“Birth is not just about babies, it is not just an occasion in which a child enters the world. It is an occasion in which women turn into mothers, and men into fathers. It is a time in which our hearts stretch, our priorities shift, our view of the world is transformed”. Excerpt from A Good Birth, by Anne Lyerly, M.D. According to Penny Simkin, childbirth expert “How a woman gives birth matters-to her family and to her self-confidence and self-esteem as a woman and mother…How a woman is cared for and supported during birth is a major influence, not only in how she gives birth, but also how she feels about it. The Birth Partner.
WNY Doulas Ten Tips for a Better Birth
- Choose your place of birth carefully
- Choose your birth team wisely
- Hire a Birth Doula
- Balance Your Body
- Get Educated
- Move Your Body
- Nourish Your Heart and Mind
- Make A Plan
- Life After Baby
- Nourish Your Body
CorrEra Physical Therapy PLLC Sarah Capodagli, President E-mail Sarah@CorrEraPT.com 8469 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville NY 14221 Preventative and rehabilitative services for pelvic floor health before, during, and after pregnancy. Just because symptoms may be common, it does not mean they need to be your “normal”. You deserve the attention to have your concerns addressed. At CorrEra Physical Therapy all patients receive one-on-one evaluation and treatment every visit. At CorrEra Physical Therapy we focus on preventing and treating pelvic floor dysfunction. We promote core wellness during all stages of life. www.correrapt.com The Fountain Sarah Capodagli, Owner E-mail: Wellness@thefountainwny.com 8469 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville, NY 14221 The Fountain is a comprehensive wellness center. We are a collection of small businesses who emphasize individualized care and promote growth in all aspects of life. www.thefountainwny.com Sarah Capodagli, DPT of CorrERA Physical Therapy received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Nazareth College of Rochester and began her career in the pediatric setting while working in Early Intervention. Concurrently she was also the lead physical therapist on a medical team who provided clinical care to rural villages throughout the Dominican Republic. In 2011 she began working for Roswell Park Cancer Institute and began to transition to her current specialty in pelvic floor rehabilitation. Since then she has completed over 120 hours in this specialty alone and continues to train in complementary courses that address holistic wellness. In November of 2013 she opened her own practice where the sole focus continues to be pelvic floor rehabilitation and core wellness. She and her husband are also the owners of The Fountain, a wellness center in Williamsville, NY with an interdisciplinary approach to wellness and individualized care.
The Fountain Sarah Capodagli, Owner E-mail: Wellness@thefountainwny.com 8469 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville, NY 14221 The Fountain is a comprehensive wellness center. We are a collection of small businesses who emphasize individualized care and promote growth in all aspects of life. www.thefountainwny.com
Tara Withey, CD, CBE of Birthing by Design is a certified birth and postpartum doula and childbirth educator who has been serving WNY since 2010. Tara is a founding member of WNY Doulas. She has specialized training in VBAC support, bereavement, pregnancy after loss & fertility planning. She offers a wide variety of classes that would fit any family’s needs. Tara maintains certification through Childbirth International and Madriella. Tara and her husband are raising their 7 children together in Tonawanda.
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Elizabeth Carey, CD/PC(DONA) of Niagara Doula is a certified birth and postpartum doula and one the founding members of WNY Doulas and has been serving WNY families since 2005. She has specialized training in the use of acupressure, essential oils and the rebozo during pregnancy and childbirth and is this area’s only certified Dancing For Birth™ Instructor. Elizabeth maintains certifications through DONA international, Madriella and HypnobabiesⓇ and is currently completing training through Still Birthday. Beth has been married for 34 years and has five grown children.
Jenny Beam, CD, CLC of Fearless Birthing of Niagara has been a member of WNY Doulas since 2016. Jennifer is a Certified Birth Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor. Some of her specialized training includes breastfeeding counseling, difficult labor and delivery, as well as dance. Jenny has a passion to help families learn of their birthing options and to lessen the fear and anxiety that often accompanies moms in their birthing journey. She is also able to counsel moms, one on one, as they navigate through the many stages of breastfeeding. She maintains certification through Madriella.
Our SPECIAL Guest, Melissa Holmes is thrilled to serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for this year’s WNY Doulas’ Better Birth Baby Shower. As 2 On Your Side Daybreak co-anchor, Melissa is delivering a newscast while many moms and babies are awake for those dreaded overnight and early morning feedings! Melissa is an award-winning journalist, having been in the news business for thirteen years, the last 5 of which have been at WGRZ Channel 2. Her most important job, however, is being a wife to her husband Jay, and mommy to her three year old son, Elliott.
Crista Davis, CD is certified as a birth doula through Madriella and is currently completing her training as a childbirth educator through Childbirth International. She joined WNY Doulas in 2016. Her journey began in college as she passionately pursued her BA and MA in Teaching in Louisiana. After college, she and her husband moved to China for two years where her heart to serve and counsel women and couples grew. In China, with a doula by her side, her first daughter was born as well as her passion for birth. As she prepared for her second daughter’s birth here in Buffalo, Crista’s heart to teach, counsel and serve all women and couples on this journey beat loudly, and finally Beloved Birth was born.
WNY Doulas Birth & Postpartum Doula services, Childbirth Education, Doula Training & Mentoring, VBAC and Cesarean support, Bereavement doula services, Lactation Counseling, Placenta encapsulation, birth pool rental, hosts of the monthly Better Birth Connection, founders of the Better Birth Baby Shower. firstname.lastname@example.org www.wnydoulas.com Pelvic floor therapy which can help you achieve and maintain pelvic and core stability, strength, mobility, flexibility and function.
Hire a Birth doula A doula is a professional who is trained in childbirth and provides continuous support to a mother before, during, and just after birth. Doula comes from a Greek word that means “a woman who serves.” (~DONA)
WNY Doulas is a collaboration of five independent birth professionals who are committed to helping improve outcomes for both moms and babies. It is our desire to educate, empower, and lovingly support families to discern the path best for them as they are transformed by the miracle of birthing their child. We strive to provide evidence based information and up to date resources available during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. It is our goal and heart’s desire to provide personalized support to every family seeking a better birth and postpartum experience, as they define it. We meet together as a group for the purpose of hosting the monthly Better Birth Connection and the annual Better Birth Baby Shower, providing support and mentoring to each member. We also strive to work with the local birth community at large by attending workshops and events and providing support to other birth professionals.
Catholic Health Women Care
Mount St. Mary’s Hospital Midwives of Mercy Hospital
Corr-ERA Physical Therapy Moonshine Studio of Photography
Baby’s Sweet Beginnings
Danyel Brewer, RDN. IBCLC
Cbr Cord Blood Registry
Ebb & Flow Birth and Wellness
Gentle Parenting Institute
Lifestyle Nutrition WNY, PLLC
Jessica Popovich Photography
Postpartum Resource Center of New York
Amanda Rayburg, LMT
Sippy Cup Moms
Soma Cura Wellness Center
The Birthing Center of Buffalo
A huge thank you to Aimee Gomlak and Sarah Neuner of Catholic Health. We are proud and excited to partner with Catholic Health as they continue to improve outcomes for moms and babies.
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