Cleveland’s premier resource for doula & parenting services

We are a modern birth and parenting agency providing Cleveland families with professional birth doula and postpartum doula services, childbirth education classes, and placenta encapsulation services. We take pride in Cleveland and are committed to the success of its families. With our expertise and compassion, CLE families receive the tools and support to thrive.

Cleveland Birth Doulas


providing unconditional support and guidance during your pregnancy and birth

Cleveland Postpartum Doulas


meeting your family’s unique needs as you welcome new baby home

Cleveland Childbirth Education Classes


instilling confidence and preparing you for the birth you envision

Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta Encapsulation

helping you replenish physically and emotionally after pregnancy and birth

What Our Clients Are Saying

“I would highly recommend CLEbaby!!!””

“I’m happy to give CLEbaby a glowing, five star review of the doula services provided for the birth of our first! We were looking for an unbiased support system to educate us on the many facets of prenatal, labor, and postpartum. From the get go, Ashley offered non opinionated, information on the many different avenues we could take and worked with us to craft our birth plan.”

“If you’re on the line about using a doula, I’d say at least give it a shot over an interview/open conversation to learn more before ruling it out. As a first time mom I am much more confident and less stressed knowing that I will have a doula by my side during labor and delivery.”

“These women are so amazing. Very sweet, knowledgeable, personal, genuine, and professional…”

“I’ll admit I had a stigma that doulas were a bit hippy-esque that would only push natural procedures but Ashley and her team are not that way.”

“Ashley was very knowledgeable during our childbirth education class…we liked the props, workbook, and different exercises she incorporated. She answered all of our questions thoroughly, and we felt like she was presenting information specific to our individual needs, interests, and concerns. She was very calming, informative, and seemed to genuinely care. She clearly can relate very well to a couple that is soon expecting a baby. Ashley’s voice is so soothing, and her personality is very warm and welcoming. She’s a great educator!”

Meet Our Team

Ashley Sova, Owner, Doula, Postpartum Placenta Specialist at CLEbaby in Cleveland, Ohio

Owner. Doula. Postpartum Placenta Specialist.

Gina Crist, Doula, Educator, Postpartum Placenta Specialist at CLEbaby in Cleveland, Ohio

Doula. Educator. Postpartum Placenta Specialist.

Ashley Sova

Owner. Birth Doula. Postpartum Doula. Postpartum Placenta Specialist.

Ashley began her career as a researcher at Case Western, exploring communication between female patients and their doctors. It was there that she discovered her love of supporting women, recognizing how unique every family and situation is, and providing them with unbiased, knowledgeable support…

Julie Luczywo

Birth Doula. Postpartum Doula. Childbirth Educator.

Julie is a joyful and accomplished woman who is passionate about doula work. She built a successful career for herself in finance and banking, but her heart has always been drawn toward working with families and children…

Cynthia Barba

Postpartum Doula.

For over ten years, Cynthia has provided professional nanny and newborn care services to Northeast Ohio families. She has experience with multiples, premature babies, and infants with special needs…

Lauren Proffitt

Birth Doula. Postpartum Doula.

Lauren is a proud Tennessee native, and brings with her the warmth and welcoming spirit of Southern hospitality. She’s a nurturer by nature, and a wonderful listener and friend…

Kelly Gentile

Birth Doula. Postpartum Doula.

Kelly is a yoga instructor, dog-lover, and a social media guru with a background in public relations and building brands. She was called to birth work through her yoga practice, where she has come to a place of self-acceptance and self-compassion…

Sarah Schmidt

Birth Doula. Postpartum Doula.

Sarah has been working with newborns and children for over 18 years. Her career began at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Maternity Center, assisting with newborns in the nursery and providing postpartum care to new mothers…

Carly Regal

Postpartum Doula.

Carly has been working with children and families throughout her extensive university career. Currently working towards her Masters in Social Administration at Case Western Reserve University, her specific focus is on Children, Youth, and Families.

Heather Sudduth

Birth Doula. Postpartum Doula.

Heather is an experienced, confident, and accomplished doula, certified as a Birth Doula and Postpartum & Infant Care Doula. She exudes warmth and is attuned to those around her. As someone who has had three very different birth and postpartum…

Mandy Benander

Birth Doula. Postpartum Doula.

Mandy has enjoyed working as a pediatric nurse for several years, and adores caring for children. It’s safe to say that Mandy knows her way around the hospital, but is keenly aware of her differing roles as both a nurse and a doula…

Clare Griffith

Birth Doula. Postpartum Doula.

Clare has spent the last eighteen years in the administrative and accounting fields.  She has always had a desire to work with women particularly during birth and postpartum…

Hospitals We Proudly Serve

Fairview Hospital in Cleveland • UH MacDonald Women's Hospital in Cleveland Heights • Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights • Southwest General Hospital in Middleburg Heights • St. John Medical Center in Westlake • MetroHealth Hospital in Brooklyn Heights • Lakewood Hospital in Lakewood • Parma Medical Center in Parma • Medina Hospital in Medina • Elyria Medical Center in Elyria • Lake Health West Medical Center in Willoughby • Akron General Medical Center in Akron • Akron City Hospital in Akron •

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From Our Blog

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Why Are Doulas So Dang Expensive?!

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