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Found 3 Pros in Rochester, NY, USA | Birth doula support
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Ashley Wyffels

Victor, NY

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 1 years experience

From the time I was a little girl I always knew I wanted to work with babies in some way or another. I have a degree with early childhood development and have worked in the childcare field for 10+ years with infants. After becoming a certified pediatric sleep consultant in 2019, I realized there was so much more I could do to help parents thrive. This led me down the path to become a birth and postpartum doula. My birth and postpartum training validated my feelings that I was meant to do this type of work and that this is exactly what I had been looking for!

Care philosophy

My goal as a birth doula is to inform and support parents so they feel heard and remember birth as a happy experience. I was fortunate enough to have a positive birth experience when I had my daughter in 2014 but I know that is not the case for everyone. I would love to be able to change that. My goal as a postpartum doula is to make the transition of having a new baby as smooth as possible. I

Areas served

  • Finger Lakes, Canandaigua, Victor, Farmington, Roc

Jill Stewardson

Rochester, NY

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

After having a doula with the birth of my first child in 2018, I realized just how much it means to have someone there to support you who is knowledgeable in birth. The birth of my child was a life changing experience for me and having my doula made all the difference. I knew that I wanted to help other birthing people and their families to have a loving and supportive birth like I had. I will work with the birthing person and their family to make sure everyone is well informed about birth and feels confident in their pregnancy, labor, and birth. I will be there to support physically, emotionally, and mentally. Little more about me..... I have a beautiful wife, two children, and I am a certified sign language interpreter (for over 10 years). I am fluent in American Sign Language. Oh, I am also learning to crochet.... baby everything here I come!

Care philosophy

I will work with the birthing person and their family to make sure everyone is well informed about birth and feels confident in their pregnancy, labor, and birth. I will be there to support physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Areas served

  • Monroe County
$ flexible

Danielle Martin

Geneva, NY

0 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience

I began my doula practice in April 2019. I participated in a doula training with the Cayuga County Health Network and currently participate in their program, providing free birth services to pregnant women in that county. Since then, I have worked with multiple mothers in a variety of capacities, including in-person birth support, birth plan writing, and remote/virtual birth assistance.

Care philosophy

Danielle hopes to support mothers during their most vulnerable state, providing them the tools and education necessary to make important decisions regarding the arrival of their little one so that mother and baby will have a magical, comfortable birth to remember.

Areas served

  • Geneva, Auburn, Ithaca, Syracuse, Rochester
  • and the surrounding areas

Doula Services: FAQs

A doula is a professional that provides emotional, physical and educational support to new parents before, during, and after childbirth and into the early postpartum period. Doulas are companions who strive to give families a safe, positive, and healthy labor experience. They provide parents with evidence-based information and education on childbirth and are someone who the parent can turn to with questions and concerns about having a baby. Doulas also take an active role in collaborating with the parent to create a birth plan.

A certified birth doula offers advice and techniques to help reduce the stress that the parent often experiences during childbirth and provides you with education about different aspects of delivery and labor and what comes after.

There are two ways you can hire a doula through Meela in Rochester, NY.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Rochester, NY and send the doulas you are interested in a message, introducing yourself and setting up an interview. We recommend interviewing at least three before hiring your top doula.

You can also hire a doula in Rochester, NY in three easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in Rochester, NY. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  1. Get your list of Rochester, NY doulas: in a few hours, you will have a collection of doulas near you who are qualified to meet your needs. You can compare pricing, experience and read reviews. You can chat with each doula to learn more about them.
  1. Hire a doula with confidence: schedule virtual or in-person interviews with your top doula choices. Hire your top doula and start getting the care you deserve.

While the cost of a doula can vary based on experience and the services offered, the average cost of a doula in Rochester, NY is $1,124, but typically ranges from $891 to $1,358. These costs are based on a representative group of 8 doulas surveyed by Meela in the Rochester area. The average cost of a doula in Rochester, NY is lower than the average cost of a doula in the state of New York, which is $1,192.

To put this in further context, the cost of a doula in Rochester, NY is higher than the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

When hiring a birth doula in Rochester, NY, you and your doula will discuss and agree upon a fee structure, and your doula will send you itemized invoices through Meela, which you can pay securely through the app.

Some insurance companies will cover all or part of the cost of hiring a doula. Contact your insurance company to find out if they offer any coverage for hiring a doula; not all insurance companies do.

You can hire two types of doulas in Rochester, NY: a birth doula and a postpartum doula. The birth doula is during your pregnancy and through the birth of your child. They provide you with emotional, physical and educational support during your pregnancy, your labor and delivery and for the first few hours after your child is born.

A postpartum doula will support you for the first few weeks after the baby is born. They provide in-home assistance, including teaching you how to take care of your newborn, acting as lactation consultant, and can provide some night nanny services.

Yes, a birth doula can provide support during a Cesarean birth and delivery. Doulas are non-medical professionals and do not replace obstetricians, physicians, midwives or nurses. They are an additive member to the team and provide emotional, physical and informational support to the birthing parent, partner and family. It is up to you whether the certified doula can remain in the operating room during the procedure.

When you hire a doula in Rochester, NY, your services typically include several in-person prenatal sessions, 24/7 phone and text support, full attendance throughout your labor, and several hours of support immediately following your birth.

A doula in Rochester, NY can help you in any kind of birth. Certified doulas are able to assist parents in creating the ideal “birth environment” and help parents deliver their baby safely. A doula can provide support during the birth whether it occurs in a hospital, a home, or another birth center of some kind. Doulas are there to support you in your desired birth preferences, whether that is a preference for natural, non-medicated, assisted, C-section or anything else.

Certified doulas can also act as a liaison between you and hospital staff regarding your childbirth expectations and preferences. For example, if your preference is to have a non-medicated birth, a doula can help guide you through that process and create a personalized birth plan. A certified doula in Rochester, NY does not replace medical staff (such as your obstetrician and nurses).

When a surgical procedure is required, there are some situations in which a birth doula can also remain in the operating room, although this is not an expected obligation. A certified birth doula can also assist hospital staff to improve the overall birthing experience. A doula in Rochester, NY will typically stay with the parents for several hours after birth to help them with birth recovery.

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Rochester, NY can help improve parent satisfaction with their baby’s birth and delivery. The involvement of a doula can also lead to shorter deliveries with less complications.

Recent studies show that parents who have a support person like a doula by their side throughout labor and childbirth are more likely to:

  1. Give birth without the need for pain medicine
  2. Describe their birth experience in a positive way
  3. Give birth without the need for medical intervention, such as C-sections or vacuum delivery
  4. Experience a shorter labor

You can hire a doula early in your pregnancy to allow you time to get to know each other and to begin planning for your later trimesters, labor, birth, and aftercare. It is ideal to hire a doula when you are around 20 weeks along, but you can start looking for one before that.

It is never too late to hire a doula in Rochester, NY; you have right up to your due date to find a doula near you and receive all the benefits of doula support.

While many people think that a doula and a midwife are the same thing, their educational background and job duties are different. Doulas are non-medical professionals who provide emotional, physical and educational support, while also offering actionable advice and guidance to new parents about how to nurture their baby.

A midwife is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) or a certified midwife (CM). CNMs are medical professionals that are certified and licensed by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. CMs are also certified, but they do not have nursing backgrounds.

Doulas are not medical professionals; they focus on the emotional support for the parents and the family before, during, and after the birth of the baby. Their job is to provide information, advice, and support to the family not diagnose any medical conditions or provide medical advice.

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