CHRISTY MUSCATO, Founder, Co-OWNER, Birth and Postpartum DOULA, EDUCATOR, TRAINER
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 is a member of the Doula Cooperative and Rochester Area Birth Network in Rochester, NY. Christy is also a DONA Birth Doula Trainer and loves teaching new doulas! In recent years, she completed her Postpartum Doula Training through DONA and became a Spinning Babies Parent Educator as well as a certified Body Ready Method(r) practitioner. 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 accepting birth and postpartum doula clients.
JULIA SITTIG, FOUNDER, CO-OWNER, Advanced BIRTH DOULA, EDUCATOR, TRAINER
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), a Lamaze International Certified Childbirth Educator (Passion for Birth, 2004), and has many years of experience as a homebirth midwifery assistant. She is a Spinning Babies Parent Educator 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 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, wife to a fabulous and supportive husband, a home school educator, and now – believe it or not – an Oma to a beautiful granddaughter. 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, craft, 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.
ALISON SPATH, CO-OWNER, LACTATION CONSULTANT, EDUCATOR, YOGA INSTRUCTOR, BIRTH DOULA
IBCLC, CD(DONA), RYT 200
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 mother and parents who have walked the path before you as you find your own way.
Alison is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and began her work in lactation by offering peer support as a La Leche League Leader for breastfeeding families in 2008. Alison teaches our Intro to Breastfeeding class, facilitates our breastfeeding support group Breastfeeding Café and offers private in-home lactation consults.
As a Registered Yoga Teacher and trained and certified as a birth doula through DONA International, Alison is delighted to help people learn how to prepare themselves both in body and mind for labor and birth with yoga. No matter how your birth unfolds, a person will ultimately need to let go and surrender as they welcomes their baby into the world. Her personal prenatal yoga practice played a very important role in her own physical, mental and emotional preparation for birth. Alison loves to guide women through a safe, gentle yoga practice that can positively impact their pregnancy, labor, birth and entry into parenthood. Alison believes that birth is a sacred and transformational journey, a journey that will change your life forever.
Alison is a partner and mother of three, enjoys staying active through dancing, hiking, biking and yoga. She likes to educate herself about health, wellness, fitness and nutrition and enjoys preparing healthy meals for her family.
At BBC Alison teaches our Introduction to Breastfeeding class, prenatal yoga, facilitates our weekly Breastfeeding Café support group and offers private Lactation Consults in your home or at Beautiful Birth Choices. Alison is currently accepting birth doula clients.
Nella Goho, BIRTH DOULA, EDUCATOR
After the sweet birth of her first child in 2008, Nella grew an interest in the birthing process and a desire to see all women 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. Her future goal is to become a Certified Lactation Counselor.
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 serves on 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 behinds maternal mortality and morbidity rates in the Rochester Area.
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 Childbirth Educator and a Birth Doula and is currently accepting birth doula clients.
Jennie Kieffer, LACTATION COUNSELOR, BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM 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 currently accepting birth and postpartum doula clients.
Mindy Class, Birth and Postpartum Doula
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 very grateful to be part of such a wonderful birthing community.
Mindy is an experienced doula is accepting birth and postpartum doula clients.
Casey Perry, Birth Doula
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, three children Everett, Keira and Ada, and their soft coated wheaten terrier Rudy.
Casey’s been a Registered Nurse since 2009 and works per diem 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 an experienced birth doula and is accepting new birth doula clients.
Ashley Ramsey, Birth Doula
Ashley’s passion for birth work was ignited after her own birth experiences in 2015 and 2017. Ashley strongly believes in the power of knowledge and informed decision making, just as much as she believes in trusting the birthing person’s intuition. She believes in nurturing and holding space for families as they navigate these decisions and as they make the transition into this next season of life.
Ashley completed both the DONA birth and postpartum doula training in the spring of 2019. She is always looking for opportunities to learn and expand her skill set. Her future goals include certifying as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator.
Ashley is wife to a loving and supportive husband, and mama to three beautiful children. When she’s not out working within the birthing community, you can likely find her at Target or Homegoods. She enjoys baking with her littles, movie nights with her hubby, and working on various home improvement and design projects.
Ashley feels blessed to be a part of this community, and honored to have the opportunity to support families throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
Ashley is one of the facilitators for Life with Baby, teaches Baby Basics and the Sibling class and is accepting birth and postpartum doula clients.
Phyllis Sharp, Birth Doula, Educator
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 and is currently accepting birth doula clients.
Jenna Karns, Birth Doula
Jenna is proud mom of a crazy, energetic little girl that loves to tell people her mom helps women give birth. Jenna is here to help support your birth plan no matter what that birth plan is.
Jenna is a new doula and is currently accepting birth doula clients.
Julie Robert, Birth Doula
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 new doula and is currently accepting birth doula clients.
Jenna D’Annunzio, Birth Doula
A coffee enthusiast, profound lover of music and dance party extraordinaire; Jenna D’Annunzio is a life, business and success coach who has recently expanded her practice to support mothers through their birth and postpartum experiences as a doula. After having children, she uncovered her love and amazement for the process of pregnancy and the miracle of childbirth!
A firm believer that we are all life-long learners, Jenna has a bachelor’s degree in Education and History, a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in counseling and is a Certified Professional Coach through the International Coaching Federation. She is eager to complete her birth doula certification and as well as obtain a certification in parent coaching. Jenna’s goal is create a safe space for mothers to come and express themselves in what they are feeling/experiencing in the moment; to empower them in making the best choices for their care while navigating what it looks like to be the best version of themselves for themselves and their families.
When she’s not coaching, Jenna is soaking up every minute she can with her wonderful husband, Ben, and the three lights of their lives – Addison, Everleigh and Theodore.
Jenna is a new doula and is currently accepting birth doula clients.
Beverly Brewer, Lactation Consultant
Beverly has always had a passion for the art of breastfeeding and began her journey as a lactation professional in 2010, when she became a Certified Lactation Counselor and worked as a breastfeeding peer counselor for the National Institutes of Health under the umbrella of the WIC program.
Beverly’s experience reaching mothers from all walks of life led her to become a La Leche League Leader in 2014. She has helped many mothers overcome difficulties in their own homes, led monthly support group meetings, and provided education and support in the early days of breastfeeding at the bedside.
Now as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Beverly has had the opportunity to help many mothers get off to great start and reach their breastfeeding goals. It’s important to Beverly to help mothers feel empowered to make their own decisions in their breastfeeding journey.
Beverly is the mother of seven, wife to a supportive husband, and is a home school educator. She works part time as a Lactation Consultant in a local health care system, currently serves on the board of the Rochester Regional Breastfeeding Coalition and is the Area Coordination of Leaders for La Leche League of New York.
Beverly is offering private Lactation Consults in your home or at Beautiful Birth Choices.
Lauren Grimm, LMSW, Birth Doula
Lauren’s passion for birth work emerged from her professional social work practice and personal journey through infertility, loss, and the births of her two children. Lauren completed her first DONA training in 2016 and has supported individuals through their journeys ever since.
A foundational belief that Lauren holds within her Doula practice is that all womb carriers have both the right and the ability to be an active and empowered participant throughout the entire process. Lauren has supported individuals through infant loss, high-risk pregnancies, home births and hospital births.
Lauren’s goal as a Doula is to support individuals through a holistic lens, ensuring that clients are not only informed and empowered, but are also supported emotionally, physically and spiritually throughout the process.
When not doing birth work Lauren can be found experimenting with new foods in the kitchen, exploring the outdoors with loved ones, and running the roads and trails on the westside.
Lauren is currently accepting birth doula clients.
Ruthie Romero, Birth Doula
Ruthie became a parent in 2016 but has forever been a lover of all things birth and babies. While she has a variety of passions, she considers her time spent in the world of pregnancy and birth as a calling. After overcoming sexual trauma, vaginismus, and mental health challenges, she has learned to thrive and live well, with a renewed passion for empowering others to advocate for their physical and mental wellbeing. Since having an incredible experience with her doula during the labor and birth of her daughter, Ruthie’s heart has been drawn to support and empower pregnant people and their families.
Her goal in working with birth doula clients is to be a safe, loyal companion and ally – particularly for the laboring person. Ruthie has a huge heart for moms/parents experiencing or recovering from domestic violence, as well as those dealing with pelvic floor conditions. She is honored to work with the beautiful humans who are part of her LGBTQIA+ family and the d/Deaf/HOH community.
After training to become a doula in 2021, Ruthie is looking forward to completing her certification as a birth doula through DONA International. She also spends much of her time working as an ASL-English Sign Language Interpreter in the Rochester area.
Ruthie adores spending time with her young daughter, enjoys traveling (especially to see her family), being outside, surrounding herself with animals and friends (and animal friends), playing her ukulele and piano, practicing yoga, taking care of her plants, and the many other things that have come to fill her with joy and gratitude for life.
Ruthie is our fabulous admin at BBC and is a new doula and is currently accepting birth doula clients.
Kirsten Elting, Birth Doula
BA, CD(DONA), LCCE, CLEC, CLC
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 and a Certified Lactation Educator and Counselor in 2008. 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 and Childbirth Educator and is currently accepting birth doula clients.