About Us

 

CLEbaby provides exceptional support for Cleveland families during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.

We are a modern, full-service agency, specializing in birth and postpartum doulas, childbirth education, and placenta encapsulation services. We provide physical, emotional, and informational support to help you navigate your journey into and through parenthood. Our agency model ensures you will receive consistent, reliable support from our team of expert doulas. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and our compassion.

At CLEbaby we believe that growing your family is beautiful and transformative. We want you to experience firsthand how doulas can improve your birth and postpartum experiences in positive and meaningful ways. Through our educational classes we can equip you with the tools to be knowledgeable, confident parents. We are here for you, every step of the way.

At the heart of our business is our love for all things CLE. Parenthood can be overwhelming and isolating. But with our expert support and access to local resources, you can stay connected to the things you already love. At CLEbaby, we believe that happy, active parents translate to happy, active kids which translate to a happy, active city.

Our Owner

Ashley Sova

Ashley Sova

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. She carries that with her now as a certified doula and Owner of CLEbaby. Her passion lies in building a community for growing families to learn about pregnancy, birth, and parenthood, while helping them connect to their peers and enjoy CLE. A wife and mother of two toddlers, Ashley loves entertaining friends and family at her home, and eating and karaoking her way through CLE.

Meet Ashley

Affiliate Doulas

Gina Crist

Gina Crist

Birth Doula. Postpartum Doula. Childbirth Educator. Postpartum Placenta Specialist.

Gina is a proud Clevelander and mother to four amazing young boys. Prior to motherhood, she built a successful career in software engineering, but she still longed to move in a direction that innately utilized her skills and personality. Now as a professional doula, she excels at attuning to her personal clients and providing them with genuine, unbiased support. As a CLEbaby doula, Gina loves providing Cleveland parents with the support they need to balance work, life, and family, while elevating the city we all love.

Meet Gina

Saraya Sims

Saraya Sims

Postpartum Doula.

Saraya began her career as a professional nanny, caring for newborns and children of all ages for over seven years. Now, as a trained postpartum doula, she provides exceptional support for the whole family, with a focus on newborn care and helping parents adjust to life with their new baby. Hailing from Queensland, Australia, Saraya moved across the ocean for love, and currently resides in Cleveland with her husband.

Meet Saraya

Crystal Weber

Crystal Weber

Birth Doula. Postpartum Doula.

Crystal’s heart has always been in helping others and putting their best interests first. She credits her grandmother’s love and care as the foundation upon which her desire to support others was built. This lead Crystal into foster parenting for a time, and she now enjoys providing support to her clients as a birth and postpartum doula.

Meet Crystal

Julie Luczywo

Julie Luczywo

Birth Doula. Postpartum Doula. Childbirth Educator.

Julie is a joyful and accomplished woman whose love for doula work is apparent. She built a successful career for herself in finance and banking, but her heart has always been drawn toward working with families and children. She first focused on crediting herself as a childbirth educator, and then she moved onto training as a birth and postpartum doula. She loves being a resource and a support for her clients during such a transformative time in their life.

Meet Julie

Cynthia Barba

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. Cynthia’s expertise is evident, and includes a diversity of topics including food allergies, reflux, and lip and tongue ties. She especially enjoys overnight care; allowing parents rest so that they can better focus on the needs of their family is her driving force in this work. As lifelong Clevelanders, Cynthia, her husband, and two sons love cheering for CLE sports teams and biking in the Metroparks.

Meet Cynthia

Lauren Proffitt

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. Her experience and love of babies, birth, and families shines through in her care and support as a doula. Lauren is a Tennessee and CLE sports fanatic, and lives in downtown Cleveland with her comedian boyfriend who is always making her laugh.

Meet Lauren

Kelly Gentile

Kelly Gentile

Birth 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. She is excited to help empower and instill these same values in her clients as she supports them through one of the most vulnerable and joyful experiences of their lives. Kelly was born in Youngstown, and now resides in Cleveland Heights where she walks everywhere with her pups.

Meet Kelly

Sarah Schmidt

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. Sarah has worked as a live-in nanny to a pair of newborn twins for a US Congressman, and has also worked in a private pediatrician’s office for 12 years. She is passionate about childbirth and guiding birthing mothers on their journey so that they have the most fulfilling experience possible. Sarah lives in Old Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

Meet Sarah

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