Meet the Doulas


CHRISTY MUSCATO, Founder, Co-Owner, Birth and Postpartum Doula, Educator, Doula Trainer

CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, SpBCPE, (585) 576-0665 christy@bbcroc.com

Christy is a lover of many things including music, books, art, her amazing kids and has sometimes been known to series binge 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 amazing doula.

Christy is a Certified Birth Doula with DONA® International (2006), a Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator(2006) , an Approved Birth Doula Trainer with DONA International (2016),  a Postpartum Doula and has trained with Postpartum Support International which is a great resource for families dealing with postpartum mood disorders.  In addition to being a Spinning Babies® Parent Educator (2018), and a Certified Body Ready Method℠ Pro (2022), she is also a founding member of the Doula Cooperative and proud member Rochester Area Birth Network in Rochester, NY.  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.

At BBC Christy is a Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula Trainer, and is currently accepting birth and postpartum doula clients on a limited basis.


JULIA SITTIG, Founder, Co-Owner, Advanced Birth Doula, Educator, Doula Trainer

MSW, AdvCD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, SpBCPE, (585) 613-1051 julia@bbcroc.com

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 those who are giving birth have been designed to participate in their own 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), a Lamaze International Certified Childbirth Educator (Passion for Birth, 2004), and has many years of experience as a homebirth midwifery assistant. She is also a Spinning Babies ® Certified Parent Educator, a Certified Body Ready Method℠ Pro, and has completed coursework with Amy Wright Glenn on “Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss.”

Julia’s goal as a doula is to offer continuous support for birthing persons 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 birth scenario and a wonderful birthing experience as they define it. There are few joys quite like walking with a family through this time in their lives.

Julia is the mother of five, wife to a fabulous and supportive husband, a home school educator, and now – believe it or not – an Oma to two beautiful grand babies. She stays active in the birth community through the Doula Cooperative (Community Liaison) and has been a member of the Rochester Area Birth Network and a board member for the Institute for Family Centered Childbirth.  With a heart for community, Julia has worked alongside the Perinatal Network of Monroe County to grow a Community Based Doula Program, and frequently works alongside of refugee families in the Rochester area as they give birth for the first time in the US. Her goal is to keep learning and growing in her knowledge and understanding of the miracle of birth, and to keep actively sharing what she learns with others.

Side hobbies? Julia loves to walk with her husband and her dog in the woods, attend kid’s sporting events, go camping with her family, sit on her front porch and read, garden, watch movies, and you can always find her at the Roc Public Market on a Saturday, coffee in hand. Unless she’s at a birth. 

At BBC, Julia is a Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula Trainer and is currently accepting birth doula clients on a limited basis. 


ALISON SPATH, Co-Owner, Lactation Consultant, Educator, Yoga Instructor, Birth Doula

IBCLC, CD(DONA), RYT 200
(585) 451-9968
alison@bbcroc.com

Alison began her work in the birth community in 2007 as a Chapter Leader of Rochester’s International Cesarean Awareness Network and in 2008 as a breastfeeding support group leader offering mother-to-mother breastfeeding support. Today Alison is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) (2018), Certified Birth Doula with DONA International (2014) and Registered Yoga Teacher (2014).

Alison is honored to support families from early pregnancy through early parenthood. Her goal is to help you work toward your goals; whether you desire a non-medicated or medicated birth, to exclusive breastfeed/chestfeed, exclusively pump or to combo feed your baby, Alison cares deeply about the importance of personal and informed decision making and aims to provide her clients with evidence based information in all things related to pregnancy, birth, feeding and early parenthood. Alison’s own birth and breastfeeding experiences along with her work with hundreds of families over the years has taught her that there are often unpredictable bumps and turns on this journey. What’s most important to her is that you were informed of your options and feel supported, heard and respected throughout all the many decisions you will make during this time in your life.

Alison enjoys teaching prenatal yoga because her personal prenatal yoga practice played a very important role in her own physical, mental and emotional preparation for her VBA2C (Vaginal Birth After Two Cesareans). Alison is especially excited to work with clients who are eager to learn more about prenatally preparing their bodies for birth.

Alison is a seeker of knowledge and enjoys continuous professional development through reading, listening to podcasts, connecting with other professionals in birth, lactation and related fields and attending birth and lactation workshops, classes and conferences.

Alison also loves to learn and talk about health and wellness and stays active through walking, hiking, biking, yoga and contra dancing. She loves being a mother to her three children and has always enjoyed talking and learning with others about all the joys and challenges of parenthood.

At BBC, Alison teaches our Intro to Breastfeeding class for expecting parents, facilitates our weekly breastfeeding support group Breastfeeding Cafe, offers private in home (or at BBC) lactation consults and manages our yoga studio. Alison is currently accepting lactation clients and accepts birth doula clients on a limited basis.


Nella Goho, Senior Level Birth Doula, Educator

CD(DONA), CLC

After the sweet birth of her first child in 2008, Nella grew an interest in the birthing process and a desire to see all birthing parents have better birth outcomes. This journey lead her to have a beautiful homebirth with her second (2011), and a non medicated, intervention free, gentle 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. Learning that both doulas and education have a positive impact on labor and deliveries, she completed her training as a Bradley Childbirth Instructor 2012. That training then lead to her complete the DONA International Birth Doula training as well the Lamaze Childbirth Educator training. She went on to become successfully certified in both organizations. She has now also completed her Certificated Lactation Counselor program.

A wife to a pretty awesome guy who shares her passion almost to the height of her own, Nella is also mama to three incredible girls. Her second passion is education for her littles. She homeschools daily and loves viewing the world through their eyes. Their glee and excitement for learning is such a beautiful process to experience.

Nella enjoys being an active member of the Rochester Doula Cooperative Board, the Rochester Area Birth Network Board, and PCORI Consortium Committee, which is looking to improve the research used to establish the reasons behind maternal mortality and morbidity rates of black/brown birthing parents in the Rochester Area. She also works as a Doula Mentor through Healthy Baby Network providing access to women of color who need the assistance and guidance of a community doula. Mentoring doulas is a dream come true and she is so excited to be part of such a life changing project. 

She enjoys spending time with her family, learning new things, Netflix binges (almost too much), nights out with friends, video games, anime, traveling, and history.

Having attended a multitude of births, all different in their own way, Nella leaves each birth feeling blissful at the thought that such a sacred moment was shared with her, a moment she will never forget.

She is honored to be a part of the BBC team as a birth doula and childbirth educator.

Nella is a Senior Level Birth Doula and is currently accepting birth doula clients.


Jennie Kieffer, Lactation Counselor, Senior Level Birth Doula, Educator

CD(DONA), CLC, CVD(TVL)

Jennie believes in the power of birth and the love of strong families. She has developed a passion for helping parents establish strong foundations based on education, trust, and intuition.  Her pursuit of knowledge in the fields of birth, postpartum and breastfeeding allow her to give well rounded support from pregnancy through the first year of baby’s life.

Jennie completed her postpartum doula training in 2017 and her birth doula training and Lactation counselor certification in the spring of 2018. She has supported families through all types of birth, and from all walks of life.  She is also a member of the Rochester Doula Cooperative.  Jennie is committed to helping her clients receive patient centered, trauma informed care and has completed an advanced doula certification program as a certified VBAC doula.

She has a creative spirit and enjoys various projects in her spare time including photography, painting, and graphic design. Most of the art you see around our studio is hers, and has come from her love and appreciation for the BBC community.

Jennie gave birth to her son via unplanned Cesarean in 2016, and had a VBAC with her daughter in 2019.  She is wife to a wonderfully supportive husband.

At BBC, Jennie teaches Baby Basics, Thriving Postpartum, Introduction to Breastfeeding, facilitates the Cesarean/VBAC and Life with Baby support groups, and co-facilitates Breastfeeding Cafe.

Jennie is a Senior Level Birth Doula, she is fully booked birth doula clients through 2023.


Mindy Class, Senior Level Birth and Postpartum Doula

CD(DONA), CLC

Mindy began her doula career in 2016 after the birth of her fourth child. She has always been fascinated with pregnancy and birth and knew she wanted to continue that passion and help others. Mindy believes every woman should have the opportunity to have an empowering and fulfilling birth experience.

Mindy is a certified birth Doula through DONA International and has attended both hospital and home births. She also has a special interest in breastfeeding which led her on the path to becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor. Mindy is a member of the Rochester Doula Cooperative and serves on the Steering Committee as the referral coordinator.

In her spare time, or when not running after her five kids and taking them to sporting activities and events, Mindy enjoys movies, crafting, baking and reading. She is also very involved in volunteering in her community, she serves on boards for her local preschool and sports clubs.

Mindy is a Senior Level Birth Doula and is currently accepting birth and postpartum doula clients.


Casey Perry, Senior Level Birth Doula, Educator

RN

Casey has always been fascinated by the journey through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. It wasn’t until after the births of her own children that her passion for birth work was ignited.

After two very different birth experiences, with her second attended by an amazing doula, Casey began to feel that every family deserves to feel supported and empowered during such a life altering time of their lives.

Casey completed the DONA International Birth Doula training with BBC in 2018 and has loved every second of being a part of Rochester’s amazing birth community.

Casey resides on the Westside of Rochester with her husband John, four children Everett, Keira, Ada and Sloane, and their soft coated wheaten terrier Rudy.

Casey’s been a Registered Nurse since 2009 and works at a local surgery center. Outside of work, she loves supporting the health and wellness of her family home with the use of essential oils, binge watching different series reading, playing games, exercising and exploring the outdoors.

Casey is excited to working with families in and around Rochester and will be honored to support you through your journey.

Casey is a Senior Level Birth Doula and is currently accepting new birth doula clients.


Phyllis Sharp, Senior Level Birth and Postpartum Doula, Educator

CD(DONA), CLC

Phyllis is a wife and mother of five whose love for birth began at age 17.  Phyllis’s goal when supporting her birth doula clients to help all birthing persons feel empowered, educated and support throughout their entire birth journey. She is Lamaze educated and has recently earned her status as a Certified Lactation Consultant.

When not at a birth, Phyllis enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and snuggling up with a good book.

Phyllis is a Childbirth Educator at BBC.

Phyllis is a Senior Level Birth Doula and is currently accepting birth and postpartum doula clients.


Jenna Karns, Senior Level Birth and Postpartum Doula, Educator

Jenna Karns took her birth doula training with BBC in March 2019 and came on board with BBC shortly after.  She is a full time certified child and family development teacher at BOCES who uses those gifts and talents to teach at BBC. Jenna teaches our Baby Basics and Thriving Postpartum classes, as well as our Infant First Aid and CPR course.

Jenna is proud mom of a crazy, energetic little girl that loves to tell people her mom helps women give birth. She is here to help support your birth plan no matter what that birth plan is, and brings a beautiful energy and warmth to every birth she attends.

Jenna is a Senior Level Birth Doula and is currently accepting birth and postpartum doula clients.


Julie Robert, Senior Level Birth Doula

CD(DONA)

Julie is a birth doula that has been working with pregnant families since 2018 and is a DONA certified doula (2021).

As a mother of two, with two completely opposite birth experiences, Julie is passionate about creating a positive birth experience for her clients through empowerment and a safe space for creating informed choices throughout the process of pregnancy, labor and postpartum. As a survivor of postpartum depression and anxiety, her passion for the whole process of childbirth was born to help other families have better experiences. Her goal is to make sure each family knows that a positive birth experience should come from a place of positivity, becoming informed and not be created through fear.

Julie lives in Farmington, NY with her two daughters and husband of 10 years. While not at a birth she is a full time mom with a passion for continued education of the pregnancy & birth experience, daily walks in nature, a coffee & craft beer enthusiast and avid podcast listener. Before becoming a mother, Julie received her Bachelors Degree of Education at Keuka College and taught special needs students for five years.

Julie is a Senior Level Birth Doula and accepting new doula clients on a limited basis.


Kirsten Elting, Senior Level Birth Doula, Educator

BA, CD(DONA), LCCE, CLEC, CLC, SBD, CVD(TVL)

Kirsten has had the honor to attend many births since becoming a certified birth doula with DONA International in 2003. She has supported families during births at home and at the hospital. Her passion for all things pregnancy and birth related also led her to becoming a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator in 2004, a Certified Lactation Educator and Counselor in 2008, and another breastfeeding certification, Certified Lactation Counselor in 2021 and Stillbirth and Bereavement Doula in 2023. In 2007 she gave birth naturally to her own beautiful daughter with the support of two wonderful doulas.

Kirsten believes in supporting women and their families during their entire journey through pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Believing that women are powerful when they understand their own innate ability to give birth and that pregnancy and birth are NORMAL. She has attended and supported first births to second and third births, natural and medicated births, and provided early post-partum and breastfeeding support. Kirsten provides evidence-based, factual, information and continuous emotional and physical support. By doing so, she hopes to help guide women and their families in making informed choices and decisions during pregnancy, birth, and early post-partum.

With her love of learning and education Kirsten has attended many DONA International and Lamaze conferences around the country. She has also attended many seminars and continues to read many evidence-based books and articles on all things related to pregnancy and birth. As a member of BBC and the Doula Cooperative of Rochester she keeps in close contact with all her “sisters” in the birth community. While planning to explore more avenues of training and certification her goal is to provide and share as much as she can to families in all stages of pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood.

Kirsten works full-time from her home office managing the finances of some Rochester based companies and owns her own small furniture refurbishing company. She is fortunate to have a very supportive husband who understands all her passionate “hobbies”. You can find them both haunting bookstores, antique stores, flea markets, and the occasional curbside picking up pre-loved items for her shop or their home. Although Kirsten does her best to make every soccer game and school event, her teenage daughter is incredibly supportive when she needs to be with a client. As an avid animal lover, Kirsten currently has 1 dog and 3 cats.

At BBC Kirsten is a Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Counselor and Stillbirth and Bereavement Doula.

Kirsten is a Senior Level Birth Doula and is currently accepting birth doula clients.


Olivia Donovan, Senior Level Birth Doula, Yoga Instructor

Olivia is adventure driven, a lover of the outdoors, an avid snail mail enthusiast, and an advocate for self-love and consent. She feels her strongest asset to the birth space is a willingness to go deep into the unknown with a curious mind and an open heart. Throughout her years in the intense heat of the kitchen she learned to find balance between effort and ease. She learned to help others during moments of panic, stress, and personal struggle. She loves to offer support to others and believes that there is no hurt that cannot be healed by
love.

Olivia is passionate about all facets of pregnancy support. From 2013-2021, Olivia worked as a chef and eventually restaurant management. Her curiosity with the human body and mind has since propelled her into the birth world. In 2021, she followed a strong desire to complete a birth doula training, prenatal yoga teacher training, and 200-hour yoga teacher training. She moved from Missoula, Montana to Rochester, New York in September 2021 to purchase a home with her fiancé and live near extended family members. Since arriving, she has
completed another birth doula training and is eager to finish her DONA certification by the end of 2022.

Olivia’s intention as a birth doula is to help all birthing persons feel empowered, educated and supported throughout their entire birth experience. Her goal is to help her clients shift their attention inward and encourage them while confronting circumstances that arise in prenatal care, labor, and postpartum. She’s here to celebrate the courage and truth within you with a compassionate focus and a tender heart.

Olivia is honored to be a part of the Beautiful Birth Choices community. Surrounded by likeminded individuals, she feels that her cup is full. She is ready and equipped to spread love and kindness as well as offer support to everyone she meets.

Olivia is a Senior Level Birth Doula and is currently accepting birth doula clients.


Bert Kiehle, Senior Level Birth and Postpartum Doula

CD(DONA)

Bert is a DONA Certified Birth Doula and trained Postpartum doula. She has had birth-work in her heart since she was a little girl. Once she learned what a doula was, she knew this was her ultimate calling! She believes that pregnant and birthing people are the most sacred and precious members of our society, and is honored to be invited to join families in their process.

Bert lives in LeRoy with her boyfriend. When she’s not being a birth nerd, you can find her taking walks in nature, or reading some kind of nonfiction, likely on spirituality or wellness. Bert and her partner love traveling, catching a concert, or grabbing a tasty drink at a cafe. She loves preparing plant based meals and making herbal infusions and tonics. With an interest in all things spiritual, Bert became a Certified Life Coach through the Dharma Coaching Institute, helping people align with their authentic self and soul purpose. 

Bert is a Senior Level Birth Doula and is currently accepting both birth and postpartum clients.


Melissa Ebner, Senior Level Birth Doula

CD(DONA)

Melissa first discovered the amazing world of birthwork after her second child was born almost 18 years ago. She was immediately drawn to learning more about a birth that was her own. She read books, asked questions and met a midwife who helped change her perspective and views of birth. At this time she had no idea what a doula was until years later and she was a nanny for a family who had a newborn and a 2 year old. This family had had a doula to support her birth and it was an eye opening moment for Melissa. She had to learn more. Prior to this Melissa was a 0-3 year Montessori teacher for 7 years and became a nanny soon after. She loves the opportunity to support and meet families where they are on their journey.

Melissa is certified birth doula with DONA International and recently trained as a postpartum doula through DONA as well. Melissa has trained as a lactation counselor with The Healthy Children’s Project and has supported many births in the last few years in a variety of settings and scenarios. She has attended medicated and unmedicated births, VBACs and cesareans. Melissa believes in women and their power.

Melissa is a Senior Level Birth Doula and is currently accepting birth doula clients.


Kellie Woodruff, Associate Level Birth Doula

Kellie’s journey into birth work began during her first pregnancy when she found a passion in preparing her mind, body and soul for pregnancy, labor and birth. Kellie felt called to empower other women and families through their own pregnancy, birth and postpartum journeys and completed her Birth Doula Training with Beautiful Birth Choices in 2021. Kellie is currently pursuing her Birth Doula Certification through DONA International and has aspirations to become a Childbirth Educator through Lamaze. Kellie also has a Bachelors in Social Work with a minor in Psychology that has equipped her to be attentive and compassionate for others.

As a Birth Doula, Kellie intends to educate, support and empower families through their individualized experience. She hopes to help you bring your birth vision to life all while trusting the birth process.  

Kellie is a mother to two energetic and sweet children and a wife to a supportive husband. When she’s not playing hide and seek or whipping up a sensory activity for her children she enjoys practicing yoga, traveling with her family, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and getting cozy on the couch to binge watch a good show. 

Kellie is grateful to be a part of the Beautiful Birth Choices community and feels it is a true honor to support families through this momentous time in their lives. 

Kellie is an Associate Level Birth Doula and is currently accepting birth doula clients. 


Eileen Casey-Campbell, Associate Level Birth Doula

Eileen Casey-Campbell (she, her, hers) is a birth doula and Unitarian Universalist minister. Eileen first trained as a doula in 2010 and has recently restarted her doula career after several years away. Eileen has served as a healthcare chaplain in maternal special care and neonatal intensive care, holding many families through difficult pregnancies, births, and postpartum recoveries. She has a soft spot in heart for families handling pregnancy or infant loss. Eileen shares a life with her partner, their two children and two goofy dogs. She is a certified yoga teacher, loves the creative discipline of working with her own hands–making art, bread, gardens, knitted caps, and terrible pottery.

Eileen is a Senior Level Birth Doula and is currently accepting birth doula clients.


Kayla Speranza, Associate Level Birth Doula

RN

Kayla’s love for birth and babies started as a little girl. For as long as she can remember, Kayla always wanted to be a mommy, and in 2019 her sweet girl Ella was born. Kayla loved her birth experience so much that she left her job as a neuro ICU nurse to work as a postpartum and baby nurse on the same unit that Ella was born. Her son Elias was also born here nearly 3 years later. 

While working as a nurse in birth and postpartum, Kayla has witnessed the strength and work a mother puts in to labor and birth her baby. Each birth Kayla attends feels like the truest blessing; to be there to witness a baby’s first cry is something that still gives her chills.

Kayla is a new doula and has recently completed her birth doula training. She is currently studying to become a Certified Lactation Counselor. Although now officially titled “doula,” Kayla has offered doula support to her friends who have had babies, offering words of encouragement, support, nourishment and other ways to help make sure they are pouring from a full cup.

Kayla’s goal as a birth doula is to be a continual reminder that YOU are strong and provide physical and emotional support during labor and birth. Kayla is excited and honored to support you in whatever ways you need to have an empowered birth experience.

In Kayla’s free time she enjoys being outside with her very busy children, reading, drinking coffee, and dating her husband (who she met at 12 years old!) 

Kayla is an Associate Level Birth Doula and is currently accepting birth doula clients.


Tanya Velazquez, Associate Level Birth Doula

Tanya is a loving, caring mother of two wonderful daughters and has been married to her kindhearted husband for 31 years. Tanya has been a 911 operator for the past 25 years. In this role, Tanya has taken thousands of emergency calls as a first contact person, including delivering babies over the phone. Tanya is frequently complimented on her calm and patient demeanor while under stress. She has had the honor to support and empower many birthing mothers over the years. One of her proudest and greatest joys in life has been the privilege to witness the births of both of her grandchildren, Ella and Elias.

As a BBC doula, Tanya aims to be a continuous presence to provide support and comfort surrounding labor and birth. In her free time, Tanya likes to crotchet baby items and gifts them to a local hospital where her daughter is a postpartum and baby nurse. She likes to spend time with her two spunky grandchildren, who are loves of her life.

Tanya is an Associate Level Birth Doula and is currently accepting birth doula clients.


Nicole Traylor, Associate Level Birth Doula

After two successful BBC doula supported births, Nicole was energized and interested in how she could become a doula herself. Passionate about supporting and lifting up other women, Nicole couldn’t think of a better fit than becoming a birth doula!

A planner by nature, Nicole’s goal is to provide an intentional and holistic approach to pregnancy and birth for families. Professionally, in her ‘day job’ Nicole owns a successful financial company that specializes in working with families who are planning for a loved one with disabilities. Much like in her doula practice, Nicole’s primary role is to inform and empower her clients in the decisions available for their child’s future and to help them take action.

Given her own personal experience with miscarriage, Nicole is passionate about working with families who are experiencing pregnancy after loss.

Outside of work, Nicole is very involved in the Rochester community and serves in various leadership roles at several nonprofit organizations. When she is not in the boardroom or at a birth, she can be found running after her two young sons!

Nicole has recently completed her birth doula training with BBC and is currently pursuing certification through DONA International.

Nicole is an Associate Level Birth Doula and is currently accepting birth doula clients.


Margo Fox, Associate Level Birth Doula

Birth Doula, MSW

Margo’s background is in social work where she graduated with her master’s degree from Nazareth College in 2014 with a special interest in children and families. After getting pregnant and giving birth to her oldest child in 2017, she became a self-proclaimed birth junkie. She fell in love with and wanted to learn everything there was to know about childbirth. While pregnant with her 3rd son in 2021, she trained as a birth doula at Beautiful Birth Choices. Since
then, she has attended a handful of births– from a home birth (with her newborn in a baby carrier the whole time!) to medicated and unmedicated, spontaneous and induced hospital births. She feels she has found her true calling in applying her social work skills to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. 

Margo is a lover of yoga, orange theory fitness, stroller walks, fall weather and iced coffee. In her spare time, she enjoys taking her children on adventures, strolling the aisles of Target, listening to The Birth Hour podcast, and scrap-booking. Margo lives in Pittsford, NY with her husband of 7 years and their 3 sons, James, George and Teddy. Margo is a stay-at-home mom
and part time nanny. She plays an active role on the activities committee at her children’s school. Margo comes from a large family of 8 (which has now grown to almost 22!) and is a true extrovert; she loves to connect with people and surround herself with those she loves most.

Margo has a passion for helping others help themselves; through education, empathy, and empowerment. She whole heartedly believes in protecting the birth space and honoring the birth story memory. It is her goal to provide support and assist parents in building confidence in pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. 

Margo has additional training in pregnancy loss. She plans to have her DONA certification completed by the end of 2023. She has future goals of becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor, Childbirth Educator and Postpartum doula.

Margo is an Associate Level Birth Doula and is currently accepting birth doula clients.


 

Lauren Dearman, Associate Level Birth Doula

Birth Doula, ASL Intepreter

Lauren (she/her/hers) took her birth doula training through Beautiful Birth Choices in 2023, and joined the BBC team shortly after. She gave birth in 2022 with the support of a wonderful BBC doula, after which Lauren felt called to become a doula in order to support other birthing people in their goal of having a positive birth experience.
 
Lauren works full-time as a sign language interpreter and is fluent in American Sign Language. In her work at the hospital, she has had the honor of interpreting for 4 births (and counting). She believes in supporting birthing people in whatever way will help them best to have a positive, empowering birth experience, and with an aim to remove barriers in communication.
 
In her free time, Lauren is a soccer referee, and also teaches and mentors other referees in the area.
 
Originally from New Jersey, Lauren resides on the west side of Rochester with her firefighter husband Matt, her son Owen, and her two high-energy dogs, Zoe and Oliver. She will almost never turn down a cup of coffee.
 
Lauren is grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community, and looks forward to the honor of working with birthing people and their support people in this capacity.
 
Lauren is an Associate Level Birth Doula and is currently accepting birth doula clients.

Kathryn Franke, Senior Level Birth Doula

CD(DONA)

Kathryn is a Senior Level Birth Doula and is currently accepting birth doula clients.