Because You Deserve a Beautiful Birth

Rochester Birth Doulas

You deserve a beautiful birth that reflects your hopes for this life changing experience.

  • A birth that rings true with your voice and your choices.
  • Whether you are planning on an unmedicated birth, an induction, the useful art of pain medications, or planning a scheduled Cesarean birth - however birth may unfold for you, you want to be seen and heard.
  • You want a birth that feels safe and supported and unique to you.

Your Beautiful Birth Choices birth doulas are here to walk alongside you in an open and supportive way that helps you experience a birth that is crafted with intelligence, guided with intuition and wisdom, and honored with respect.

How does a doula help you navigate your birth experience?

If you think of a doula as a guide, similar to someone you might like to bring alongside you as you plan a major life happening like new steps in your schooling or career, a house purchase, or a monumental trip or cross country excursion , you’ll start to get a more detailed picture of what it looks like to hire a doula.

A birth doula is just that, a guide. Uniquely trained and educated in the nuances of navigating pregnancy and labor alongside a birthing person and their primary support(s), birth doulas know the road and have traveled it many times. The inner work that it takes to prepare for birth, the physicality of pregnancy and labor, the decision making tree that we often have to traverse in order to reach that safe and satisfying birth experience - we’ve been there. And we would love to go there with you.

We offer years worth of birth experience and education to help you navigate your journey as it unfolds. A deep understanding of physiologic birth, non-judgmental support, evidence-based information, unique and up-to-date training and specialties, and a host of referral systems, come together in our teamwork approach to support you and your family.

If you are interested in doula support through Beautiful Birth Choices or would like to learn more, please fill out our inquiry form. We will always do our best to match you with a doula according to your preferences, approximate due date, and doula availability.

What you can expect with doula support:

Labor and birth are as much an inward journey as an outward one. Your doula is there to help you as you traverse the innerwork needed to prepare for a transformational birth.

They play a valuable role in helping to protect your emotional space during labor in order to help you stay in your labor flow and focus on the work before you. Whether that looks like encouragement, or safe words, or reminders to stay present, they are there to help guide and nurture you through this time.

A clear and constant component of doula support is physical comfort. Doulas play the role of helping you to prepare for birth by increasing your movement vocabulary in a way that works for you and your baby.

Our goal is to help you tune into what’s going on in your body, connect with your baby, and intuitively lead the way throughout birth. We are there to help support and keep you as comfortable as possible, but we follow your lead. This means that whether you want an unmedicated birth full of movement, an epidural with best possible positions to work with baby during labor, or a scheduled cesarean birth with a doula by your side.

Birth is physically intense in all its forms and you’ve got us to help you through it no matter what.

Doulas come with an abounding list of resources, evidence-based articles, workshops, podcasts, books - you name it. We thrive on resources and one of our key roles is to help you feel supported when questions come up. And they will come up.

A beautiful part of the BBC Doula Team is that we resource each other, which means that you’ve got close to twenty doulas, educators, lactation consultants, and birth pros at your service, ready to dive in and help you find the information you need to make decisions that feel good for you and your family.

While we don’t make decisions for you, we are here to help you figure out what and who to ask and get the information you need to make choices that are right for you.

If you are birthing alongside a partner, we are there for them also. Our role is never to replace a partner or a primary support person, but rather to complement them.

As doulas, we’ve done this birth thing many times. Sometimes hundreds of times. As a birther, or a birth partner, this may be your first or your third, or even your tenth!

But regardless of how many times, it’s so important that the partner feels supported as well as the birther. You both need to stay in your labor flow. Whatever we can do to support the partner, whether encouraging a nap or bringing food, suggesting ways they can comfort you when they’re looking a little lost, normalizing some things that might feel scary - that’s our role.

Your doula is always keeping an eye on your partner so that you don’t have to. Stay focused. Feel supported. Trust your team.

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If you want a guide through pregnancy and birth, we’ve got you covered.

  • We've been guiding birthing persons in Rochester through pregnancy and labor since 2004.
  • Our team of co-owners have over 5 decades of lived doula and teaching experience.
  • Our team is multidisciplinary with varying levels of experience to best meet your unique needs.
  • Choose from our doula team with different levels of experience & training credentials.

CHOOSE A DOULA WITH YOUR PREFERRED LEVEL OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Owner Level Birth Doulas

Our Co-Owners at Beautiful Birth Choices include Julia Sittig, Christy Muscato, and Alison Spath. They not only co-own and lead BBC, they are active doulas in the birth community. Christy, Julia, and Alison have combined over five decades of doula experience, plus a wealth of training and education behind them that inform their work.

While their client calendar has limited availability due to their small business leadership responsibilities and schedules, they have a passion for working closely with their doula clients and staying actively involved with their team.

Senior Level Birth Doulas

Senior Level Birth Doulas include those doulas who either have several years or more of experience in their doula background, have attended at least a dozen or more births across that timeframe, and/or have completed their training and certification as a birth doula.

These doulas are typically very active in their work, engaging with between one and four clients per month. Many of our Senior Level Doulas are also actively working in other roles at BBC and in the birth community at large, including teaching, yoga, lactation, group facilitation and postpartum support.

Associate Level Birth Doulas

BBC’s Associate Level Birth Doulas are those who have either begun their role in birth work recently, or who intentionally take limited clients due to availability in this season of their lives.

All of our Associate Doulas are fully trained through BBC and through our certifying organization, DONA International, and are being mentored by our Senior Doulas and Co-Owners. They are exceptional doulas who are actively and purposefully building experience through connection and support of clients in the birth community.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Numerous studies have documented the benefits of having a doula present during labor. A recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, showed a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present. With their support, the birthing person was less likely to have pain-relief medications administered and less likely to have a cesarean birth. Birthing persons also reported having a more positive childbirth experience.

Other studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and requests for an epidural by 60%.

Doulas often use the power of touch to reduce stress and anxiety during labor. According to physicians Marshal Klaus and John Kennell, comforting touch helps stimulate the production of natural oxytocin. The pituitary gland secretes natural oxytocin to the bloodstream (causing uterine contractions) and to the brain (resulting in feelings of well-being and drowsiness, along with a higher pain threshold).

We are committed to finding the perfect doula match for your needs & budget.

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We invite you to fill out the brief form below to tell us a little about yourself and your hopes for your birth. Our administrative team then works together to review your request while also checking in with our team to see who might be a perfect fit for you based on your preferences and their availability. We then send an introduction email to connect you with one of our wonderful doulas.

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Our BBC Doula will then reach out to you directly to set up a time to meet at your earliest convenience. You may choose to meet in-person, online, or just start with a phone conversation. This is a time for you to ask questions, gauge comfort and connection, and get to know each other. Partners are encouraged to participate!

This is a starter conversation, no obligation.

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Once you’ve met, you can let us know if you’d like to move forward in working with your BBC Doula. Most people feel a great connection to the birth doula they meet and it’s a go, but if that’s not you, that’s ok! Just let us know and we’ll reconnect you to another doula who is available around your due month.

We are committed to helping you find a supported and safe connection, and the right match is so important.

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Choose your Doula Bundle and we will forward all the details to you to get you started! This includes a contract, payment options, a clearly outlined set of things you can expect from our team over the next several months, and a starter questionnaire so your doula can learn more about you and your unique story.

Your doula will work closely with you to make sure that you have all the information you need to walk forward with support and confidence.

NEXT, CHOOSE YOUR PERFECT CARE BUNDLE:

We have three great Bundle Options for you to choose from based on what your needs are when you sign up. All Bundle options below are based on the pricing level to work with a Senior Level Doula. If you choose to work with an Associate Level Doula, there's a discounted fee of $300 off of any Bundle. If you choose to work with one of our Co-Owners, there's an additional investment of $300 for any Bundle option.

Hire a Birth Doula

Full Circle Bundle

$2200

  • Doula Support Services (learn more)
  • B4Birth Sessions
  • Childbirth Class
  • Breastfeeding Class
  • Lactation Visit
  • Baby Basics: An Infant Care Class
  • Comfort Measures Class
  • Infant First Aid & CPR Class
  • 5 Prenatal Yoga Passes
Doula Packages

Signature Bundle

$1925

  • Doula Support Services (learn more)
  • B4Birth Sessions
  • Childbirth Class
  • Breastfeeding Class
  • Lactation Visit
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Traditional Bundle

$1475

  • Doula Support Services (learn more)
  • B4Birth Sessions
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Classes Only Bundle

$275

Having another baby and either just need a little extra support, or you already have a doula? This package includes:

  • Comfort Measures Class
  • Lactation Visit
  • PLUS choose from one option of your choice: Infant First Aid & CPR or
    Sibling Class or
    5 Prenatal Yoga Passes