Best Pregnancy and Postpartum Care

Northeast Ohio Parent 2022 Winner

Best pregnancy/post-partum care for moms and families.

The annual Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards seeks to gather the opinions of local parents on everything family-friendly in the region. Our readers and online followers voted for their favorite businesses, attractions, family services and more. View the full article.

Expertise 2022

Best Doulas in Cleveland

2022 Award

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Cleveland Doulas on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Columbus Dispatch

Doulas can help curb infant mortality and support women. Ohio lawmakers want to make access easier.

by Haley BeMiller July 7, 2021

Lyndsey Wilcox thought she was going to die when she had her first child. The Mount Gillead mother lost both of her feet at age 12 after a routine surgery for her scoliosis went south. When her doctor told her she needed a cesarean-section, she had flashbacks to her last invasive procedure. View the full article.

Children's Defense Fund

Improving Maternal and Infant Care with Doula Support

April 29, 2021

In our last segment we covered what a doula does, the difference between birth/labor doulas and postpartum doulas, evidence-based benefits to utilizing doula support, and barriers to doula care. Additionally, CDF provided recommendations for optimizing doula support so that growing families in Ohio have an awareness of their options and access to doula care. View the full article.

Children's Defense Fund

Improving Maternal and Infant Care with Doula Support. Part 2: Training & Certification

June 3, 2021

The pandemic has shed a light on the inequalities that both working and stay-at-home moms, especially Black women, continue to face when giving birth. It is well overdue to start considering systemic solutions to not only ease the burden of early parenthood, but address inequalities among race, sex, and socioeconomic status. View the full article.

ABC Cleveland 5

From doulas, mothers and doctors, what to expect when you're expecting during the coronavirus pandemic

February 4, 2021

Despite the challenges of being pregnant during a pandemic, babies embody our hopes and dreams and are the promise that life endures.

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Idea Stream NPR

Postcards From The Pandemic: Technology Helps A Doula Help Moms

October 2, 2020

For months, doulas have been banned from area hospitals because of the pandemic. The Cleveland Clinic recently began allowing doulas back into labor and delivery rooms, but many local hospitals still don't allow them in. That's meant doulas have had to figure out how to support their patients at a distance.

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19 News

Ohio doulas want Ohio to allow them back in labor and delivery after NY deems them essential for childbirth: CLEbaby among agencies lobbing Governor DeWine

by Vic Gideon May 1, 2020

Doula agencies like CLEbaby have gone entirely virtual, providing consultation, support, and information online.

They’re not allowed in the delivery room due to coronavirus concerns.
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Fresh Water Cleveland

By your side: This doula is going virtual to support CLE moms-to-be during COVID-19

by Jen Jones Donatelli April 7, 2020

Giving birth during ordinary times can be a nerve-wracking experience. Giving birth during a global pandemic? Few words can describe, but it’s sure to disrupt even the most perfectly laid birth plans.

That's where Ashley Sova and CLEBaby come in.

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ABC Cleveland 5

The three 'Rs' for getting you and your baby a healthy night of sleep

by Katie Ussin February 3, 2020

Americans are tired. Surveys have shown time and again, we aren't getting enough sleep and our kids aren't either. Sleep is vital for brain development in kids, and cardiovascular and mental health in adults. Yet, experts warn we aren't taking it seriously.

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Fox 8 Cleveland

Sweet dreams: Local company guarantees to get your infant to sleep through the night

by Melissa Reid November 5, 2019

Oh, the joys of a new baby: the coos, the sighs, the cuddles, and the cries. “I don’t think anyone can prepare you for how hard it is in the beginning,” said Lauren Guren of Cleveland Heights. Lauren and her husband Zach spent many sleepless nights trying to get her now 1-year-old son Miles to sleep.

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WKYC Cleveland

Oh, baby! Doulas help with more than delivery.

by Danielle Serino & Chris Cantergiani August 22, 2019

Having and caring for a baby, especially the first one, is probably one of the scariest experiences in a couple's lives. But what if you could actually enjoy the experience instead of just survive it? That's what Doulas promise to offer, and why hundreds of thousands of women across the country are hiring them.

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Entrepreneur

What Doulas Can Teach Us in Times of Anxiety and Chaos

by Josh Womack April 17, 2020

Many of us have read about the struggles parents are having trying to figure out how to homeschool their kids while we all stay inside. Everyone has been compelled to get a little more creative within the confines of their home, but what about soon-to-be first-time parents?
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Best Pregnancy and Postpartum Care

Best pregnancy/post-partum care for moms and families

2019 Winner

Parents across the region have spoken. During the nomination period in March and the final voting period in May, we asked our readers and online followers to weigh in on their favorite family-friendly spots — local businesses, attractions, family services and more.
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Macaroni Kid Gold Daisy Awards

Best Kept Secret

2019 Nominee

Macaroni Kid Cleveland East is a free weekly newsletter and website focused on fun family events and information on Cleveland's east side. We gather local family events and activities each week and add useful information about classes, family-focused businesses, book and product reviews, recipes, crafts, school and camp guides and more.

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The Plain Dealer Cleveland

Meet finalists for Cleveland Homegrown Heroes awards

October 23, 2018

Our city is experiencing a renaissance, evolving from a manufacturing-based community to a city on the cutting edge of technology and entrepreneurship.

Leading the way are individuals with a vision for what Cleveland is becoming and how far it will be able to go.
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Crains Cleveland Business

YP Helpful Habits Q&A: Ashley Sova, founder and president, CLEbaby

April 23, 2018

Josh Womack talks with Ashley Sova in this installment of the YP Helpful Habit series. Ashley is the founder of CLEbaby, and is our first young professional with another impressive title: Mom.

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podcast

Unbiased Doula Support for Medicated Births with Ashley Sova

August 31, 2017

Ln this episode, we talk with Ashley Sova, owner of CLE Baby – a local birth and parenting services business. We talk with Ashley about the role that a doula can play in a medicated or cesarean birth. Listen to the Podcast.

Cleveland State University

Class of Fascinating Alumni

2016-2017

Owner Ashley Sova was recognized as part of the 2016-17 Class of Fascinating Alumni by Cleveland State University. These alumni represent a wide range of academic disciplines and degrees. Some graduated in recent years; some many years ago. They all have personal and professional stories that make them … fascinating. View the full article.

Crains Cleveland Business

Q&A: Ashley Sova, co-founder, CLEBaby

July 09, 2016

Ashley Sova knew she couldn't go back to work as a cancer researcher at Case Western Reserve University when she knew so many Clevelanders were missing out on an important service that, she said, transformed her second birth experience...
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The Plain Dealer Cleveland

Mom's Experience Gives Birth to New Career

December 13, 2015

Ashley Sova has experienced the beautiful and the not-so-beautiful aspects of having a baby....

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Feather Magazine

So You Want to Be…A Birth Doula

February 26, 2016

Gina Crist and Ashley Sova help make childbirth a more personal experience for pregnant women.

Cleveland State University

Class of Fascinating Alumni

2016-2017

Owner Ashley Sova was recognized as part of the 2016-17 Class of Fascinating Alumni by Cleveland State University. These alumni represent a wide range of academic disciplines and degrees. Some graduated in recent years; some many years ago. They all have personal and professional stories that make them … fascinating.

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She in Cle Blogger Collective

Reinventing the Birth Experience in CLE

November 27, 2015

Doulas are those crunchy maternal figures who burn incense and dabble with crystals during an outdoor waterbirth, right?...
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Crains Cleveland Business

Get the most out of LinkedIn in 2017 by Ashley Sova

January 13, 2017

The last great hope in professional networking via social media is LinkedIn. It’s undisputedly the best resource available for learning about job opportunities and connecting with business leaders. Young professionals value their careers and futures, and yet the majority of their time on social media is spent on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.
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