Doulas are incredible resources for pregnant people and new parents. They can provide emotional and physical support, as well as helpful information and resources. When it comes to choosing the best doula for your needs, it is important to meet with several doulas to find one you connect with. Be sure to check out the Rochester doulas on this list, any one of these providers will be happy to help you through the process and make sure you find the perfect fit.
What is a Doula?
A doula can provide valuable support to a birthing person and their baby. They can help you through your entire childbirth experience–from preparing for labor to support during delivery. A doula can provide emotional and physical support, helping you to feel more confident and in control during your birthing experience.
Why Use a Doula?
There are many benefits of utilizing a doula. These include the follow supports based on your preferences:
- Emotional support (such as encouragement and guidance) for birthing parent and partner
- Providing educational resources for questions/concerns any questions you might have
- Labor support (such as suggestions for natural pain relief, massage, positioning, and even partner support)
- Breast/Chestfeeding support.
- Creating a positive birthing environment by setting and maintaining the tone according the birthing person’s wishes
Great Doulas In Rochester, NY
If you’re looking for a birth doula in Rochester, NY, you’ve come to the right place. There are many great doulas in the area who can help you have a positive and empowering birth experience. Here are some of my favorite doulas (besides myself 😉 … did you know in addition to being a certified birth photographer, I am also a certified doula?) in the Rochester, NY area you can reach out to as you begin your search:
- The Doula Duo | Morgan Moy and Rebecca Dilley
Morgan Moy and Rebecca Dilley make up the Doula Duo. They offer a wide range of services including labor and postpartum doula support, lactation support, and breastmilk jewelry.
- Beautiful Birth Choices
Beautiful Birth Choices serves the Greater Rochester, NY area with a variety of resources designed to help support both pregnant and postpartum parents. Services include: childbirth education, doula support (they have a on-staff doula team), prenatal yoga, and breastfeeding support.
- Wildflower Birth Support | Briget Strub
Wildflower Birth Support is owned by Briget Strub and provides a variety of services to families in Rochester, NY are. In addition to doula services, Briget also offers medical-grade breast pump, infant, and homebirth and pool supply rental.
- Artful Birth | Kaitlyn Terry-Lammela
Kaitlyn is a DONA-certified birth doula and NYS M.A. Educator, Art Therapist. She offers holistic birth doula support, pregnancy henna, and art therapy.
- Momma Moon Massage | Tree Marino, LMT
Momma Moon Massage is a birth cycle focused practice working with those planning for pregnancy, pregnant, and postpartum. Tree offers Massage, Reiki, and Doula services.
- Flower City Doula Services, LLC. | Lakeisha Washington
Lakeisha offers birth doula, placenta, lactation counseling services to expectant families in the Rochester, NY area.
- Joyful Birth Childbirth Classes and Doula Services | Tara Rice
Tara is a certified childbirth educator and doula. She offers support in nutrition, labor, breastfeeding, newborn care and more.
- A New Life Acupuncture | Patrick Boswell
Patrick Boswell is a acupuncturist specializing in women’s health, infertility, pregnancy, labor/delivery, and postpartum care. In addition to acupuncture, Pat is also a certified doula. If you have any questions regarding acupuncture during pregnancy and postpartum, be sure to view the Gabbing with Gabi interview I had with Patrick.
- North Star Birth Collective | Kara Snyder, Sarah Cox, and Sam Bonanno
North Star Birth Collective is a doula trio comprised of Kara Snyder, Sarah Cox, and Sam Bonanno. Collectively they have supported hundreds of birthing people through labor and delivery. In addition to doula work, they also offer childbirth education and placenta encapsulation.
Doulas are an amazing asset for anyone going through pregnancy or early parenthood. They offer support in many ways, from physical to the emotional. If you’re looking for someone to help you through this amazing but sometimes challenging time, definitely consider hiring a doula! And if you are looking for one here in Rochester, be sure to check out the ones on my list or contact me, any one of us are happy to help you find the perfect fit for your family.
P.S. Download my pregnancy and parenting resource guide for a list of doulas, lactation consultants, sleep experts and other useful pregnancy/parenting resources in the Rochester, NY area.