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John Kennell

"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it."

Support Services

Physical Support

I provide hands-on support such as comforting touch, counter pressure, relaxation techniques, and position ideas.

Emotional Support

I offer unwavering support to you and your family before, during and after birth by easing the emotional experience of birth and creating a safe space where you and your body can work their best.

Partner Support

My support is not limited to the birthing person. I will encourage the partner to be as involved as they'd like, offering ideas and tips, as well as relief when partner needs a break. Many comfort measures are best when using two support people.

Evidence-Based Information and Advocacy

I am trained to connect families with evidence-based resources so they can ask great questions and make informed decisions about your birth. I serve as your advocate to ensure your voice is heard and you receive the best care possible.

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Why Hire a Doula?


Decrease in Risk of Cesarean


Increase in Likelihood of Spontaneous Vaginal Birth


Decrease in the Use of Any Medications for Pain Relief


Minutes Shorter Labor


Decrease in the Baby's Risk of Low Five Minute Apgar Score


Decrease in Risk of Being Dissatisfied with the Birth Experience

Bohren MA, Hofmeyr GJ, Sakala C, Fukuzawa RK, Cuthbert A. Continuous support for women during childbirth. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Jul

 We were referred to Bert by a mutual friend / client and from our very first meeting we knew the universe intentionally aligned our paths. Bert provided us with the sense of confidence we needed to face our first birth experience and the peace when my entire “labor wish list” got turned to dust. Bert has a calming spirit about her that made my husband and I feel at ease when things began to not go “to plan”, and she provided us with evidence based education that made us confident in our decision making. She was the calm and supportive teammate my husband and I needed during labor, and she made what could’ve been a trying experience one of my favorite memories. We highly recommend her birth doula services!

Jodi Rae - Birth Doula Client

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Training & Certification

DONA Approved Birth Doula Trainings with Beautiful Birth Choices, Rochester NY
Certified through DONA International.


LeRoy, NY 14482


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