Resources – Other Stones In The Foundation

    Nurtured Foundation Doula Services is passionate about supporting families, not only with our birth and postpartum doula services, but also with lactation support, placenta encapsulation, infant massage, maternity/birth/newborn photography and various parent education classes.

    Our years of service in the Cleveland area have introduced us to numerous sources of support for pregnant and postpartum families.  A list of those resources are available to you below.  While this list is by no means comprehensive, we do hope you will find it helpful. And of course, we welcome your suggestions for additions to it! If you know of an organization or provider you believe we missed, please email their information along with a brief statement of the services they provide to for consideration.

Assistance Programs for Food, Medical, Utilities, Psychiatric, Etc. by Area:

WIC, Cleveland—list of local clinics and info for moms with children 5 and under.




Aromatherapy-Family Safe:


Shannon Dennis at Scentsable Health is a trained aromatherapist. She offers a variety of services and product related to aromatherapy.


Certified Herbalist-Family Safe:


Deborah is a certified herbalist on the east side of Cleveland who has worked under the guidance Aviva Romm. She works with a variety of herbs in many forms; from teas to tinctures related to women and children.  216.789.8811

Sarah Popkivar is a certified herbalist also located on the east side of Cleveland. Sarah works with pregnant women, lactating mothers, and young families.  216.773.0313


Home Birth Midwives:

Circle Of Life Birth Services—Colleen Schroeder and Rosie Messina  216.299.8522

Kim French 216.771.8065

Pam Kolanz   440.543.5353

Staci Dasher

Jess Brown 330.289.4829

Nicole Young, 330.807.0320

Sandra Hess  330.231.5945

Karen Edwards 330-869-8782


Certified Nurse Midwives (Hospital Setting):


Cleveland Clinic Midwifery:

Westshore Midwifery Associates:  440.617.4843 (St. John Westshore)

Neighborhood Family Practice:  216.281.0872

University Hospitals Midwives:

Southwest Hospital Midwives:  440.816.5050

Hospital Systems and OBGYN/Pediatrician Referrals:




Cleveland Clinic Foundation: 1.800.223.2273

University Hospitals: 216.844.3722

MetroHealth Medical:  440.957.3200


VBAC Supporting OBGYNs:


Dr. Stetzer– Metro Health 216.778.4444

Dr. Schubeck– Metro Health 216.398.0100

Dr. Gingo– Southwest and Fairview 440.816.5333

Dr. Biats—Akron 330.650.6677

Dr. Reider– Fairview 216.476.7120

Dr. Kappas-Fairview 216.476.7912

Dr. Klaus-Fairview 440.777.3800

Dr. Barron-Fairview 440.835.3883



Chiropractors & Massotherapists in Cleveland Area Specializing in Pregnancy, Postpartum, and/or Infants:

Nurtured Foundationwill provide in-home prenatal massage Cleveland, Ohio 216.409.5403

Shaker Womens Wellness Beachwood, Ohio 216.220.8769

Healthsource of Avon—-Avon, Ohio 440.565.2409

Dr. Allison Norris, DC- Lakewood, Ohio 216.227.1490

Dr. Michelle Yan, DC—Westlake, Ohio 440.250.2275

Dr. Candace Gesicki, DC—Independence, Ohio 216.952.3830

The Womb Wellness Center – Solon, Ohio 216.633.2828

Wyatt-DeMarco Massage Therapy & Wellness Center, LLC.-Avon Lake, Ohio 440.225.4555


Childbirth Classes and Other Birth/Postpartum Education- East and West Locations:

Nurtured Foundation Doula Services  216.409.5403  Offering birth/postpartum doulas, infant massage classes, belly binding, childbirth education, postpartum planning and lactation classes to east & west sides of Cleveland. Private and group classes are available.

Cleveland Clinic: 440.356.0347

Hillcrest Calendar of Classes:

Fairview Wellness Center Calendar of Classes:

University Hospitals:

St. John Westshore Calendar of Classes:

Southwest Hospital Calendar of Classes:


Lactation Services:



Nurtured Foundation Doula Services– an in-home lactation consultant is available for visits 216.409.5403

Dr. Ann Witt, Senders Pediatric—Dr. Witt is a MD and IBCLC.  She heads up Breastfeeding Medicine at Sender’s Pediatrics in South Euclid.  She and her staff assist breastfeeding mothers with various issues.

Evaluation for Suspected Lip/Tongue Ties:




Dr. Ann Witt with Breastfeeding Medicine Group in Sender’s Pediatrics S. Euclid 216.291.9210

Dr. Milton Ntragatakis (goes by Dr. Milton)& Dr. Brittney Brunswick KiDDS 330.220.6363


Breast Pump Rental:


Electric breast pumps, rental/sales, maternity/breastfeeding bras and other breastfeeding supplies are available at the University Hospitals MacDonald Lactation Center in University Hospitals Landerbrook Health Center at 440.995.3830, or at University Hospitals Westlake Health Center at 440.250.2035.

Many Babies R Us locations are renting hospital grade pumps.  Call your local store to check availability.


Breastfeeding Online Resources*:


La Leche League — LLL are the forerunners in breastfeeding aid and education. Not only do they have some of the most comprehensive and accurate info, but you can find a local group to or nearby leader to come to the hospital and/or your house for one-on-one help.

Kellymom — No frills on this site and most easily used when searched via Google (i.e. “Kellymom pumping and work”), but they are very informative, covering just about anything you can think of, in multiple ways, in easy layman’s terms. I have never been let down by this website or their extensive list of sources at the end of every page.

Best for Babes Foundation — This amazing Facebook group and web page are really ground-breaking in promotion of breastfeeding, and always on top of the most current news and studies. No pressure, no judgement, just help.

Dr. Jack Newman — He is one of the most educated doctors on breastfeeding — Dr. Newman’s entire website is full of information and videos on breastfeeding. He’s one of the main go-to-guys for everything breastfeeding.

Dispelling Breastfeeding Myths — This Facebook group is dedicated entirely to discussing and debunking rumors about breastfeeding, breast milk, and formula.

Dr. Sears — If you’ve ever heard of attachment parenting, you’ve heard of Dr. Sears. But even if you aren’t an attachment parent, his website has a large, easy-to-use list of lots of different breastfeeding concerns with helpful suggestions.

Work and Pump — For many, breastfeeding also includes pumping. This website is for any families that pump, not just working families.

MOBI Motherhood International — MOBI stands for Mothers Overcoming Breastfeeding Issues, and is all about getting past struggles with stories of women overcoming their breastfeeding hardships. Inspirational.

International Breastfeeding Journal — For research junkies like me, these journals can be fascinating and educating as they cover a wide variety of issues and topics.

The Lactivist — Don’t be turned off by the store-front look — check out the blog on the right-hand side that features reviews of breastfeeding products and delves into discussions about common breastfeeding barriers.

World Health Organization (WHO) — World leaders in breastfeeding information and standards,

New Beginnings — This is LLL’s bi-monthly magazine which features helpful information and stories from other nursing moms.

Centers for Disease Control — See their most recent releases and studies about the benefits of breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Moms Unite! — This Facebook group and website is just for breastfeeding moms. There is unity and success in numbers. — This website by our own federal government has breastfeeding information, as well as lists of government programs to help breastfeeding moms, including phone support on the National Breastfeeding Hotline.

Breastfeeding Online — book recommendations, experiences and stories from breastfeeding families.

The Leaky B@@b — Sometimes the best advice is from others in the same situation as you and this Facebook group for breastfeeding moms discusses the newest issues breastfeeding moms face.

*Parts of breastfeeding email list revised from*


Special Breastfeeding Topics:

Low Milk Supply — This website is dedicated entirely to identifying and working with a low milk supply to increase your success.

Breastfeeding After Breast and Nipple Surgery — This specialized site is for moms who have had any form of breast or nipple surgery and want to/are

The Adoptive Breastfeeding Resource — Adopting mothers can breastfeed and this website is dedicated to helping moms who want to nurse their new

Blacktating — This brilliant blog is written by an African-American lactating mom, hence the name. Witty and informative for everyone.

Mocha Milk — This blog is specifically aimed at African-American, bi-racial, and other minority moms who are nursing.

Breastfeeding and Attachment Parenting Twins — Nursing twins can present different challenges, but this site will help moms who want to breastfeed and practice attachment

And WorkandPump is a fantastic resource for the new mom who has to go back to work outside the home, but doesn’t want their baby to lose out on the benefits of breastmilk.


Local Breastfeeding Support Groups:

Breastfeeding Mother and Baby —2nd Tuesday of the month at 7p. (Lakewood Location)

Hillcrest Hospital Tues. 11-12p 440.312.5332

CCF Independence Tues. 10-11:30a 216.445.7919

Fairview Wellness Center Mon., Fri. 1-3p 440.356.0347

CCF Chagrin Falls Fri. 11-12p 216.312.5332

PREP+ at Senders Pediatrics first Thurs. of the month 10:30-11:30a  216.291.9210

UH Elyria-multiple meetings, please call 440.329.7466 for days/times

UH Westlake Weds. 10-11am at St. John Medical Center- Comm. Outreach Rm 440.827.5451

UH Landerbrook Tues 11-noon and 6:30p-7:30p first Thurs. of the month 440.995.3830

LLL– Find a location near you:

Southwest Hospital:  First Wednesday and third Monday of every month excluding holidays 6:30-7:30 p.m. Basement – Anderson Conference Room

Olmsted Falls Library:  First Thursday of every month 10-11a.m.

Nursing Moms Chat:  Wednesdays 9:30-11am
Lakewood Methodist Church – follow the signs to Family Room

Summa Akron City Hospital: Mondays at 12:30pm in Professional Center North – 330.375.4271

Akron General Medical Center: Tuesdays – 12:30-2pm – 330.344.5705

Akron Children’s Hospital: Wednesdays 11:00am – (Considine Building) – 330.543.4531

The Breastfeeding Center: Thursdays 11:00am – 330.837.0220

  • Evening Meetings

Hillcrest Hospital: First and third Wednesdays of the month, 6-7:00pm  440.312.4500

University Hospitals Elyria: Wednesdays at 6:00pm – 440.329.7466

The Breastfeeding Center – Massillon: First Tuesday of each month 6-7:30pm 330.837.0220



Northeast Ohio Mothers of Multiples“Our Mission is to offer support, information, education and social interaction for mothers of multiple births in Northeast Ohio. Currently we have over 111 members and 17 guests. We hope we will be able to answer many of your questions concerning parenting multiples, from pregnancy to birth, all the way to college and beyond!!”

Multiples of America– “The Multiples of America aka NOMOTC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families of multiple birth children through education, research, and networking. In partnering with local support groups, health care providers, researchers, and educators, and with the highest standards of integrity, respect and professionalism, we endeavor to aid parents of multiples and to raise public awareness of the unique qualities of multiple birth families.”

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth-“We are parents throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and beyond who have experienced the death of one or more, both or all of our twins or higher multiples at any time from conception through birth, infancy and childhood.”

Emerald Valley Mothers of Multiples is a support group and a social club directly affiliated with the Ohio Federation of Mothers of Twins Clubs. We are united by the joys and challenges of parenting multiples.”

Westshore Mothers of Twins—“The mission of our group is to support expectant and existing mothers of twins, triples and higher order multiples. We do this through family activities, online resources and much more. Not only do we support each other but we are active in monthly community service projects.”


NICU Support Groups:


Online support group for parents/caregivers with children in the NICU


Postpartum Depression/Anxiety Support:

Cleveland Clinic– various locations 440.844.4000

Applewood Centers – Services provided in office-based or home settings, covered by Medicaid and select commercial insurance providers, with some out-of-network and self-pay options available. 216.521.6511 ext 1737 Email:

University Hospitals-various locations 1.866.UH4.CARE

Connections— Offices in Beachwood, Cleveland Heights, and Ohio City. Services available for those with no insurance as well as Medicaid, Medicare, and select insurance providers. Spanish speaking therapist available at W. 25th St. location.              Phone intake: 216.831.6466 ext 232 or Fax Intake: 216-766-6086

Bellefaire Jewish Children’sIn-home or office-based services.Office-based services in Shaker Heights and 6001 Woodland Ave, Cleveland. Services covered by Medicaid and select commercial insurance providers. Out-of-network and self-pay options available. Phone Intake: 1.800.879.2522 Email:

Ohio Guidestone – Home-based counseling available in Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Summit, Stark, Portage, and Franklin Counties. Office-based services in Euclid, Garfield Heights, Brook Park, Lakewood, Cleveland, and Lorain. Phone Intake: 440.260.8550

Far West Center— Offices in Westlake and Amherst. Child care available. In-home intake visit provided as needed. Services covered by Medicaid and select commercial insurance plans. Services available for those who are uninsured. Spanish speaking psychiatrist and case managers available.  Phone Intake: 440.835.6212 ext 230 Email:

Dr. Lulu Zhao, (OB/GYN)  UH Mayfield Heights & Downtown 440.844.3941 (specialized in PPD)

Dr. Anita Bellante, (OB/GYN) in Medina  330.952.2251

Dr. Rima Bachuwa, MD, MS, FACOG (OB/GYN) in Westlake  440.871.2222

Dr. William Hahn, Jr. (OB/GYN) in Middleburg Heights 440.816.5390

Dr. Cory Fisher, (Family Physician) in Rocky River 440.356.3640

CCF Main Campus – Dr. Adele Viguera, (Psychiatry) 216.445.2900

UH Women’s Clinic Downtown – Dr. Sara Nagel-Yang, (Psychiatry) 216.831.2900

Dr. Leslie Walker, (Psychiatry) Shaker Heights 440.767.0440

Dr. Sheryl Kingsberg, PHD (Psychology) 440.844.5078

Dr. Abu Haider, (Psychiatry) Avon Lake 440.930.2002

Maureen Curley, CNP (Psychiatry) 216.844.2400

Thomas Gigliotti (Therapist) LISW, Beachwood  440.460.0140

Renee Popovic, (Therapist) LPC, MFT, Lakewood  216.302.7804

Corrine Kisselle, (Therapist) M.Ed, LPCC, LICDC, Westlake 440.315.4695 (insurance accepted-check your plan for benefits.)

Lori Brady, (Therapist) MEd., LPCC, Rocky River 216.815.5352 (insurance accepted-check your plan for benefits.)

Dr. Sharon Bursky, PhD with PsychBC in Beachwood 216.831.6611

PsychBC, various locations (Ashtabula, Avon, Beachwood, Brecksville, North Olmsted, Willoughby) have psychiatrists, therapists, psychologists and nurse practitioners for PPD support. 866-363-6611

Dr. Suzanne Smith, PhD. (Psychologist) Westlake  440.250.9880

POEM ( For postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders) Fairview Wellness Center in Rocky River every Tuesday 7-8:30PM


VBAC Support:


ICAN of Greater Cleveland: Meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.and are held at the North Royalton Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library 


Pregnancy and Addiction:


Delayed/Anti-vax Friendly Pediatricians—Cleveland Area West:


Dr. Noha Dardir, MD  Westlake 216.957.3200 – MetroHealth System

Dr. Mark Gipson, MD – Westlake 440.250.8660 – UH Westshore Primary Care

Dr. Mona Patel-Jagetia, MD – North Ridgeville 440.353.1008 – UH Westshore Primary Care

Dr. Nancy Van Kuels, MD – Avon 440.899.5550 – Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Frank Szollosy, MD – Amherst 440.984.5437 – UH Elyria Medical Center

Dr. John J. Wolf, DO – Westlake 440.808.8620 – UH Family Medicine Specialists

Dr. Cory Fisher, DO – Rocky River 440.356.3640 – Beachcliff Family Medicine Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Kornelia Solymos, MD – Westlake 440.250.5370 – UH Westlake Health Center

Dr. Sherri J Tenpenny, DO – Middleburg Hts 440.239.3438 – Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center (Does not accept any insurance)


Delayed/Anti-vax Friendly Pediatricians—Cleveland Area East:


Advanced Pediatrics – (all physicians) Beachwood 216.591.1515

Senders Pediatrics – (all physicians) – S Euclid 216.291.9210

Dr. Thomas E. Phelps, MD (and others in practice) Chesterland 440.729.0100 – Cleveland Clinic Chesterland Pediatrics

Dr. Alla Kolkin, MD – Beachwood 216.751.1900 – Cleveland Clinic


Delayed/Anti-vax Friendly Pediatricians—Akron Area:


Dr. Erin Weber, MD – Massilon 330.833.4596 – Mercy Community Health Care Pediatrics

Dr. Christopher Stetler, DO – Uniontown 330.877.0781- Mercy Primary Care

Dr. Morton T Saunders Jr, DO – Uniontown 330.899.0268 – Summa Health

Dr. Sladjana Courson, DO – Akron 330.252.1135 – Akron Children’s Hospital

Dr. Charlyce Wallington, MD – Green 330.899.5437- Akron Children’s Hospital

Dr. Ian Suzelis, DO – Ravenna 330.296.9696 – UH Ravenna Primary Care

Dr. Amanda Y Roberts, MD – Akron 330.666.9769 – Montrose Family Practice

Dr. Sarah Ayers, MD – Kent 330.676.1020 – Akron Children’s Hospital


Cranial Sacral Therapists in the Cleveland Area:

Nancy Weidner, Touch for Wellness (in home consults) 216.337.1493 or email


Birth Trauma Support:

Joyce Poplar, ICCE, HBCP, HCHT, Peri/Postnatal Educator: Hillcrest Hospital, Childbirth Education at Hillcrest Hospital – 440.312.2777 or personal cell – 216.509.6527

Dr. Suzanne Smith, PhD: Linden BP Westlake 440.250.9880


Also see Postpartum Depression resources.  Many also treat birth trauma. Body work can be beneficial in conjunction with therapy.  Massage services are listed above.