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Tara Rice

Joyful Birth!

Farmington, NY Service range 75 miles I charge a travel fee (current IRS rate) for round trips exceeding 50 miles.


Birth Fee


Postpartum Rate

$30 to $35

Birth Fee


Postpartum Rate

$30 to $35

Birth Doula Experience

18 years and 113 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

4 years and 2 families served

Doula Training

  • The Bradley Method of Husband-Coached Natural Childbirth, May 2004
  • CAPPA - Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, March 2019

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: Non-smoking homes only, please. I specialize in supporting breastfeeding and attachment parenting.

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I have attended births at most of the hospitals in the Rochester area including Highland, Rochester General, Strong, and Thompson, and am familiar with their labor and delivery units and various policies.

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Some Home Births
I love attending midwife-attended home births. I had one myself, as a matter of fact.

Special Services Offered

  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly casting
  • Childbirth education services
  • Miscarriage support
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I serve on the board of directors of Informed Beginnings, a childbirth education organization and co-operative of childbirth educators, and have been teaching natural childbirth classes since 2005. I am also a member of NYCDA - New York Coalition for Doula Access, and am a recently certified postpartum nutrition coach through Postpartum University.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Fee Details

Although I have a flat fee, I do have a sliding scale as well for those in financial need, and I am happy to accept barters when an equitable arrangement can be made. I also offer a discount on doula services to students in my childbirth education classes and to repeat clients. I also offer a discount on postpartum doula services for my birth clients.

Service Area

Farmington, NY Service range 75 miles I charge a travel fee (current IRS rate) for round trips exceeding 50 miles.

Client Testimonials for Tara Rice

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My spouse and I would unreservedly recommend Tara's doula services to anyone about to embark on the scary, messy, intimidating, joyful journey of pregnancy, birth, and new parenthood. Tara was an especially good fit for us because I was anxious about several aspects of the labor process, and my spouse has a pretty severe phobia of blood + needles, so we both wanted an extra support person in the room. From our first meeting to our final postpartum one, she went above-and-beyond our expectations, spending several hours with us in each home visit, leading us through interactive exercises, worksheets, and packets of useful information that showcased her vast training, and bringing us homemade food. As a scientist, I really appreciated her unique combination of rigorous, research-based guidelines and holistic approach to emotionally supporting both of us and caring for our well-being as if we were old friends. Although my labor did not go according to the birth plan we'd carefully crafted together (mainly because of several unexpected health issues), Tara's ability to adapt to the twists and turns of our hospital visit and provide a steady, supportive voice throughout the process was invaluable and certainly allowed us to heal, physically and psychologically, much better than we would have without her.

Angela Bedient


Having Tara's support before, during and after the birth of our son made all the difference in the world!  Tara is an extremely knowledgeable support system and cares about what she is doing with all her heart.

My husband and I are forever grateful to her for the experience and positive energy that she brought to the labor.  Tara's calm demeaner and confidence definitely contributed to the completely successful homebirth of our son.

We can't thank her enough and I would highly reccomend Tara to anyone whether they are having a home or hospital birth.

Leia Heidt


Working with Tara was an amazing experience. I recommend her services to everyone I know who is expecting. I was her first client with gestational diabetes, but I would never have known that if she hadn't told me. She was continuously researching for me on this and provided unconditional support and encouragement during a complicated pregnancy. My first pregnancy was traumatic for me; my second was positive and supportive and I felt a lot better about my birth experience. Tara played a huge part in that. She definitely went above and beyond for me, and this means more to me than I can even express.

Birth Availability for Tara Rice

= Available. Calendar last updated: 01-16-2024

Postpartum Availability for Tara Rice

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