We recommend the use of doulas, especially for first time parents, to aid with labor support. Doulas are professionally trained labor support providers experienced in giving encouragement, emotional support, and concrete suggestions for comfort in labor. A doula by no means replaces the support of your partner; however doulas are expert at decreasing partner anxiety and helping partners to provide more effective support. Read a guest post by local doula, Erin Kerr, about why doulas are beneficial at homebirths.
This download provides a guide for interviewing doulas: Doula Interview Questions
We recommend the following doulas highly:
Ithaca Doula Collective
Group of independent doulas serving the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier Regions of NY with comprehensive, non-judgmental support during family transitions.
Shannon Brown Doula Service
Shannon Brown, BA, CD(DONA)
Good Hands Doula Services
Michelle Slabicki, CD, CMT
Doulas of Broome County
CNY Doula Connection
Growing network of independent doulas who attend births and provide postpartum care in the Central New York area. Provides networking opportunities, client referrals, and educational enrichment for members.
Doulas of CNY
Doulas serving Syracuse and the greater area
Lotus Baby Birth Services
Bethany McCarey-Hammond, HBCE, BD