Founders & co-OWNERS
Christy Muscato, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE
Christy is a lover of many things including music, books, art, her husband & kids and series binging on Netflix. She has lived in many states and many homes. This gives her understanding of being away from family and close friends during life changing events like the birth of your child. She has been honored to be invited into a variety of births and to provide support. Some have included VBACs, high risk, single parent, twins, c-sections, even a vaginal breech delivery! She has supported many natural and medicated births as well as hospital and homebirth. After an “emergency” c-section for her 1st daughter she knew there was more to birth. She looked and was amazed at what she found. Doulas, Lamaze, amazing networks of supportive women. Her tribe. Her second daughter was a beautiful VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) supported by her husband and an amazing doula.
Christy has been a practicing Certified Doula with DONA, International and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator for over a decade. She has also recently completed her training with Evidence Based Birth ® and is now an Evidence Based Birth ® Instructor. She is also a member of the Doula Cooperative and Rochester Area Birth Networks in Rochester, NY. Last year, she became a DONA Birth Doula Trainer and is looking forward to teaching new doulas! This year, she completed her Postpartum Doula Training through DONA. Her witness to how birth can change a woman’s life gives purpose to her goals of educating and empowering families before and during labor as well as provide support during the postpartum period . She is excited to share with women the strength and choices they have.
Julia Sittig, MSW, AdvCD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE
Julia has had the honor of accompanying women and their partners through pregnancy and birth since 2004, years of invaluable experience that have led her to deeply appreciate the time honored truth that women have been designed to participate in birth, not just experience it! She has supported women and their families through so many different journeys in birth, from first births and singles to multiples, vaginal and cesarean, VBAC and VBA2C, hospital and home, natural, high risk, and more. Julia is an Advanced DONA International Certified Birth Doula (2004) and Birth Doula Trainer (2011), and a Lamaze International Certified Childbirth Educator (Passion for Birth, 2004), and a home birth midwifery assistant. She has also recently completed her training with Evidence Based Birth ® and is now an Evidence Based Birth ® Instructor – an exciting new adventure for BBC! Stay tuned for upcoming classes!
Julia’s goal as a doula is to offer continuous support for women and their families throughout pregnancy and birth through prenatal discussions and birth planning, assisting with comfort measures and positions during labor, and providing emotional support and immediate postpartum guidance. In her role as a childbirth educator, Julia seeks to bring a wealth of research based information to the table. Her passion is educating parents about their choices in pregnancy and birth, in order to help guide them through the best possible healthy mom/healthy baby scenario and a wonderful birth experience. There are few joys quite like walking with a family through birth!
Julia is the mother of five beautiful children, wife to a fabulous and supportive husband, and is a home school educator. She stays active in the birth community through the Doula Cooperative (Community Liaison) and membership with the Rochester Area Birth Network. With a heart for community, Julia also works alongside the Perinatal Network of Monroe County where they have together established a Community Based Doula Program, Birth Partners. Her goal is to keep learning and growing in her knowledge and understanding of the miracle of birth, and to share that knowledge with others!
Laura Schwartz, CD(DONA), LCCE
Laura began her journey as a birth professional well before she had children of her own. In spring of 2007, she completed DONA International birth doula training. She truly believes that birth is not just another day in a woman’s life. The labor and birth experience, and the support a woman receives, will influence her mothering and how she sees herself for the rest of her life.
After attending the first few births, her passion for birth was obvious. Being a doula connected her to what was important in life. Thirsty for more knowledge, Laura trained as a DONA International postpartum doula later that year to provide additional support to new mothers and their families. She is also a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, dedicated to teaching informative, interactive and fun classes to expectant parents.
In 2010, Laura gave birth to her first child. She experienced firsthand the impact birth has and understood the important role childbirth education played. It was clear that understanding the whole process profoundly impacted confidence, reduced fear and let her look forward to labor—to the rite of passage and the life changing experience having a baby would be. Laura’s first birth experience led her to explore more options and she chose to have her second and third children at home with a midwife.
Laura is active in the Rochester birth community. She is currently serving her second term as President of the Doula Cooperative and is a facilitator of the Rochester Home Birth Circle. In her spare time, which a mom of three small children doesn’t have much, Laura enjoys crafts (knitting, quilting, jewelry making), photography (maternity, newborn, family) and sneaking in a few computer games with her husband. Recently she has been exploring the benefits of essential oils for health and wellness.
Alison Spath, IBCLC, CD(DONA), RYT 200
Trained and certified as a birth doula through DONA International, Alison is honored to accompany and support families through pregnancy, labor and birth. She believes that birth is a sacred and transformational journey, a journey that will change your life forever.
Alison began her work in the birth community in 2007 as the Rochester Chapter Leader of International Cesarean Awareness Network, supporting women who were recovering from or hoping to avoid a cesarean, as well those who were planning a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. Through her work with ICAN, Alison came to understand how incredibly powerful it can be to feel supported and understood by mothers who have walked the path before you as you find your own way.
As a Registered Yoga Teacher, Alison is delighted to help women learn how to prepare themselves both in body and mind for labor and birth with yoga. No matter how your birth unfolds, a woman will ultimately need to let go and surrender as she welcomes her baby into the world. Alison’s personal prenatal yoga practice played a very important role in her own physical, mental and emotional preparation to give birth. She loves guiding women through a safe, gentle yoga practice that can positively impact their pregnancy, labor and birth.
A homeschooling mother of three, Alison enjoys staying active through running, hiking, biking and yoga. She likes to educate herself about health, wellness, fitness and nutrition and enjoys preparing healthy meals for her family. Alison is a member of the Rochester Doula Cooperative, one of the facilitators of Rochester Home Birth Circle, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and has been offering mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding women in the greater Rochester area since 2008.
Sue Fox, CD(DONA), RYT
When Sue was 7 months pregnant, she moved with her husband to her hometown of Rochester and started taking pre-natal yoga classes. It was a transformational moment: through yoga she re-energized her body – building strength and confidence through movement – and reconnected with her breath. The day she brought her son into the world, her yoga practice (along with her husband and awesome doula, (Christy Muscato!) helped her through it naturally and has continued to be an essential part of daily life over the past three years of motherhood.
Sue has worked and been a student of yoga around the globe, but after experiencing pre- and post-natal yoga, she knew that this was a gift she wanted to offer new moms. Her pre-natal classes are inspired by her own experience and reflect the joy of preparing for motherhood. Whether they are new or seasoned yogis, Sue works with students to build their strength and stamina, relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy, and relax through focused breathing.
Last year, Sue decided to take her learning and engagement with pregnant women to the next level and trained as a birth doula. Supporting her first client through labor and delivery was another transformational moment; witnessing the empowered and triumphant birth of a baby – and of a mother – brought everything full circle for Sue. As a yoga teacher and birth doula, she seeks to support and empower women from their early weeks of pregnancy through to holding their new baby in their arms. Sue is honored to work with the amazing BBC team, and humbled by the lessons she learns from each and every student and client that she works with.
Dalia Rodriguez-Aponte, Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula
Dalia is a classical trained pianist and teacher that found a new calling and passion in birth through her journey of becoming a mom. Currently, she is a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula and has taken other courses and trainings that compliment her work. Dalia believes in birth and in the woman’s ability to give birth, but she also understands the fears that arise during this process. For her, this is a sacred and transformative time in which it is possible to be reborn as an individual and parent. Dalia, who is bi-lingual (English and Spanish), will be honored to be a part of your process.
Nella Goho, CD(DONA), LCCE
Nella thrives on her passion for all things birth related. After the birth of her first child in 2008, she grew an interest in the birthing process and whether or not it could be better.
This journey lead her to have a beautiful homebirth with her second (2011), and a non medicated fantastic hospital birth with her third (2013). Birth and all it involves has not only motivated Nella but inspired her to turn her passion into a profession. She completed her training as a Bradley Childbirth Instructor 2012. She has also completed the DONA International Doula training as well the Lamaze Childbirth Educator training. Her future goals are to receive certifications as a Postpartum Doula as well as a Certified Lactation Counselor.
Nella serves on the Doula Cooperative Board, the Rochester Area Birth Network Board, and the PCC LEAH Homeschool Cooperative Board. She is also the Director of the Children’s Education Program at her church.
In her spare time, Nella enjoys spending time with her family, Netflix binges, mama night outs, video game play and sitting down with a good soul quenching book.
Having attended numerous births including vaginal and cesarean, home birth and hospital birth, Nella leaves each birth feeling blissful at the thought that such a sacred moment was shared with her, a moment she will never forget.
Jennie Kieffer, CLC
Jennie began her journey at BBC as a client. Through her own journey into the community of motherhood, she developed a passion for supporting families who are going through that same transition. Having lived many places in her adult life, Jennie understands the importance of finding a supportive community, especially in the prenatal and postpartum stages.
Jennie completed her Postpartum Doula training in 2017 and her Birth Doula training in 2018. She is a Certified Lactation Counselor and co-facilitator of our Breastfeeding Cafe. She is also a member of the Rochester Doula Cooperative.
Jennie is an artist at heart and enjoys various creative endeavors in her spare time; including painting, photography, and graphic design.
She is wife to a wonderfully supportive husband, and mama to a sweet little boy.
She believes strongly in the importance of support during the transformative period of pregnancy and postpartum, and is honored to provide that support to growing families.