The Doula Network

Birth Doulas

Betsy Mercogliano, RN, CCE, CCA, CPM, LM

The Family Life Center

Services Offered: Birth Doula, Childbirth Education Classes, Midwifery Care

Serving: Greater Capital Region, within a 1 1/2-hour radius of Albany

Phone: 518-449-5759 (Betsy) or 518-465-0241 (The Family Life Center)



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A woman’s childbearing year is a miraculous, magical time of growth in so many ways – physically, personally through inner explorations, relationally, and spiritually.  Women become mothers and families become families.  I continue to be honored to be present as a support and guide through this amazing time.

I am the mother of two grown daughters, a wife, a grandma, a teacher, a childbirth educator, a midwife, a birth activist, a childbirth assistant/doula and founder of The Family Life Center in Albany, NY.  I am one of the co-founders of BirthNet, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public about maternity care in order to improve it.  I train doulas and am happy to have seen the number of doulas in the Capital District grow exponentially since I began my trainings over 10 years ago.  I have been a doula since 1977, an RN since 1980, a Certified Professional Midwife since 1998 and am now as of April 2011 a licensed midwife specializing in homebirth.  I have been supporting families during their childbearing year since 1976, including supporting water births and renting birthing pools for over 15 years.  I have been blessed to be present at hundreds of births at all the area hospitals and at homes.