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. Doulas do not replace the support of birth partners, in contrast, they are experts at decreasing birth partner anxiety and helping birth partners to provide more effective support. Read this guest post  about the benefits of doulas at homebirths.

This download provides a guide for interviewing doulas: Doula Interview Questions

We recommend the following doulas highly:

Ithaca Area:
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.

Binghamton Area:
Shannon Brown Doula Service
Shannon Brown, BA, CD(DONA)
Phone: 607-644-3955
Email: shannonbrowndoula@yahoo.com

Good Hands Doula Services
Michelle Slabicki, CD, CMT
Phone: 607-240-1718
Email: goodhandsdoula@aol.com

Doulas of Broome County
Nicole Sivers
Phone: 607-242-5373
Email: info@doulasofbroomecounty.com

Syracuse Area:
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