Founders & co-OWNERS
Christy Muscato, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, SbBCPE, Evidence Based Birth® Instructor, Founder
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 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 an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor (2016) and Spinning Babies® Parent Educator (2018), she is also a founding member of the Doula Cooperative and proud member Rochester Area Birth Networks 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.
Julia Sittig, MSW, AdvCD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, SpBCPE, Evidence Based Birth® Instructor, Founder
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 also an Evidence Based Birth ® Instructor, a Spinning Babies Parent Educator, and is currently completing a course 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.
Alison Spath, IBCLC, CD(DONA), RYT 200, Co-owner
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.
Alison is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and began her work in lactation by offering mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding women in the greater Rochester area in 2008. Alison teaches our Intro to Breastfeeding class, facilitates our weekly breastfeeding support group Breastfeeding Cafe and does 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 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. Her personal prenatal yoga practice played a very important role in her own physical, mental and emotional preparation for birth. She loves guiding women through a safe, gentle yoga practice that can positively impact their pregnancy, labor and birth. She believes that birth is a sacred and transformational journey, a journey that will change your life forever.
Alison is a 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.