Doula Information

What's a Doula?

A doula is a trained companion who is not a healthcare professional and who supports another individual (the doula's client) through a significant health-related experience, such as childbirth, miscarriage, induced abortion or stillbirth, or non-reproductive experiences such as dying.

The doula's goal, and role, is to help the client feel safe and comfortable, complementing the role of the healthcare professionals who provide the client's medical care. If you are looking for more information, please check out the links below.

Spaces to find Birthing Doulas in Rochester, NY

Beautiful Birth Choices

Black Doula Collaborative

Doula Cooperative of Rochester

Queer Centered Doula Info

BADT’s Doula DirectoryFind a BADT{Birth Advocacy Doula Training}-trained doula near you!

Queer Doula Network– An open directory of LGBTQ+-affirming birth workers for birthing people to explore.

Birthing Queer: Queer and Trans Evidence-Based Child Birth EducationAn interactive & tight-knit queer birth class taught by a trans genderqueer professional midwife.

Questions to ask during an interview with a doula

Trainings for Doulas and other healthcare workers working with Queer and Trans-soon to be parents:

BADT’s Prerecorded Queer & Trans Reproductive Support CE CourseALL of our courses are queer and trans inclusive, and this class, in particular, focuses on queer and trans care for birthworkers.

birthing beyond the binary with king yaa– This 12-week program is for reproductive health professionals who want to support queer, trans, and non-binary folx. Check out their other queer-focused pre-recorded courses.

Gender Affirming Birth Work 101 Workshop with Moss Froom– A great starting place for folks who are new to this conversation and work.

Gender Affirming Practices for Birthworkers with Love Over Fear Wellness-- Sign up for his email list to be notified of the next offering.

MAIA Midwifery & Fertility’s Professional Trainings– Check out their cultural sensitivity class.

LGBTQ+ Training for Professionals from Family Equity–Trainings for family-building providers who are supporting queer and trans folks.Check out their scholarship opportunity for queer and trans birthworkers here!