in their birth space. In her spare time, Kathryn can be found on a run, baking bread, reading childbirth books, or hiking trails around western New York with her husband and 3 sons. ​ 229-506-0872 doua.kathryn.franke@gmail.com

  • Alyssa Actaea

    Birth Doula Profile Meet Alyssa Actaea Birth Doula I am new to the Doula-World and so excited to take this journey with you. I care deeply about supporting my clients with a trauma informed approach that emphasizes communication and consent. I believe in autonomy and empowering birthing people. DONA International trained in 2022, My Doula aspirations got put on pause when I found out I was pregnant with my first child. This was the ultimate learning experience for me and encouraged me to continue my education and passion for reproductive justice. I am currently enrolled and studying “Herbal Medicine for Women” with Dr. Aviva Romm with sights set on becoming a “Woman’s Herbal Educator”. I am also an artist and silversmith. I have a passion for herbalism and consider myself a social justice advocate. With an eye for fine detail, I am forever fascinated by the forest floor. I love observing and connecting with the wild world. I enjoy walking in the woods with my baby and dogs. ​ 5855907403 alyssa.actaea@gmail.com

  • Molly Deutschbein, LMT, CD, RYT

    Fertility Doula Profile Meet Molly Deutschbein, LMT, CD, RYT Fertility Doula, Full Spectrum doula, Fertility Bodywork, Yoga for Fertility I have been working with people trying to conceive for many years. Some just need a little education on how to recognize fertile signs, other have significant obstacles. Fertility challenges can be difficult. I have walked with my clients from basic fertility awareness to planning to use a surrogate. Along with physical issues there may be some strong emotions present. Whether or not emotions come bubbling up, I have extensive training in holding therapeutic space for fertility challenge bodywork and support. We will work as a team to determine what might be helpful for you as you navigate the fertility world. Let's talk about how we can help your body prepare the best environment possible to welcome a baby. Abdominal massage and yoga for fertility challenge is a wonderful complement to fertility treatments. Spirit Organic http://www.spiritorganic.net/index.html ​ wellness@spiritorganic.net

  • Jocelyn Semple, BEC, CD-L

    Birth Doula Profile Meet Jocelyn Semple, BEC, CD-L Birth Doula & Breastfeeding Educator Hi, I'm Jocelyn and I have been a birth doula since 2020. I am certified in labor and birth support as well as ​breastfeeding education and have attended numerous births ​and lactation consolations. My experience has taught me ​how to effectively support clients so they can truly enjoy this ​special chapter. I was drawn to becoming a birth doula because I saw ​firsthand the difference that informed, loving support can ​make. Having gone through my own birth trauma, I realized ​that a little help goes a long way during this tender phase. My birth doula package includes: - Text, phone, and email support throughout your ​pregnancy. - On call period from two (2) weeks before your due date ​until baby arrives. - Two (2) Prenatal visits including birth planning support. - One (1) postpartum visit including feeding help as needed. I can't wait to experience your pregnancy and labor with you! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at (585)794-0387 or email me at therocdoula.com The Roc Doula http://therocdoula.com 5857940387 jocelyn.semple21@gmail.com

  • Ashley Wyffels

    Birth Doula Profile Meet Ashley Wyffels Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Pediatric Sleep Consultant, Childbirth Educator Growing up I always knew I wanted to work with babies. I went on to get a degree in early childhood development and have worked in the childcare field for over 10 years with infants. After becoming a certified pediatric sleep consultant in 2019 and working with many families, I realized there was so much more I could do to help parents thrive. This led me down the path of becoming a birth and postpartum doula. Educating and supporting families is my passion and I feel very privileged to get to do this work! Doulas and Beyond http://doulasandbeyond.com 5854691782 doulasandbeyond@gmail.com

  • Phyllis Sharp CD(DONA), CLC

    Birth Doula Profile Meet Phyllis Sharp CD(DONA), CLC Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Placenta Specialist, Lactation Support, Childbirth Classes Phyllis discovered a fiery zeal for birth at age 17. She knew that she wanted to uplift those who were experiencing pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum. ​ Feeling called to serve those in her community, She became a DONA Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator and a Certified Lactation Counselor. ​ Phyllis use’s her education to specialize in Prenatal and Postpartum education as well as comfort measures in labor and general lactation support. ​Phyllis is a wife, a mother of five and grandmother to 9 beautiful children. Her goal is to extend her love for her family into her community so that her clients feel empowered, educated & supported during their journey into motherhood. Having been on this journey herself , many times, she knows that it can occasionally feel overwhelming to mom and/or the entire family to navigate the process of birth and postpartum, However her hope is to be there, through every aspect of it, to create stability, peace and growth. Birth work is Phyllis’ life, her joy and she not only embraces it but wholeheartedly loves it! As our relationship with each other grows, it is her hope that we will begin as strangers but quickly become family! Royalty Birth Services,LLC https://www.royaltybirthservices.com 5859696133 royaltybirthservices@gmail.com

  • Jenna Roberge-karns

    Birth Doula Profile Meet Jenna Roberge-karns Birth Doula Jenna has been a birth doula for 1 year, but has taught child and family development classes for 5 years. She is well versed in compassion, active listening, and comfort measures; such as the rebozo. She values each of her clients and does her best to ensure her clients have the birth they want. Jenna is dedicated to furthering her education and training, while pursuing her certification through DONA International. Roc birth support 5852980545 roberge2010@gmail.com

  • Shannon Pessin

    Birth Doula Profile Meet Shannon Pessin Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator Shannon is a DONA trained birth doula. Her love and passion for pregnancy and birth began during her own pregnancy in 2017. She is a mother to two boys; Jameson and Remington. Every woman deserves to feel empowered, educated, and supported. These elements are crucial in order to achieve a healthy and positive birthing experience. She is committed to supporting birthing people and families every step of the way. Shannon is dedicated to furthering her training and education to best support each family. Shannon enjoys living close to and hanging out with her extended family. She enjoys going to the beach, concerts on the shore, swimming, Seabreeze, hiking, and bike riding. I have a bachelor's degree in Sociology/Business/ and Public Health. Motherstouch585 5852177686 shannonlapoint@gmail.com

  • Julie Hobart

    Birth Doula Profile Meet Julie Hobart Birth and Postpartum Doula, Massage Therapist After devoting many years to massage therapy and holistic body work, I have realized that the balance between good health, career, relationships and spirituality are vital. I found a passion for working with expecting mothers and attended a birth doula training in February 2021. I then continued on to also take my postpartum doula training. I enjoy being able to guide birthing people from pregnancy through postpartum and provide a sense of calm when everything can feel so overwhelming. My goal as a doula is to help you feel empowered and support you through your birth and postpartum journey. I also continue to grow my prenatal massage practice in Victor. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling. Healing Hands Wellness Studio https://healinghandsvictor.com/ 5859759904 hobartlmt@gmail.com

  • Chelsé Inman

    Postpartum Doula Profile Meet Chelsé Inman Postpartum Doula Babywearing Educator & Consultant Hello, my name is Chelsé also known as The Fat Black Educator. I am a postpartum doula and babywearing educator, both of which I have a true passion for! Within my work I find joy in all things parenthood big and small one of my favorites being the observation and identification of biologically normal infant behaviors from feeding cues to sleep patterns. As means of supporting this passion I am currently in the process of studying biologically normal infant sleep alongside the mother baby dyad which so far has been both a fascinating and eye opening experience. My goal is to continue expanding my scope of practice and utilize the knowledge I gain to equip families with education and evidence based information to assist them in this very nuanced season of life. I’d love the opportunity to nurture you and your sweet family during this beautifully unique chapter of your life! Nurture https://www.nurturebynature.me/ https://www.instagram.com/thefatblackeducator/ chelseinman@yahoo.com

  • Molly Deutschbein, LMT, CST, CD, RYT

    Birth Doula Profile Meet Molly Deutschbein, LMT, CST, CD, RYT Full Spectrum Doula, Birth Doula, Pregnancy Bodywork, Spinning Babies Aware Practitioner I offer families the benefit of my experience - as a pregnant and nursing parent, a childbirth educator, a breastfeeding counselor, a fertility and pregnancy bodyworker, and a birth attendant (doula). I walk with my clients through it all, even if there are complications or a loss. Preparing yourself and your family for a new family member is a big job. We're here to help you put together a great team of providers and a community of support so you can welcome your little one into a well-resourced nest. As you move through your pregnancy your body will change. Together we will joyfully * use bodywork, stretches and exercise to prepare your pelvis and pelvic floor for the new demands of growing a baby * use bodywork, meditation and visualization to address previous trauma, clear the way, and bring awareness to compensatory patterns we might encounter during birth * use abdominal breathing and relaxation practice to prepare for labor and birth * have in-depth conversations with you and your birth partner(s) about making choices that are right for you and your family for your birth Spirit Organic http://www.spiritorganic.net/index.html (585)746-4682 wellness@spiritorganic.net

  • Natalie Skomski

    Birth Doula Profile Meet Natalie Skomski Birth Doula & Postpartum Support Hi, I'm Natalie! As the mother of three beautiful children, I've personally navigated the challenges of difficult births. It was those experiences which deepened my passion for assisting expectant parents in their unique birthing experiences. My own journey has equipped me with empathy and I am committed to helping you through one of your most transformative moments. My doula journey began over a decade ago when I had the privilege of assisting a dear friend during her birth. Since then I’ve given birth to my own children and had the privilege of supporting other parents in their birthing journeys. I'm in the final stages of earning my certification through Childbirth International. My doula philosophy is rooted in the belief that every parent deserves to have the birth they desire. I am here to support, empower, and educate you throughout pregnancy, delivery and post-partum. This will include: •Two in person consultations •Unlimited support via text, email or phone •Constant labor & birth support •Two postpartum visits You feeling confident and supported throughout your birthing journey is my #1 goal. When I am not doula-ing I love making memories with my husband & children, caring for my far too large plant collection and tackling DIY projects. As I finalize my certification, I am looking for experience and I am offering my services at a very discounted rate. I look forward to getting to know you! Please don’t hesitate to contact me with absolutely any questions you have at: yougotthisbaby.doula@gmail.com You Got This Baby! 5185380228 yougotthisbaby.doula@gmail.com

  • Shannon Glaser

    Birth Doula Profile Meet Shannon Glaser Birth Doula ​ ​ 585-784-0870 letsdoulait@gmail.com

  • Michelle Grosodonia-Maiola FULL SPECTRUM DTI

    Fertility Doula Profile Meet Michelle Grosodonia-Maiola FULL SPECTRUM DTI Fertility Doula. Fertility yoga I see you. I’ve been in your shoes. I felt called to this work while navigating my own fertility journey. I have personally gone through and worked with every IVF clinic in Rochester. I have supported people through all aspects of preconception. I’m a simple text away if you’re feeling you need support on your TTC journey. ​ 5859443474 viamirabella585@gmail.com

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